Membership

CDIM Awards

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Charles H. Griffith, III, MD, Educational Research Award

About the Award

The CDIM Educational Research Award recognizes a CDIM member who has contributed greatly to educational research. The award is presented at the CDIM National Meeting, which is held in conjunction with Academic Internal Medicine Week.

Nomination Criteria

The candidate must:

  • Be a CDIM member in good standing.
  • Have demonstrated outstanding contributions to educational research.
  • Be nominated by a current AAIM charter association member.

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 summarizing the program, project, or work deserving of an award. Nominations may include appropriate supporting documentation, such as a detailed description of curricular innovations, evaluations of curricular designs, funded grant applications, publications, and abstracts.
  • The nominee’s resume or curriculum vitae.

Educational Research Topics

Educational research topics may include, but are not limited to:

  • Curriculum development.
  • Ambulatory educational programs.
  • Inpatient educational programs.
  • Community medicine education.
  • Evaluation techniques.
  • Development in administration of educational programs.
  • Professional attitudes and behavior.
  • Professional development for faculty or residents.
  • Computer-based education.
  • Evidence-based medicine education.
  • Physical examination education during the internal medicine clerkship.
  • Self-directed learning.

Selection Process

The CDIM Nominating Committee will review completed nominations and recommend a recipient to the CDIM Council for final approval. All nominations will be considered for the year they are nominated as well as the following two years.

Early Career Medical Student Educator Award

About the Award

The CDIM Early Career Medical Student Educator Award is a new award that recognizes innovation and excellence in medical student education by a CDIM member at the instructor or assistant professor level. Areas of achievement may include leadership and scholarship in medical student education, teaching, or service to CDIM or AAIM. The award is presented annual at the CDIM National Meeting, part of Academic Internal Medicine Week.

Nomination Criteria

The candidate must:

  • Be a CDIM member
  • Have demonstrated significant contributions to medical student education

Nomination Information

Nominations must be submitted online. Nominees may be self-nominated or nominated by any member of AAIM (including APM, APDIM, ASP, AIM, or CDIM).

A nomination packet must include:

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

Nomination letters should address what significant contributions the nominee has made to the area of medical student education, leadership of medical student educational programs, scholarship in medical student education, teaching, or service to CDIM or AAIM.

Selection Process

All nominations will be reviewed by the CDIM Nominating Committee and approved by the CDIM Council. All nominations received will be considered for the year they are nominated as well as the following two years.

Linda J. Marts Administrator Service Award

About the Award

The CDIM Administrator Service Award recognizes a CDIM education administrator member who has contributed greatly to the association. The award is presented at the CDIM National Meeting, which is held in conjunction with Academic Internal Medicine Week.

Nomination Criteria

The candidate must:

  • Be a CDIM education administrator member in good standing.
  • Have demonstrated outstanding contributions to the association.
  • Be nominated by a current CDIM member.
    • A letter affirming the candidate’s nomination must be submitted by the second nominator, who must also be a current CDIM member.

Nomination Packet

Nominations must be submitted online. Self-nominations are not accepted.

A nomination packet must include:

  • A completed nomination form.
  • One nomination letter.
  • One additional letter supporting the nomination.
  • A one-page narrative of the nominated individual’s contributions to the organization.
  • The nominee’s resume or curriculum vitae.

Administrator Service Award Topics

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

  • Contributions made while serving as a Clerkship Administrators Advisory Council (CAAC) chair or council member
  • Contributions made while serving as a leader of a CAAC committee, task force, or special interest group.
  • Contributions made while serving as a presenter at a CDIM national conference.
  • Contributions made as a mentor to CDIM associate members.

Selection Process

The CA Nominating Committee will review completed nominations and recommend a recipient to the CDIM Council for final approval. All nominations will be considered for the year they are nominated as well as the following two years.

Louis N. Pangaro, MD Educational Program Development Award

About the Award

The CDIM Educational Program Development Award recognizes a CDIM member who has contributed to the development of an outstanding educational program. The award is presented at the CDIM National Meeting, which is held in conjunction with Academic Internal Medicine Week.

Nomination Criteria

The candidate must:

  • Be a CDIM member in good standing.
  • Have demonstrated active involvement in the development of an outstanding educational program.
  • Be nominated by a current AAIM charter association member.

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 summarizing the program, project, or work deserving of an award.  Nominations may include appropriate supporting documentation, such as a detailed description of curricular innovations, evaluations of curricular designs, funded grant applications, publications, and abstracts.
  • The nominee’s resume or curriculum vitae.

Educational Program Topics

Educational program topics may include, but are not limited to:

  • Curriculum development.
  • Ambulatory educational programs.
  • Inpatient educational programs.
  • Community medicine education.
  • Evaluation techniques.
  • Development in administration of educational programs.
  • Self-directed learning.
  • Professional development for faculty or residents.
  • Computer-based education.
  • Evidence-based medicine education.
  • Physical examination education during the internal medicine clerkship.
  • Professional attitudes and behavior.

