Despina Lekakis, DO, Provider in the Holyoke Health Center Pediatric Department, has been appointed to the faculty at the rank of Instructor in the Department of Pediatrics at University of Massachusetts Medical School-Baystate. This appointment is effective as of February 27, 2019.
Congratulations, Dr. Lekakis!
Clinical faculty appointments are an integral part of medical school. Part of being a provider includes the responsibility to share knowledge and information with colleagues, trainees and patients. Providers have the opportunity to give back to their profession by teaching the science, art and ethics of medicine to medical students, residents and fellows. In doing this, clinical faculty are able to participate in training the next generation of providers for tomorrow's patients, and ultimately, are able to improve the health of the communities they serve.
As faculty, Dr. Lekakis has precepted one Medical Student for 4 weeks during the University of New England's Pediatric Community Health Rotation. She has also had two Residents from Baystate Medical Center (each for two years) work with her as their "second site" preceptor. In addition, as do all of our Pediatric Providers, Dr. Lekakis precepts the Pediatric Dental Residents in our HHC Dental Department as they rotate through the Pediatric Department.