Membership

AAIM Awards

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Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Award

About the Award

The AAIM Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Award was created to recognize academic internal medicine physicians, administrators, and physicians-in-training whose work substantially advances diversity, equity and inclusion through systems which ensure high quality care for all patients. The award is presented to an individual or team who promotes and champions diversity, equity, and inclusion in their department of medicine. 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 or team’s meritorious achievement in any of the following areas, or a combination thereof:

  • Supporting physicians, administrators, and physicians-in-training in academic internal medicine to work collaboratively with colleagues of diverse backgrounds within and across institutions to advance high quality and equitable care for all patients
  • Creating an inclusive environment for all physicians, administrators, and physicians-in-training
  • Equipping internal medicine medical educators with the ability to prepare the next generation of physicians with the knowledge, skills and attitudes required to effectively care for diverse populations
  • Stimulating research that supports high quality care and mitigation of health disparities

Please note, if a nominee is a current board, council, or executive committee member at the time the award recipient is being selected, they are not eligible for award consideration.

Nominations must include clear evidence to demonstrate the effectiveness of the individual’s or team’s initiative(s) to improve diversity, equity, and inclusion at their institution. 

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 accepted for this award.

A nomination packet must include:

  • One nomination letter detailing either the initiative(s) to improve diversity, equity, and inclusion in a department of medicine.
  • Additional letters supporting the nomination. Please note, the board will consider up to three additional letters of support.
  • The nominee’s curriculum vitae. Please ensure that the CV submission no more than seven pages in length.

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.

Questions

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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 Information

The candidate must be a current or former member of one of AAIM’s charter associations, which includes Association of Professors of Medicine, Association of Program Directors in Internal Medicine, Association of Specialty Professors™, Clerkship Directors in Internal Medicine™, and Administrators of Internal Medicine™.

Self-nominations are not accepted for this award.

Nominations must be submitted online, including:

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

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.

Questions

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

2020 Award Recipients

2020 AAIM Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Award

BenjaminEmeliaWEB.jpgThe Alliance for Academic Internal Medicine (AAIM) will present the 2020 AAIM Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Award to Emelia J. Benjamin, MD, ScM, FACC, FAHA, during Academic Internal Medicine Week 2020, to be held April 19-22 in Tampa, FL.

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. AIM President Sylk Sotto, EdD, MBA, MPS, will present the award to Dr. Benjamin during the AAIM Signature Plenary April 20.

Her nominator notes that “Through her world class research program in cardiovascular epidemiology, remarkable success in program development, and prodigious mentoring activities, she has very positively influenced the careers of faculty from very diverse backgrounds including individuals working to identify and mitigate health disparities.” She has over 600 publications, multiple awards for mentoring, and currently serves as training director for two multi-site, multi-disciplinary national research fellowships, which are characterized by their inclusion of women and individuals from underrepresented racial and ethnic groups. Even more importantly, she has been a trusted mentor and sponsor for 49 individuals, most of whom have been highly successful in academic medicine.

Among her many achievements at Boston University Medical Center, Dr. Benjamin designed and led longitudinal faculty development programs targeted at faculty in the early-career, mid-career, underrepresented racial/ethnic group, and women faculty cohorts as well as a series of career development seminars and intensive summer program for medical students. During her tenure as Vice Chair for Faculty Development and Diversity—a role she has held since 2008—the percent of women professors in the department doubled (13.5% to 28%) and the percent of faculty from groups under-represented in medicine increased from 6% to over 9% in 2018. Her nominator describes Dr. Benjamin as “a staunch and thoughtful advocate for women and for faculty from under-represented racial and ethnic groups. She works tirelessly with individual faculty members to help them overcome obstacles and to discover their untapped capacity to make an impact.”

In addition to her role as vice chair and based on her extraordinary leadership in the department, she was appointed as the inaugural Assistant Provost for Faculty Development at Boston University Medical Campus in 2015. She is Professor in the Department of Medicine Section of Cardiology at Boston University School of Medicine.

Dr. Benjamin has served on the faculty of Boston University School of Medicine since 1990. She earned her MD from Case Western Reserve University School of Medicine and her ScM in epidemiology from Harvard University School of Public Health.

2020 AAIM Special Recognition Award

VuRobert.jpgThe Alliance for Academic Internal Medicine (AAIM) will present the 2020 AAIM Special Recognition Award to T. Robert Vu, MD, during Academic Internal Medicine Week 2020, to be held April 19-22 in Tampa, FL. 

The AAIM Special Recognition Award is presented to an individual who has contributed most to helping the Alliance meet its mission which "promotes the advancement and professional development of its members who prepare the next generation of internal medicine physicians and leaders through education, research, engagement, and collaboration." AAIM Board of Directors President and CEO D. Craig Brater, MD, will present the award to Dr. Vu during the AAIM Signature Plenary April 20.

Described as “a tireless teacher” and “an exemplar as an educator in internal medicine,” Dr. Vu is recognized for his “countless contributions to professional societies.” A member of CDIM since 2003, he has served as CDIM Councilor and Chair of the CDIM Subinternship Committee as well as inaugural chair of the AAIM Medical Student to Resident Interface Committee. He is a long-time contributor to ACP-CDIM MKSAP for Students as well as the editor of the AAIM Internal Medicine Subinternship Curriculum 2.0.

Dr. Vu’s nominators highlighted his work on the development of internal medicine milestones and entrustable professional activities for medical students preparing for residency, particularly his work as lead author on the Alliance position paper “The Internal Medicine Subinternship: More Important Now Than Ever.”

An Associate Professor, Dr. Vu is currently Associate Director of the Internal Medicine Third Year Clerkship and of the Internal Medicine Subinternship for Fourth Year Medical Students. Dr. Vu has served on the faculty of the Department of Medicine at Indiana University School of Medicine since 1995. He earned his MD from University of Maryland School of Medicine and completed his residency and fellowship in general internal medicine at Indiana University School of Medicine.

Past recipients of all awards