Only Days Remain to Nominate for AAPL’s Annual Leape, Schenke Awards

By AAPL Staff
January 8, 2019

The two awards honor advancements in the education of physician leaders. The period for nominations runs through Friday. 

The nomination period for the American Association for Physician Leadership’s two major awards, recognizing improvements in health care by industry leaders and influencers, ends Friday (Jan. 18).

The Leape Ahead Award and Roger Schenke Award will be presented at the association’s Physician Leadership Summit in Washington, D.C., on May 3-5. Winners, including at least one member of the Leape Ahead-winning project team, must be present at the Summit to make a presentation and receive their award. 



2015 – Scott Ellner, DO, MPH, MHCM, FACS; Saint Francis Medical Group; Hartford, Connecticut

2016 – Larry Feinman, DO, FACOS; HCA West Florida; Tampa, Florida

2017 – Venkat Prasad, MD; UNC Physicians Network; Morrisville, North Carolina

2018 – Samuel Cullison, MD, ABFM, CPE; Methodist Health System, Dallas, Texas


2012 – Helen DeVos Children's Hospital; Grand Rapids, Michigan

2013 – Brigham and Women's Hospital; Boston, Massachusetts

2014 – Christiana Care Health System; Delaware

2015 – Northwestern Medicine Academy for Quality and Safety Improvement; Illinois

2016 – Advocate Health Care’s Resident Leadership Development Institute; Park Ridge, Illinois

2017 – MUSC Health at the Medical University of South Carolina; Charleston, South Carolina

2018 – New York City Health & Hospitals/Lincoln; New York

The Leape Ahead Award recognizes institutions and their leaders dedicated to advancing the quality of health care by developing medical students and residents as future leaders.

The 2018 Leape Ahead Award went to New York City Health & Hospitals/Lincoln for its focus on communication training as part of a collaborative effort with the New York State Department of Health to reduce readmissions.

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

The 2018 Schenke Award went to Samuel Cullison, MD, ABFM, CPE, vice president of graduate medical education at Methodist Health System in Dallas, for his innovative work in the creation of education and training programs.

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 “do no harm.” 

He currently serves as a health policy analyst at Harvard University. He previously served as chairman of the Lucian Leape Institute at the National Patient Safety Foundation.

Leape’s seminal paper, Error in Medicine, paved the way for the patient safety movement. Leape became an outspoken advocate for nonpunitive solutions for fixing medical errors, which led to a groundbreaking report, To Err Is Human, by the National Academy of Medicine (formerly the Institute of Medicine).

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 selection criteria.

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

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