2015 IAFP Award Winner: Tricia Hern, MD


Dr. Hern receives the A. Alan Fischer Award from Worthe Holt, MD, during the IAFP's Annual Convention this July. 

Tricia Hern, MD Honored with Family Medicine Teaching Award

Tricia Hern, MD, of Zionsville, Indiana, has been named the 2015 A. Alan Fischer Award winner by the Indiana Academy of Family Physicians (IAFP). This award recognizes IAFP members who have made exceptional contributions to the education of family physicians in undergraduate, graduate, and continuing education spheres. She was honored with the award at the French Lick Resort in French Lick, IN on Saturday, July 25, 2015.

Dr. Hern is truly a champion of her patients and residents, and is a tireless advocate for graduate medical education. “Innovation” is a constant theme in all of her work, as was highlighted in each of her letters of nomination. Dr. Hern has revolutionized the course of family medicine residency education at Community Health Network, and continues to share these innovations with colleagues and residency programs across the country.  

Dr. Hern graduated from Indiana University with a BS in Biochemistry, where she was inducted as a member of Phi Beta Kappa, and graduated with Highest Distinction. She earned her medical degree from Northwestern University as a member of the Alpha Omega Alpha Honor Medical Society. She completed residency at the University of North Carolina Hospitals Family Medicine Residency Program in Chapel Hill. She is currently Program Director of the Community Health Network East Family Medicine Residency Program in Indianapolis, where she has worked since 2008. Prior to her work at the Community Health Network, she was Associate Program Director with the MacNeal Family Medicine Residency Program in Illinois.

In 2010 she was appointed as a temporary Assistant Medical Director at the Indiana State Department of Health to advise and assist with concerns over a possible H1N1 influenza outbreak. She is a founder and co-leader of Women in Medicine Leadership Networking Events, and an annual participant in the IAFP’s Physician of the Day Program at the Indiana General Assembly.

Dr. Hern lives in Zionsville, and has two children. She is currently working to spread the longitudinal curriculum model used with her residents, which she hopes to present at the AAFP’s Program Directors Workshop in the spring.

The Indiana Academy of Family Physicians is a membership organization composed of family physicians, family medicine residents, and medical students that reside and/or are licensed to practice in Indiana. The mission of the Indiana Academy of Family Physicians is to promote and advance family medicine in order to improve the health of Indiana.

For further information, call 317-237-4237 or email IAFP@in-afp.org. High resolution photos available upon request.