Local Physicians Received Honorary Degree

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Staff Report

Scott Aaron Hammer, M.D. of Milford has achieved the Degree of Fellow of the American Academy of Family Physicians (AAFP), the national medical association representing more than 103,000 family physicians, residents and medical students. The degree was conferred on more than 180 family physicians nationwide during a convocation on Saturday, Oct. 20, in conjunction with the AAFP’s annual meeting in Philadelphia.

“It is a true and humbling honor to count myself among the 29,000 dedicated family physicians who have earned this degree through their community and professional involvement beyond the demands of their profession,” stated Dr. Hammer.

Scott attended the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and graduated in 1996 with a BS in Biology.  He attended the Jefferson Medical College of Thomas Jefferson University to receive his Medical Doctor Degree.  Upon graduation, he completed his family medicine residency at Cabarrus Family Medicine in Concord, NC.  After moving back home to Delaware, he started his medical practice with Milford Medical Associates.  After a few years, he joined together with his partner Cedric Barnes, DO to form Southern Delaware Medical Group.  The partners now employ two physicians and one Nurse Practitioner with her Doctorate.
Established in 1971, the AAFP Degree of Fellow recognizes family physicians who have distinguished themselves through service to family medicine and ongoing professional development. This year’s fellowship class brings the total number of AAFP Fellows to more than 29,000 nationwide. AAFP Fellowship entitles the physician to use the honorary designation, “Fellow of the American Academy of Family Physicians,” or “FAAFP.”

Criteria for receiving the AAFP Degree of Fellow consist of a minimum of six years of membership in the organization, extensive continuing medical education and participation in public service programs outside medical practice, conducting original research and serving as a teacher in family medicine.

“I strive to treat each of my patients as I expect my own family members to be treated,” commented Dr. Hammer.  “I seek to continue to better my craft to provide that kind of service in every visit, every day.