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September 20, 2010

Litchfield Family Practitioner Receives National Award

Dr. Daniel Wujek of Litchfield Family Practice Center has been honored by the American Academy of Family Physicians Foundation (AAFP) as one of 13 national winners of a Pfizer Teacher Development Award for 2010.  The award recognizes outstanding, community family physicians that combine clinical practice with part-time teaching.  Recipients are selected for scholastic achievement, leadership qualities and dedication to family medicine.

The Department of Family and Community Medicine (FCM) at Southern Illinois University School of Medicine nominated Wujek who is a volunteer faculty member for SIU and serves as an SIU preceptor teacher.  He was selected in recognition of the contributions he has made in educating SIU medical students.  He will be presented with a plaque from AAFP.

“In our nomination for this award, we referred to many glowing and positive comments we receive from SIU medical students about Dr. Wujek,” said Dr. Amber J. Barnhart, professor of family and community medicine.  “Students report on his clinical abilities, his range of patient problems and multiple generations of care, and his warm and professional personality.  He also demonstrates leadership skills for the students to model.”

Wujek joined the Litchfield Family Practice Center in 2004 and is on the medical staff at St. Francis Hospital.  In the nomination materials he said he “grew up in Litchfield, the son of a family medicine physician and learned the great lesson of giving back to my community….I think I always knew I wanted to follow in my dad’s footsteps.  Not only did I become a family medicine physician serving obstetrics to geriatrics, one of my partners is my dad!”  He added that he enjoys working with medical students where they can see all aspects of family medicine and plans on continuing the partnership.

Established in 1970, SIU School of Medicine is this year celebrating the 40th anniversary of its founding.  The School’s mission is to assist the people of central and southern Illinois in meeting their health needs through education, patient care, research and community service.  Its Web site is www.siumed.edu and its main number is 217-545-8000.

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