The STFM Podcast

July 2021: How to Be a Good Mentor with Dr Tammy Chang

What separates a good leader from a great one? These in-depth interviews with some of family medicine's most influential leaders provide insight into pivotal experiences that boosted leadership skills and provided unprecedented opportunities for personal growth. 

In this episode, Dr Saccocio discusses Mentorship with Dr Tammy Chang.

This series of podcasts is sponsored by the Society of Teachers of Family Medicine (STFM), the academic home for family medicine educators.


Tammy Chang, MD, MPH, MS:

Dr. Tammy Chang is a health services researcher and practicing family physician with a passion for adolescent health, specifically, breaking the cycle of poverty and poor health among adolescent mothers and their children. 

Her NIH-sponsored research is focused on improving access to reproductive health care and promoting healthy pregnancy weight gain among at-risk adolescents using text messaging, social media mining, and natural language processing (NLP). She is also the founding director of MyVoice (www.hearmyvoicenow.org) a national text-message poll of youth age 14-24 that uses mixed methods and NLP with the goal of informing local and national policies in real-time.

Dr. Chang is a Co-Director of the National Clinician Scholars Program at the University of Michigan where she trains junior faculty clinicians in health services research and teaches a Master’s level course in Leadership and Communication. She actively mentors numerous high school students, undergraduate students, graduate students, medical students, and post-doctoral fellows to fill the pipeline of future health services researchers.

Dr. Tammy Chang is an assistant professor in the Department of Family Medicine and a practicing physician at the Corner Health Center and the Regional Alliance for Healthy Schools.  She received her undergraduate degree from the University of Michigan with honors in Cellular and Molecular Biology and Zoological Anthropology. She also received her medical degree and master of public health degree in health policy and management from the University of Michigan. Dr. Chang completed residency training and served as co-chief resident in the Department of Family Medicine at the University of Michigan and is an alumna of the University of Michigan Robert Wood Johnson Foundation Clinical Scholars program. She has received several national awards including the Academy Health Presidential Scholarship for New Health Services Researchers, the North American Primary Care Research Group Distinguished Trainee Award, and the Society of Teachers of Family Medicine Distinguished Paper Award.  She has served on committees and working groups at the National Academy of Science, Engineering, and Medicine (NASEM) and has co-authored two consensus reports on the health and development of adolescents.

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