Local Michiana Family Physician Awarded Prestigious Teaching Honor
Kevin P. Kaufhold, MD, a local Michiana family physician, is among a select group of physicians to be honored by the American Academy of Family Physicians Foundation (AAFP) for his commitment to education in the field of family medicine. Dr. Kaufhold is one of 12 physicians, across 400 Family Medicine programs nationwide, selected to receive the 2012 Pfizer Teacher Development Award based on his scholastic achievement, leadership qualities, and dedication to family medicine.
He is currently a volunteer preceptor with the Family Medicine Residency Program at Saint Joseph Regional Medical Center (SJRMC), and a family medicine physician at the Granger campus of the South Bend Clinic. Dr. Kaufhold earned his medical degree from the University of Cincinnati College of Medicine, and is a graduate of the Saint Joseph Regional Medical Center Family Medicine Residency Program.
"While we have many community physicians who volunteer their time to educate SJRMC’s resident physicians, Dr. Kaufhold consistently goes above and beyond – sharing not only his time, but his insight into the art of medicine – at a level that is much greater than most," said Martin Wieschhaus, MD, ABFM, FAAFP, medical director of Graduate Medical Education at SJRMC and program director of the SJRMC Family Medicine Residency Program.
The award recognizes outstanding, community-based family physicians who combine clinical practice with part-time teaching of family medicine, and provides funding for each recipient to attend an activity of choice to further their professional development and teaching skills. Each nomination is reviewed and scored by a panel appointed by the AAFP Foundation.
“The Pfizer Teacher Development Award spotlights the best of our profession: those in active practice who give of themselves to teach, mentor, and inspire residents and students. My congratulations to Dr. Kaufhold and my thanks to Pfizer for preserving the noble tradition of the clinician-teacher,” said Mary Jo Welker, MD, AAFP Foundation president.