Award Nomination Information

Nomination Deadline: Monday, April 30, 2021

Nominations for the ACH Healthcare Communication Teaching Excellence Award should be sent electronically to Amy Thornburg at [email protected].

Awards will be presented at the 2021 ACH ENRICH Healthcare Communication Course (virtual): June 10-12, 2021.

Nominees should be available to attend this event in the event they are selected as an awardee.  

Awardees are provided travel expense reimbursement for travel to the course/conference
where they accept their award, along with complimentary registration.

About the Award:
The ACH Healthcare Communication Teaching Excellence Award recognizes educators who advance the field of healthcare communication. 
Criteria for the Teaching Excellence award include at least one of the following:
  • Healthcare communication teaching that has made an impact beyond the candidate's institution
  • Original and innovative communication teaching and learning
  • Communication training in a particularly challenging environment
The award committee will look for evidence and recognition from others such as:
  • Evaluations from participants in a healthcare communication education program
  • Invitations to present at other institutions
  • Although not required, publications in peer-reviewed journals or durable education resources (e.g. MedEdPORTAL, book chapters) will add further support
  • Evidence of a sustained impact of teaching and/or curricular materials or programs
  • Letters of support

Eligibility: Nominators should be members of ACH. Upon acceptance of the award the winner should be a member of ACH.

Nominators, please submit the following materials to Rachel Poarch at r[email protected]
Nominations can be sent by candidates themselves or by colleagues with the candidate's agreement.
  • Cover letter
  • An up-to-date CV of the nominee
  • A description of the healthcare communication program through which the nominee has made a significant and outstanding contribution to health care communication: nominees should provide an example of teaching materials that are particularly representative
  • Two letters of recommendation by senior colleagues or others, describing the accomplishments of the nominee and explaining how the nominee fulfills the criteria for the award in the field of health care communication teaching
2020 Healthcare Communication Teaching Excellence Award Recipient
Congratulations to R. Ellen Pearlman, MD, FACH, recipient of the 4th annual Healthcare Communication Teaching Excellence Award, which recognizes educators who advance the field of healthcare communication!
R. Ellen Pearlman, MD, FACH
Associate Dean for Advanced Clinical Learning
Donald and Barbara Zucker School of Medicine at Hofstra/Northwell
Associate Professor, Department of Medicine & Science Education
Fellow, Academy of Communication in Healthcare
Born and raised on both coasts, Ellen graduated from Harvard with a degree in Anthropology and then attended UCSF for medical school.  She then trained under Dr. Mack Lipkin, Jr in the NYU Primary Care Internal Medicine Residency Program.  Following a year as chief resident, she joined the faculty at NYU/Bellevue and shortly thereafter became the Associate Program Director, and ultimately the Program Director for the categorical Internal Medicine Residency Program.  She is now the Associate Dean for Advanced Clinical Learning and an Associate Professor in the Departments of Medicine & Science Education at the Donald and Barbara Zucker School of Medicine at Hofstra/Northwell. She has trained as a facilitator through the Academy on Communication in Health Care and the Matrix Leadership Institute.  She has extensive experience in teaching communication skills and humanism to medical students and residents, including the use of role play, video tape review, personal awareness groups, narrative medicine, and learner centered learning.  She was the first woman to be voted as “Teacher of the Year” at both NYU Department of Internal Medicine by the residents and the Zucker School of Medicine by the students. She has served as a consultant to various organizations in the area of residency accreditation, faculty development, team building, and doctor-patient communication.  Specifically, she has served as the lead trainer for ACH Train the Trainer programs at Roswell Park Cancer Institute, University of Maryland, and Northwell Health. She lives in Brooklyn and is married to a general internist turned psychiatrist and is the proud mother of a 21 year old daughter and a 18 year old son. 
This award will be presented at the 2021 ACH ENRICH Healthcare Communication Course on June 11-13, 2021 in Austin, TX.
Award Recipients

2020 - R. Ellen Pearlman, MD, FACH
2019 - Calvin Chou, MD, PhD, FACH
2018 - Maysel Kemp White, PhD, MFT
2017 - Jane Shaw, PhD, DVM

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