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2008 Press Releases
Morton Plant Mease Family Medicine Physician One of Only Three in Florida Honored with Resident Scholar Award

CLEARWATER, Fla., (July 15, 2008) - The Florida Academy of Family Physicians (FAFP) has awarded Dani Mathew, M.D., with its 2008 Exceptional Resident Scholar Award. Dr. Mathew is a recent graduate of the University of South Florida (USF) Morton Plant Mease Family Medicine Residency Program. He is one of only three family medicine physicians in Florida to receive the award.

“There are several stellar physicians in the residency program throughout the state. I’m truly honored to have been selected by the FAFP for this award,” said Dr. Mathew.

Dr. Mathew was honored with a check for $1,000 at the FAFP 2008 Summer Break Away event held in Naples, Florida on Saturday, June 14. Sponsored by the FAFP Foundation, the Resident Scholar Award is given to three promising physicians each year. Criteria used in the resident selection process include residents who demonstrate exemplary patient care, leadership activities and professional achievements in research and teaching.

“I’m very committed to teaching and guiding residents,” said Dr. Mathew. “One of the ways I did this was organizing and presenting board review sessions for the residents. At the end of a three year residency, physicians are required to take exams to become board certified. Residents who attend the sessions learn how to prepare for their board exams.”

Dr. Mathew served as Chief Resident of the USF Morton Plant Mease Family Medicine Residency Program for one year. He is currently participating in a University of South Florida fellowship program in the field of geriatrics. Dr. Mathew is a graduate of J.J.M. Medical College in Karnataka, India and holds a Master of Professional Health from George Washington University, Washington D.C.

About the Morton Plant Mease Family Medicine Residency Program

The USF Morton Plant Mease Family Medicine Residency Program prepares physicians to become part of a local community setting and to embrace the philosophy of community leadership and responsibility. The program and family medicine clinic is based at the Turley Family Health Center in Clearwater, Florida. In 2002, the United States Department of Health and Human Services recognized the Turley Family Health Center as a National Community Center of Excellence in women’s health. As a CCOE, Turley Family Health Center is responsible for addressing the cultural and socioeconomic challenges to quality health care for medically underserved men, women and children in Pinellas County.

About Morton Plant Mease Health Care

Nationally recognized for health care excellence, Morton Plant Mease Health Care is dedicated to providing community owned health care services that set the standard for high-quality, compassionate care. Morton Plant Mease Health Care is comprised of the following hospitals – Morton Plant, Clearwater; Mease Dunedin, Dunedin; Mease Countryside, Safety Harbor and Morton Plant North Bay, New Port Richey.

Contact: Beth Hardy (727) 298-6199 Phone, (727) 402-8113 Pager or Amy Morrow (727) 461-8538 Phone, (727) 402-5975 Pager