Jonathan MacClements, MD, receives teaching award from Texas Academy of Family Physicians

Monday, August 1, 2011

From the Texas Academy of Family Physicians

Jonathan E. MacClements, MD, was awarded the Exemplary Teaching Award from the Texas Academy of Family Physicians during TAFP’s 2011 Annual Session and Scientific Assembly in Dallas, Texas, on Saturday, July 30, 2011.

This award honors individuals with outstanding teaching skills, and those who have developed and implemented innovative teaching models.

Dr. MacClements, who is a Fellow of the American Academy of Family Physicians, teaches family medicine residents as a professor at the University of Texas Health Science Center at Tyler. He is also chairman of the academic medical center’s Department of Family Medicine, director of medical education, and director of the UTHSCT Family Medicine Residency Program.

"I am extremely humbled by this award from the TAFP and even more grateful to my residents for this recognition. I am blessed to work with some wonderful colleagues and enthusiastic learners,” Dr. MacClements said.

“There is no greater joy than seeing that moment of recognition in the eyes of students when they grasp a new concept. It is truly a tremendous privilege to be involved in the training of the next generation of physicians,” he said.

In addition to his certification in family medicine, he is certified in adolescent medicine and tropical medicine, and serves as a senior federal aviation medical examiner, the Smith County Health Authority, and a lieutenant colonel in the Texas State Guard.

UTHSCT President Dr. Kirk A. Calhoun said, “Dr. MacClements is a fantastic physician, excellent leader, outstanding teacher, and good friend. He has trained high quality physicians for our region and all of Texas, and he lives the mission, vision, and values of our Health Science Center. UTHSCT is very proud of Jonathan and his award is well-deserved.”

Known for his motto, “Don’t tell me how to make it easier, tell me how to make it better,” Dr. MacClements is regarded by colleagues, residents, and patients as a compassionate teacher, caring physician, tireless community servant, and avid scholar.

Dr. MacClements’ commitment to excellence extends beyond the halls of UTHSCT and into the community. As a teacher and lifelong learner, he believes that learning should be enjoyable. The educational experience of his residents is his top priority and he leads by example, encouraging them to be active in research and community service, and to build bridges with other health care professionals in their community.

Residents in the program cite his endless optimism, sense of humor, and caring demeanor that make him an integral teacher in training the next generation of physicians. As one said, “He is much more than an educator. He is a mentor and a friend.”

Dr. MacClements received his medical degree from the University of Witwatersrand in Johannesburg, South Africa. He received additional training in general and ear, nose, and throat surgery at the University of Pretoria. He completed a family medicine residency at UTHSCT.

The Texas Academy of Family Physicians is the premier membership organization dedicated to uniting the family doctors of Texas through advocacy, education, and member services, and empowering them to provide a medical home for patients of all ages. It has 33 local chapters and is a chapter of the American Academy of Family Physicians. Visit for more information.

For more than 60 years, The University of Texas Health Science Center at Tyler has provided excellent patient care and cutting-edge treatment, specializing in pulmonary disease, cancer, heart disease, primary care, and the disciplines that support them. UTHSCT’s annual operating budget of $125 million represents a major economic impact of over $287 million to the Northeast Texas region. In FY 2010, scientists in the Center for Biomedical Research were awarded 75 competitive grants and contracts totaling more than $14 million. As the academic health science center for Northeast Texas, its graduate medical education program – with residencies in family medicine and occupational medicine – provide doctors for many communities throughout the region and beyond.

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