Membership

APDIM Awards

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Distinguished Medical Educator Award

About the Award

The APDIM™ Distinguished Medical Educator Award recognizes an individual or a team for outstanding contributions to the field of graduate medical education. The APDIM Distinguished Medical Educator Award is presented annually during Academic Internal Medicine Week.

Nomination Criteria

1.  Evidence of gifted teaching.

Examples include:

  • National, regional, or local teaching awards.
  • A record of invited presentations at national meetings or institutions other than their home institution.
  • Testimonials from mentees, students, or colleagues.

2.  A record of outstanding contributions to graduate medical education.

Examples include:

  • Development of new and innovative curricula or educational programs.
  • Novel approaches to core teaching skills.
  • Synthesis of existing educational theory to enhance understanding by other educators.
  • Advocacy for high quality education on the national level.

3.  National recognition of expertise in medical education.

Examples include:

  • Involvement with organized medicine, educational regulatory agencies, or standard setting boards such as the Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Education, American Board of Internal Medicine, American College of Physicians, APDIM, Liaison Committee for Medical Education,or the Residency Review Committee for Internal Medicine.

4.  Scholarly achievement in the broad field of education with dissemination of work beyond their home institution.

Examples include:

  • Peer reviewed publications.
  • Invited editorials
  • Invited or competitively selected workshops at national meetings.
  • Symposia or courses.
  • Web-based publication of educational tools, courses, or strategies.

Nomination Information

Nominations must be submitted online. Self-nominations are accepted for this award.

A nomination packet must include:

  • A completed nomination form.
  • One nomination letter.
  • The nominee's curriculum vitae.

Selection Process

The recipient is selected by the APDIM Council. All nominations will be considered for the year they are nominated as well as the following two years.

Program Administrator Service Award

About the Award

The APDIM Program Administrator Service Award is presented to a current or former program administrator who has demonstrated outstanding service to the association. The award is presented annually at the APDIM Program Administrators Meeting, held in conjunction with Academic Internal Medicine Week.

Nomination Criteria

  • The candidate must be a current or former APDIM program administrator member.
  • The candidate must have demonstrated outstanding contributions to the association.
  • The candidate must be nominated by a current APDIM member.
  • A letter affirming the candidate’s nomination must be submitted by a second nominator (this person does not need to be a current APDIM member).

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.
  • One additional letter supporting the nomination. Please note, the committee will only consider one letter of support in addition to the first nominator’s letter.
  • The nominee’s resume or curriculum vitae.

Service Award Topics

Service award topics may include, but are not limited to:

  • Contributions made while serving as a member of APDIM Program Administrators Advisory Council, as a leader of an APDIM program administrators committee, task force, or special interest group.
  • Contributions made while serving on an APDIM committee, task force, or special interest group.
  • Contributions made while serving as a presenter at an APDIM national conference.
  • Contributions made as a mentor to an APDIM program administrator.

Selection Process

The recipient is selected by the AAIM Board of Directors.  All nominations will be considered for the year they are nominated as well as the following two years.

Dema C. Daley Founders Award 

About the Award

The APDIM Dema C. Daley Founders Award honors a member of the internal medicine community recognized nationally as an educator, innovator, and leader.

In 2003, APDIM dedicated the award to Dema C. Daley. Ms. Daley served as APDIM Executive Director from 1987 to 2000; recognizing her contributions, the APDIM Council promoted her to Executive Vice President in 2001, a position she held until her death in July 2002. During her 15 years as the association’s leader, Ms. Daley helped APDIM become “the preeminent professional organization in graduate medical education noted for its promotion of excellence and innovation in leadership and educational methodologies.”

The Dema C. Daley Founders Award is presented annually during Academic Internal Medicine Week.

Nomination Criteria

In selecting a recipient, predominant attention is given to a candidate’s contributions that have influenced areas of undergraduate and graduate medical education and the development of training programs in internal medicine, APDIM, or other organizations that are educationally focused.

Nominations must be submitted online. Self-nominations are accepted for this award.

A nomination packet must include:

  • A completed nomination form.
  • One nomination letter.
  • The nominee’s curriculum vitae.

Selection Process

The recipient is selected by the APDIM Council. All nominations will be considered for the year they are nominated as well as the following two years.

Past APDIM Award Recipients

Distinguished Medical Educator Award Recipients

Suzanne Brandenburg, MD2018
Suzanne Brandenburg, MD

APDIM awarded Suzanne Brandenburg, MD, the APDIM Distinguished Medical Educator Award during Academic Internal Medicine Week 2018, held March 18-21 in San Antonio, TX.

