Peter Zajac, D.O., FACOFP, has received his designation as a Fellow of the American College of Osteopathic Family Physicians (ACOFP) during its Annual Conclave of Fellows Award Ceremony at the ACOFP 49th Annual Convention & Scientific Seminar in Kissimmee, Fla.
Zajac is an associate professor of Family Medicine and director of the University of Pikeville-Kentucky College of Osteopathic Medicine (KYCOM) Clinical Skills Training and Evaluation Program. He also provides clinical services through KYCOM’s affiliation with Pikeville Medical Center, including patient care and supervision of family medicine residents.
The honorary designation of Fellow is bestowed upon candidates who have contributed outstanding national and local service through teaching, authorship, research, or professional leadership. They have also contributed outstanding service in their professional career and family practice duties in their community and civic activities.
“Dr. Zajac’s Fellow Award and recognition of excellence for his scientific paper continue a tradition of professional leadership here at KYCOM,” said Boyd R. Buser, D.O., dean of KYCOM and vice president of Health Affairs at the University of Pikeville. “We congratulate him on his outstanding achievement.”
Zajac is a graduate of La Salle University in Philadelphia, Pa., and received his D.O. degree from the Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine. He is board certified in family practice by the American Board of Osteopathic Family Physicians. In addition to lecturing, as well as teaching and training medical students, interns, residents and allied health professionals, Zajac has practiced as both an urban and rural physician in Pennsylvania and Tennessee, providing a full scope of inpatient and outpatient care.
Active in local, state, and national osteopathic medical organizations, Zajac participates on several ACOFP committees, including the Editorial and Public Relations Committee and CEE in-service exam subcommittee. He also serves as an Osteopathic Family Practice Residency Program Inspector, principal research investigator, and author. Zajac is presently participating in a research fellowship at the University of North Texas Health Science Center/Osteopathic Research Center and publishes a patient educational handout regularly for the OFP journal. He displays a sincere interest, motivation, and commitment to all aspects of osteopathic medical education and patient care.
In 2011, Zajac received the SAA Outstanding Faculty Member of the Year Award from KYCOM and is a 2012 recipient of an ACOFP Fellows Outstanding Paper Crest Award for his scientific paper, “Current Clinical Guidelines for the Evaluation, Diagnosis, Treatment and Management of Dyspepsia.”
Founded in 1950, the American College of Osteopathic Family Physicians is the national organization of more than 21,000 practicing osteopathic family physicians and physicians-in-training. The ACOFP’s mission is to promote excellence in osteopathic family medicine through quality education, visionary leadership, and responsible advocacy.