Schultz honored for residency program leadership

Physician Stephen Schultz has recently received the Nikitas J. Zervanos Outstanding Program Director Award, given by The New York State Academy of Family Physicians (NYSAFP).

Schultz, director of the University of Rochester/Highland Hospital family medicine residency program received the award in a virtual ceremony in March.

“For nearly two decades, Dr. Schultz has served as a teacher and mentor to countless students who are now board-certified family physicians, serving their patients and communities as he taught,” said NYSAFP President Jason Matuszak. “Dr. Schultz places strong emphasis on advocacy and global health, teaching students about the positive impact that they can have, not only on their own communities, but also working with impoverished and underserved areas around the world,”

Schultz has led the nationally renowned Highland Hospital/University of Rochester Medical Center family medicine residency for the past 19 years

“During his tenure, he developed and added new programs in global health, political advocacy and leadership, and developed areas of concentration in psychosocial medicine and maternity care to enhance family medicine residents’ training experiences,” said physician Colleen T. Fogarty, William Rocktaschel Professor and chairwoman of the department of family medicine at the University of Rochester. “He additionally developed systems and support for residents’ learning and competency assessment. Dr. Schultz accomplished all of this as program director while continuing a longstanding continuity practice at Highland Family Medicine and attending on the Department of Family Medicine inpatient service at Highland Hospital. I’m so pleased for him to be recognized by this national honor”

Upon learning of his award, Schultz said, “…This is what I’m meant to do, working with residents and helping patients. Someone comes to me as a medical student, and three years later they’re a board-certified family physician. There’s a high level of satisfaction in that.”