Nidhi K. Lal, M.D., M.P.H., an urgent care physician at Lowell
General Hospital, has been honored by her physician peers of the Middlesex West
District Medical Society as its 2017 Community Clinician of the Year, an award
recognizing her professionalism and contributions as a physician. She will receive the award at the district
society’s annual meeting April 11 at the Stonehedge Inn & Spa in Tyngsboro.
selecting her for the honor, Dr. Lal’s colleagues noted her extensive
experience serving culturally diverse and underserved populations, her teaching
experience with medical students and residents, and her advocacy efforts on the
local and state levels.
certified in family medicine, Dr. Lal is also an attending physician at Boston
Medical Center and an instructor in family medicine at Boston University School
of Medicine. She earned her medical
degree from the Mahatma Gandhi Institute of Medical Science in India and her
master’s degree in public health from the Boston University School of Public
Health. She completed her residency in
the University of Massachusetts Family Practice Program in Worcester.
addition to her clinical duties, Dr. Lal has taught third and fourth-year
medical students in family medicine and maternal child health at Boston
University School of Medicine. She is also involved with development of narratives
as a ‘teaching tool,” as well as to emphasize and highlight patient experiences
that leave a lasting impression and impact.
Lal is currently a Fulbright Specialist and working on global health projects
in India towards curriculum development of additional training of General
Practitioners as well as improving maternal child health outcomes in tribal
communities in Southern India. She is also an Instructor of Advanced Life
Support in Obstetrics skills towards decreasing maternal mortality and
improving outcomes in India.
Lal has been an active member of the Massachusetts Medical Society since 2009,
serving as an Alternate Trustee, a member of the International Medical Graduates
Section, and a member of the Global Health Committee. She previously chaired the MMS Task Force on
Diversity in Leadership and was a member of the MMS House of Delegates. From
2013-2015, she served as president of the Middlesex North District.
Community Clinician of the Year Award was established in 1998 by the
Massachusetts Medical Society to recognize a physician from each of the
Society’s 20 district medical societies who has made significant contributions
to his or her patients and the community.
The Massachusetts Medical Society, with some 25,000
physicians and student members, is dedicated to educating and advocating for
the patients and physicians of Massachusetts. The Society, under the auspices
of NEJM Group, publishes the New England Journal of Medicine, a leading global
medical journal and web site, and Journal Watch alerts and newsletters covering
13 specialties. The Society is also a leader in continuing medical education
providing accredited and certified activities across the globe for physicians
and other health care professionals.
Founded in 1781, MMS is the oldest continuously operating medical
society in the country. For more information please visit www.massmed.org,
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