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June 2010 Issue

Gregory Rouan, MD, chair of the Department of internal medicine, shown in his office.
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Residency Leader Wins 'Courage to Teach' Award

By Angela Koenig
Published June 2010

Gregory Rouan, MD, professor of clinical medicine and associate chair for education in the department of internal medicine, has been named a 2010 Courage to Teach Award winner by the Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Education (ACGME).

The ACGME is a private, nonprofit organization that accredits all medical residency training programs. Its mission is to improve the quality of health care in the United States by ensuring and improving the quality of graduate medical education for physicians in training.

The Courage to Teach Award—named after Parker Palmer, PhD, who wrote "Courage to Teach” and other books on teaching and vocation—is presented annually to 10 notable program directors.

Palmer also developed a teacher education program that has served as a model for teachers of physicians.

The award is considered one of the most prestigious awards in graduate medical education (GME).

"We have been able to increase the number of residents in our GME programs from 48 to 108 by both expanding and enhancing the program over the past 23 years,” says Rouan.

"In addition significant and ongoing innovation by our faculty and residents has allowed us to be recognized by the ACGME and American Board of Internal Medicine as an exemplary program and as a national leader in GME.”

Rouan oversees faculty and staff who direct internal medicine residencies and subspecialty fellowship training programs at UC Health University Hospital.

He has been a clinician-educator, clinician-scholar and clinician-leader in graduate medical education since 1987.

Award winners were invited to attend the 2010 ACGME Annual Educational Conference in Nash-ville, Tenn., where they were honored at an awards luncheon and presented with a plaque and check for $1,000.

They were also invited to attend a retreat at the Fetzer Institute in Kalamazoo, Mich.

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