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2017 AAIM Special Recognition Award Recipient

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.