ABP Volunteer Named 2021 International Medical Educator of the Year

Dr. Daniel SchumacherDaniel Schumacher, MD, PhD, chair of the Competency-Based Medical Education Committee and long-time collaborator and volunteer for the American Board of Pediatrics (ABP), has been named the 2021 International Medical Educator of the Year by the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada. An associate professor in the Department of Pediatrics at the University of Cincinnati, Dr. Schumacher also directs the Education Research Unit at Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Medical Center.

“He is renowned as an education innovator and mentor and has made profound contributions to resident education,” the Royal College stated in its award announcement.

Dr. Schumacher has been a national leader in the development, implementation, and study of entrustable professional activities (EPAs) in the United States. EPAs are essential activities that define what patients need from their pediatricians and pediatric subspecialists. They can be used to build curriculum and as an assessment framework to identify gaps in graduate medical education by determining if a pediatrician is ready to be entrusted to perform specific activities without supervision.

With funding from the American Board of Pediatrics Foundation, Dr. Schumacher has studied the effectiveness of using EPAs as assessment tools and has developed and tested supervision scales for the EPAs. Throughout his career, he has published more than 100 peer-reviewed manuscripts.

Dr. David Turner“As chair of the newly developed ABP CBME Committee, Dan is helping lead the ABP’s efforts to incorporate EPAs into the eligibility requirements for certification,” says David Turner, MD, Vice President for Competency-Based Medical Education at the ABP. “This award is well deserved, as Dan’s work is helping to set the stage for a natural progression to broad implementation of our EPA framework.”

Prior to chairing the ABP’s Competency-Based Medical Education Committee, Dr. Schumacher was a member of the ABP’s Education and Training Committee from 2017 to 2020.

“This award is the product of countless collaborations in the pediatric community nationally, including many with the ABP, and the medical education community internationally,” says Dr. Schumacher. “My success is, without question, collective with the many people I have worked with during my career.”

Dr. Schumacher received the honor virtually on Oct. 20, 2021, during the 2021 International Conference on Residency Education.