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New ACP Award Memorializes National Leader in Medical Education

Steven Durning, MD, Receives Herbert Waxman Award

PHILADELPHIA -- (April 18, 2005) Steven J. Durning, MD, an associate professor of medicine at the Uniformed Services University of the Health Sciences (USUHS), is the first recipient of the Herbert S. Waxman Award for Outstanding Medical Student Educator. The award was presented by the American College of Physicians (ACP) at its 2005 Annual Session, held in San Francisco April 14-16.

ACP (Doctors of Internal Medicine. Doctors for Adults.) is the largest medical-specialty organization and second-largest physician group in the United States. Membership includes more than 116,000 internists, related subspecialists, medical students, residents and fellows.

The Herbert S. Waxman Award for Outstanding Medical Educator was established to recognize a physician, internal medicine interest group leader, clinical clerkship director, program director, or faculty member who spends a significant amount of time teaching medical students. The award is named after the ACP senior vice president for education from 1996 until his death in 2003. Before joining ACP, Dr. Waxman had a long and distinguished career in academic medicine.

According to the ACP awards committee, Dr. Durning, as director for the Introduction to Clinical Reasoning course, serves a critically important role as a medical student educator and coordinator. He has won numerous teaching awards at USUHS, including the Outstanding Military Educator Award. He teaches eight other USUHS courses, the medicine clerkship, and at local GME programs. Dr. Durning also serves as an innovative faculty advisor to the Internal Medicine Interest Group, recruiting area internists to present novel and popular instructional sessions for USUHS students on topics from medical procedures to professionalism. Dr. Durning is also on the Governor's Council and chairs the Medical Student Committee for the ACP District of Columbia Chapter. He spends much time mentoring as well as encouraging USUHS students to conduct original research.

Herbert S. Waxman, MD, FACP, (1936-2003) helped transform the College's education products and services during his tenure with ACP. He was instrumental in pioneering the new format for the 12th edition of ACP's Medical Knowledge Self-Assessment Program (MKSAP). Under his leadership, the College also launched new programs such as MKSAP for Students, interactive teaching formats at Annual Session, and the popular hands-on courses in clinical skills and medical computing at the Annual Session Learning Center. In 2004, the Learning Center was renamed in his honor.

The American College of Physicians was founded in 1915 to promote the science and practice of medicine. In 1998 it merged with the American Society of Internal Medicine, which was established in 1956 to study economic aspects of medicine. ACP works to enhance the quality and effectiveness of health care by fostering excellence and professionalism in the practice of medicine.

Note to Editor: A Q&A with Dr. Durning appears in the March 2005 issue of IMpact, the ACP newsletter for medical students. He is featured in the Focus on Careers section.

Contact: Lynda Teer, 215-351-2655 or 800-523-1546, ext. 2655, E-mail lteer@acponline.org

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