Mark Juzych, M.D., receives the Parker J. Palmer Courage to Lead Award at the 2010 ACGME Annual Educational Conference. He is flanked by Susan Day, M.D., chair of the ACGME Board of Directors, and Thomas J. Nasca, M.D., chief executive officer of the ACGME.
The ACGME presents the award annually to three outstanding designated institutional officers, the officials responsible for directing all graduate medical education activities at a sponsoring institution. The award is named after Parker J. Palmer, Ph.D., who wrote “The Courage to Teach” and other books on teaching.
Dr. Juzych received the award at the 2010 ACGME Annual Educational Conference, held March 4-7 in Nashville, Tenn.
"The award is really a reflection of the entire institution," Dr. Juzych said. "It reaffirms the hard work of the program directors, faculty, residents and the GME office."
Those who nominated Dr. Juzych for the award noted his willingness to take difficult stands to benefit residents, his “strong leadership” and his guiding principle of “doing what is best for the resident (or program), then everything else will fall into place.”
In 2005, Dr. Juzych, a professor and associate chair of Ophthalmology for the School of Medicine and the Kresge Eye Institute, received the ACGME’s Palmer Courage to Teach Award, which honors outstanding program directors.
The ACGME is a private, non-profit organization that accredits 8,700 residency programs in 127 specialties and subspecialties that educate 109,000 residents.