MPPDA Awards

MPPDA Awards

The call for nominations for the 2023 Alliance Awards program is closed. The Alliance Awards Program honors faculty and staff within academic internal medicine. Acknowledge the outstanding accomplishments of your colleagues by submitting an award nomination. 

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

Alex Djuricich, MD Award

Dr. Alexander Djuricich was an outstanding medicine-pediatric faculty at Indiana University School of Medicine (IUSM) whose history as a Program Director was extraordinary in dedication, enthusiasm and content. His contributions, first as the associate program director for 5 years, and then as director for 8 years were most notable for his bombastic laugh, enthusiasm and ingenuity which were measurable across successful intern recruitments, innovations in journal club and evidence-based medicine, energetic medical student outreach and resident retreats (with plenty of karaoke and fun), along with day-to-day tireless advocacy and mentorship of each and every one of his large body of residents. He developed and implemented the quality improvement curriculum within both the medicine and pediatric departments with expansion into other campus departments. Alex was recognized for his teaching excellence, as a devoted continuity clinic preceptor and inpatient attending in both medicine and pediatrics. He held leadership roles in the Medicine Pediatric Program Directors Association executive team and as the IUSM Associate Dean for Continuing Medical Education, taking his abilities in teaching innovation beyond residency training, for example, highlighting the power of social media as an educational tool.

Nomination Criteria

The Alexander Djuricich Award is to be awarded annually by the MPPDA to a Program Director of a Medicine‐Pediatrics Residency Program who demonstrates a notable record of individualized advocacy for each trainee, excellence in program leadership, and innovations in curriculum, teaching and/or medical education. Associate Program Directors and Program Directors may nominate an individual that will be a Med-Peds Program Director 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 and Submission 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. All nominations will be considered for the year they are nominated as well as the following two years.

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 and Submission 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 and Submission 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 and Submission 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.

MPPDA Award Recipients

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