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SHREWSBURY, Massachusetts – Shrewsbury resident Joel H. Popkin, M.D. has been named 2011 Community Clinician of the Year by his physician peers of the Worcester District Medical Society. The Community Clinician of the Year Award was established in 1998 by the Massachusetts Medical Society to recognize a physician from each of the Society’s 20 district medical societies who has made significant contributions to his or her patients and the community, and who stands out as a leading advocate and caregiver. The Worcester District has nearly 1,700 physicians as members. The award was presented in April at the District’s annual business meeting.
Dr. Popkin is a specialist in internal medicine at Fallon Clinic. A graduate of New York University, Dr. Popkin earned his Doctorate in Medicine from SUNY-Downstate Medical Center, graduating magna cum laude.
After completing his training in internal medicine at Saint Vincent Hospital in 1977, he joined the Fallon Clinic, becoming the Associate Program Director of the Saint Vincent Hospital Internal Medicine Residency in 1990. In 1998 he became the Program Director, a post he held until 2007. He continues his work with physicians-in-training, regularly conducting “professor rounds” and lectures, and as the Director of Special Services, he provides resident physicians with guidance and strengthening of scholastic, organizational and presentation skills. He has recently co-directed and published a decade long study of radon and lung cancer in Worcester County. He is an Associate Professor of Clinical Medicine at the University of Massachusetts Medical School.
His previous honors include the Fallon Clinic Teacher of the Year (1992) from his peers at the Fallon Clinic, the House Staff Award for “Dedication to Education and Professional Growth” (1994) from the residents of Saint Vincent Hospital, the Community Educator Award (2000) from the University of Massachusetts Medical School, the Outstanding Primary Care Educator Award (2001, UMass), the State Senate Citation for Primary Care Educator (2001), the Educational Policy Committee Recognition Award (2007, UMass), and a Certificate of Appreciation for Commitment to Medical Education (2009, UMass). His service to the Medical School has gone beyond teaching medical students and has included work on the Educational Policy Committee and student guidance. He is particularly devoted to celebrating ethnic diversity and multiculturalism and has welcomed to his home many international students over the years. His current community service includes weekly volunteering at the St. Anne’s Free Clinic in Shrewsbury, membership on the editorial board of Worcester Medicine, and serving as the president of MusicWorcester.
The Massachusetts Medical Society, with nearly 23,000 physicians and student members, is dedicated to educating and advocating for the patients and physicians of Massachusetts. The Society publishes the New England Journal of Medicine, a leading global medical journal and web site, and Journal Watch alerts and newsletters covering 13 specialties. The Society is also a leader in continuing medical education for health care professionals throughout Massachusetts, conducting a variety of medical education programs for physicians and health care professionals. Founded in 1781, MMS is the oldest continuously operating medical society in the country. For more information please visit www.massmed.org, www.nejm.org, or www.jwatch.org.