BOSTON - Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center physician Mark D. Aronson, MD, will receive the SGIM Career Achievement in Medical Education Award from the Society of General Internal Medicine in recognition of a career characterized by passionate devotion to patient care, to the education of young physicians and students and to the generation and dissemination of new medical knowledge.
The award will be presented at the society's 30th annual meeting in Toronto on April 28.
Aronson joined Beth Israel Hospital in 1976 in one of the first divisions of general medicine and primary care at an academic medical center. He introduced peer review to Harvard's general medical efforts and took a lead role in creating both an educational and scholarly program in what was then primarily an early example of a hospital-based primary care practice.
"As a preceptor, attending physician, lecturer, and course director, Dr. Aronson has taught and mentored scores of students, residents, fellows, and faculty," said Russell Phillips MD, Carol Bates, MD and Tom Delbanco, MD, the colleagues who nominated him for the award.
"He has led graduate medical education courses, quality improvement and risk management conferences and lectured on numerous primary care topics. His work on behalf of medical education, patient safety and quality initiatives garnered a national reputation, and in 2002 he became Professor of Medicine at Harvard."
Aronson has authored and edited widely referenced original articles, analytic reviews, and books. He is co-editor-in-chief of UptoDate in Adult Primary Care and Internal Medicine, the CD-ROM and Web-based program containing hundreds of original articles and reviews in medicine that has become the benchmark for electronic textbooks of medicine.
Aronson founded the BIDMC Hospital Medicine Program, the first in Boston. He incorporated hospital medicine into the medical residency curriculum, as well as into the roster of continuing medical education and graduate medical education offerings at BIDMC and Harvard.
"Above all, Dr. Aronson has remained the consummate internist, both on the inpatient and outpatient side of internal medicine," his colleagues wrote. "Modest, self-effacing, and never seeking the limelight, his fund of knowledge is extraordinary. His medical judgment is sought not only by generalists, but also by large numbers of sub-specialists in medicine and other disciplines. This is the core of his credibility as a teacher. Time and again we hear young doctors say they hope some day to be like him."
Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center is a patient care, teaching and research affiliate of Harvard Medical School, and ranks third in National Institutes of Health funding among independent hospitals nationwide. BIDMC is clinically affiliated with the Joslin Diabetes Center and is a research partner of Dana-Farber/Harvard Cancer Center. BIDMC is the official hospital of the Boston Red Sox.