One leading medical educator in the Lone Star State will get a chance to shine with a new award recognizing his or her influence on caregivers of the future.
The award will honor Texas teaching physicians, nurses and other healthcare professionals who exemplify quality leadership, guidance and dedication to medical education.
A steering committee including several top physician executives in Houston will select the final winner of the first annual Distinguished Medical Educator Award, sponsored by the pension system TIAA-CREF, New York, and the John P. McGovern Museum of Health & Medical Science, Houston.
Nominations are being accepted through Jan. 31, 2004.
The winner will receive the award at a ceremony in Houston in the spring of 2004 and will receive a $10,000 cash honorarium. Several scholarships in the honoree's name will be given to children to attend the Mini Medical School summer camp of the Museum of Health & Science.
"These leaders have been our colleagues, clients, partners, neighbors and inspirations for years, and we want to support and recognize their continued legacy of outstanding achievement, development and education." Says Rochelle Cummings, TIAA-CREF regional vice president.
The steering committee that will evaluate the nominations includes:
- Bobby Alford, M.D., executive vice president and dean of medicine at Baylor College of Medicine in Houston
- L. Maximilian Buja, M.D., executive vice president of academic affairs at the University of Texas Health Science Center Houston Medical School
- David Callender, M.D., executive vice president and chief operating officer at he University of Texas M.D. Anderson Cancer Center in Houston
- Michael Speer, M.D., medical director of quality and outcomes management at Texas Children's Hospital in Houston and president-elect of the Harris County Medical Society
- Pamela Watson, dean of the University of Texas Medical Branch School of Nursing in Galveston