Member of the Month
Stephanie Scott, MD
Stephanie Scott, MD is a graduate of University of Michigan Medical School and completed her residency at the Swedish Family Medicine Residency Program. Dr. Scott currently works with Kaiser Permanente Medical Group in Northern California. An engaged member of CAFP and the SF Chapter for just over two decades, one of Dr. Scott’s special passions is supporting women in medicine through female mentorship and leadership programs; she participates as a mentor in CAFP’s “Ready to Lead” program. She also serves as a Legislative Key Contact and attends fundraising events on behalf of the Family Physicians’ Political Action Committee (FP-PAC).
Why did you choose family medicine, and what’s your favorite aspect of it?
I love the long-term continuity of care in family medicine. In addition, I especially enjoy taking care of multigenerational families and watching them grow and change over the years. It is truly an honor that our patients and their families provide us with this unique perspective that only family physicians have.
What one word or phrase characterizes your style of family medicine?
Sense of humor.
What is the best experience you have had so far during your career as a family physician?
I delivered a baby early in my career and now I am taking care of her and her partner and their baby. That’s pretty great!
It is important for me to be a member of CAFP and AAFP because:
I feel very lucky that we as family physicians have such an active and hardworking specialty organization. When I compare CAFP/AAFP with my friends’ specialty organizations, they are always very impressed how much CAFP/AAFP does for their members. From advocacy to patient education, to lobbying, to medical education, to job offerings, to disability and life insurance, to practice management resources and so many other things. I am especially proud of our organization when I am at a CME talk being given by a specialist and the one article they hand out to all the primary care docs is one from the American Family Physician. Even our specialists love our organization.
What has been your best experience as a CAFP member? Why?
I am really enjoying acting as a mentor in the CAFP “Ready to Lead” program. It is exciting to meet physicians from different parts of California and in different organizations. We all have similar struggles and this is a great forum to share our different approaches. I am also watching my physician leader mentee grow into the leader that I always knew she could be. I feel very confident in her skills and I look forward to stepping aside as she takes on more leadership opportunities. Family physicians like her are our future!
the most important resource i find cafp offers me is:
All the wonderful advocacy work they do in Sacramento for family physicians, our other specialty colleagues and our patients.
How do you make a difference in family medicine and in your community?
It is very important to me to act as a mentor for my younger colleagues. Especially for my younger female colleagues who are interested in leadership positions within medicine. Women are now coming into many leadership positions yet we don’t have much of a road map moving forward. The better the map my generation creates, the better work the next generation of physician leaders can do in the future.
tell us about a project you are involved in and why it is important to you
Bringing CenteringPregnancy (a group prenatal care program) to our Kaiser Permanente East Bay patients. Group prenatal care is a really wonderful way for families to experience their pregnancies. Not only do they learn more about their pregnancies and future babies in the two-hour group than the typical 15-20 minute individual prenatal appointment, they develop a sense of community with the other parents with whom they are sharing this special time. Many of our groups continue to get together socially long after their babies are born and their prenatal care is done. Our East Bay family physicians are the ideal providers for this form of prenatal care with our interest in education, facilitation and community. We also bring our knowledge of newborn and pediatric care to each group as well.
What are good qualities a family physician should have?
That we believe in what we are doing. And that these beliefs are consistent with our own internal values and way of being in the world.
How do you spend your free time?
Skiing, cycling, playing soccer and anything outdoors with my family.
If you weren’t a doctor what would you be doing with your career?
Learning to surf.
What would your best friend say about you?
I am pretty funny.
Tell us something fun/unusual about yourself:
I have a comic book collection with an emphasis on LGBT superheroes and superheroes of color. (And, yes, I loved the Wonder Woman movie that just came out).
Tell us briefly about your family:
My wife and I have three wonderful daughters (an eleven year-old about to start sixth grade and twin ten year-olds about to start fifth grade). Our daughters are actively campaigning for a sixth member of our family. So, by the end of the year we will likely be adding a puppy to our family unit.
Each month, CAFP highlights one outstanding California family physician member who lends their voice, time, talent and resources to strengthen the specialty of family medicine and his or her community. The Member of the Month interviews are conducted by CAFP staff. If you choose to share this article, feel free, but give appropriate source and author information. If you would like to share your story or know a family physician colleague who deserves to be recognized for his or her impact or leadership, contact us at (415) 345-8667 or email.