Selection Process

The CA Nominating Committee will review completed nominations and recommend a recipient to the CDIM Council for final approval. All nominations will be considered for the year they are nominated as well as the following two years.

Ruth-Marie E. Fincher, MD, Service Award

About the Award

The CDIM Service Award recognizes a CDIM member who has contributed greatly to the association. The award is presented at the CDIM National Meeting, which is held in conjunction with Academic Internal Medicine Week.

Nomination Criteria

The candidate must:

  • Be a CDIM member in good standing.
  • Have demonstrated outstanding contributions to the association.
  • Be nominated by a current AAIM charter association 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 narrating the nominated individual’s contributions to the organization.
  • 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 an officer or councilor.
  • Contributions made while serving as chair of a committee, task force, or special interest group.
  • Contributions made while serving on a committee, task force, or special interest group.
  • Contributions made by a member while representing CDIM to other organizations.
  • Outstanding service by a member to a CDIM program.

Selection Process

The CDIM Nominating Committee will review completed nominations and recommend a recipient to the CDIM Council for final approval. All nominations will be considered for the year they are nominated as well as the following two years.

CDIM Award Recipients

Charles H. Griffith, III, MD, Educational Research and Scholarship Award: Amber T. Pincavage, MD, FACP

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The 2019 CDIM Charles H. Griffith, III, MD, Educational Research and Scholarship Award recipient is Amber T. Pincavage, MD, FACP. The CDIM Educational Research Award recognizes a CDIM member who has contributed greatly to educational research. The award is presented annually during Academic Internal Medicine Week.

According to Dr. Pincavage’s nominators, “Under her leadership, the quality of ambulatory education in the clerkship has dramatically improved.”  Based on the experience she acquired as co-clerkship director, Dr. Pincavage developed and presented the workshop “Ambulatory Education: Faculty Recruitment, Curricular Opportunities and Meaningful Student Learning” at the 2017 CDIM National Meeting.

Dr. Pincavage developed innovative tools for medical student assessment within her institution. She also focused on the curricula of medical students and created many tools to propel their education forward including interactive exercises, teaching videos, and a direct observation tool. In efforts to teach diagnostic reasoning, Dr. Pincavage authored virtual patient cases and mini-lectures that allowed students to interact with a patient avatar.

Dr. Pincavage was selected as a Fellow of the University of Chicago Academy of Distinguished Medical Educators in 2014. She was also selected as a Junior Faculty Scholar in the University of Chicago’s Bucksbaum Institute of Clinical Excellence. She was recently awarded an AAIM Innovation Grant for her project, “Teaching Resilience Skills to Students during Clinical Training.” Dr. Pincavage has been a member of CDIM since 2011. She served on the CDIM Survey and Scholarship Committee from 2013-2017 and currently serves on the AAIM CHARM Research Committee.

Dr. Pincavage presently serves as Associate Professor of Medicine and Co-Clerkship Director for the University of Chicago Division of the Biological Sciences, Pritzker School of Medicine, where she also received her degree in medicine and served as chief resident.

Early Career Medical Student Educator Award: Sonia Ananthakrishnan, MD

AnanthakrishnanWEB.jpgThe 2019 CDIM Early Career Medical Student Educator Award recipient is Sonia Ananthakrishnan, MD. The CDIM Early Career Medical Student Educator Award recognizes innovation and excellence in medical student education by a CDIM member at the instructor or assistant professor level. The award is presented annually at Academic Internal Medicine Week.


Dr. Ananthakrishnan led a group to clearly define the expectations of students and presented the findings at the 2017 Society for General Internal Medicine annual meeting. According to her nominators, she also “recently redesigned the medical school evaluation form at Boston University School of Medicine to make it clear and competency based.” She developed a new curriculum, “Boot Camp for Internship,” for fourth year students on how to most effectively seek and learn from feedback during residency. She received the school’s Clinical Faculty Teaching Award from the Boston University School of Medicine’s Office of Faculty Affairs in 2014.

In addition, Dr. Ananthakrishnan contributes passion and enthusiasm to medical education by being a faculty mentor for the medical school’s internal medicine interest group, which is involved in showcasing career opportunities for students as well as recruitment of medical students to internal medicine. She developed a Direct Observation Tool to use in supervising and in developing a formal experientially-oriented curriculum for the residents in giving and receiving feedback. Dr. Ananthakrishnan also serves as core faculty for the endocrine fellowship within Boston University and is currently developing what is being considered a very useful assessment tool for the students rotating on the endocrine elective.

Dr. Ananthatkrishnan has been involved in CDIM since 2009. She served on the CDIM Program Planning Committee since 2014 and has organized pre-courses in medical education research, innovation in medical education, and faculty development in medical education. She is described by her nominators as “an exemplary medical educator and clinician.”

