Raye Maestas, MD  

RayeMaestas-750_7840-crRaye Maestas is the preeminent educator of educators. She has been directing and teaching students since 1986, rising from clinical instructor to full professor. Raye occupies several important and prominent leadership roles in the University of Washington Department of Family Medicine, including Head of the Denali College, Associate Chair of the Introduction to Clinical Medicine course for first year medical students, Co-Director of the Primary Care Practicum, and she was recently named as Assistant Dean of Student Affairs at UWSOM. Her leadership has been particularly instrumental in the launch of the curriculum renewal. Her extensive work with the curricular design and development of the colleges program has connected UWSOM with similar mentoring programs nationwide. Her work in the Clinical I course includes development of student self-paced and digital distance learning. Her most recently published research encompasses development of preceptor bedside teaching working with early learners. She has presented on this topic as part of the WRITE regional curriculum and is a sought-after presenter, both on the national and regional levels.

Raye is a superb leader. She does an outstanding job of guiding and mentoring the teaching faculty in the Denali College. She is an excellent communicator and is meticulous in gathering the thoughts and perspectives of her faculty and conveying them to the leadership team where her honesty and integrity helps to inform the group’s discussions. In addition, she provides outstanding leadership to the College Dean’s Advisory Committee on Professionalism (in which she has served since its inception as one of the founding members).  This is arguably the most active of the College working groups, having produced both curricular material as well as excellent educational scholarship. Her leadership in developing the curriculum on professionalism has been a model for other medical schools. She has also been active in a national group of pre-clerkship clinical skills directors within the Association of American Medical Colleges. She has written and presented workshops both regionally and nationally on clinical skills training, on cultural competency, and on professionalism training.

Raye is a superb teacher. She shines both in small group teaching at the bedside, and in the lecture hall. She is nurturing, yet challenging, and visibly takes pride in her students successes. She clearly puts forth the path to follow, leads by example, and sets her students free …or in the words of one of her students, “Dr. Maestas is 100% amazing!”. She has been a strong role model for minority and women students throughout her career, but in reality she fills this role for any student. She, in fact, has a long history of commitment to working with the underserved and promoting cross-cultural understanding in medicine. She currently serves on the Department of Family Medicine Diversity Committee and the Committee on Minority Faculty Affairs.

And finally, an excellent teacher conveys adeptness at her profession while also modeling poise in other aspects of life. Raye takes an avid interest in her student’s educational, professional and personal lives. She regularly hosts students for dinner at her home with her family. She models a healthy, balanced lifestyle, by delicately weaving patient care, students’ needs and her family’s needs.

Over the years, Raye has received many awards including Family Physician of the Year in 1994, and obtaining full professorship at the University of Washington Medical school last year, but the recognition she cherishes most are those given by her students, who are enriched from her direct guidance on clinical skills and professionalism, and who, regardless of their choice whether it be surgical or subspecialty, will have a greater understanding of primary care’s role because of her influence.

Raye is a tireless advocate for those from disadvantaged backgrounds at UWSOM. She is a person of the highest integrity and great personal humility, and is a highly respected and valued member of the Academy and the UW community.

The Washington Academy of Family Physicians is pleased to honor Ramoncita Raquel Maestas, MD with the 2016 Family Medicine Educator of the Year award.