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.

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.

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 anda much beloved friend to all in the medicine-pediatrics community.

Nominating 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.

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
  • The candidate must be nominated by letter by a current MPPDA member
    • A second nomination must be submitted by a current or former MPPDA member

Service Award Topics

Service Award Topics may include but are not limited to:

  • Contributions made while serving as a member of MPPDA
  • Contributions made while service on an MPPDA committee
  • Contributions made while serving as a presenter at a MPPDA national conference
  • Contributions made while service as a mentor to a MPPDA member
  • Recognizing exceptional contribution to the support of Med-Peds program, advancing Med-Peds recognition in institution and national MPPDA contribution

Past MPPDA Award Recipients

Leadership in Med-Peds Award Recipients

Bradley J. Benson, MD2017
Bradley J. Benson, MD

The Medicine-Pediatrics Program Directors Association (MPPDA) will be awarded to Bradley J. Benson, MD, at the 2017 MPPDA Leadership in Med-Peds Award during the APPD 2017 Annual Spring Meeting held April 4-5, 2017, at the Hilton Anaheim in Anaheim, CA. The MPPDA Leadership in Med-Peds Award is a new award given to a physician who has made significant contribution to medicine-pediatrics as a profession.

Dr. Benson is described as “unbelievably inspiring, a gifted teacher and down to earth.” His teaching style is encouraging and supporting to the junior faculty. Dr. Benson was awarded the “Early Distinguished career Alumni Award”. He also presented at the MPPDA annual meeting using a collection of poetry and techniques to inspire residents which can be used throughout their career.

Dr. Benson is currently the Director of the Division of Internal Medicine at the University of Minnesota, where he also completed his internal medicine residency. He received his MD from the Vanderbilt University in Nashville, TN. Dr. Benson completed his undergraduate degree at the University of Illinois in Urbana, IL.

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

Thad Salmon, MD2017
Thad Salmon, MD

The Medicine-Pediatrics Program Directors Association (MPPDA) will award Thad Salmon, MD, at the 2017 MPPDA Leadership in Med-Peds Award during the APPD 2017 Annual Spring Meeting held April 4–5, 2017, at the Hilton Anaheim in Anaheim, CA. Recognizing Dr. Tunnessen’s dedication and gifts as an educator, clinician, and advocate for children, MPPDA established this award in his honor in 2002.

Dr. Salmon is described as an outstanding primary care physician who focuses on serving the disadvantage citizens of his community. Understanding patient needs, demonstrating compassion, and advocating for the poor are only a few words that describes his practice in medicine. Dr. Salmon is involved in the annual Root & Heritage festival, leads the Reach Out & Read program, and has revised the University of Kentucky’s mental health resource handout to provide insight to patients about insurance options. He is a member of Gold Humanism Society and has received the Outstanding Resident Teaching Award.

Dr. Salmon is currently a fourth year resident in the medicine-pediatrics residency training program at the University of Kentucky College of Medicine in Lexington, KY. He earned his MD at the University of Kentucky and completed his undergraduate degree at Asbury University in Wilmore, KY.

Brendan Kelly Award Recipients

Jennifer O’ Toole, MD2017
Jennifer O’ Toole, MD

The Medicine-Pediatrics Program Directors Association (MPPDA) will award Jennifer O’ Toole, MD, at the 2017 MPPDA Brendan P. Kelly Award during the APPD 2017 Annual Spring Meeting held April 4-5, 2017, at the Hilton Anaheim in Anaheim, CA. The Brendan P. Kelly Award is 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.

Dr. O’ Toole is described as a role model and mentor who skillfully collaborates to bring people together. She has served on the MPPDA Executive Committee and serves as the first Medical Director of the Adult Care Team of Cincinnati’s Children’s Hospital Medical Center. Dr. O’Toole published education literature which promotes Med-Peds on a national level. She serves as chair of the Educational Executive Committee for the Society of Hospital Medicine’s I-PASS Mentored Implementation Program and is a member of Educational Executive Committee for the Patient and Family Centered I-PASS Study.

Dr. O’ Toole is currently an Associate Program Director of pediatrics and internal medicine at University of Cincinnati College of Medicine. She graduated with her bachelor of science degree from Xavier University in Cincinnati, OH. She earned her MD from State University of New York at Buffalo School of Medicine. She completed her residency in Internal Medicine and Pediatrics at Cincinnati Children's Hospital Medical Center, Cincinnati, OH. Dr. O’Toole chief residency was completed with the Department of Internal Medicine, University of Cincinnati, Cincinnati, OH.