Massachusetts Medical Society: Dr. Mary Callery O’Brien is honored by Massachusetts Medical Society for outstanding contributions to medical education

Dr. Mary Callery O’Brien is honored by Massachusetts Medical Society for outstanding contributions to medical education

Mary Callery O'BrienWALTHAM – Dr. Mary Callery O’Brien, an assistant professor of medicine at the University of Massachusetts Medical School, has been honored by the Massachusetts Medical Society as the 2020 recipient of the Grant V. Rodkey Award, an honor recognizing a Massachusetts physician for outstanding contributions to medical education and medical students.

A longtime member of the Massachusetts Medical Society (MMS) and the Worcester District Medical Society (WDMS), O’Brien was the 2015 winner of UMass Medical School’s most prestigious award for educators, the Lamar Souter Excellence in Undergraduate Medical Education Award. She was the inaugural director of the medical school’s Longitudinal Preceptor Program and held that position from 1995-2005. She has directed the Physical Diagnosis program and for the last 10 years, has led one of the school’s multidisciplinary learner-centered first-year courses taught by both basic scientists and clinicians. O’Brien also currently chairs the WDMS Committee on Education.

“I instantly saw how loved Dr. O’Brien was by her patients,” said UMass Medical School student Nora Feeney. “Through our work together, I’ve been able to witness Dr. O’Brien’s dedication to providing the best care for her patients as well as benefit from her exceptional talent in teaching medicine.”

O’Brien, an internist who practices in Shrewsbury, is a graduate of the College of the Holy Cross and the Renaissance School of Medicine at Stony Brook University.


The Massachusetts Medical Society (MMS) is the statewide professional association for physicians and medical students, supporting 25,000 members. We are dedicated to educating and advocating for the physicians of Massachusetts and patients locally and nationally. A leadership voice in health care, the MMS contributes physician and patient perspectives to influence health-related legislation at the state and federal levels, works in support of public health, provides expert advice on physician practice management, and addresses issues of physician well-being. Under the auspices of the NEJM Group, the MMS extends our mission globally by advancing medical knowledge from research to patient care through the New England Journal of Medicine, NEJM Catalyst, and the NEJM Journal Watch family of specialty publications, and through our education products for health care professionals: NEJM Knowledge+, NEJM Resident 360, and our accredited and comprehensive continuing medical education programs.

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