The Michigan Academy of Family Physicians has named Tsveti Markova, M.D., F.A.A.F.P., Educator of the Year for 2008.
Dr. Markova will formally receive the award at the MAFP Scientific Assembly in Traverse City in July.
“I am very honored and humbled to receive this award. I truly enjoy being a physician, sharing what I know and learning at the same time with students, residents and colleagues,” she said. “I would like to share this award with all: students, who constantly challenge me with their questions; residents, who grow confidently into competent family physicians; colleagues from the department, hospital and university who are my true partners and collaborators. I would like to extend special appreciation to our department Chair, Dr. Maryjean Schenk, for her mentorship, support and leadership."
Dr. Markova has been involved in medical education for more than 12 years, first joining the faculty at the North Oakland Medical Center Residency Program, and then in 2001 as program director of the Wayne State University School of Medicine Family Medicine Residency program. She leads the graduate medical education activities at the department, teaching residents and mentoring residency faculty in areas of instructional techniques and teaching skills, scholarship and curriculum development. She was promoted to associate professor in 2007.
She led the successful establishment of a new WSU-Crittenton Family Medicine residency program in Rochester, achieving a three-year Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Education accreditation, the maximum length of accreditation given for a new program. The program is set to open a practice in a new medical office building on the grounds of Crittenton Hospital this summer.
Dr. Markova also serves as interim vice chair for Clinical Operations, championing the Electronic Health Records implementation. She led the Family Medicine Center to the 2005 and 2006 Governor’s Award of Excellence for Improving Care in Ambulatory Care Setting and the 2007 Michigan Peer Review Organization Pillar Award of Excellence in Addressing Health Care Disparities.
She is an active member of various hospital and university committees, including the Dean’s Council for Graduate Medical Education. She has been an active contributor to the Southeast Michigan Center for Medical Education and has served on the Family Practice Executive Committee for five years. Dr. Markova received teaching awards from the School of Medicine in 2003 and 2006, and the Department of Family Medicine and Public Health Sciences in 2002 and 2004.