The APDIM Distinguished Medical Educator Award recognizes an individual or team for a history of outstanding contributions to graduate medical education, expertise in medical education, and scholarly achievement in the broad field of education. Dr. Brandenburg will be presented the award at the APDIM Spring Awards Lunch.

Dr. Brandenburg holds a long list of teaching awards and recognitions. She is the recipient of the Outstanding Housestaff Teaching Award as well as the Faculty Professionalism Award at the University of Colorado. She has given numerous lectures around the world, often centered on the theme of identifying and supporting struggling learners.

In her role as residency program director, she undertook design and implementation of an educational improvement process called Blueprint for Change which has spanned the better part of the past decade. The goal of this collaborative initiative involving multiple divisions and affiliated campuses was to improve internal medicine and transform the formal educational curriculum into a series of interactive educational sessions. Her work has also expanded and improved opportunities for budding primary care and hospitalist physicians. She also launched the physician-scientist training program to deliver focused content. Her innovative work redesigning education across the Department of Medicine and the University of Colorado Health System continues in her current role as Vice Chair for Education.


Paul B Aronowitz, MD2017
Paul B Aronowitz, MD

APDIM will award Paul B. Aronowitz, MD, the APDIM Distinguished Medical Educator Award during Academic Internal Medicine Week 2017, which will be held March 19-22 in Baltimore, MD.

The APDIM Distinguished Medical Educator Award recognizes an individual or team for a history of outstanding contributions to graduate medical education, expertise in medical education, and scholarly achievement in the broad field of education. Dr. Aronowitz will be presented the award at the APDIM Spring Awards Lunch.

Dr. Aronowitz served as Program Director at California Pacific Medical Center from 2001-2012 and is currently a Clinical Sciences Professor of Medicine and Clerkship Director at the University of California, Davis School of Medicine. He is described by his nominator as a “phenomenally gifted teacher” who “is an amazing mentor and person, who not only sees the potential for greatness in his colleagues and trainees but cares enough to help them to see and achieve this potential themselves”.

He is described by residents and students that have worked with him as someone who has “invaluable physical exam teaching, an incredible fund of knowledge, outstanding role model, contagious enthusiasm, and a huge asset to our program.”

Dr. Aronowitz has used the power of images to teach clinical medicine and is described by his nominator as someone who has “carved a unique niche for academic scholarship in clinical images”. Dr. Aronowitz is truly an innovator, described by his nominator that he “started and edited our local resident publication called RipRap in 2001, which was a blog before there were blogs, and includes reflection pieces on patient care, art work, poetry and wellness for residents”. In addition to RipRap, Dr. Aronowitz also publishes podcasts on Soundcloud.

Dr. Aronowitz has been involved in a leadership role in APDIM for many years. He served as APDIM President from 2012-2013, APDIM council member from 2007-2010, Chair of APDIM Nominating Committee from 2013-2014, member of AAIM Board of Directors from 2011-2014, and a member of AAIM External Support Advisory task force.

Dr. Aronowitz earned his bachelor degree in 1981 from Oberlin College. He received his MD in 1989 from Case Western Reserve University School of Medicine. He went on to complete his internal medicine residency at the University of California San Francisco in 1992.

Program Administrator Service Award Recipients

Eileen T. Kruck, C-TAGME2018
Eileen T. Kruck, C-TAGME

APDIM awarded Eileen Kruck the APDIM Program Administrator Service Award during the 2018 APDIM Program Administrators Meeting, March 18-20, 2018 in San Antonio, TX.

The APDIM Program Administrator Service Award is presented annually by the association to an administrator who has demonstrated outstanding leadership and support of the organization.

Ms. Kruck is graduate medical education manager in the Department of Graduate Medical Education at Stony Brook Medicine/Southampton Hospital. She has served in various roles in the APDIM Program Administrators Advisory Council (PAAC) since 2010, including as chair from 2015–2016. She currently serves as a PAAC councilor.


Ruth H. Smith2017
Ruth H. Smith

APDIM awarded Ruth H. Smith the APDIM Program Administrator Service Award during the 2017 APDIM Program Administrators Meeting, March 19-20, 2017 at the Baltimore Convention Center in Baltimore, MD.

The APDIM Program Administrator Service Award is presented annually by the association to an administrator who has demonstrated outstanding leadership and support of the organization. The award was presented by the Chair of the APDIM Program Administrators Advisory Council (PAAC), Deena W. Segal.

Ms. Smith is recognized for her outstanding contributions to internal medicine residency administration during her time at New Hanover Regional Medical Center in Wilmington, NC. She began in her position as an administrative associate in 2003 and was recognized and promoted to Program Administrator in 2008. Ms. Smith continues to be a leader among the APDIM PA community and her institution.

