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AAIM Awards

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Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Award

About the Award

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. 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 meritorious achievement in improving racial, ethnic, and/or gender diversity at a medical school.

OR

  • An individual who has focused his or her research on addressing health care disparities and improving the level of care received by women and/or minorities.

Nominations must include clear evidence to demonstrate the effectiveness of the individual’s initiative(s) to improve diversity at his or her institution or research to address health care disparities. 

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 not accepted for this award.

A nomination packet must include:

  • A completed nomination form.
  • One nomination letter detailing either the initiative(s) to improve diversity and the results of the initiative(s) or the applicant’s research to address health care disparities.
  • Additional letters supporting the nomination. Please note, the committee will consider a maximum of three additional letters of support.
  • The nominee’s 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

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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:

  • A completed nomination form.
  • One nomination letter.
  • 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 memberservices@im.org

2019 Awards Recipients

AAIM Diversity Award: Rachel B. Levine, MD, MPH

LevineWEB.jpgThe 2019 Alliance for Academic Internal Medicine (AAIM) Diversity Award recipient is Rachel B. Levine, MD, MPH. 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. The award is presented annually at Academic Internal Medicine Week.

Dr. Levine’s nominators stated, “Throughout her career in academic medicine, Dr. Levine has worked tirelessly at an institutional and national level to raise awareness in academic medicine and to create a culture that is more equitable and inclusive for women.”

Dr. Levine is active in many ways that illustrate her depth of advocacy. She is the current Associate Vice Chair for Women’s Academic Careers in Medicine in the Department of Medicine of Johns Hopkins School of Medicine. She is also a member of the Committee on the Status of Women within the School of Medicine. In addition, Dr. Levine teaches in the school of medicine leadership programs for women faculty. She is also the co-founder and co-chair of a multi-disciplinary research group that focuses on women’s academic careers in medicine.

Dr. Levine has been recognized for her work in promoting equity and inclusion. At the university level, she received the 2016 Johns Hopkins University Leadership Council Diversity Recognition Award, which recognizes outstanding accomplishments of faculty, staff, and students whose demonstratable efforts foster greater appreciation, advancement, and celebration of diversity and inclusion at Johns Hopkins University. In 2013, she was chair of the Women’s Task Force which received the Association of American Medical Colleges Group of Women in Medicine and Science Leadership Development Award.

She has also produced scholarly work that contributes to a greater understanding of equity and inclusion with regards to gender issues. She has focused on research relating to part-time work in academic medicine. She also led research to explore reasons that women may leave academic medicine along with the gender-based differences in mentoring and career advising. These works are included in the AAMC, Group on Women in Medicine and Science Toolkit on Women’s Leadership and the Impact of Gender and the Careers in Medicine Advising webpage.

Dr. Levine currently serves as Associate Dean for Faculty Educational Development, Associate Vice Chair for Women's Academic Careers, Department of Medicine, and Associate Professor of Medicine at Johns Hopkins University. Dr. Levine completed her medical degree at McGill University in Montreal. She completed her residency at Boston University followed by a fellowship in General Internal Medicine at Johns Hopkins University. Her nominators said of Dr. Levine, “Her leadership and overall body of work have provided a comprehensive and effective model for guiding academic medical centers in the hard work that remains to be done to fully achieve equity and diversity throughout academic medicine.”

AAIM Special Recognition Award: Furman S. McDonald, MD, FACP

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The 2019 Alliance for Academic Internal Medicine (AAIM) Special Recognition Award recipient is Furman S. McDonald, MD, FACP. The AAIM Special Recognition Award is presented 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 annually at Academic Internal Medicine Week.

As Vice President of Academic Affairs of the American Board of Internal Medicine (ABIM), Dr. McDonald has excelled in creating and advancing programs that truly enhance the field of internal medicine. One such program is the development of FasTrack, a system of unifying data between ABIM and ACGME to allow shared information for both registration for the ABIM exam and for ACGME reporting requirements, therefore streamlining the processes and saving time. According to his nominators, “He also refined the way in which PDs received reports about the performance of their residents and fellows on ABIM exams, replacing a haphazard information flow in which PDs did not have a big picture view of their program performance nor knowledge of individual resident’s performance with a much more timely, global, nuanced and informative view of overall program performance.”

Dr. McDonald received his medical degree from Mayo Johns Hopkins Hospital, Osler Medical Service, and completed his internship at Mayo Medical School and his residency at Mayo Clinic, where he also served as chief resident. He then earned an Master of Public Health with a concentration in epidemiology, biostatistics, and medical education research from Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine.

He served as chair of APDIM Survey Committee and made significant contributions as a member of the ACGME Internal Medicine Residency Review Committee. He is described as having “touched every phase of internists’ training and practice, and he has contributed substantially to the success of AAIM in achieving its mission, even as he has made our discipline stronger and our training better.”

Past recipients of all awards

Awards Nominations

The call for all 2020 award nominations is open from May 8–June 14.

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