Dr. Diane K. Beebe, chair of the Department of Family Medicine at the University of Mississippi Medical Center, has been elected to the Board of Directors of the American Board of Family Medicine.
The American Board of Family Medicine is a 40-year-old medical specialty not-for-profit that seeks to improve the quality of medical care available to the public. To do so, it establishes and maintains standards of excellence in the family medicine specialty, improves education standards in family medicine and evaluates practitioners who apply for and hold certificates. Beebe will serve a five-year term on the 15-member board of directors.
“This is terrific for Dr. Beebe and for our institution. I am proud of this accomplishment and grateful for the hard work over many years that went into this recognition,” said Dr. Dan Jones, UMMC vice chancellor for health affairs and dean of the School of Medicine.
“This is a great benefit to the Department of Family Medicine and to our organization for you to participate in a national organization. This will expose Dr. Beebe to lots of good ideas she can implement here at home.”
Beebe said she’s honored and will use the opportunity to contribute her expertise to the field on a national level while learning ways to continue improving the Department of Family Medicine and family medicine in Mississippi.
The American Academy of Family Physicians, a professional association and advocacy group, elected Beebe for nomination to the board following her endorsement by the Mississippi Chapter.
“I am very excited and honored to serve at this level on my specialty board,” Beebe said.
A graduate of the University of Mississippi School of Medicine, Beebe joined the Medical Center faculty in 1987 after completing her family medicine residency and having served as chief resident her senior year. She is a fellow of the American Academy of Family Physicians, a past chair of the Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Education Residency Review Committee for Family Medicine and a past member of the Future of Family Medicine Task Force on education.
Family doctors play a crucial role in Mississippi. The state’s widespread poverty and largely rural population keep many residents from accessing proper health care. That makes treating the state’s high rates of obesity, diabetes and cardiovascular disease all the more challenging.
By working long-term with patients, monitoring ongoing conditions, encouraging healthful lifestyles and treating illnesses, family doctors can help preempt many of the acute illnesses so prevalent in the state.
Established in 1973, the Department of Family Medicine has trained more than 375 physicians, 75 percent of whom have remained in Mississippi to practice. The department employs about 50 people including 18 faculty, 30 residents and three fellows. Through its ambulatory clinics it provides a medical home for 34,000