Margaret Lo, MD, FACP
Dr. Lo is an Associate Professor of Medicine in the Division of Internal Medicine and an Ambulatory Care Staff Physician at the Malcolm Randall VAMC. In addition to her role as an Associate Program Director, Dr. Lo currently serves as Residency Clinic Director for the Internal Medicine Medical Plaza continuity clinic and Program Co-Director for the VA Chief Resident of Quality Safety.
Dr. Lo graduated from Cornell University, cum laude in biological sciences in 1995. Upon graduation, she took a non-traditional track in her medical education. She began her medical school at the University of California, Irvine but transferred to SUNY Upstate Medical University for her clerkship years. She also took a 2-year leave during medical school to complete an extensive research project. She then attended the University of Florida College of Medicine for her Internal Medicine residency in 2002. The warmth, collegiality, and academic rigor she received during her residency fueled her desire to join the UF faculty and the affiliated Malcom Randall VAMC upon her graduation in 2005. This same warm atmosphere permeates throughout the UF Medicine residency program to this day.
Medical education truly is the most important of Dr. Lo’s missions at UF. She consistently capitalizes on the joys of patient care with every interaction with residents and has developed particular expertise in teaching clinical reasoning, decision-making skills, and evidence-based best practices to trainees. Dr. Lo has been a recipient of numerous teaching awards, including the 2013 Clinician Educator of the Year Award by the Southern Society of General Internal Medicine. Her proudest accomplishments remain her UF College of Medicine Exemplary Teacher awards and her UF Department of Medicine’s Excellence in Mentoring award. These accolades are testaments from her trainees and her peers of her devotion as an academic physician.
As a UF faculty in the Division of Internal Medicine, Dr. Lo has championed for innovation in its residency ambulatory education and residents’ interest in general internal medicine. Her career has been focused on optimizing the quality of ambulatory residency education, an area where she has developed a national recognition as a clinician educator. She has published several of her residency curricular innovations on team-based ambulatory learning and quality improvement in chronic disease management.
Dr. Lo is highly active in both the AAIM/APDIM and SGIM organizations, at regional and national capacities. She currently serves as a member of the AAIM Education Committee, SGIM Education Committee, and the Maintenance of Certification Workgroup. She chairs the SGIM – UpToDate Leadership Review Committee as well as the AAIM Primary Care/Ambulatory Care Subcommittee and co-chairs the SGIM Milestones Subcommittee. In these roles, Dr. Lo continues to advocate for residents’ scholarly pursuits in primary care, resident mentoring in general internal medicine, and faculty development in ambulatory teaching skills and competency-based medical education.
Dr. Lo’s clinical niche is in quality improvement and team-based chronic disease management, particularly in diabetes and obesity. Non-clinical interests include humanism in medicine, residency curricular development, and cultivation of leadership skills. Her leisure time is spent playing volleyball with friends, doing arts and craft with her five-year-old daughter, and singing in her husband’s rock band.