SAN DIEGO – One of Naval Medical Center San Diego’s (NMCSD) staff member’s is the first military recipient of the Parker J. Palmer Courage to Lead Award.
Director of Professional Education, Capt. Richard Green, has been selected as the winner of the Parker J. Palmer Courage to Lead Award, which will be presented during the National Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Education (ACGME) conference March 2013 in Orlando, Fla.
The Parker J. Palmer Courage to Lead Award is given annually to three Designated Institutional Officials (DIO) who demonstrate outstanding leadership, strategic resource management, a focus on faculty development and a commitment to performance improvement and innovation.
The Parker J. Palmer Courage to Lead Award is given to DIOs at institutions in three separate categories: small sponsoring institutions (25 or fewer residency programs), medium-sized sponsoring institutions (25 to 50 residency programs) and large sponsoring institutions (more than 50 residency programs). In 2013 the Courage to Lead Award received more than 320 nominees for all three categories.
Green, a native of Randolph, Mass., is one of more than 95 selected nominees in the small sponsoring institutions (25 or fewer residency programs) category for this prestigious award and the first military recipient.
Despite this honor, Green remains humble about his selection for this award. “This award is a reflection of the amount of time and effort that Naval Medical Center San Diego (NMCSD) and Navy Medicine has expended to make sure that the doctors, nurses and [hospital] corpsmen of the future are ready for the mission of taking care of America’s heroes,” he said.
Green added credit is also due to Navy Medicine’s commitment to educating its personnel.
“ACGME recognized me for leadership, but it speaks volumes of how Navy Medicine has sponsored [graduate medical] education to be pushed out to operational forces.”
Rear Adm. C. Forrest Faison III, commander, NMCSD and Navy Medicine West, added Green’s leadership in graduate education is the finest he has ever known.
“As chairman and program director he was noted as an exceptional clinician and teacher; his commitment to Navy Medicine and training the future of Navy Medicine is unrivaled,” he said.
Students and staff members also spoke highly of Green’s dedication to the success of the students in GME’s various programs.
“He takes time out of his busy schedule to meet one on one with any trainees who are struggling, either professionally or personally; under his guidance and tutelage, many trainees who might have failed to complete their training programs successfully complete their internships or residencies and go on to clinical practice,” said Lt. Brent Lacey, gastroenterology fellow.
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