August 8, 2020—Jawan Gorgis, MD of Troy was recognized with a 2020 Michigan Family Medicine Resident of the Year Award by Michigan Academy of Family Physicians’ during its annual awards celebration, live-streamed on Aug. 8 due to COVID-19.
Michigan Academy of Family Physicians—the largest medical specialty organization in the state representing and led by family physicians—presents this distinguished award to resident physicians in recognition of exemplary patient care, leadership, commitment to the community, contributions to scholarly activity, and dedication to the specialty of family medicine.
Dr. Gorgis completed family medicine residency in June at Beaumont Health-Troy, where her passion for teaching, endless patience, and natural leadership and mentorship earned her the role of chief of the 24-resident program. In this role, she was recognized for her innovation and creating a culture of wellness to prevent burn-out among her colleagues, which is so prevalent among physicians today.
“Dr. Gorgis is a dynamo and a future leader for family medicine. She has demonstrated herself to be an outstanding physician with nearly unlimited potential. She excels in the areas of patient care, interpersonal relationships, communication, leadership, and community involvement,” said David Lick, MD, MPH, MBA, FAAFP, program director at Beaumont Health-Troy Family Medicine Residency.
A first-generation immigrant, Dr. Gorgis’ story is one of overcoming obstacles, and she often acts as a translator and medical advocate for her own family. This made her an incredible asset to the Beaumont-Troy Family Medicine Residency clinic, which serves a large population of Middle Eastern immigrant families.
In addition to her commitment to education and the care of her patients, Dr. Gorgis has been extremely active in the community. She volunteers at local schools to teach children about the health risks of using tobacco, as well as at Trinity Care Clinic in Utica and the Gary Burnstein Community Health Clinic in Pontiac, both of which provide care for uninsured and underinsured patients. She also serves as assistant team physician at Troy Athens High School Athletics and provides preparticipation sports physicals at high schools in southeast Michigan.
As a practicing physician, Dr. Gorgis is now working at Beaumont Health, where she has joined the Beaumont Rochester Hills Family Physicians Clinic. She also plans to serve as a community preceptor, teaching residents at the Troy Beaumont Family Medicine Residency Program.
"I am incredibly grateful for all the experiences I’ve had which have allowed me to learn from amazing physicians, residents, students, staff, and patients. I am excited to continue to work hard and grow as a physician and a person, in hopes to make a positive difference in people’s lives,” said Dr. Gorgis.