Dr. Ananthatkrishnan is currently Assistant Professor in the Department of Medicine in the Section of Endocrinology at Boston University School of Medicine and Boston Medical Center. Dr. Ananthatkrishnan received her medical degree from Northwestern University School of Medicine and she completed her residency at Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania. She then was chief resident at Lankenau Hospital and served a fellowship in endocrinology at Boston Medical Center.

Ruth-Marie E. Fincher, MD, Service Award: Valerie J. Lang, MD, MHPE

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The 2019 CDIM Ruth-Marie E. Fincher, MD, Service Award recipient is Valerie J. Lang, MD, MHPE. The CDIM Ruth-Marie E. Fincher, MD, Service Award recognizes a physician who has contributed greatly to the association. The award is presented annually during Academic Internal Medicine Week.

Dr. Lang has been a member of CDIM since 2002. She has been actively involved since 2005 as Simple Committee Chair, CDIM Councilor, CDIM President, and Program Planning Chair. Dr. Lang also has been involved in AAIM on the Board of Directors and continues to participate on the Women in Academic Internal Medicine Forum Working Group and is vice chair of the High Value Care Working Group. She is described by her nominators as “truly a national leader in education.” Dr. Lang was the 2015 recipient of the George L. Seagal Prize for Excellence in Third Year Teaching. She also received Special Commendation for her third-year teaching in 2013.

Dr. Lang completed her Master of Health Professions Education from the University of Illinois at Chicago in 2015 and was awarded “Best Presentation” for her thesis work related to an assessment tool she developed to assess students completing the Aquifer Internal Medicine cases.

Dr. Lang is currently the Senior Associate Division Chief at University of Rochester School of Medicine and Dentistry. She also serves as Chair of Curriculum for Aquifer, a non-profit that oversees the ongoing development and maintenance of the on-line cases in medicine, pediatrics, family medicine, and other areas. According to her nominators, “Dr. Lang will continue to remain a passionate advocate for student issues and the advancement of internal medicine education in our medical schools through her involvement with CDIM.”

Louis N. Pangaro, MD, Educational Program Development Award: Amit K. Pahwa, MD, and Danelle Cayea, MD

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The 2019 CDIM Louis N. Pangaro, MD, Educational Program Development Award recipients are Amit K. Pahwa, MD, and Danelle Cayea, MD. The CDIM Louis N. Pangaro, MD, Educational Program Development Award recognizes physicians who have contributed to the development of an outstanding educational program. The award is presented annually at Academic Internal Medicine Week.

Dr. Pahwa and Dr. Cayea co-created a highly rated longitudinal high value care (HVC) curriculum within the Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine and disseminated their work nationally. The curriculum stemmed from a national needs assessment that examined the current state of HVC within the internal medicine clerkship, which was found to be inadequate.

In 2017, Dr. Pahwa served as course director for “The Rationale for High Value Care Quality Improvement,” a pre-course promoting HVC education and practice based on the HVC work of Dr. Pahwa and Dr. Cayea. Dr. Pahwa has been given ground rounds at several institutions across the country on his work related to creating HVC curriculum and its outcomes. Their nominators cited, “They developed an effective and highly rated longitudinal CayeaWEB.jpgcurriculum that was nonexistent only a few years ago and have developed a national reputation for their leadership in this area.”

Dr. Pahwa currently serves as Director, Internal Medicine Sub-internship, at Johns Hopkins University School Medicine. He received his degree in medicine from University of Alabama School of Medicine and completed his residency at Indiana University School of Medicine in medicine and pediatrics.

Dr. Cayea is the Associate Vice Chair for Education, Department of Medicine, at Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine. She received her degree in medicine at University of Rochester School of Medicine and Dentistry. She completed an internship, residency, and fellowship in geriatric medicine at University of Pittsburgh, Department of Medicine.



Linda J. Marts Administrator Service Award: Britt Simonson, MEd

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The 2019 CDIM Linda J. Marts Administrator Service Award recipient is Britt Simonson, MEd. The CDIM Administrator Service Award recognizes a CDIM education administrator who has contributed greatly to the association. The award is presented annually during Academic Internal Medicine Week.

Ms. Simonson is described as bringing “special enthusiasm and leadership skills to the organization that make an impact.” She has served on the CDIM Clerkship Administrators Advisory (CA) Council as a councilor and past chair. She also served as the chair of the CA Nominating Committee and CA Survey and Scholarship Committee. Her nominators stated, “She has been a major contributor to numerous CDIM efforts, both visible but also invisible behind the scenes.”

In addition to being involved with AAIM and CDIM, Ms. Simonson is a founding member of the regional organization of the Massachusetts Society of Academic Medical Administrators. Her nominators cited, “The knowledge that she has gained through CDIM has encouraged her to spread her wings and share her knowledge to others in the region.”

Ms. Simonson is currently the Medical Education Program Manager in the Department of Medicine at Harvard Medical School Brigham and Women's Hospital.

Awards Nominations

The call for all 2020 award nominations is now closed.