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AAPL Seeking Nominations for its Annual Leape Ahead & Roger Schenke Awards

AAPL Editorial Team

September 4, 2023


Nominations for the annual Leape Ahead and Roger Schenke awards are being accepted through Tuesday, October 31, 2023.

In our annual effort to recognize those individuals and institutions that are driving innovation, improved patient outcomes, and leading change in the healthcare industry, we are launching the nomination process for the American Association for Physician Leadership's two major awards.

The nomination process runs through Tuesday, October 31, 2023. Award recipients will be celebrated at the AAPL Annual Leadership Conference Friday, April 12, 2024, in Nashville, Tennessee. Recipients, including at least one Leape Ahead-winning project team member, must be present to receive their award.


The Leape Ahead Award recognizes institutions and their leaders dedicated to advancing the improvement of patient safety in healthcare by facilitating the development of medical students and residents as future leaders.

The Leape Award was named for Lucian Leape, MD, a former pediatric surgeon whose emphasis on establishing a respectful, professional training environment for med students and residents was an important step in the pursuit of patient safety and reinforcing the well-recognized concept of “first do no harm."

Click here to nominate for the Leape Ahead Award and view the selection criteria.


The Schenke Award goes to individuals who have exhibited innovation in the creation of education or training programs to advance physician leadership and improve healthcare delivery.

The Schenke Award, established in 2014 for AAPL's 40th anniversary, honors the organization's founder. Schenke served as CEO from 1975 until his retirement in 2008. During that time, he designed and conducted more than 75 educational programs and developed the Certified Physician Executive credential.

Click here to nominate for the Roger Schenke Award and view the selection criteria.

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The American Association for Physician Leadership has helped physicians develop their leadership skills through education, career development, thought leadership and community building.

The American Association for Physician Leadership (AAPL) changed its name from the American College of Physician Executives (ACPE) in 2014. We may have changed our name, but we are the same organization that has been serving physician leaders since 1975.


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