Doctor expected here in July receives accolade

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    LITTLE ROCK – An area physician who will be joining the staff at Howard Memorial Hospital in July has received a prestigious honor.
    Charles Brian Caldwell, M.D., FAAFP, a family physician in Texarkana, has achieved the Degree of Fellow of the American Academy of Family Physicians, the national medical association representing nearly 120,900 family physicians, residents and medical students.
    “On behalf of the board of directors, staff and physicians of Howard Memorial Hospital, I would like to congratulate Dr. Brian Caldwell on becoming a Fellow of the American Academy of Family Physicians,” HMH CEO Debra Wright said Friday in a prepared statement issued to local media. “The criteria which enabled Dr. Caldwell to become a Fellow demonstrate his ability to be an asset to the hospital and communities it serves. We are delighted Dr. Caldwell and his family are relocating to Nashville.”
    Wright said the hospital anticipates Caldwell’s family medicine clinic will open in August at the newly-constructed medical office building, itself currently scheduled for completion July 24.
    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 “F.A.A.F.P.”
    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.