ACGME Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Education

Parker J. Palmer Courage to Teach Award

The ACGME is proud to announce the recipients of the Parker J. Palmer Courage to Teach Award, which honors program directors who find innovative ways to teach residents and to provide quality health care while remaining connected to the initial impulse to care for others in this environment. Parker J. Palmer is the author of the book The Courage to Teach and whose promotion of the concept of "living divided no more" has proven relevant to teaching in academic health centers. Congratulations to this year's recipients!

open 2013 Award Recipients
Wallace A. Carter, MD
Wallace A. Carter, MD
Program Director for Emergency Medicine
New York Presbyterian
New York, NY
Richard T. Jennings, MD, MS
Richard T. Jennings, MD, MS
Program Director for Aerospace Medicine
University of Texas Medical Branch
Galveston, TX
John D. Mahan, Jr., MD
John D. Mahan, Jr., MD
Program Director for Pediatrics and Pediatric Nephrology
Nationwide Children’s Hospital/The Ohio State University
Columbus, OH
Bryan L. Martin, DO
Bryan L. Martin, DO
Program Director for Allergy and Immunology
The Ohio State University
Columbus, OH
David Schulman, MD, MPH
David Schulman, MD, MPH
Program Director for Pulmonary and Critical Care Medicine
Emory University
Atlanta, GA
Deborah A. Schwengel, MD
Deborah A. Schwengel, MD
Program Director for Anesthesiology
Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine
Baltimore, MD
Nathan R. Selden, MD, PhD
Nathan R. Selden, MD, PhD
Program Director for Neurological Surgery
Oregon Health & Science University
Portland, OR
Craig D. Shriver, MD, FACS
Craig D. Shriver, MD, FACS
Program Director for General Surgery
Walter Reed National Military Medical Center
Bethesda, MD
David B. Sweet, MD, FACP
David B. Sweet, MD, FACP
Program Director for Internal Medicine
Summa Health System / NEOMED
Akron, OH
William M. Tierney, MD
William M. Tierney, MD
Program Director for Gastroenterology
University of Oklahoma Health Sciences Center
Oklahoma City, OK
open 2012 Award Recipients
Felix K. Ankel, MD
Felix K. Ankel, MD
Emergency Medicine
Regions Hospital/ HealthPartners Institute of Medical Education
St. Paul, MN
Stephanie A. Call, MD, MSPH
Stephanie A. Call, MD, MSPH
Internal Medicine
Virginia Commonwealth University
Richmond, VA
Grace L. Caputo, MD, MPH
Grace L. Caputo, MD, MPH
Pediatrics
Phoenix Children's Hospital/Maricopa Medical Center
Phoenix, AZ
D. Scott Gantt, D.O., FACC, FSCAI
D. Scott Gantt, D.O., FACC, FSCAI
Cardiovascular Disease
Texas A&M University HSC-Scott & White Memorial Hospital
Temple, TX
Waguih William IsHak, MD, FAPA
Waguih William IsHak, MD, FAPA
Psychiatry
Cedars-Sinai Medical Center and UCLA 
Los Angeles, CA
Mary E. Klingensmith, MD
Mary E. Klingensmith, MD
Surgery
Washington University/BJH/SLCH Consortium Program
St. Louis, MO
Alan K. Louie, MD, DFAPA
Alan K. Louie, MD, DFAPA
Psychiatry
San Mateo County Behavioral Health and Recovery Services 
San Mateo, CA
Charles B. Seelig, MD, MS, FACP
Charles B. Seelig, MD, MS, FACP
Internal Medicine
Greenwich Hospital
Greenwich, CT
Rebecca R. Swan, MD, FAAP
Rebecca R. Swan, MD, FAAP
Pediatrics
Vanderbilt University School of Medicine
Nashville, TN
Andrew J. Varney, MD
Andrew J. Varney, MD
Internal Medicine
Southern Illinois University School of Medicine
Springfield, IL
open 2011 Award Recipients
Maria Aaron, MD
Ophthalmology 
Emory University 
Atlanta, GA
Stanley Ashley, MD
General Surgery
Brigham and Women's Hospital
Boston, MA
Mark Bugnitz, MD
Pediatrics 
University of Tennessee 
Memphis, TN
Christian de Virgilio, MD
General Surgery 
Los Angeles County-Harbor-UCLA Medical Center 
Torrance, CA
Byron Joyner, MD, MPA, FAAP, FACS
Urology 
University of Washington 
Seattle, WA
Gregory Kane, MD, FACP, FCCP
Internal Medicine
Thomas Jefferson University
Philadelphia, PA
Tsveti Markova, MD, FAAFP
Family Medicine 
Wayne State University/Crittenton 
Rochester, MI
Vijay Rajput, MD
Internal Medicine 
UMDNJ Robert Wood Johnson Medical School (Camden)/Cooper University Hospital Program 
Camden, NJ
Karen J. Souter, MB BS, FRCA
Anesthesiology 
University of Washington 
Seattle, WA
Ann E. Van Heest, MD
Orthopaedic Surgery 
University of Minnesota 
Minneapolis, MN
open 2010 Award Recipients
Ramesh Ayyala, MD
Ophthalmology 
Tulane University 
New Orleans, LA
John Frohna, MD
Pediatrics 
University of Wisconsin Hospitals
& Clinics 
Madison, WI
Michael Hart, MD
Surgery 
Swedish Medical Center 
Seattle, WA 
Ronald Maier, MD
Surgical Critical Care 
UW School of Medicine &  
Harborview Medical Center
Seattle, WA
Eileen Reynolds, MD
Internal Medicine 
Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center 
Boston, MA
Michael Rhodes, MD
Family Medicine 
Utah Valley 
Provo, UT
Gregory Rouan, MD
Internal Medicine 
University of Cincinnati College of Medicine 
Cincinnati, OH
Philip Shayne, MD
Emergency Medicine
Emory University
Atlanta, GA
Prathibha Varkey, MD
Preventive Medicine 
Mayo Clinic 
Rochester, MN
Diane Wayne, MD
Internal Medicine 
McGaw Medical Center of Northwestern University 
Chicago, IL

Gold Humanism and Excellence in Teaching Award

The Arnold P. Gold Foundation through its Humanism in Medicine Award annually honors a medical school faculty physician (MD or DO degree) who exemplifies the qualities of a caring and compassionate mentor in the teaching and advising of medical students. The nominee must also possess the desirable personal qualities necessary to the practice of patient-centered medicine by teaching ethics, empathy, and service by
example. The goal of the award is to emphasize, reinforce, and enhance the importance of humanistic qualities among medical school students and faculty. The presence of a caring, compassionate, and collaborative learning environment serves as positive reinforcement to prospective physicians of the desirability of such qualities in the doctor patient relationship. The criteria employed in the selection of the award recipient includes the assessment of professional and personal skills, personal attributes, and professional and academic activities that provide evidence of the following qualities and characteristics:

  • Involvement in community service
  • Compassion/sensitivity
  • Collaboration with students and patients
  • Modeling ethics of the profession

2009 Humanism and Teaching in Excellence Award Winners

2008 Humanism and Teaching in Excellence Award Winners

If you would like to learn more about the Humanism in Medicine Ward, please visit the Arnold P. Gold Foundation Website HERE.