MPPDA Awards

MPPDA Awards

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Brendan P. Kelly, MD, Award

About the Award

Dr. Brendan Kelly served as the Associate Program Director of the Baystate Medicine-Pediatrics Program for 18 years. Throughout his medical career, Brendan was a skilled and passionate teacher of residents and medical students, earning a total of 19 medical student teaching awards. He was the founder and director of the first and only national conference for Med-Peds physicians. As a medical educator, Dr. Kelly was known as an incredibly engaging and effective teacher, a master of the art of physical diagnosis, and an expert in giving feedback and teaching professionalism. He was a tireless advocate for all those he cared about: his family, patients, students, colleagues, and nursing staff. At the national level, he was a highly regarded leader and a much beloved friend to all in the medicine-pediatrics community.

Nomination Criteria

The Brendan Kelly Award is to be awarded annually by the MPPDA to an Associate Program Director of a Medicine-Pediatrics Residency Program who demonstrates the teaching excellence, collaborative leadership, and compassionate patient care that Dr. Kelly modeled so well. Program Directors may nominate an Associate Program Director who shall be in their position as APD at the time of the annual MPPDA meeting. 

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.

Nomination Information

Nominations must be submitted online. Self-nominations are not accepted. The candidate must be nominated by a current MPPDA member

A nomination packet must include:

  • One nomination letter.

Selection Process

The recipient will be selected by the MPPDA Executive Committee. All nominations will be considered for the year they are nominated as well as the following two years.

Leadership in Med-Peds Award

About the Award

The MPPDA Leadership in Med-Peds Award is a new award given to a physician who has made significant contribution to Medicine-Pediatrics (Med-Peds) as a profession. The award is presented each spring, alternating between the MPPDA Meeting and the Association of Pediatric Program Directors annual Spring Meeting.

Nomination Criteria

In selecting a recipient, predominant attention is given to a candidate who is outstanding in their clinical field, a national leader in med-peds, and has made a significant contribution to the education of med-peds residents, promoted student interest in training in med-peds, supported faculty development of med-peds, and supported the development and betterment of med-peds as a discipline. The candidate is not required to be a current member of MPPDA.

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.

Nomination Information

Nominations must be submitted online. Self-nominations are accepted for this award. The candidate must be nominated by a current MPPDA member.

A nomination packet must include:

  • One nomination letter.
  • The nominee’s curriculum vitae.

Selection Process

The recipient is selected by the MPPDA Executive Committee. All nominations will be considered for the year they are nominated as well as the following two years.

Program Administrator Award

About the Award

The MPPDA Program Administrator Award is presented to a current or former program administrator who has demonstrated outstanding service and contribution to the Med-Peds Program Directors Association. This award will be presented annually at the MPPDA meeting.

Nomination Criteria

  • Nominations for the award must be submitted online
  • The candidate must be a current or former MPPDA member
  • The candidate must have demonstrated outstanding contribution to the association 

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.

Nomination Information

Nominations must be submitted online. Self-nominations are not accepted. The candidate must be nominated by a current MPPDA member

A nomination packet must include:

  • One nomination letter.

Selection Process

The recipient will be selected by the MPPDA Executive Committee. All nominations will be considered for the year they are nominated as well as the following two years.

Walter W. Tunnessen, Jr., MD, Award

About the Award

The MPPDA Walter W. Tunnessen, Jr., MD, Award honors a graduating medicine-pediatrics resident who demonstrates many of the qualities that were admired in Dr. Tunnessen. The Walter W. Tunnessen, Jr., MD, Award is presented each spring, alternating between the MPPDA Meeting and the Association of Pediatric Program Directors annual Spring Meeting.

Nomination Criteria

Recognizing Dr. Tunnessen’s dedication and gifts as an educator, clinician, and advocate for children, MPPDA has established this award in his honor. Program directors may nominate one of their fourth-year residents for this award by submitting a letter (up to two pages) describing the qualities and accomplishments of the resident in the following areas:

  • Education: the resident should be recognized by faculty, peers, and students as an excellent teacher and role model.
  • Clinical Care: the resident should demonstrate compassion, altruism, and outstanding communication skills with patients and families.
  • Advocacy: the resident should show awareness of the impact that the larger community has on the health of children and adults, and should show evidence of advocacy on behalf of patients or the larger community.
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.

Nomination Information

Nominations must be submitted online. Self-nominations are not accepted. The candidate must be nominated by a current MPPDA member.

A nomination packet must include:

  • One nomination letter.
  • The nominee’s curriculum vitae.

Selection Process

The recipient will be selected by the MPPDA Executive Committee.

2021 MPPDA Award Recipients

2021 MPPDA Brendan P. Kelly, MD Award 

MPPDA will recognize the recipient of the 2021 MPPDA Brendan P. Kelly, MD, Award, Kendra Van Kirk, MD, MAT, FAAP during the APPD Annual Spring Meeting, to be held virtually March 23-26.

The Brendan Kelly Award is awarded annually to an associate program director of a medicine-pediatrics residency program who demonstrates the teaching excellence, collaborative leadership, and compassionate patient care that Dr. Kelly modeled so well. 

