Duffy named family medicine educator of the year

Last updated on July 2nd, 2019 at 10:02 am

The Wisconsin Academy of Family Physicians (WAFP) selected Dr. Daniel Duffy, a family physician at Family Practice Associates in Cedarburg and a faculty member at the Medical College of Wisconsin (MCW), as the recipient of its 2009 Family Medicine Educator of the Year Award.

"Daniel Duffy is a testament to the very best of what Family Medicine offers medical students," said Dr. Andrea Gavin, president of the WAFP. "He provides future physicians with a full picture of how family medicine challenges, fulfils and brings excitement and a sense of purpose to those who practice."

"Family medicine offers us the wonderful opportunity to treat the whole person," said Duffy. "We examine our patient while considering the physical and emotional symptoms that brought that person to our office. We delve deeper into our patient’s life to discover the diagnoses. We recommend therapies that our parent, sister or brother could accept. We educate then reassure them with the honest optimism that naturally arises when a caring family doctor offers his or her best effort."

In addition to his work with medical students, Duffy taught family practice residents at St. Joseph’s Family Practice Residency, teaches Physician Assistant students through Marquette University and is a teacher of fellow family physicians as a speaker on issues related to psychiatry and other topics.

He also provides community lectures on depression and its effect on individuals and their families, he has co-hosted and presented monthly community outreach lecture series at the Cedarburg Fine Arts Center on mental health, and worked with the Knights of Columbus contributing to the support of the mentally handicapped, and also regularly provides free or vastly discounted medical help to underserved residents with little or no insurance, particularly severely depressed or bipolar patients.

"I have found a source of daily giving back to the community through an underserved area of medicine which often hides in the back yards of opulence." Duffy said

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