ACGME Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Education


The ACGME recognizes notable program directors, designated institutional official, residents, and coordinators for their outstanding work and contributions to graduate medical education through its Awards Program.

The John C. Gienapp Distinguished Service Award is presented to an individual that is dedicated to graduate medical education and has made outstanding contributions to the enhancement of residency education and ACGME accreditation activities.

The Courage to Teach Award is presented to up to 10 program directors who have fostered innovation and improvement in their residency programs and served as exemplary role models for residents.

The Courage to Lead Award is presented each year to up to three designated institutional officials who have demonstrated strong leadership and astute resource management and who have also encourage innovation and improvement in residency programs and their sponsoring institutions.

The David C. Leach Award is presented to up to five residents who have also fostered innovation and improvement in their residency programs, advanced humanism in medicine, and increased efficiency and emphasis on educational outcomes.

The GME Program Coordinator Excellence Award is presented to up to five 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 Institutional Coordinator Award is presented to one institutional coordinator who everyone depends on to know graduate medical education and what the process is for internal review. The ACGME depends on this person to wear many hats of administrator, counselor, enforcer, coordinator, organizer and scheduler.

The ACGME and Gold Foundation DeWitt C. Baldwin, Jr., Award recognizes 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.

Each year the awardees are honored at a luncheon held during the ACGME’s Annual Educational Conference.