Fern Hauck, MD, Celebrated for Her Contribution to Family Medicine Research

December 6, 2023 by

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Fern Hauck, MD

The Association of Departments of Family Medicine held its National Family Medicine Research Summit on October 30, 2023, bringing together over 140 distinguished experts who are dedicated to expanding the horizons of family medicine research. In this momentous gathering of visionaries, innovators, and leaders in the field of family medicine, Professor Fern Hauck, MD, in the School of Medicine’s Department of Family Medicine, was recognized for her vital role in shaping the future of research within the discipline.

At the heart of this historic event was the collaborative creation of a strategic research plan aimed at revolutionizing the field. The summit embraced innovative approaches, utilizing liberating structures to engage participants fully. This collaborative approach resulted in the development and prioritization of action steps aligned with the objectives outlined in the strategic plan.

Summit Chair Irfan Asif, MD, expressed deep appreciation for Dr. Hauck’s exceptional contributions during the summit. “We owe a tremendous debt of gratitude to Dr. Hauck for her invaluable input and dedication to defining our action steps and initiatives. It is through the commitment and expertise of individuals like Dr. Hauck that we can drive this strategic plan toward a brighter future for family medicine research. We eagerly anticipate her continued leadership in spearheading these vital initiatives.”

The strategic planning process undertaken by these Family Medicine leaders has crafted a vision for research that is nothing short of transformational. It envisions research that is “whole-person, family, and community centered and improves health by enhancing health promotion, improving care for chronic diseases and advancing healthcare delivery, while including cross-cutting themes of health equity, technology, and team science”.

The blueprint for this vision involves three key strategic priorities:

  1. Pathways and Mentorship Programming: Creating a robust system to mentor and guide emerging researchers in family medicine.
  2. Funding and Advocacy Efforts: Ensuring sufficient resources and support for groundbreaking research in the field.
  3. Infrastructure Development: Building the necessary infrastructure to facilitate cutting-edge research initiative

The complete strategic plan can be found here. Additionally, a concise summary of key action steps and communication strategies that will be shared in the coming weeks.

The School of Medicine is immensely proud of Dr. Hauck’s vital role in this historic summit and celebrates her dedication to advancing the frontiers of family medicine research. We look forward to supporting Dr. Hauck in her continued journey to bring about positive change in the field of family medicine.

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