Award Background

Leape Award squareEstablished in 2011, the Leape Ahead Award recognizes institutions and their leaders dedicated to improving the quality of health care by developing medical students and residents into future health care leaders.

The award honors the extraordinary dedication and commitment of Lucian Leape, MD, toward advancing efficient, effective, and caring delivery of medicine in the United States. Leape's emphasis on establishing a respectful and professional training environment for medical students and residents is an important step in the pursuit of "do no harm."


Selection Criteria and Nomination Requirement

  • Applicants may include any combination of faculty, students, residents, or staff at a medical school or teaching hospital.
  • One individual from the institution must be an MD or DO, or international equivalent.
  • One individual from the institution must be a member of the association.
  • The institution's project exhibits dedication and commitment toward advancing medical students and/or residents into future health care leaders.
  • The institution's project/program demonstrates efficient, effective and caring delivery of medicine.
  • Individuals from the institution may not be current board members of the association.

Application Process

Only electronic applications submitted through this site will be accepted. Applications must be submitted no later than Tuesday, December 31, 2019. Submissions received after this time will not be evaluated.

The award-winning recipient will be selected in January 2020.

The award will be presented at the American Association for Physician Leadership 2020 Spring Conference in Chicago, IL, June 12 – 14, 2020. A member of the project team must be present at the meeting to receive the award and present an overview of the program to the association's members. Complimentary tuition to the Spring Conference & Annual Meeting will be provided for up to four members of the project team. Travel expenses are the responsibility of the attendees.

The winner will be featured in the Physician Leadership Journal and digital member newsletters. The project will also be featured on the association's website as a resource for members.

Questions regarding the application should be directed to