Dr. Julia McDonald DO, of Augusta Receives Maine’s Family Physician of the Year Award

April 5, 2019

The Maine Academy of Family Physicians (MAFP) is pleased to award Maine’s 2019 Family Physician of the Year to Julia McDonald DO, MPH of Augusta. As faculty at the Maine Dartmouth Family Medicine Residency, Dr. McDonald’s practice includes primary care for all ages, obstetrics, hospital medicine, addiction treatment, and reproductive health care. She also serves as the Medical Director of Abortion Services at Mabel Wadsworth Center in Bangor. Dr. McDonald initially studied Dance and Theatre at Colby College, but turned to medicine during a profound experience in Peace Corps Morocco. She received her Masters of Public Health and her Doctorate in Osteopathy from UNE before completing her training at the Greater Lawrence Family Medicine
Residency (MA), where she served as Chief Resident.

Dr. McDonald’s nomination specifically notes her perseverance, depth, passion, and dedication for her patients. “She actually listens…She meets patients in the moment, on their ground, and develops a plan that works for them while meeting their traditional medical needs. She engages their spirit, their joy, and their hope. And, as a practicing osteopath with endless energy and enthusiasm, she works to provide comprehensive, practical, and cost-effective care to her patients.”

The award was presented to Dr. McDonald by the MAFP President, Dr. Patrick Connolly at the Annual Family Medicine Update April 4-5, in Bar Harbor, Maine.

(Founded in 1951, the Maine Academy of Family Physicians (MAFP) represents over 800 Family Physicians, Family Medicine Residents from Maine’s four Family Medicine Residencies, and medical students statewide.  For more information about the Maine Academy of Family Physicians, please visit http://www.maineafp.org/. To learn more about MDFMR’s residency practices, please visit https://www.mainedartmouth.org/ ) ***


Maine Family Physician of the Year Award: 

Nominate a colleague for 2020's Maine Family Physician of the Year - 

**Deadline for receipt of Nomination Packet - Feb. 15, 2020

Eligibility Criteria & Information on how to nominate

Nomination Form to be Completed and Submitted with Cover Letter, CV, and other supporting information (see Criteria above)


Past Recipients of MAFPs Family Physician of the Year Award (full listing)

Maine Family Physician of the Year - 2015 - Richard Hobbs III MD
Maine Family Physician of the Year - 2014 - Barbara Vereault MD
Maine Family Physician of the Year - 2013 - Dieter Kreckel MD


A collaboration of the Maine Association of the Maine Academy of Family Physicians and the Maine Association of Psychiatric Physicians,  providing psychiatric consultation to primary care practices throughout the state of Maine.
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"Doc of the Day" at the Maine Legislature:

Established in 1997, the program is well respected and legislators are enthusiastic about it. Volunteering as the “Doctor of the Day” gives you a better sense of legislators’ perception of the medical profession, the importance of developing a relationship with your legislators, and promoting the medical profession among the State’s leaders.
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MAFP Annual Family Medicine Update:

Each spring, the Maine Academy of Family Physicians holds its annual CME event planned by Family Docs, for Family Docs.
((More information available on the MAFP Annual Update Website)


Tar Wars

A tobacco education program for 4th & 5th graders

The mission of Tar Wars is to educate students about being tobacco free, provide them with the tools to make positive decisions regarding their health, and promote personal responsibility for their well being. By utilizing a community-based approach to mobilize family physicians, educators, and other health care professionals, Tar Wars can accomplish its mission.

The goals of the program are to:

  • Educate and motivate students to be tobacco free
  • Mobilize health care professionals to become proactive in their community's health education
  • Encourage community involvement in support of the Tar Wars program

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