Auguste Fortin wins distinguished teacher award

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Dr. Auguste H. Fortin VI

Dr. Auguste H. Fortin VI has been awarded the American College of Physicians (ACP) Jane F. Desforges Distinguished Teacher Award and Mastership.

According to the ACP’s Board of Regents, the award is bestowed upon “a Fellow or Master of the College who has demonstrated the ennobling qualities of a great teacher as judged by the acclaim and accomplishments of former students who have been inspired and have achieved positions of leadership in the field of medical education, primarily as teachers.”

Fortin is internationally recognized for his educational work to improve clinicians’ communication skills and patient experience. He has delivered hundreds of communication skills workshops at professional conferences, medical schools, and large health systems in the United States, Europe, and Asia and is co-author of a leading textbook, “Smith’s Patient-Centered Interviewing: An Evidence-Based Method, 3rd Ed.”

Fortin is a general internist at Yale School of Medicine. A professor of medicine, he is director of Communication Skills Education. For the Yale Primary Care Internal Medicine Residency Program, he is director of Psychosocial Curriculum. His professional interests include doctor-patient communication, the psychosocial aspects of medical care, meaning in medicine, mindfulness and medical education.

The award will be presented at ACP’s Convocation Ceremony on Thursday, April 19, 2018, at the Ernest N. Morial Convention Center, New Orleans, Louisiana.

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