Keystone Physician Magazine - Summer 2020

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2020 PAFP AWARD WINNERS CELEBRATING EXCELLENCE IN FAMILY MEDICINE For more, visit: www.pafp.com

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Co-Family Physician of the Year

DELANA WARDLAW, MD Interview

PAFP 2020 Co-Family Physician of the Year Delana Wardlaw, MD discusses her career in family medicine, equal access to care, and why representation matters. Let’s go all the way back to the beginning: when did you realize you wanted to be a doctor?

Why did you decide to pursue the specialty of family medicine as a career?

Initially I thought I wanted to be an elementary school teacher. However, as I journeyed through school, I realized math and science were my strengths and teaching wasn't quite for me.

I wanted a specialty that allows me to have a direct impact on my patients and my community. There are many health disparities that exist in medicine and my goal is to decrease such. My grandmother died of breast cancer, a disease that if diagnosed at an early stage, she would have had a higher chance of survival.

When I was 8 years old, my maternal grandmother died at the age of 53 from breast cancer. That is a mere eight years older than I am today. I did not learn of the exact cause of her death until I was in high school. It was at that time I became interested in pursuing a career in medicine. 34

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KEYSTONE PHYSICIAN

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SUMMER 2020

Equal access to quality health care allows patients who face social and economic challenges to have better detection and survival rates. As a family physician, I have the unique opportunity to bridge the gaps in health care by