Membership

AAIM Awards

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Diversity Award

About the Award

Formerly an APM award, the AAIM Diversity Award was created to promote ethnic, racial, and gender diversity in departments of internal medicine.  The award is presented to an individual who has effectively improved diversity within medical schools or who has worked to ensure patients of all races and ethnicities receive the highest quality of care.  The award is presented during Academic Internal Medicine Week.

Nomination Criteria

Open to any eligible candidate regardless of specialty or AAIM affiliation, the award recognizes:

  • An individual’s meritorious achievement in improving racial, ethnic, and/or gender diversity at a medical school.

OR

  • An individual who has focused his or her research on addressing health care disparities and improving the level of care received by women and/or minorities.

Nominations must include clear evidence to demonstrate the effectiveness of the individual’s initiative(s) to improve diversity at his or her institution or research to address health care disparities. 

Nominations should include qualitative and quantitative results of the initiative(s) or research.  Particular consideration will be given to these data when reviewing nominations.  

Nomination Information

Nominations must be submitted online.

Self-nominations are not accepted for this award.

A nomination packet must include:

  • A completed nomination form.
  • One nomination letter detailing either the initiative(s) to improve diversity and the results of the initiative(s) or the applicant’s research to address health care disparities.
  • Additional letters supporting the nomination.  Please note, the committee will consider a maximum of three additional letters of support.
  • The nominee’s curriculum vitae.

Selection Process

The AAIM Diversity and Inclusion Committee will review completed nominations and recommend a recipient to the AAIM Board of Directors for final approval.  All nominations will be considered for the year they are nominated as well as the following two years.

Questions

For more information, please contact AAIM Member Services at (703) 341-4540 or memberservices@im.org.

Special Recognition Award

About the Award

Formerly an Association of Professors of Medicine™ award, the Special Recognition Award is presented by the Alliance for Academic Internal Medicine™ (AAIM™) to an individual who has contributed most to helping the alliance meet its mission which "fosters the advancement of learning, discovery, and caring by enhancing the professional growth of academic internal medicine faculty, administrators and physicians-in-training." The award is presented during Academic Internal Medicine Week.

Nomination Criteria

The candidate must be a current or former member of one of AAIM’s charter associations, which includes Association of Professors of

About the Award

Formerly an APM award, the AAIM Diversity Award was created to promote ethnic, racial, and gender diversity in departments of internal medicine.  The award is presented to an individual who has effectively improved diversity within medical schools or who has worked to ensure patients of all races and ethnicities receive the highest quality of care.  The award is presented during Academic Internal Medicine Week.

Nomination Criteria

Open to any eligible candidate regardless of specialty or AAIM affiliation, the award recognizes:

  • An individual’s meritorious achievement in improving racial, ethnic, and/or gender diversity at a medical school.

OR

  • An individual who has focused his or her research on addressing health care disparities and improving the level of care received by women and/or minorities.

Nominations must include clear evidence to demonstrate the effectiveness of the individual’s initiative(s) to improve diversity at his or her institution or research to address health care disparities. 

Nominations should include qualitative and quantitative results of the initiative(s) or research.  Particular consideration will be given to these data when reviewing nominations.  

Nomination Information

Nominations must be submitted online.

Self-nominations are not accepted for this award.

A nomination packet must include:

  • A completed nomination form.
  • One nomination letter detailing either the initiative(s) to improve diversity and the results of the initiative(s) or the applicant’s research to address health care disparities.
  • Additional letters supporting the nomination.  Please note, the committee will consider a maximum of three additional letters of support.
  • The nominee’s curriculum vitae.

Selection Process

The AAIM Diversity and Inclusion Committee will review completed nominations and recommend a recipient to the AAIM Board of Directors for final approval.  All nominations will be considered for the year they are nominated as well as the following two years.

Questions

For more information, please contact AAIM Member Services at (703) 341-4540 or memberservices@im.org

Past AAIM Awards Recipients

Diversity Award Recipients

Lisa Barkley, MD2018
Dr. Lisa Barkley, MD, FAAFP, FSAHM, FACSM

The 2018 AAIM Diversity Award was presented to Dr. Lisa Barkley, MD, FAAFP, FSAHM, FACSM, during the 2018 Academic Internal Medicine Week in San Antonio, TX.

Formerly an APM award, the AAIM Diversity Award was created to promote ethnic, racial, and gender diversity in departments of internal medicine. The award is presented to an individual who has effectively improved diversity within medical schools or who has worked to ensure patients of all races and ethnicities receive the highest quality of care.

Dr. Barkley was the founding Diversity and Inclusion Dean at the University of Central Florida College of Medicine; Dr. Barkley is currently Family Medicine Program Director at Charles Drew University. She has created a rich culture of diversity and conclusion which includes the implementation of the Health Explorers and Leaders (HEAL) program. The HEAL program is a K-12 academic-community partnership with Orange and Osceola counties schools that promotes self-efficacy and persistence to pursue medical careers. Dr. Barkley is a proven leader dedicated to addressing health care disparages through practical knowledge of notions of Cultural Competency, Cultural Humility, Sensitivity and Cultural Inclusivity. Dr. Barkley promotes an inclusive environment through her service on various committees and has developed a Diversity Champion program for staff at the University of Central Florida College of Medicine.

