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Neil Mitnick, DO Honored by ACGME
10 residency program directors are selected each year for the ACGME's Parker J. Palmer Courage to Teach Award. This year, our own AMC Family Medicines Program Director and Chair, Neil Mitnick, DO, is among the 10 winners. Neil is the first DO and only the 6th Family Physician to receive this honor. The award winners vary by specialty, but share the same qualities: a dedication to teaching new doctors and a talent for creating innovative and effective residency programs.

The award, given annually since 2001, is named after Parker J. Palmer, PhD, a sociologist and educator who wrote The Courage to Teach, a book of reflections on the intellectual, emotional and spiritual aspects of teaching. The chosen program directors have demonstrated skills not only of the heads and hands, but of the heart. They have modeled what it looks like when the whole doctor shows up. Dr. Mitnick and others were honored Feb 12, 2007 at an awards dinner held during the ACGME's winter Board of Directors meeting in Rosemont, Illinois. Award recipients will also attend an educational retreat next spring at the Fetzer Institute in Kalamazoo, Michigan.

Peter Forman, MD Honored by STFM
Dr. Peter Forman has been awarded the 2006 Emerging Leader Award given by the Society of Teachers of Family Medicine. Dr. Forman, Director of Predoctoral Education for the Department of Family & Community Medicine at Albany Medical College was recognized for making a difference in the educational experiences of medical students and residents. Dr. Forman will accept his award in late October at the Northeast Region Meeting.

Robert Paeglow, MD Honored by the AAMC
Dr. Bob Paeglow, Assistant Director of Predoctoral Education for the Department of Family & Community Medicine at Albany Medical College was recognized nationally on 10/30/06 in USA Today. He is the 2006 winner of the Humanitarian Award given by the AAMC for his dedication to teaching and his commitment to the care of the underserved. He is the founder and medical director of Compassion in Action /Koinonia Primary Care which is located in West Hill of Albany, one of the poorest and most drug infested neighborhoods here in Albany. Dr. Paeglow will also be featured in People Magazine  November 2, 2006. Family Medicine residents and medical students have the opportunity to work with Bob at his clinic, gaining first hand experience working in an inner city health clinic.