Joyce Sackey, MD
Rabkin Senior Fellow in Medical Education
Associate Professor of Medicine, Tufts University School of Medicine
Developing a curriculum for an international health elective in HIV/AIDS for residents and medical students.
Joyce A. Sackey, M.D., FACP is Associate Professor of Medicine at Tufts University School fo Medicine. Dr. Sackey graduated from Dartmouth College in 1985 and Dartmouth Medical School in 1989 where she was honored with the prestigious, Good Physician Award by her graduating class. She completed her internship and a residency in primary care internal medicine at Beth Israel Hospital and served as a primary care chief resident before joining the division. She has been active in both graduate and undergraduate medical education. She was a co-management preceptor in the medical house staff program. She has a long-standing interest in patient-doctor communication and served as a Senior Fellow for the HMS course, Patient-Doctor I.
Dr. Sackey was on the management team in Healthcare Associates ("HCA") and in that capacity played a lead role in a number of practice improvement initiatives, including a Diabetes Care improvement task force that under her leadership developed a set of practice guidelines for Diabetes care. During her time as Rabkin Senior Fellow, she developed an approach to incorporating practice learning and improvement into house staff training. This tool has been adopted by the HCA education committee and in a pilot program, interns and their preceptors now conduct chart review-based assessment of their care of patients with Diabetes using the practice guidelines as part of feedback meetings.
Dr. Sackey also plays a lead role on the international stage as a medical educator. She is co-founder of the Foundation for African Relief (FAR), a Massachusetts-based non-profit organization and directed the BIDMC-based AIDS Collaborative Project and its Visiting Scholar's Exchange Program. The program has contributed to the fight against AIDS in Ghana and Sudan by training African physicians in the forefront of providing clinical care to people living with HIV/AIDS. Dr Sackey spent her year as senior fellow developing a curriculum for an elective in international health for medical students and residents. Under her mentorship, and using the curriculum she developed, a senior medical resident recently completed an elective and a practice improvement project at an HIV/AIDS clinic in Ghana. She has also served as a mentor and advisor for a number of medical students interested in international health, including several Harvard medical students who have completed international projects in Ghana and Uganda.
Dr. Sackey won a number of awards and honors during her year as Rabkin Senior Fellow for her contribution to international health. She was invited by the BIDMC Department of Medicine and the Shapiro Institute to deliver the 2004 Aaron Thurman lecture in Humanism in Medicine. In January 2004, Dartmouth College named her a recipient of the Martin Luther King Social Justice Award. Dr. Sackey was also one of 4 nominees for the 2004 Klaus Peter international teaching award at HMS. In recognition of her contribution to the teaching and mentoring of medical students, the HMS graduating class of 2005 named her the recipient of the prestigious Arnold P. Gold Foundation's Humanism in medicine award.