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March 6, 2008

Two UW Medicine faculty honored for excellence in teaching

Dr. Karen Horvath was presented with the 2008 Parker J. Palmer Courage to Teach Award. Presenting the awards were Dr. William Hartmann, chair of the ACGME board of directors (left), and Dr. Thomas Nasca, former chief executive officer of the organization (right).

Dr. Richard Shugerman was presented with the 2008 Parker J. Palmer Courage to Teach Award. Presenting the awards were Dr. William Hartmann, chair of the ACGME board of directors (left), and Dr. Thomas Nasca, former chief executive officer of the organization (right).

UW faculty members Drs. Karen Horvath and Richard Shugerman were presented with the 2008 Parker J. Palmer Courage to Teach Award by The Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Education at its annual awards dinner Feb. 11 in Chicago.

The award, given annually since 2001, is given to distinguished program directors, nominated by faculty and residents, in recognition of their commitment to teaching and development of innovative and effective residency programs. The award is named after Parker J. Palmer, PhD, a senior adviser at the Fetzer Institute and the author of The Courage to Teach: Exploring the Inner Landscape of a Teacher’s Life.

Horvath, UW associate professor of surgery, has directed the residency program for the UW Department of Surgery since 2002. She was recognized for her careful attention to the well-being of surgery residents dealing with the rigors of surgical training, and for efforts to balance resident scheduling with duty hour restrictions across the several hospitals within the residency program.

Shugerman, UW professor of pediatrics, has directed the residency program for the UW Department of Pediatrics since 1992. He was recognized for his distinguished educational leadership, administrative work, and innovation.

“Parker Palmer reports that we do not teach what we are, but instead teach who we are. It is especially important at this time that the teachers of medicine live the values of medicine,” noted Dr. David C. Leach, former chief executive officer and executive director of the ACGME. “The ACGME is very pleased to be able to identify and honor program directors who ‘live divided no more,’ who demonstrate on the outside the deeply held and authentic truths on the inside.”

For information on nominating a program director for the Parker J. Palmer Courage to Teach Award or to view a list of recipients, visit the ACGME Web site, www.acgme.org and click on “ACGME Awards.”