Worcester Doctor Named Community Clinician of the Year
Thursday, March 16, 2017
She will receive the award at the district’s annual meeting on April 12 at the Beechwood Hotel in Worcester.
Board certified in family medicine, Dr. Shields has served patients at the Family Health Center of Worcester since 1995. As part of her work at the Center, she helped begin the health center's participation in a program called Centering Pregnancy, which consists of group prenatal visits and has been shown in national studies to reduce preterm birth in low-income women.
She is also a Clinical Professor of Family Medicine and Community Health at the University of Massachusetts Medical School and has served as a mentor to numerous resident physicians and medical students.
Dr. Shields is Chair of the Worcester Healthy Baby Collaborative (formerly the Worcester Infant Mortality Reduction Task Force), which she joined in 2001 and served as Vice Chair from 2011-2016 and has been Chair since 2016.
Shields is a co-author, with Dr. Lucy Candib, of Woman-Centered Maternity Care in Pregnancy and Childbirth, a textbook based on the patient-centered model of maternity care published in 2010.
Dr. Shields earned her B.A. in English, cum laude, in 1984 from Harvard-Radcliffe College, where she was a member of Phi Beta Kappa. She received her M.D. from the University of California at San Francisco in 1989 and was elected to Alpha Omega Alpha, the national medical honor society.
During a Fellowship in maternal and child health at Brown University from 1992-1994, she earned a master’s degree in community health.
She was elected a Fellow of the American Academy of Family Physicians in 2005 and became a member of the Massachusetts Medical Society’s Committee on Maternal and Perinatal Welfare in 2014.
The Community Clinician of the Year Award
The Community Clinician of the Year Award was created in 1998 by the Massachusetts Medical Society to recognize a physician from each of the Society’s 20 district medical societies who has made significant contributions to his or her patients and the community. The Worcester District has more than 2,100 physician members.
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