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

2021 Award Recipients

2021 AAIM Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Award

The Alliance for Academic Internal Medicine (AAIM) will recognize the 2021 AAIM Diversity, Inclusion, and Equity Award recipient, Bessie Young, MD, MPH, during AAIM Online 2021, to be held virtually April 6-16.

The AAIM Diversity 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.

Described by her nominators as a “trailblazer, role model, [who] never stops putting diversity and inclusion first,” her nominators note that “Dr. Young is the first African-American woman to be promoted to full professor in the Department of Medicine at the University of Washington. She is deeply committed to diversity efforts in the department, school, University, and on local, regional and national levels.”  She has over 125 peer-reviewed publications, multiple awards, and mentored 16 individuals over the last 10 years in academic medicine.

Among her many achievements as a diversity researcher, her nominators explain, “Dr. Young’s research focuses primarily on chronic kidney disease (CKD), diabetes complication and comorbidities, and health disparities in minority populations with CKD. She was the first to identify a greater prevalence and incidence of diabetic nephropathy and greater risk of amputations in minority populations that in white populations…Dr. Young has also been a leader in research investigation CKD and depression…as a principal investigator on two VA grants, she is employing telemedicine to address issues of rural access to specialists and advanced care for complex chronic diseases.”

On the faculty since 1994, Dr. Young serves as Associate Chair for Diversity and Inclusion and Professor in the Department of Medicine at University of Washington School of Medicine and Adjunct Professor in the Department of Epidemiology and Health Services at University of Washington. She also serves as Section Chief Nephrology for Veterans Affairs Puget Sound Health Care Center. She earned her MD from University of Washington and her MPH in epidemiology from School of Public Health. She completed her residency and fellowship in nephrology at University of Washington.

2021 AAIM Special Recognition Award

The Alliance for Academic Internal Medicine (AAIM) will recognize the recipient of the 2021 AAIM Special Recognition Award, Andrew Halvorsen, MS, during AAIM Online 2021, to be held virtually April 6-16.

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." 

Mr. Halvorsen is described as “one of the most collegial, dedicated colleagues.” His nominators explain how his contributions “have served to raise the visibility and impact of the APDIM survey committee” over the years. “He was able to transform the survey by incorporating data from publicly available data sources such as the US Census, ACGME, and FREIDA to decrease the work of program directors completing the survey. As a member of the survey committee, his skills as a statistician ensured that we developed questions relevant to the topics at hand that would allow us to take the data, distill the results and provide meaningful information to the Alliance and Internal Medicine.” 

Mr. Halvorsen’s nominators highlighted his work on the advancement of learning, discovering, and caring, noting “contributions to 13 APDIM poster presentations, at least 17 manuscripts related to his work with members of the Survey committee, and 7 additional manuscripts in press, submitted or in process. He has published with faculty from dozens of institutions.”

A member of APDIM since 2009, Mr. Halvorsen serves as a current member of APDIM Survey Committee. He has served as Project and Data Manager at Mayo Clinic since 2009. He also serves as Assistant Professor of Medicine and Associate in Medicine at Mayo Clinic. He earned his MS in statistics from Iowa State University.

Past recipients of all awards