FITCHBURG — In recognition of her outstanding efforts to teach medical students and residents in family medicine, the Massachusetts Academy of Family Physicians has named Dr. Beth Mazyck the 2019 Family Medicine Educator of the Year.
“It was an incredible honor, I was very pleasantly surprised to hear that my residents were submitting my name for the award,” said Mazyck, who is the residency director at UMass-Fitchburg Family Medicine. “I was also very happy to hear my colleagues selected my name as well.”
Mazyck, a New Hampshire native, is also the Medical Director at HealthAlliance Fitchburg Family Practice, which is located on 155 Franklin Road.
She has worked with UMass-Fitchburg Family Medicine for more than 20 years and said that she enjoys her work, particularly as an educator.
“Overall, I’m responsible for the training all of the residents and to make sure they are in compliance with the American College of Graduate Medical Education,” she said.
“Never found anything I wanted to do more,” she continued. “I find it very rewarding, and it’s even more rewarding to be training family physicians, so I am passing on my knowledge to them.”
According her colleague, Dr. Krissa Pyrch, the award is fitting for Mazyck.
“Dr. Mazyck is a fine educator, compassionate physician, and genuine human being,” said Pyrch. “Her understated strength has carried many people through hardships and back to fruitful and productive lives. The words; integrity, humanity and life-long learner 100 percent apply.
Mazyck said that, though she briefly considered working in another field, medicine was always the right fit for her.
“I wanted to be a doctor since I was about 3 years old,” she said. “I remember waiting to see my pediatrician and thinking about all the different ways to better treat kids.”
She always wanted to be a physician, she said, and after learning about family medicine in high school, Mazyck knew that would be her specialty.
Since she started overseeing the residency program, Mazyck says that there have been a number of improvements.
“We’ve grown the practice a lot,” she said. “We’ve added new medical disciplines, added a psychologist, a social worker, and a clinical pharmacist to both improve our quality of care to patients and for education purposes.”
When several of her residents started to struggle, Mazyck gave them some of her extra time for mentorship and instructed facility members to do the same.
“I wanted to make sure that everyone was successful,” she said.