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Local physicians receive honorary degree from the American Academy of Family Physicians

Local physicians Dr. Jairaj Goberdhan (left) and Dr. Thomas Fausett (right) both received the Degree of the Fellow of the Academy of Family Physicians.

Thomas D. Fausett, MD, FAAFP, and Jairaj Goberdhan, MD, FAAFP, have achieved the Degree of Fellow of the Academy of Family Physicians (AAFP), the national medical association representing nearly 129,000 family physicians, residents and medical students.

The local physicians serve patients at their practices in Adel, with Dr. Fausett practicing at Adel Family Medicine and Dr. Goberdhan practicing at Family Health Center of Adel. Both physicians serve on the medical staff at Cook Medical Center and are practicing physicians at Convenient Care at Cook Family Wellness Center in Adel.  Dr. Fausett also serves at the medical director of Cook Senior Living Center.

Established in 1971, the AAFP Degree of Fellow recognizes family physicians who have distinguished themselves through service to family medicine and ongoing professional development. This year’s fellowship class brings the total number of AAFP Fellows to more than 17,000 nationwide. AAFP Fellowship entitles the physician to use the honorary designation, “Fellow of the American Academy of Family Physicians,” or “FAAFP.”

Criteria for receiving the AAFP Degree of Fellow consist of a minimum of six years of membership in the organization, extensive continuing medical education, participation in public service programs outside medical practice, conducting original research and serving as a teacher in family medicine.

The AAFP was the first national medical specialty organization to require its members to complete a minimum of 150 hours of accredited continuing medical education every three years. It is the only medical specialty society devoted solely to primary care.