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MGH Hotline 03.25.11

First Partners Medical Education Awards

25/Mar/2011

EDUCATION EXCELLENCE: Anna G. McDonald, MD, an MGH Pathology chief resident, left, presented Black-Schaffer with his award.

“THESE ARE THE FACILITIES for acquiring knowledge, which it would give to the students in the medical school established in this town,” wrote Drs. James Jackson and John Collins Warren in the 1810 MGH Circular Letter, asserting that medical education would benefit from a general hospital. More than 200 years later, medical education continues to be an integral component of the MGH mission. At the Partners Medical Education Awards Recognition Event on Feb. 28, the MGH and other Partners institutions celebrated faculty and staff dedicated to teaching the next generation of doctors.

Debra F. Weinstein, MD, Partners vice president for Graduate Medical Education (GME), and Gary L. Gottlieb, MD, MBA, president and CEO of Partners, offered remarks at the celebration, which was held at the Top of the Hub.

“Helping each resident and fellow reach their greatest potential depends on inspiring teachers, dedicated program directors and coordinators, and others who work tirelessly to harness the outstanding resources of MGH and Partners for the benefit of trainees,” said Weinstein.

Awards were presented to five individuals from across Partners, including two MGHers. W. Stephen Black-Schaffer, MD, director of the MGH Pathology Residency Program, received the Outstanding Program Director Award, which honors a residency or fellowship program director who has had a significant impact on physician education in his or her specialty. Georgi Bland, a senior accreditation manager at the MGH, was honored with the GME Institutional Citizenship Award, which recognizes a member of the GME community who has made a significant contribution to the medical education mission. Other award recipients were Norton Greenberg, MD, and Graham McMahon, MD, both of BWH, and Marie Williams, of NWH.

The event also celebrated the achievements of program directors who had stepped down from their roles in 2010. For more information about GME, visit www.partners.org/research/gme/research_gme.asp.

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