1981 - 1984 Maine-Dartmouth
Family Residency, Augusta, Maine
- Resident Physician in Family Practice
- Received award for teaching skills
1977 - 1981 Boston University School of Medicine, Boston, MA
- Doctor of Medicine
- Alpha Omega Alpha, (1981; National Health Service Corps Scholar)
1973 - 1977 University of Massachusetts, Amherst, MA
- Bachelor of Science
- Summa Cum Laude; Phi Beta Kappa; Alumni Scholar
- Society of
Teachers of Family Medicine
- American Academy
of Family Physicians
- Society of
Warren J. Ferguson, MD attended the Boston University
School of Medicine where he was a National Health Service Corps scholar. Subsequently,
he completed his residency in family medicine at the Maine-Dartmouth Family
Practice Residency. For twenty-seven years, he has provided patient care in
two Massachusetts community health centers, where he has served diverse populations
in Lawrence and Worcester. He was Medical Director of the Greater Lawrence Family
health Center from 1985 to 1989. In 1989, he became Medical Director of the
Family Health and Social Service Center in Worcester and was subsequently named
Vice President of Medical Services in 1991. Although he still cares for patients
at this health center, he now serves as Associate Professor and Vice Chair of
Family Medicine and Community Health at the University of Massachusetts Medical
School and as the medical director of the MassAHEC Network.
He has taught medical students and family practice
resident physicians for 21 years, focusing on curriculum development regarding
service to underserved populations. He has developed particular expertise and
written on practice issues with culturally diverse populations and on teaching
methods aimed at improving students’ cultural competency. He has led the development
of a cultural competence curriculum for the University of Massachusetts Medical
School including student and resident curricula, as well as faculty development
which was published in Academic Medicine. In 2000, he has been awarded a five-year
Cooperative Agreement from HRSA to provide consultations to the National Center
for Cultural Competence. He has presented several invited presentations in the
area of culturally effective communication to faculty from several disciplines.
His research has focused on solutions to health
disparities experienced by underrepresented minorities and persons with limited
English proficiency. Additionally, he has researched and written on primary
care workforce issues faced by community health centers and on the role of teaching
health centers for recruitment and retention of primary care providers in these
Dr. Ferguson has received recognition and awards
for his work in these capacities. He was named Medical Director of the Year
by the New England Community Health Center Association in 1990 and Outstanding
Physician of the Year by the Massachusetts League of Community Health Centers
in 1993. He has received the Director’s Award from the U.S. Public Health Service.
He was named Massachusetts Family Physician of the Year in 1998 and also received
a Special Recognition Award for Teaching by the University of Massachusetts
Medical School in 1998 and an Educational Achievement Award in 2006.
Language Services and Cultural Competence
- Lindholm M and Ferguson WJ. Can we create a
medical home for limited English proficiency patients? 44th Annual
STFM Conference, New Orleans, LA, April, 2011.
- University of Massachusetts Medical School,
Keynote Speaker at Conference on Language and Diversity, 2010.
- Hispanic Heritage Month Celebration. UMass
Memorial Health Care. Keynote Presentation: Crossing the Language Divide.
Providing Language Services for Spanish Speaking Patients
- Ferguson W, Godkin M, Haley HL and Philbin
M. Evaluating the impact of a multicultural interclerkship on student knowledge,
skills and awareness. 42nd Annual STFM Conference, Denver, CO,
- Lindholm, M and Ferguson WJ. The Utilization
Trends of Professional Interpretation for the Inpatient, and Their Effects
on Post Discharge Health Care Visits. 41st STFM Annual Spring Conference,
Baltimore, MD, May, 2008.
- Barrett SV, Gentile GM, Zanetti ML, Ferguson
W, Godkin M, Jonassen JA and Pugnaire MP. 2007 AAMC Annual Meeting; Research
in Medical Education (RIME) Abstract Poster Session
- Hickman T, Ferguson W, et al. Knowledge, Attitudes
and Skills: Creating a Curriculum Thread in Cultural Competency. GEA/GSA Mini-Workshop.
AAMC Annual Meeting, Washington, D.C., November 11, 2003.
- Ferguson W, Keller D and Quirk M. Getting
Buy In: Developing Culturally Competent Faculty.
STFM Annual Meeting, Atlanta, GA. September, 2003.
- Ferguson W and Candib L. Culture, Language
and the Doctor-Patient Relationship: Is their a connection to outcome disparities?
STFM Annual Conference, San Francisco, CA. May, 2002.
- Ferguson W, Keller D and Quirk M. Getting Buy-In:
Developing Culturally Competent Faculty. STFM Annual Predoctoral Conference,
Tampa, FL, February, 2002.
- Kirby P, Ferguson WJ and Lauthers A. Post-release
Use of MassHealth Services. 4th Annual Academic and Health Policy
Conference on Correctional Health, Boston, MA, March, 2011.
- Ferguson WJ et al. Collaborating to Create
a Model Correctional Health Curriculum for Medical Schools and Residency Programs"
43rd Annual STFM Spring Conference, Vancouver, BC, April, 2010.
- Ferguson WJ. Growing Your Own: Correctional
Health Fellowships" 3rd Annual Academic and Health Policy Conference on Correctional
Health, Fort Lauderdale, FL, February, 2010.
- Ferguson WJ. Building a unique curriculum for
a unique setting: Correctional health professional education. Academic and
Health Policy Conference on Correctional Health, Boston, MA, March, 2008.
- Ferguson WJ et al. Regional Medicine-Public
Health Education Centers: Improving Population Health Education through the
Continuum and Across Specialties" Boston , MA . AAMC Annual Meeting, November,
- Ferguson WJ et al. Everything that you wanted
to know about teaching community health centers. 43rd Annual STFM
Conference, Vancouver, BC, April, 2010.
- Pernice J, Bailey L and Ferguson WJ. Developing
Physician Workforce Initiatives. National Association of Community Health
Centers Community Health Institute, New Orleans, LA, September, 2008.
- Pernice J and Ferguson WJ. Improving Health
Outcomes in Primary Care: The Role of Health Coaching and Lay Health Workers.
National Association of Community Health Centers Community Health Institute,
New Orleans, LA, September, 2008.
- Cashman S, Ferguson W, Savageau J and Lasser
D. Impact of training site on future career choice in serving underserved
populations. AAMC Workforce Conference, Washington, DC, May, 2007.
- Ferguson W, Savageau J, Cahsman S and Lasser
D. Thirty Years of Family Medicine Residency Training: Characteristics Associated
with Practice in a Health Professions Shortage Area. STFM Annual Spring Conference,
Chicago, IL. April, 2007.
Ferguson W, Lasser D and Baldor
R. Commonwealth Medicine, Family medicine and Massachusetts. Partnerships
that improve public sector care to vulnerable populations. STFM Annual Spring
Conference, San Francisco, CA. April 27, 2006.