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October 7, 2011

Residency director tapped for national honor

Stephanie A. Call, M.D., MSPH

The Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Education has selected Stephanie A. Call, M.D., MSPH, to receive its 2012 Parker J. Palmer Courage to Lead Award. This is one of the highest awards bestowed by the ACGME, with just 10 program directors across the country honored for their innovative ways of teaching residents to provide quality health care. The ACGME is the accrediting body for post-M.D. medical training in the United States.

Call is the Department of Internal Medicine’s associate chair for education as well as the director of its residency program. She will accept the honor at an awards luncheon on March 2, 2012 at the 2012 ACGME Annual Educational Conference in Orlando.
“Teaching is Dr. Call’s raison d’etre,” said John E. Nestler, M.D., the William Branch Porter Professor and chair of the Department of Internal Medicine. “She has brought the department’s educational training program to national prominence. Under Dr. Call’s expert leadership we can boast that our residency program’s internship match has filled for the past three years, whereas other prestigious programs around the country have not.”

Mary Alice O’Donnell, Ph.D., associate dean and director of graduate medical education describes Call as “a magnet for faculty and residents alike when it comes to teaching and talking about medical education.” Call is a sought-after lecturer by internal medicine programs around the country, and a side benefit of her invited lectures, O’Donnell says, is that “we have a much more diverse applicant pool for our internal medicine program. So many people want to train here because their faculty advisors have told them what a great education they will get with her.”

O’Donnell emphasizes that in addition to establishing innovative educational programs, Call’s strength lies in how she personalizes the educational process, inviting trainees to her home to work through career issues or arriving at the hospital in the pre-dawn hours to meet with a trainee ending an overnight shift.

Considered a national expert on faculty development training, Call has held leadership roles in the Association of Program Directors in Internal Medicine. Prior to this latest honor from the ACGME, she has received teaching awards from all three of the medical universities with which she has been associated as well as from the American College of Physicians-American Society of Internal Medicine.

Nestler sums it up: “I am delighted and not at all surprised that Dr. Stephanie Call has received the 2012 ACGME Parker Palmer Courage to Teach Award. Simply said, Dr. Call is the greatest.”

Learn more about Call’s contributions.