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Beale named Physician of the Year

Beale named Physician of the Year
A retired local practitioner has managed to claim a prestigious statewide honor as family practitioner of the year. Hobart Beale, M.D., of Martin, was the recipient of the Tennessee Academy of Family Physicians’ (TAFP) “2007 Family Physician of the Year Award” recently at the TAFP’s 59th Annual Scientific Assembly held in Gatlinburg.
The TAFP’s Family Physician of the Year Award is bestowed upon an individual who exemplifies the ideal Family Physician, who has made an outstanding contribution to Family Medicine and to the advancement of health and/or medical training and medical education.
Dr. Beale received his medical degree from the University of Tennessee at Memphis and completed an internship at Tampa General Hospital.
Beale was in practice in Martin for 30 years and provided the full spectrum of Family Medicine including obstetrics.
After 30 years of private practice, he retired and joined the UT Family Medicine Residency as part-time faculty, where he has won the Excellence in Teaching Award three separate times.
“He teaches residents the values in medicine that are not always taught in medical school such as friendliness, empathy, patient advocacy and effective communication skills. He is a true patient advocate who teaches residents to become a part of their patients’ lives and guide them to a healthier lifestyle.
“Beale has demonstrated time and again his outstanding contributions to family medicine both in his community as well as in the education of students and residents. He gives of himself unselfishly both to his patients and to his peers,” according to a press release issued by the Tennessee Academy of Family Physicians.
The Tennessee Academy of Family Physicians headquartered in Nashville with a total membership of 2,150 across the state, was organized in 1948 to promote and maintain high standards of family medicine, to encourage and assist in providing continuing medical education for family physicians and to encourage young men and women to prepare and establish themselves in family medicine. Members must obtain at least 150 hours of continuing medical education every three years to maintain their Academy membership.
For additional information contact, Cathy Dyer, Executive Director, Tennessee Academy of FamilyPhysicians, in Brentwood at 1-800-897-5949.
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