Physician Educator to Receive ACGME Award for Instilling Excellence in Residency Training
STONY BROOK, N.Y., January 22, 2013 – Stony Brook University’s Dr. Frederick Schiavone, has been selected to receive the 2013 Parker J. Palmer Courage to Lead Award, a national honor given by the Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Education (ACGME) to outstanding Designated Institutional Officials (DIO) who have demonstrated leadership and excellence in overseeing their institution’s residency programs. Dr. Schiavone, a Distinguished Professor in the Department of Emergency Medicine and Vice Dean for Graduate Medical Education at Stony Brook University School of Medicine, will receive the award at the ACGME’s Annual Education Conference in Orlando, Fla., on March 1.
The ACGME is an independent professional organization responsible for the accreditation of more than 8,800 residency education programs at medical schools nationwide. Each institution with an ACGME-accredited residency program has a DIO who is responsible for its graduate medical education (GME) programs. Awardees are selected for the Courage to Lead honor, named for educator and writer Parker J. Palmer, author of The Courage to Teach, for their strong leadership, improved institutional residency program performance, innovation in medical education, support of residency program directors, and nurturing of faculty development.
For 25 years Dr. Schiavone has trained medical students and residents at Stony Brook. He joined the faculty in 1988 as Director of Medical Education. He was subsequently appointed Associate Residency Program Director and then Residency Director for the Emergency Medicine Residency Program. In 2001, Dr. Schiavone was named Associate Dean for Medical Education where he was responsible for both medical student and residency affairs. In 2009, he was named Vice Dean for Graduate Medical Education. In this position, he oversees curriculum design and evaluation, and the implementation of competency outcome measures to evaluate the quality of medical education during residency training.
“Under the direction of Dr. Schiavone, Stony Brook University School of Medicine has excelled in its approach to graduate medical education for all specialties with an emphasis on excellence in medical knowledge, clinical skills, communication, and compassionate care when teaching the science and art of medicine” said Kenneth Kaushansky, M.D, MACP, Senior Vice President for the Health Sciences and Dean of the School of Medicine. “With faculty he has instilled a cooperative, positive, yet challenging learning environment that instills growth opportunities for our residents.”
“As a student at Stony Brook more than 20 years ago, I know my career was deeply influenced by Dr. Schiavone, an outstanding clinician, educator, and role model for young physicians and medical students,” added Todd R. Griffin, MD, FACOG, Chief Medical Officer at Stony Brook University Hospital and Professor and Chair of the Department of Obstetrics, Gynecology and Reproductive Medicine. Dr. Griffin provided a letter of support to nominate Dr. Schiavone for the award and cited that GME programs at Stony Brook have transformed under his leadership.
“I am honored to receive this prestigious award from the ACGME,” said Dr. Schiavone. “For residency programs to thrive, directors have to get tough on how residents work, think and approach patient care. We do everything possible to help improve their confidence and skills, answer questions they have about clinical situations, and help to empower them in their positions, as they really are the future of medicine.”
Under Dr. Schiavone’s leadership, Stony Brook’s GME residency programs have grown to approximately 50 specialty training programs with 500 plus residents and fellows. An increasing number of Stony Brook School of Medicine graduates are staying at Stony Brook for their residencies, and according to Dr. Schiavone’s 2012 Governing Body Report of Graduate Medical Education, a record 46 percent of those who completed residency programs remained at Stony Brook as attending physicians.
In addition to his medical education leadership role at Stony Brook, Dr. Schiavone teaches the Medicine in Contemporary Society, Introduction to Clinical Medicine, and Emergency Medicine courses. Over the years, he has received numerous teaching awards nationally and from his Stony Brook colleagues, medical students and residents, and he continues to be an invited speaker for programs nationally and internationally.
Board certified in Emergency Medicine and Internal Medicine, as well as a certified instructor of Advanced Cardiac Life Support and The Difficult Airway, Dr. Schiavone received his MD from the University of Bologna in Italy in 1983. He completed an Internal Medicine residency at SUNY Downstate Medical in Brooklyn, N.Y., and an Emergency Medicine residency at Lincoln Medical and Mental Health Center in The Bronx, where he became Chief Resident in 1988.
Dr. Schiavone is a committee member of the Association of American Medical College’s (AAMC) Group on Resident Affairs. He has also served on the Board of Directors of the New York College of Emergency Physicians. In addition, Dr. Schiavone is a graduate of the Harvard Macy Leadership Program and the Graduate Medical Education Leadership Development Program, sponsored by the AAMC, and a recipient of the Enhancing Education Clinical Transaction Grant co-sponsored by the AAMC and New York Academy of Medicine.
Editor’s note: Dr. Schiavone lives in Port Jefferson Station, N.Y., with his wife Patricia. They have three grown children.
Caption: Dr. Frederick Schiavone instructs Stony Brook Emergency Medicine residents Drs. Suchismita Datta and Gabriel Struck on patient intubation techniques in the Clinical Skills Center.