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Dooley receives KAFP's Exemplary Teaching Award

Philip Dooley, MD, FAAFP, has received the Kansas Academy of Family Physicians 2020 Kansas Exemplary Teaching Award for full-time faculty. The award is given annually to acknowledge KAFP members for their exemplary teaching skills, as well as individuals who have implemented outstanding educational programs and/or developed innovative teaching models.

In 2014, Dr. Dooley was hired as the program director for the University of Kansas School of Medicine-Wichita Family Medicine Residency Program at Ascension Via Christi in Wichita. He serves as a clinical associate professor in the Department of Family and Community Medicine at KUSM-W.

As residency program director, Dr. Dooley oversees two outpatient clinics whose 54 residents, 21 full-time and several part-time faculty see 33,000 outpatient visits per year.

“Ascension Via Christi Family Medicine is the second largest family medicine residency program in the country,” says Rick Kellerman, MD, FAAFP, Department of Family and Community Medicine Chair at KUSM-W. "It requires an exceptional medical educator to successfully run a program of this size."

Dr. Sam Antonios, chief medical officer for Ascension Via Christi's Wichita hospitals, agreed, noting, "Our Family Medicine Residency Program is a major contributor to the health and well being of our community and state, so it is critical to have a strong leader in this important role. I am pleased to see Dr. Dooley receive this well-deserved recognition."

Dr. Dooley received his medical degree from University of Michigan Medical School, Ann Arbor, Michigan. He completed his family medicine residency at Headquarters Air Armament Center Family Medicine Residency at Eglin Air Force Base, Florida, serving as chief resident 2009-10. He received a number of teaching awards as a resident and faculty member during his five years at HQAAC, including Most Outstanding Residency Faculty of the Year. Dooley completed the National Institute for Program Director Development Fellowship in 2017 and the Institute for Health Care Improvement Basic Certificate in Quality and Safety in 2018. He was elected to the Alpha Omega Alpha honorary medical society in 2019 as a faculty member. Most recently, he was the recipient of the 2019 Bronze Level Program Director Recognition Award by the Association of Family Medicine Residency Directors.

During his six-year tenure, Dr. Dooley has made a number of improvements to the residency program through intensive review, strategic planning and quality improvement. He is a member of multiple committees at KUSM-W, the Wichita Center for Graduate Medical Education and Ascension Via Christi. He has served on the Association of Family Medicine Residency Directors program director toolbox review task force.

“When I describe our residency program to prospective applicants, I love to talk about how supportive our leadership team is, and that culture of support stems directly from Dr. Dooley," says Karissa Gilchrist, MD. "Our family medicine program has undergone tremendous change over the past year. We transitioned our didactics learning from attending daily noon conferences to having a dedicated half day of teaching that is protected and occurs weekly. We also redesigned the obstetrics core rotation to improve delegation of roles and optimize learning. Additionally, we expanded our inpatient medicine service to a second hospital in order to improve access to specialty care for our patients and add additional learning opportunities for the residents. These ideas for change and improvement were fully embraced by Dr. Dooley and sometimes initiated by him! I am so thankful for his support and encouragement to strive for continuous improvement.”

Adds Andrew Westbrook, DO: “Without Dr. Dooley's leadership and drive, I would not be the physician that I am today. I admire Dr. Dooley's dedication to our residency and his willingness to push us out of our comfort zones in order to prepare ourselves.”

Founded in 1948, the KAFP represents nearly 2,000 physicians and medical students statewide. It is the only medical society in Kansas devoted solely to primary care. A family physician takes care of the whole family, all ages, both sexes, each organ system and every disease entity. Research has proven that people with access to primary care have better health outcomes than those who do not. In Kansas, approximately one-half of family physicians practice in non-metropolitan areas. Over 25 percent treat uninsured patients, especially children and families receiving public assistance. The mission of the KAFP is to support and serve family physicians of Kansas as they advance the health of Kansans. For more information visit the KAFP website at

About Roz Hutchinson

Roz Hutchinson is a Wichita wife, mother and chief spoiler of six grandkids and three Chihuahuas, a die-hard women's basketball fan, and director of Communications and Public Relations for Ascension Via Christi.