Ms. Smith has been a member of APDIM since 2004 and is described by her nominators as a dedicated Program Administrator giving her heart and soul to the New Hanover Regional Medical Center Department of Medicine training programs as well as her ongoing contributions to APDIM PAAC. She is devoted to improving medical education throughout the institution, allowing her passion for medical education to spread outside the walls of her institution and her commitment to APDIM has been extraordinary.

Since joining APDIM in 2004, she has taken on many substantial roles in APDIM. From 2009-2011 she was a member of the Program Planning Committee, and in 2011 she served as Chair of the Program Planning Committee. In 2013 became Chair Elect of the PAAC, Chair in 2014, and Past Chair in 2015. She has continued to lead a variety of workshops at many APDIM meetings. Ms. Smith has retired from her position at New Hanover Regional Medical Center December 31, 2016.

Dema C. Daley Founders Award Recipients

Robert Ferguson, MD MACP2018
Robert Ferguson, MD MACP

APDIM awarded Robert Ferguson, MD, MACP, the APDIM Dema C. Daley Founders Award during the 2018 Academic Internal Medicine Week, held March 18-21 in San Antonio, TX.

The Founders Award honors a member of the internal medicine community recognized nationally as an educator, innovator, and leader whose contributions have influenced areas of undergraduate and graduate medical education and the development of training programs in internal medicine, APDIM, or other organizations that are educationally focused. Dr. Ferguson was presented with his award during the APDIM Awards Spring Lunch.

Dr. Ferguson has been an active clinician-educator at the University of Maryland Medical Center.

As a longstanding member of APDIM, he served as a member of the Membership Survey and Scientific Data Sub-Committee, the Public and Legislative Policy Committee, and the AAIM Advocacy Committee. Early on, he noted that program directors from community hospitals were a heterogeneous group that had difficulty speaking with one voice. He served as the first chair of the Community Hospital Special Interest Group in 2000, and held that position until 2009, helping to crystallize and prioritize the main concerns and challenges of that diverse group. He also became an active member of the Association of the Chiefs and Chairs of Medicine (ACCM), and served as the director for the ACCM Patient Safety Symposium, held in 2010, and the ACCM Symposium II, held in 2011. Finally, he served on the APDIM Council from 2004-2007.

Dr. Ferguson conceived the idea of creating a journal to support and disseminate the broad range of scholarly efforts of community hospitals. Thus began the Journal of Community Hospitals of Internal Medicine Perspectives (JCHIMP), a new peer- reviewed online journal that initiated publication in 2011. The vision for this project was entirely his, and he has spent countless hours of his own time nurturing it to fruition. The project, to a significant degree, reflects his personal values.

After receiving his medical degree from Cornell University in 1972, Dr. Ferguson completed his internship and residency at the North Shore University Hospital on Long Island, New York. He then served as medical chief resident at the Mount Sinai Hospital in Hartford, CT.


Donald Bordley, MD2017
Donald Bordley, MD

APDIM awarded Donald Bordley, MD, the 2017 APDIM Dema C. Daley Founders Award during Academic Internal Medicine Week 2017, held March 19-22 at the Baltimore Convention Center in Baltimore, MD.

The Founders Award honors a member of the internal medicine community recognized nationally as an educator, innovator, and leader whose contributions have influenced areas of undergraduate and graduate medical education and the development of training programs in internal medicine, APDIM, or other organizations that are educationally focused. Dr. Bordley was presented with his award during the APDIM Awards Spring Lunch.

Dr. Bordley has been an active clinician-educator at the University of Rochester School of Medicine where he is currently the William L. Morgan Professor and Associate Chair for Education in the Department of Medicine. He previously served as residency program director, clerkship director, and chief of medicine.

Dr. Bordley has been deeply involved in APDIM. He has been appointed to key roles in the organization, including APDIM President, chair of numerous committees, and most recently a member of the AAIM Board of Directors. His nominator describes Dr. Bordley as someone who “will continue to go to any lengths to see APDIM and AAIM be the very best possible.”

His nominator describes him as a “person [I] relied on most heavily and many of our accomplishments were due to Don’s efforts” and “was always willing to serve as a mentor.” Through his compassion about mentoring, his nominator states he “personally invested 100+%...the department of medicine has attracted and trained outstanding individuals, many of whom have gone to play key roles in internal medicine”.

Dr. Bordley received his bachelors degree in 1969 from Yale University and his MD from Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine in 1976. He went on to complete his internal medicine residency at Strong Memorial Hospital of University of Rochester, where he also completed his fellowship in general internal medicine in 1981.