We are thrilled to be celebrating 50 years of the Department of Family Medicine at the University of Washington over the coming year. Our department was formed in 1971 and has been at the forefront of the specialty since its inception.
On behalf of the whole department we hope you’ll plan to join us to mark the occasion and look ahead as we journey into the future. We are looking forward to a virtual speaker series in the coming months, and we plan to honor the anniversary meetings and events. We are working on video to highlight how far we’ve come and to inspire us into our next 50 years. We’ll have an anniversary presence at our CME conference Advances in Family Medicine & Primary Care in the fall and the celebration will be capped with a special event in September 2021.
APRIL 29, 2021
Daytheon Sturges, MPAS, PA-C, CAHIMS, CHES – Daytheon Sturges has been a physician assistant (PA) since 2008 and a PA educator since 2013. He is an assistant professor of family medicine at the University of Washington – MEDEX Northwest PA program, associate program director of regional affairs, justice, equity, diversity, & inclusion, and also serves as the justice, equity, diversity, and inclusion co-chair for the Department of Family Medicine, while maintaining clinical practice in family medicine UW Neighborhood Clinic – Northgate. His passion is providing care to underserved populations.
April 29th at 5:30pm PDT
Their Eyes were and STILL are on the Prize: The Parallel of 50 years of DFM and America’s JEDI History
Join us as we navigate two divergent timelines with one convergent goal. Follow along as we discuss pioneering efforts as DFM journeys toward justice, equity, diversity, and inclusion.Register now
March 11, 2021, Inaugural Farber Visiting Professorship Lecture – Dr. Gregg Vandekieft, Medical Director for the Providence Institute for Human Caring’s Palliative Practice Group, supporting palliative care programs across the seven states served by Providence. He is the founder and past medical director of the palliative care consultation services at Providence St. Peter Hospital in Olympia and Providence Centralia Hospital, as well as the Providence Olympia Outpatient Palliative Care Clinic. He was lead medical director for Providence Sound Hospice for 12 years, serving Thurston, Mason, and Lewis Counties. His clinical practice is currently limited to inpatient consultations and tele-palliative care. He has been a UW volunteer clinical associate professor for nearly 20 years.
February 11, 2021 – Dr. Sharon Dobie, professor emeritus in the University of Washington Department of Family Medicine (DFM). Dr. Dobie joined the DFM in 1989 and has since served as a trusted educator and mentor to hundreds of medical students and residents. She is the past director of the UW School of Medicine Underserved Pathway from 2008-2018 and served as faculty advisor to the Community Health Advancement Program from 1989-2010. She was the recipient of the UW 2010 Sterling Munro Public Service Teaching Award and the 2016 Society of Teachers of Family Medicine Gold Humanism Award, and she was named the 2018 Washington Academy of Family Physicians Family Medicine Educator of the Year. She is also the editor and a contributing author of the book Heart Murmurs: What Patients Teach Their Doctors.
January 7, 2021 – Dr. Antonio Dajer, UW Family Medicine residency class of 1986.Dr. Dajer presented on the lessons he has learned during his post-residency career, a career that includes time working as a hospital medical director in Nicaragua, service on the Navajo reservation, his ER shift in Lower Manhattan during the 9/11 terrorist attacks, and working as an ER director for 14 years.