TRENTON, NJ - Dr. Zeeshan Khan is a resident of Spotswood and the young doctor recently received the first ever Michael J. Doyle, MD, FAAFP New Jersey Family Medicine Resident of the Year Award at the New Jersey Academy of Family Physicians' annual scientific assembly that is held each year in Atlantic City.

The award is new this year and it was named in honor of Dr. Michael Doyle who was both a well-respected family physician and a former president NJAFP. Doyle was a long-time advocate of family medicine at the state and national level. Khan was the first resident choosen for the prestigious honor.

The recipient should set a stellar example of the criteria that has been laid down in the traditions of family medicine as well as showing excellence among his or her peers. The winning candidate must also demonstrate leadership qualities, be abe to work efectively with other physician, be supportive of fellow residents in addtion to being well respected by educators and peers.

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According to a recent press release, Dr. Khan was choosen to receive the afore mentioned award because "as a resident physician, Dr. Khan took an active leadership role within the Rutgers-Robert Wood Johnson Medical School Family Medicine Residency program at CentraState Medical Center. Alongside attending physicians, he served on and contributed to the CentraState Medical Center’s Pharmacy and Therapeutics Committee as well as the Informatics Advisory Committee."

"Because of Dr. Khan’s excellence in professionalism, patient care, communication, teaching and leadership, he was selected by faculty each year of his residency to receive the Residency’s highest award for the class.  As an intern, he won the Diplomat Award in recognition of his representation as an ambassador of Family Medicine throughout the hospital. He was also selected to receive the CARE Award, given to a second year resident who has shown exceptional commitment to pursuing the principles of Community involvement, Advocacy, Responsibility and Enthusiasm. Most recently, in his final year of residency, Dr. Khan was a nominee for the STFM Teaching Award, the Patient Service Award and the Kenneth W. Faistl Future of Family Medicine Award, as a testament to the superiority he has demonstrated in his teaching, patient care and potential for future contributions to medicine."

"Nominators say Dr. Kahn demonstrated excellence in his performance as a family resident physician and has a life-long commitment to serving the families of New Jersey. Immediately after graduation, Dr. Khan began a one-year Geriatric Fellowship at Rutgers CentraState. His plans then are to join a family medicine practice in New Jersey with the opportunity to continue teaching."

Dr. Khan received his medical degree from Ross University School of Medicine in Dominica, West Indies. He completed his bachelor's degree at Rutgers University.