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Preceptor of the Year

Steven Lin, MD, 2015 Recipient

The CAFP Foundation’s 2015 Preceptor of the Year is Steven Lin, MD, Stanford Family Medicine, Stanford University, and clinical instructor, General Medicine, at Stanford School of Medicine.  Dr. Lin also conceived and directs the OSLER resident educational scholarship pathway and Stanford’s new and exciting SHIELD program (Stanford Healthcare Innovations and Experiential Learning Directive).

At Stanford, seeing that the Primary Care disciplines were deemphasized and at times actively discouraged as career trajectories, Dr. Lin had a vision for himself and for the health care system that had at its foundation a strong primary care base in family medicine. Far from being discouraged, his resolve and creativity strengthened as others told him he would be better off in a subspecialty. He tenaciously stayed his course with equanimity, professionalism, balance, and unwavering conviction. And in so doing, he helped to educate those around him about the value of primary care and improved the image of family medicine at Stanford.

He is labeled “totally gracious and generous,” while also a change agent. It is these qualities that led him to be nationally recognized as a Fellow of the Pisacano Leadership Foundation.

Dr. Lin is able to get results by bringing people together as a force much bigger than the sum of its parts. He is a catalyst for innovative thinking and action. Whether it is starting a comprehensive Hepatitis B clinic in San Jose, or creating a new leadership track for academic family doctors in residency, or envisioning a future in which all people have a right to good health, he does his homework, comes prepared, gets others involved, and follows through. At the OSLER (O’Connor Stanford Leaders in Education Residency) pathway program he identified a need for resident leaders, created a compelling vision, developed the concise, visually interesting proposal, met with key stakeholders, generated enthusiasm for the project, and has made it happen. Through tenacity, grit, hard work, very well organized meetings, excellent delegation of tasks and amazing follow through, Dr. Lin has overcome some high hurdles at Stanford.

Dr. Lin’s legacy is already huge: the thousands of low income and low English proficiency Asian and Pacific Islander patients in East San Jose who received free hepatitis B testing, vaccination, treatment and education, the thousands more who will do so because he created a sustainable program, the thousands of patients he has listened to, diagnosed and treated in clinic, the hundreds of medical students he has taught and mentored, the dozens of faculty he has inspired.

His nominators believe he will change the world as an extraordinary preceptor who, through his intense commitment to service, his compassion for patients, phenomenal medical knowledge, superb judgment and interpersonal skill, distinguishes himself as a superstar. The CAFP Foundation concurs and is pleased to present the 2015 Preceptor of the Year Award to Dr. Steven Lin.

Past Recipients

2014: Tom Bent, MD

2013: Alex Sherriffs, MD, and Joan Rubinstein, MD