Frank L. Christopher, MD FAAEM, of Vass, was presented the Joe Lex Educator of the Year award at the American Academy of Emergency Medicine’s 28th Annual Scientific Assembly, April 26 by AAEM President Lisa A. Moreno, MD, MS, FAAEM, and immediate past President David A. Farcy, MD, MAAEM.
The Educator of the Year award recognizes an individual who has made an outstanding contribution to AAEM through work on educational programs and is made annually to an AAEM member who is at least five years removed from residency training.
Dr. Christopher is currently the medical director of the Masters Program in Physician Assistant Studies at Pfeiffer University in Albemarle, NC, and is the national course director for the AAEM Oral Board Review course. In that capacity, he is responsible for course content and direction of over 140 examiners charged with preparing emergency medicine residency graduates to pass their Oral Certification examination, the last step in obtaining board certification. He has taught or been course director at over forty individual courses spanning over sixteen years.
A retired colonel in the U.S. Army, Dr. Christopher’s service career culminated as the deputy commander for Clinical Services and Chief Medical Officer at Womack Army Medical Center. During over 20 years of active duty, he deployed five times with conventional and special operations forces, earning the Combat Medical and Combat Action Badges, two Bronze Star Medals, and the Air Medal among several other decorations. He is also rated as a Master Flight Surgeon and Senior Parachutist.
Prior to assuming his current positions, Dr. Christopher worked in the FirstHealth of the Carolinas health system for several years. He remains clinically active in the Atrium Health system and at Sampson Regional Medical Center, both in North Carolina.
Feature photo: Frank L. Christopher, MD FAAEM (center) is presented with the Joe Lex Educator of the Year award at the American Academy of Emergency Medicine’s 28th Annual Scientific Assembly, Baltimore, MD, April 26, 2022, by President Lisa A. Moreno, MD, MS, FAAEM, and immediate past President David A. Farcy, MD, MAAEM.