MATTHEW J. COLLIN, MD, HONORED BYWORCESTER DISTRICT MEDICAL SOCIETY
November 18, 2004
— Matthew J. Collins, MD, has been named the 2004 winner of the A. Jane Fitzpatrick Community Service Award by the
Worcester District Medical Society (WDMS)
. Dr. Collins is assistant professor of family medicine & community health at the University of Massachusetts Medical School (UMMS), and vice president of medical services for the Family Health Center of Worcester, where he also coordinates one of UMMS’ community-based family medicine & community health residency programs.
The A. Jane Fitzpatrick Community Service Award is granted annually to recognize a
health care professional for contributions to improve the health and well-being of the community above and beyond usual professional duties. Collins’ patients at the
’s neediest, including many patients from the city’s large community of recent Vietnamese immigrants. Having been to
during his own UMMS residency, Collins brings cultural competency to better meet the health care needs of this medically underserved population. A dedicated educator, Collins cultivates cultural competency amongst his students as well as his patients, explaining that, “When you’re in primary care, you’re responsible for people of all backgrounds. Medical schools need faculty who can understand and can teach this.”
The Worcester District Medical Society represents over 1,400 physicians and medical students in
. The University of Massachusetts Medical School is one of the fastest growing medical schools in the country, and a perennial top finisher in the annual US News & World Report ranking of primary care medical schools.
Contact: Sandra Gray, 508-856-2000,