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2017 APDIM Distinguished Medical Educator Award Recipient

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.