Pulaski family medicine physicians win RMED honors from Upstate

Drs. Jay Chapman and Patricia Ledden Chapman, family medicine physicians at the Pulaski Health Center in Pulaski, N.Y., have been awarded the 2017 Community Preceptor Award by the Rural Medical Education Program (RMED) at Upstate Medical University.

As preceptors, physicians host students in their practices for up to nine months, enabling the students to get a close-up look of what it’s like to practice medicine in small towns or rural communities. The focus of the RMED program is to expose students to rural medicine in hope that they may be more likely to practice medicine in such a setting.

“Preceptors serve as the ambassadors for rural medicine,” said RMED Director Carrie Roseamelia, PhD. “Their guidance and support of the students, in addition to the experiences they provide students in their practice can most certainly make a difference in the student’s choice of specialty and where to practice.”

“The Chapmans have been outstanding and compassionate preceptors to our RMED students, and they have never hesitated to offer support to our future physicians,” she said.

The Chapmans have served as preceptors to 28 Upstate medical students since they began as RMED preceptors in 1990.

Fourth-year medical student Katie Staring wrote of the Chapmans: “They are dedicated to ensuring that the students who have the opportunity to work with them learn not just excellent medicine, but also how to be caring, compassionate, and community-engaged physicians.”

The Chapmans both received their medical degrees from Upstate: Patricia in 1978 and Jay in 1979.

The Chapmans received their award at the Rural Medical Education Program Graduation, held March 1.

Caption: From left: Carrie Roseamelia, PhD, RMED director; Community Preceptor Award winners Jay Chapman, MD, and Patricia Ledden Chapman, MD; and College of Medicine Dean Julio Licinio, MD, PhD,  at the RMED Graduation ceremony.

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