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Carol Carraccio Receives 2017 Joseph W. St. Geme, Jr. Leadership Award

Wednesday, March 22, 2017 - 14:45

The Federation of Pediatric Organizations (FOPO) has awarded the 2017 Joseph W. St. Geme, Jr., Leadership Award to Carol Carraccio MD, MA, FAAP. Dr. Carraccio, who is the American Board of Pediatrics’ Vice President of Competency-Based Assessment, will receive the award on Saturday, May 6, during the Opening General Session of the Pediatric Academic Societies Meeting in San Francisco, CA.

The Joseph W. St. Geme, Jr. Leadership Award was created in honor of Dr. St. Geme to recognize a pediatrician who is a role model for others to emulate as a clinician, an educator, and/or an investigator. Recipients of this award have had a record of broad and sustained contributions to pediatrics that have had or will have a major impact on child health. Most importantly, the award recognizes those individuals who have “created a future” within the field.

Dr. Carraccio is credited with being one of a handful of leaders worldwide whose vision has changed the way in which pediatricians are trained in the United States and around the world, and whose contributions will have a lasting impact on how medical educators envision, teach and assess current and future physicians across the continuum. As an early leader in the move to competency-based medical education (CBME), she led the development and implementation of the Pediatrics Milestone Project and is now integrating this framework with the framework of entrustable professional activities (EPAs), providing a path forward in the transformation to workplace assessment, the critical next step in advancing competency-based assessment.

Dr. Carraccio has published more than 100 scholarly works in the field, including one of the most cited articles of the last century -- “Shifting Paradigms: From Flexner to competencies” in Academic Medicine (2002;77:1-7). She has served in numerous leadership roles, including President of the Association of Pediatric Program Directors (APPD), Chair of the Pediatric Review Committee (RC) and Chair-Elect of the American Board of Pediatrics (ABP). Dr. Carraccio was among the first of the pediatrics faculty to envision education as a distinct subspecialty with a body of research, objective assessment tools, and specific educational outcome measures. She has formally and informally mentored scores of young pediatricians interested in building a career as teachers and educational scholars, many of whom are now leaders in their own right. As one of her nominators stated, “We are in a new world in medical education. We have now delineated the requisite competencies of a physician, identified the milestones of performance across the continuum, and created a framework for assessment-EPAs-that is both pragmatic and accessible to faculty. We owe this to Dr. Carraccio’s groundbreaking work.”

Read more about Dr. Carol Carraccio.

FOPO is composed of the American Academy of Pediatrics, Academic Pediatric Association, American Pediatric Society, American Board of Pediatrics, Association of Medical School Pediatric Department Chairs, Association of Pediatric Program Directors, and Society for Pediatric Research. The purpose of FOPO is to promote optimal health for children by building on the efforts and expertise of the member organizations, and on the relationships between the member organizations to accomplish shared goals.