Cynthia Haq, MD

Cynthia Haq, MD

The American Academy of Family Physicians (AAFP) Board of Directors selected Cynthia Haq, MD, professor of family medicine and community health, as the recipient of its 2016 Exemplary Teaching Award for Full-Time Faculty.

The award recognizes an AAFP member who has demonstrated exemplary teaching skills as well as implemented outstanding educational programs and/or developed innovative teaching models.

The AAFP board specifically commended Dr. Haq for her work “as an innovator and leader in medical education, particularly in the areas of community health and global health.”

Dr. Haq developed and directs the Training in Urban Medicine and Public Health (TRIUMPH) program at the University of Wisconsin School of Medicine and Public Health.  TRIUMPH prepares medical students to become community-engaged physician leaders to promote health equity and provide health care for urban underserved communities through partnerships in Milwaukee.

More than 100 students have enrolled in TRIUMPH. All graduates have matched into residencies serving urban, medically underserved communities; 80% have selected primary care careers.  Family medicine has been the top specialty choice of TRIUMPH graduates.

As the founding director of what is now the University of Wisconsin-Madison Global Health Institute, Dr. Haq has also been an extraordinary advocate for interdisciplinary global health education. Over the course of her career, she helped launch the first family medicine residency programs in Pakistan, Uganda and Ethiopia.

In Dr. Haq’s award letter, AAFP President Wanda D. Filer, MD, MBA, FAAFP, said, “Your dedication to providing compassionate care for communities in desperate need, both locally and globally, has been an inspiration for countless students, colleagues, and community partners….You are a shining example of the best in family medicine.”

Dr. Haq notes that her work has been immensely gratifying and would not have been possible without the enduring support of her family, friends and colleagues at the UW Department of Family Medicine and Community Health (DFMCH). She will receive her award at an upcoming DFMCH event.

Congratulations on this great honor!

Published: June 2016