Phoenix Children’s Hospital physician wins 2012 Parker J. Palmer “Courage to Teach” Award
PHOENIX, Ariz. (November 10, 2011) — Grace Caputo, MD, MPH, director of the Phoenix Children’s Hospital/Maricopa Medical Center residency program, has been selected as one of the Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Education’s 2012 Parker J. Palmer “Courage to Teach” Award recipients. The award is given annually to outstanding medical education program directors.
The Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Education (ACGME) has chosen ten program directors from across the country as recipients of its prestigious Parker J. Palmer “Courage to Teach” Award. The annual award recognizes program directors who are excellent teachers and mentors who exemplify the “courage to teach.” The award is named after Parker J. Palmer, PhD, a writer and senior associate at the American Association for Higher Education. Dr. Palmer wrote The Courage to Teach and is a national leader in educational issues.
Dr. Caputo will receive a plaque on March 2, 2012 at the Awards Luncheon during the 2012 ACGME Annual Educational Conference in Orlando, Florida.
Dr. Caputo has served as the residency program director since 1996, and she is the Chair of the Board of the Association of Pediatric Program Directors. She was named one of Phoenix Magazine’s peer-nominated Top Doctors in 2009 and 2010. Caputo was also named one of the 2010 and 2011 Best Doctors in America by Best Doctors. She studied medicine at State University of New York, Downstate Medical Center and received her master’s in Public Health from the Harvard School of Public Health.
“I am humbled and honored to be one of the recipients of the 2010 Parker J. Palmer ‘Courage to Teach’ Award,” Dr. Caputo said. “Medical education is my passion, and I am grateful for the many opportunities to mentor and interact with so many wonderful residents, students, fellows and faculty.”
The Phoenix Children's Hospital/Maricopa Medical Center Pediatric Residency Program is a comprehensive, fully accredited, three-year program. Residents combine experiences at Phoenix Children’s, Maricopa Medical Center and St. Joseph’s Hospital and Medical Center, as these hospitals serve Phoenix with a current population of approximately five million. The residency program consistently fills its open positions in the National Residency Matching Program.
About Phoenix Children’s Hospital
Phoenix Children’s Hospital, ranked in U.S. News & World Report’s Best Children’s Hospitals, is Arizona’s only licensed children’s hospital, providing world-class care in more than 40 pediatric specialties to children from throughout the state and region. Phoenix Children’s is in the midst of a major expansion to meet the needs of the Southwest’s rapid population growth. The signature element of the expansion is a new 11-story, 750,000-square-foot tower which will enable the hospital to grow from 426 licensed beds today to a total of 626 licensed beds once the project is complete. The hospital’s expansion also includes an aggressive physician recruitment effort and new satellite centers in high growth areas of the Valley.