MPPDA Awards

MPPDA Awards

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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.

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:

  • A completed nomination form.
  • 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.

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.

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:

  • A completed nomination form.
  • One nomination letter.
  • The nominee’s curriculum vitae.

Selection Process

The recipient will be selected by the MPPDA Executive Committee.

Brendan Kelly 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. 

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:

  • A completed nomination form.
  • One nomination letter.

Selection Process

The recipient will be selected by the MPPDA Executive Committee.

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 

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:

  • A completed nomination form.
  • One nomination letter.

Selection Process

The recipient will be selected by the MPPDA Executive Committee.

2020 MPPDA Award Recipients

2020 MPPDA Brendan P. Kelly, MD, Award 

talwalkarWEB.jpgMPPDA will present the 2020 MPPDA Brendan P. Kelly, MD, Award to Jaideep Talwalkar, MD, during Academic Internal Medicine Week 2020, to be held April 19-22 in Tampa, FL.

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. MPPDA President Michael J. Aylward, MD, FAAP, FACP, will present the award to Dr. Talwalkar at the MPPDA Awards Lunch April 21.

His nominators describe Dr. Talwalkar as “a physician-scholar-educator of national renown.” His education innovations, including “the Yale Resident Spanish Initiative…an innovative curriculum, tailored to a resident’s busy schedule, to improve Spanish fluency,” and his work to design “robust, creative ambulatory experiences where our residents enjoy an individually designed curriculum, tailored to their interests, and tapping into longstanding partnerships” make him an integral leader at the program and institutional level.

A member of MPPDA since 2010, Dr. Talwalkar is the Associate Program Director of the Combined Medicine-Pediatrics Residency at Yale-New Haven Medical Center (Primary Care). He is the current chair of the MPPDA Curriculum Committee.

2020 MPPDA Leadership in Med-Peds Award 

Lukelaweb.jpgMPPDA will present the 2020 MPPDA Leadership in Med-Peds Award to Michael P. Lukela, MD, SFHM, FACP, FAAP, during Academic Internal Medicine Week 2020, to be held April 19-22 in Tampa, FL. 

The MPPDA Leadership in Med-Peds Award is given to a physician who has made significant contribution to medicine-pediatrics as a profession. MPPDA President Michael J. Aylward, MD, FAAP, FACP, will present the award to Dr. Lukela at the MPPDA Awards Lunch April 21.

Dr. Lukela’s nominators describe him as “an outstanding leader, teacher, clinician, colleague, friend, and person.” In his work at the national, programmatic, and personal level, he serves as “the voice of reason” and helps focus discussion with “past history for context setting” and always returning to “mission, vision, and principle [to] help any organization he is involved with stay focused and aligned with what is best for that group.”

Dr. Lukela is currently Director of the Internal Medicine-Pediatrics Residency Program at University of Michigan; he also serves as the Director of the William Henry Fitzbutler House M-Home Learning Community at that institution. A member of MPPDA since 2002, Dr. Lukela has been actively involved in the organization, serving as MPPDA President in 2011 and as associate editor of A Textbook for Combined Internal Medicine-Pediatrics Residency Training Programs as well as a past chair of the MPPDA Curriculum Committee.

A recipient of multiple awards for his teaching, Dr. Lukela has served on the faculty at University of Michigan Medical School since 2003. He earned his MD from Harvard Medical School and completed his internal medicine-pediatrics residency training at University of Michigan Medical School.

2020 MPPDA Program Administrator Service Award 

AmanWEB.jpgMPPDA will present the 2020 MPPDA Program Administrator Service Award to Betty E. Aman and Deborah A. Harris, C-TAGME, during Academic Internal Medicine Week 2020, to be held April 19-22 in Tampa, FL.

The MPPDA Program Administrator Service Award is presented to a current or former program administrator who has demonstrated outstanding service and contribution to the organization. MPPDA President Michael J. Aylward, MD, FAAP, FACP, will present the award to Ms. Aman and Ms. Harris at the MPPDA Awards Lunch April 21.

Described as “one of the longest standing and most amazing coordinators,” her nominators described Ms. Aman “as singularly the best.”

Until she retired in 2019, Ms. Aman served as Program Administrator for the Med-Peds Residency Program at University of Rochester School of Medicine and Dentistry. She had been an active member of MPPDA since 2008, including regularly speaking at AAIM, APDIM, and MPPDA meetings as well as serving as an author for multiple editions of A Textbook for Internal Medicine Education Programs and on multiple APDIM program administrator committees.

Harrisweb.jpgDescribed by her nominators as “a ‘power house’ among residency program administrators,” Ms. Harris’ accomplishments at the national level are myriad, including establishing a listserver for med-peds administrators, working to establish the examination and credential for Training Administrators for Graduate Medical Education, and serving as President of the Association of Med-Peds Program Administrators.

However, “she has never lost sight of what is truly important about her position, being able to support her residents both personally and professionally.” Her nominators explained that as part of the program evaluation, Ms. Harris was recently rated as 5.0 for professionalism and 4.86 for communication (on a five point Likert scale). They further noted: “At our institution, ‘Role Model’ status is the highest level an employee can attain, and each year she attains that status.”

Until she retired in 2019, Ms. Harris served as Program Administrator of the Med-Peds Residency Program at Christiana Care Health System; she also served as the program administrator for the internal medicine nephrology fellowship program. She had been an active member of MPPDA since 2006, including serving as an ex officio member of the MPPDA Executive Committee.

2020 Walter W. Tunnessen, Jr., MD, Award

HaneWEB.jpgMPPDA will present the 2020 Walter W. Tunnessen, Jr., MD, Award to Jessica Hane, MD, during Academic Internal Medicine Week 2020, to be held April 19-22 in Tampa, FL.

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. Dr. Hane will be honored at the MPPDA Awards Lunch April 21. 

Her nominators explain that “Dr. Hane epitomizes the excellence in clinical care, education, and advocacy that the award intends to acknowledge.” Noting that she is a “highly regard, and rated, teacher” who provides “the perfect balance between direct supervision and autonomy” as well as a physician with “remarkable clinical acumen…bolstered by an always positive attitude paired with a strong work ethic,” her nominators note that what makes Dr. Hane exceptional among residents is “the excellence and enthusiasm she brings to her advocacy work. At a fundamental level, she is an engaged citizen…Beyond that, she has created a partnership with Simpson housing, a Minneapolis based housing services organisation, to provide education to their clients and advocacy and support for their mission. She obtained a CATCH grant in order to organize residents and faculty to provide ongoing education to high risk homeless families. Her commitment to changing systems that result in homelessness extends to her commitment to individuals facing homelessness. Through her work with Simpson Housing and their Child and Youth Service, she has become a mentor to at risk youth in Minneapolis. She continued to do all of this during the most challenging year of our residency, through NICU, MICU, and PICU months, and while planning her wedding. In addition, Dr. Hane serves on the board of the Twin Cities Medical Society, and has spoken up in order to broaden and strengthen the societies advocacy efforts around gun violence and tobacco cessation.”

“She is a rare combination of infectious enthusiasm, razor sharp intellect and knowledge base, deeply rooted compassion and rigorous work ethic. She is beloved by her patients and peers, drives innovative ideas forward to fruition, and works to elevate others. She is one of the brightest stars in a skyscape of bright stars.”

Dr. Hane earned her MD, achieving a Global Health Distinction, at University of Iowa Roy and Lucille Carver College of Medicine, and is currently completing her medicine-pediatrics residency training at University of Minnesota Medical School.