The Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Education (ACGME) this week presented awards to 28 recipients at the Annual Educational Conference, recognizing remarkable achievements from a diverse group of graduate medical education (GME) professionals.
“The ACGME is honored to recognize this group of talented individuals and institutions for their contributions to the graduate medical education community. Through their deep commitment to advancing health care through education, they have made a significant and lasting impact on graduate medical education and health care broadly,” said Thomas J. Nasca, MD, MACP, president and chief executive officer, ACGME.
The John C. Gienapp Distinguished Service Award was established in 1999 in recognition of John C. Gienapp, PhD who served as Executive Director of the ACGME for 19 years. The award honors individuals who have dedicated themselves to GME and have made outstanding contributions to the enhancement of residency education and ACGME accreditation activities.
This year’s award was presented to:
Debra F. Weinstein, MD
Partners HealthCare, Massachusetts General Hospital and Brigham and Women’s Hospital
Internal Medicine and Gastroenterology
Dr. Weinstein is Vice President for Graduate Medical Education at Partners HealthCare, Massachusetts General Hospital and Brigham and Women’s Hospital in Boston, Massachusetts.
Since the inception of Partners HealthCare, Dr. Weinstein has ensured that GME is front and center with institutional and health systems leadership. She created the Partners Office of Graduate Medical Education, with the foresight of creating a model approach for GME oversight and innovation at a health system level. Through her leadership and advocacy, residents and fellows, program directors, and program coordinators at Partners have access to innovative programs throughout the health system, including interdisciplinary educational and career development opportunities.
Dr. Weinstein also initiated the Partners Medical Education Awards Program, which includes awards for accomplishment by residents/fellows, program directors, program coordinators, and faculty members. She has established institution-wide career development opportunities for program directors and chief residents, and has led efforts to develop core curricula across all programs.
Dr. Weinstein graduated from Wellesley College with honors and received her medical degree from Harvard Medical School. She completed her residency training in internal medicine and gastroenterology at the Massachusetts General Hospital. She was chosen to be Chief Resident in Internal Medicine in 1989, only the second woman to hold this position at that time.
From 2007-2012, Dr. Weinstein served on the ACGME Board of Directors and was a 2007 recipient of the ACGME’s Parker J. Palmer Courage to Teach Award.
The Parker J. Palmer Courage to Lead Award is for designated institutional officials who have demonstrated strong leadership and astute resource management, and who have encouraged innovation and improvement in residency and fellowship programs and their Sponsoring Institutions. The recipients of this year’s Courage to Lead Award are:
The Parker J. Palmer Courage to Teach Award is given to program directors who have fostered innovation and improvement in their residency/fellowship programs and served as exemplary role models for residents and fellows. The recipients of this year’s Courage to Teach Award are:
The David C. Leach Award recognizes residents and fellows who have fostered innovation and improvement in their programs, advanced humanism in medicine, and increased efficiency and emphasis on educational outcomes. The recipients of this year’s David C. Leach Award are:
The GME Institutional Coordinator Award recognizes an institutional coordinator that demonstrates in-depth knowledge of graduate medical education and the process for internal review. This person skillfully manages the multiple roles of administrator, counselor, enforcer, coordinator, organizer, and scheduler. The recipient of this year’s GME Institutional Coordinator Award is:
Taiwana W. Mearidy, MBA
Emory University School of Medicine
The Debra L. Dooley GME Program Coordinator Excellence Award is given to program coordinators in recognition of their in-depth understanding of the accreditation process, excellent communication and interpersonal skills, and projects to improve residency programs. The recipients of this year’s Debra L. Dooley GME Program Coordinator Excellence Award are:
The DeWitt C. Baldwin Jr. Award, in its fifth year, is presented to Sponsoring Institutions by the ACGME and the Arnold P. Gold Foundation to recognize institutions with accredited residency/fellowship programs that are exemplary in fostering a respectful, supportive environment for medical education and the delivery of patient care, which leads to the personal and professional development of learners.
The recipients of this year’s DeWitt C. Baldwin Jr. Award are:
The Jeremiah A. Barondess Fellowship in the Clinical Transaction, presented in partnership with the New York Academy of Medicine, invites junior faculty in internal medicine to develop innovative programs that enhance this fundamental element of clinical care through educational innovation.
This year’s recipient is:
Justin Berk, MD, MPH, MBA
Division of Internal Medicine and Pediatrics
Warren Alpert School of Medicine at Brown University
Providence, Rhode Island
The ACGME is currently accepting nominations for the 2021 Awards cycle through Wednesday, March 25, 2020. The ACGME Board of Directors Awards Committee selects awardees. Learn more on our website. Joint awards are selected separately.