Her nominators describe her as “a leader amongst leaders” and note that she has garnered the respect of our leaders and our institution, and most importantly, the residents that she mentors and the patients that she cares for.”

Dr. Van Kirk’s nominators explained “she has been a driving force for our program efforts and the institution’s efforts at examining head-on the impact of racism in medicine, and has been leading our residency program’s efforts at evaluating medical education through an anti-racism lens. She leads our institution’s efforts in the national Campaign Against Racism, and has worked closely with the residents in creating anti-racism educational conferences for the Med-Peds residency program and the categorical residency program. Most recently, she led our residency program in our most ambitious effort yet in the fight against racism with our Pledge for Action against racism focused on six areas – Leadership, climate and Recruitment, Learning Environment, Clinical Health Equity, Research Action Group for Equity, and Pathways, Outline, and Pipeline.”

A member of MPPDA since 2017, Dr. Van Kirk is Associate Program Director in the Department of Internal Medicine and Pediatrics at University of Miami Leonard M. Miller School of Medicine. She earned her MD from Howard University College of Medicine.

2021 MPPDA Leadership in Med-Peds Award 

MPPDA will recognize the recipient of the 2021 MPPDA Leadership in Med-Peds Award Sandra A. Moutsios, MD, during the APPD Annual Spring Meeting, to be held virtually March 23-26.

The MPPDA Leadership in Med-Peds Award is given to a physician who has made significant contribution to medicine-pediatrics as a profession.

According to her nominators, Dr. Moutsios’ “has defined what it means to lead our national organization. Her insights, actions, and method of addressing stakeholders, gathering consensus, and striving for a vision of a stronger more stable MPPDA under the wing of AAIM has proven prophetic. As an organization, the MPPDA is in a far stronger position structurally, fiscally and offers an amazingly wide range of services and service to our members. This includes the seed grant and consultation grant programs that she created, along with our fund reserves she was able to secure for our own use within the AAIM structure.”

Dr. Moutsios is currently Director of the Internal Medicine-Pediatrics Residency Program at Vanderbilt University Medical Center; she also serves as Assistant Professor of Internal Medicine and Pediatrics. A member of MPPDA since 2004, Dr. Moutsios has been actively involved in the organization, serving as MPPDA President in 2014 and as editor of A Textbook for Program Directors in Combined Internal Medicine Pediatrics Training Programs as well as a past chair of the MPPDA Curriculum Committee.

A recipient of multiple awards for her teaching, Dr. Moutsios has served on the faculty at Vanderbilt University Medical Center since 2004. She earned her MD from University of Florida College of Medicine and completed her internal medicine-pediatrics residency training at Vanderbilt University Medical Center.

2021 MPPDA Program Administrator Service Award 

MPPDA will recognize the recipient of the 2021 MPPDA Program Administrator Service Award t, Kelli P. DaSilva, C-TAGME, during APPD Annual Spring Meeting, to be held virtually March 23-26.

The MPPDA Program Administrator Award is presented to a current or former program administrator who has demonstrated outstanding service and contribution to the organization.

Ms. DaSilva’s nominators describe her as having “an incredible work ethic and great sense of humor” and explain “over the past few years there has been a tremendous turnover in the MedPeds coordinators, so there has not been a steady group for a long time, but Kelli has always been there and contributed throughout all of this. She became the President elect for the 2017-18 year. She took over her position in July 2018, thinking she was going to have this position for a year. She ended up becoming our president for 2 years, due to some of the turnover issues. She didn’t complain about it, she just stepped up and said she would do it.”

Ms. DaSilva is the Med-Peds Residency and Fellowship Coordinator at University of South Carolina School of Medicine, Greenville. She has been a member of MPPDA since 2008 and formerly served as an Ex Officio member of the MPPDA Executive Committee.

2021 Walter W. Tunnessen, Jr., MD, Award

MPPDA will recognize the recipient of the 2021 Walter W. Tunnessen, Jr., MD, Award, Mariel Bailey, MD, MEd during APPD Spring Meeting, to be held virtually March 23-26.

The MPPDA Walter W. Tunnessen, Jr., MD, Award honors a graduating medicine-pediatrics resident who demonstrates many of the qualities that were admired in Dr. Tunnessen.

Her nominators explain that “although she is early in her career, Dr. Bailey has already demonstrated an interest in research and leadership that shows she will be successful in a future career in academic medicine.” She is a “highly motivated and superb physician” and “has a keen intellect, strong work ethic, and outstanding ability to connect with patients.” Most notable has been the advocacy she has done to address issues of race and equity at our institutions, locally, and nationally. She has worked with leadership to address inequities in our institutions and provide equal care to all patients, regardless of where they come from, what they look like, or who they love. She has also led diversity work and recruitment at both institutions and was one of the leaders of the queer in medicine group at BWH.” 

“Throughout residency, she has shown herself to be an extremely caring and gifted clinician, a dedicated teacher, a promising researcher and a leader in advocating for equity in medicine.”

Dr. Bailey earned her MD at University of California, Los Angeles and is Chief Resident at Harvard Medical School Brigham and Women’s Hospital.