Dr. Patricia Benoist doesn’t just provide care to the residents of Houston; she’s committed to making the community better. Now the family doctor at Mercy Clinic Family Medicine – Houston has earned a high honor from a national medical society.
“I’ve always wanted to serve a small, underserved rural area,” said Dr. Benoist, who is also a full-time mother of four, with a baby on the way. “Two of my kids are still in the local school system, where I serve as medical director. I devote a lot of my time speaking, as well as teaching seven classes a year on various, important issues to young students.”
Dr. Benoist, who also cares for patients at a local hospital, loves watching her patients grow. In the meantime, her achievements are racking up. Her latest honor: the Degree of Fellow of the American Academy of Family Physicians (AAFP).
“I’m incredibly humbled and grateful that my hard work in the Ozarks is making a difference,” Dr. Benoist said. “I’ve aspired to be somewhere that I’m needed, so I’ve really come full circle.”
Dr. Benoist was awarded the degree of fellow during a convocation earlier this fall, in conjunction with the AAFP's annual meeting in Denver, Colorado. The Degree of Fellow recognizes family physicians who have distinguished themselves through service to family medicine and ongoing professional development. The degree requires a minimum of six years of membership in the organization, extensive continuing medical education, participation in public service programs outside medical practice, conducting original research and serving as a teacher in family medicine.