Dr. Barkley is a member of the Medical School Admissions Committee, the Council for Diversity and Inclusion, and serves on the Faculty and Administration Job Search Committee. Dr. Barkley was also featured in the Savory Magazine’s Top Doctor: Special Issue – Inaugural Publication to honor the nation’s top African-American doctors (2017). She has been honored with the Alfred L. Bookhardt, MD Award for Health Equity – Florida Department of Health, Orange County, the Diversity and Inclusion Champion Award – American College of Healthcare Executives of Central Florida, the Diversity Visionary Award – INSIGHT Into Diversity magazine, and recognized with the UCF Women of Distinction Award for Excellence in Social Justice and Sustainability.


Joseph Bentancourt2017
Dr. Joseph Betancourt, MD, MPH

Dr. Joseph Betancourt, MD, MPH, is the founder and director of the Disparities Solutions Center (DSC), Senior Scientist at the Mongan Institute for Health Policy at Massachusetts General Hospital, an Associate Professor of Medicine at Harvard Medical School and a practicing Internal Medicine physician. He is also the founder and leader of Quality Interactions, an industry-leading company that focuses on training in cross-cultural communication for health care professionals.

Dr. Betancourt is a nationally and internationally recognized expert in health care disparities and cross-cultural medicine, and has served on several Institute of Medicine Committees on this topic, including the one that produced the landmark report, Unequal Treatment. Dr. Betancourt has secured grants and contracts that have led to over 50 peer-reviewed publications, and advises private industry, government, and not-for-profit health systems on approaches to eliminating racial and ethnic disparities in health care. He sits on the Boston Board of Health; the Board of Trinity Health, a large national health system; and sat on the Board of Neighborhood Health Plan in Boston. He is a 2015 Aspen Institute Health Innovator Fellow.

Dr. Betancourt received his Bachelor of Science from the University of Maryland, his medical degree from Rutgers-New Jersey Medical School, and completed his residency in Internal Medicine at the New York Hospital-Cornell Medical Center. Following residency, he completed The Commonwealth Fund-Harvard University Fellowship in Minority Health Policy, and received his Master’s in Public Health from the Harvard School of Public Health.

Special Recognition Award Recipients

Cynthia “Daisy” Smith, MD2017
Cynthia “Daisy” Smith, MD

The Alliance for Academic Internal Medicine (AAIM) awarded Cynthia “Daisy” Smith, MD the 2017 AAIM Special Recognition Award during Academic Internal Medicine Week 2017, held March 19-22 at the Baltimore Convention Center in Baltimore, MD.

Presented annually, the AAIM Special Recognition Award recognizes an individual who has made significant contributions to helping the Alliance meet its mission to “foster the advancement of learning, discovery, and caring by enhancing the professional growth of academic internal medicine faculty, administrators and physicians-in-training.” The award was presented to Dr. Smith by AAIM President D. Craig Brater, MD.

Dr. Smith is credited with spearheading the development of important educational tools, including the American College of Physicians (ACP)-APDIM curriculum in High Value Care which is now being used at over 50% of residency programs in the U.S. Her nominators cited Dr. Smith’s “extensive experience as a residency program director and educator,” as well as her “collaborative spirit and energetic leadership that has moved the field of academic internal medicine forward.” Dr. Smith was also one of the original collaborators on the Internal Medicine Milestones, whose work subsequently led to the formation of a small group of educators who have been instrumental in moving the ACGME Next Accreditation System (NAS) and milestones into the spotlight nationally. Her work directly led to the ABIM, ACGME, ACP, and AAIM collaborating to improve the training of residents and students.

Dr. Smith’s nominators credit her with “enthusiastically laboring behind the scenes for years making AAIM a better organization.” As an APDIM Councilor, Dr. Smith was actively engaged in moving several initiatives forward, and she is cited by her nominators as being “talented at bringing people together and promoting teamwork.” Her connections with other groups have led to the sharing of ideas, materials, and brainpower.

Dr. Smith is currently the Vice President of Clinical Programs for the American College of Physicians (ACP), and also serves as an adjunct associate professor of medicine at the Raymond and Ruth Perelman School of Medicine at the University of Pennsylvania. Previously she served as the Senior Physician Educator for ACP, and internal medicine residency program director for Lankenau Hospital prior to that. She is a Fellow of the American College pf Physicians and also serves as leader of the AAIM-ACP High Value Care Curriculum Writing Group. Dr. Smith has also dedicated her talents to AAIM by serving on APDIM Council from 2008-2011, and as vice chair of the APDIM Program Planning Committee from 2007-2008.

Dr. Smith earned her undergraduate degree in history from Yale University. She went on to earn a medical degree from Columbia College of Physicians and Surgeons and completed her internal medicine residency at Massachusetts General Hospital.