2016 Graduate Medical Education Awards
Pictured left to right: David Silbersweig, Wendy DeMille, Julie Silver, Gifty Kwakye, Beverly Woo, Martina Horner, Kerri Palamara, Aidan Long, James Bartz, and David Beckmann.
"A wonderful teacher and incredible mentor" and "an exemplary leader and educator” are two of the phrases used to describe this year's recipients of the Partners Medical Education Awards. The awards, which recognize outstanding achievements in medical education by Partners HealthCare faculty, staff and trainees, have been given annually since the program was launched by the Graduate Medical Education office in 2010.
This year's celebratory dinner was held on Monday, February 27, 2017 at the Top of the Hub Skywalk in Boston. An informal reception was followed by a dinner and recognition program. Debra Weinstein, MD, Vice President for Graduate Medical Education, served as emcee and invited nominators to say a few words about each of the awardees. The dinner also provided an opportunity for outgoing Residency and Fellowship Program Directors, some of whom were in attendance, to be recognized and thanked by John Co, MD, MPH, GME Director, and for Dr. Weinstein to thank the Centers of Expertise leaders.
The Medical Education Awards Subcommittee, chaired by Matina Horner, PhD, evaluated multiple nominations for each award category before selecting the winners. The committee includes members of the Partners Education Committee and past award recipients.
The Outstanding GME Program Director Award was presented to Aidan Long, MD, MGH Allergy and Immunology Fellowship Program Director by Kimberly Blumenthal, MD. Nominators attribute Dr. Long’s “dedication, leadership and skill” for “profoundly changing the character, quality, national profile and overall caliber of the training program.”
The Outstanding GME Program Administrator Award was presented to Wendy DeMille, PHS Nephrology Fellowship Program Administrator, by Kevin Tucker, MD. Ms. DeMille has been described as “an outstanding Program Administrator who goes to great lengths to make our Program not only outstanding, but the best in the country.”
The Outstanding Clinical Teacher Award was given to James Bartz, MD, NWH Department of Medicine by Robert Rogers, MD. Dr. Bartz has been described by the residents he has worked with as “a consummate clinician and educator and a great role model for kind and conscientious care.”
The Medical Education Research Award was given to Kerri Palamara, MD, MGH Department of Medicine. Dr. Katrina Armstrong presented the award in recognition of Dr. Palamara’s study entitled “Professional Development Coaching of Residents". Since its implementation at MGH in 2012, this program has been adopted wholly or in part by 18 other residency programs around the country.
The Outstanding Mentor Award was shared by Drs. Julie Silver, SRH Department of Physiatry and Beverly Woo, BWH Department of Medicine. The awards were presented by Drs. Anna Bank and Rebecca Berman respectively. Dr. Silver was described as “a passionate medical educator who provides superlative mentoring for trainees at all stages of learning and career planning.” As expressed by Dr. Woo’s mentees, “Dr. Woo’s lifelong commitment to serving the medical community and supporting her patients is amazing. She encourages each of her students to dream big and pursue a life of medical excellence.”
The Resident/Fellow as Teacher Award was shared by Drs. Gifty Kwakye, BWH Department of Surgery and David Beckmann, MGH/McLean Department of Psychiatry. The awards were presented by Drs. Bryan Dieffenbach and Jennifer Goetz respectively. Dr. Kwayke has been described as “incredibly patient, helpful, and most importantly, a thorough teacher.” As expressed by Dr. Beckmann’s nominators “We can think of no one who better exemplifies the qualities of an outstanding teacher-dedication, passion, enthusiasm, creativity and tirelessness.”
The Georgi Bland GME Institutional Citizenship Award was given to Dr. David Silbersweig, BWH Department of Psychiatry. As expressed by Dr. Silbersweig’s nominators “He recognizes the value of helping others win, in that through their success the larger system also achieves its greatest successes.”
The deadline for nominations for the 2017 Award Recipients will be mid-summer. For more information please visit the GME website or contact Jean Tammaro.
This page was created on 3/28/17.