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2006 National Awards of Excellence Presented

Dr. Stucky led a diverse group that convinced JCAHO to develop an alternative proposal. As a result of her persistence, hospitals now have the appropriate time to comply with the new rules.

Because of Dr. Stucky’s clinical credibility and personal collaborative style, she has been successful in co-authoring and completing many controversial policies requiring negotiation and resolution of different interests. She is widely sought after as a reviewer of policies, offering opinions to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, Institute of Medicine, and others.

A long-standing member of SHM’s Pediatric Committee, Dr. Stucky has presented an “Update in Pediatric Hospital Medicine” at SHM’s annual meeting for the past three years, and was a plenary speaker at the 2005 tri-sponsored (AAP, the Ambulatory Pediatric Association, and SHM) pediatric hospital medicine conference in Denver—the largest-ever gathering of pediatric hospitalists.

Throughout her career, Dr. Stucky has been the recipient of numerous regional and national awards, including: Best Doctors in America Award (2005); San Diego Magazine’s Best Doctors (2003, 2002); American Academy of Family Physicians “Active Teacher in Family Medicine” Award from the Camp Pendleton Family Practice Program (2002); and the Physician Leadership Award Children’s Hospital (2000).

Dr. Stucky earned her bachelor of science degree in biology from Stanford University and received her MD from the University of California at San Francisco in 1988. She performed her residency at UCSD before becoming chief resident there from 1991-1992.

Sylvia McKean, MD, FACP—Excellence in Teaching Award

Dr. McKean is an associate physician in the Division of General Internal Medicine at Brigham and Women’s Hospital, Boston, and is medical director of the Brigham and Women’s and Faulkner Hospitals Hospitalist Service. She also is assistant professor of medicine at Harvard Medical School in Boston. In each of these roles she teaches and mentors hospital residents and medical students, fostering their careers in academia for both research and education.

Through the years, Dr. McKean has received more than a dozen awards for leadership, excellence, and teaching, including the prestigious George W. Thorn Award (1997-1998) from Brigham and Women’s Hospital for outstanding contributions to clinical education. In 2002 she was appointed “scholar” as a charter member of the Harvard Medical School Academy, in recognition of excellence and commitment to improvement and innovation in medical education. Most recently, she was nominated for Harvard Medical School’s 2005 Faculty Prize for Excellence in Teaching.

Dr. McKean’s future vision for hospital medicine education includes the training of hospitalists as leaders and change agents within the hospital system. She emphasizes evidence-based practice, use of multi-disciplinary teams, attention to care transitions, and the importance of doctor-patient communications.

Within SHM, she has fostered many teaching efforts that will advance the knowledge of future hospitalists. As a member of the SHM Core Competencies Task Force, she was a lead author on the nation’s first book outlining core competencies for hospitalists, The Core Competencies in Hospital Medicine: A Framework for Curriculum Development, published in February 2006. This publication is the basis of SHM educational initiatives in the future and provides a roadmap for cultivation of the specialty of hospital medicine, including accreditation.

Dr. McKean also helped SHM develop a series of Web-based quality improvement (QI) resource rooms that feature educational toolkits designed to guide hospitalists step-by-step through the process of implementing a QI program at their institutions. As a clinical expert in venous thromboembolism, she became medical editor of the “Venous Thromboembolism Resource Room” on the SHM Web site and today facilitates the online “VTE Ask the Expert” resource. Dr. McKean also serves as medical editor for SHM’s Web-based, case study CME module titled, “Risk Stratifying for the Development of VTE in the Hospital Setting.”

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