Patrick Smith, MD, MPH, a third-year resident at Swedish Family Medicine Residency, has been selected for the 2013 F. William Barrows Award for Outstanding Family Medicine Resident by the Colorado Academy of Family Physicians (CAFP). The co-chief resident, who is bilingual, has already demonstrated his commitment to global health, as well as public health and obstetrical care.
“His knowledge base is strong and his clinical performance has been excellent,” said Bradford Winslow, MD, program director of Swedish Family Medicine Residency. “He is one of the most motivated and energetic residents I’ve known, and he is smart and committed to his patients and to Family Medicine.”
The son of a naval officer and mother who instilled a sense of community service, Dr. Smith was born in Honolulu and moved several times before settling in Littleton, where he graduated from Heritage High School.
He earned three degrees at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. While working toward his bachelor’s degree in chemistry with a minor in biology, he played goalkeeper on the varsity soccer team. He later earned his master’s degree in Public Health and his medical degree at the same time.
Between his graduate and post-graduate studies in North Carolina, Dr. Smith first worked as a counselor and teacher at a wilderness camp for at-risk children and later served as a health volunteer with the Peace Corps in the Amazon jungle of Ecuador.
Dr. Smith’s activities during his post-graduate studies at the University of North Carolina included work as a Spanish interpreter and part of the medical team with a student-run free clinic and creation of a Boot Camp for Dads program, where fathers teach dads-to-be how to care for new babies. In addition, he completed an Albert Schweitzer Fellowship by starting a program that provides Hispanic parents with tools to help them help their children succeed in school.
Also during his post-graduate studies in North Carolina, Dr. Smith conducted research into the relationship between functional health literacy in Spanish and English speakers and their subsequent ability to adhere to discharge instructions from the emergency department.
He received a short-term student grant from the National Institutes of Health to complete the research and presented the project at the School of Medicine Student Research Day and before the American College of Emergency Physicians. The project was awarded the University of North Carolina Impact Award, which recognizes research that provides special benefits to the people of the state.
In addition to rising to co-chief resident, Dr. Smith made presentations to young people about careers in medicine and he has participated in CAFP’s Doctor of the Day program. He serves on the hospital’s Ethics Committee and is the recipient of a National Health Service Corps scholarship.
Dr. Smith has demonstrated his commitment to obstetrical medicine, assisting more than 170 deliveries. He completed an obstetrical elective at Denver Health and went to Peru on a women’s health medical mission.
Upon completion of his residency, Dr. Smith plans to work in a federally qualified health clinic in Colorado practicing full-spectrum Family Medicine, including surgical obstetrics.
Dr. Smith and his wife, Omayra, a native of Ecuador, met while he was in the Peace Corps. They are the parents of four children.