Texas Tech University System Chancellor Tedd L. Mitchell, M.D. and TTUHSC El Paso President Richard Lange, M.D., presented the annual Chancellor’s Council Distinguished Teaching Award on Friday, Jan. 17, to Charmaine Martin, M.D., an associate professor in the Department of Family and Community Medicine at the Paul L. Foster School of Medicine.
The Chancellor’s Council is a giving society that supports Chancellor Mitchell’s priorities of impacting student lives through scholarships, recognizing faculty achievement and encouraging excellence across the TTU System and its four component institutions.
The awards are made possible through philanthropic gifts to the Chancellor’s Council. Award recipients each receive a $5,000 stipend and an engraved medallion.
Dr. Martin also serves as assistant dean of student affairs at the school of medicine. She has taught at TTUHSC El Paso since 2005.
“We are not only trying to train educated health care professionals, but we’re trying to groom people who care for folks and have that intangible thing … that is so exquisitely important in health areas,” Chancellor Mitchell said during the award ceremony at the Medical Education Building’s Frederick and Ginger Francis Auditorium. “Having folks who are rock stars in teaching and training students is a great tool for the entire university system.”
Dr. Martin said it is an honor to receive the award and she shares it with “many great people I have worked with over the years: patients, mentors, colleagues, partners in the community and, of course, my family and friends.”
Dr. Martin teaches medical students at the Texas Tech Physicians of El Paso Family Medicine Clinic in Northeast El Paso. She also participates in free community health care events around the city throughout the year.
“When I first came to El Paso and began working with students, I quickly realized that teaching is rewarding on many levels,” Dr. Martin said. “The students consistently help keep me motivated and patients encouraged about the future of health care in El Paso and Texas.”
Dr. Martin created a program called Scholars in Primary Care, which encourages student interest in primary care by providing opportunities for leadership, patient advocacy and clinical experience. Program participants work with Dr. Martin at a free clinic for migrant farm workers, allowing students to gain hands-on clinical training while serving the community. The clinic received 120 office visits from migrants last year.
Last November, Dr. Martin was awarded the Texas Academy of Family Physicians Full-Time Faculty Exemplary Teaching Award during TAFP’s Annual Session and Primary Care Summit. The award honors individuals with outstanding teaching skills and those who have developed and implemented innovative teaching models.
More on Dr. Martin
Medical School: University of Texas Medical Branch at Galveston – 1996
Residency: St. Claire’s Hospital Family Medicine Residency Program – 2000
Fellowships: Teaching and Learning Fellowship, USC Keck School of Medicine – 2005; Society of Teachers of Family Medicine Pre-Doctoral Fellowship – 2008
American Board of Medical Specialties: Certified American Board of Family Medicine
Research Interests: Medical education