WASHINGTON – Dr. Robin C. Newton, the associate senior vice president for Clinical Affairs and Quality and the Designated Instruction Official (DIO) at Howard University Health Sciences, has been named a recipient of the Parker J. Palmer Courage to Lead Award by the Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Education (ACGME).
The ACGME, which is responsible for the accreditation of post-medical degree medical training programs within the United States, gives the award annually to three outstanding DIOs in different categories based on the size of the institution. The institutions are rated small, medium or large in relation to the number of residency programs they offer.
Nominated by her colleagues, Newton, who oversees all graduate medical education, is being recognized for her leadership and commitment to creating an excellent environment for medical resident education at Howard University Hospital through the College of Medicine and Health Sciences. According to the award, Newton’s efforts facilitated medical residents' ethical, professional and personal development and ensured safe and appropriate care of patients.
“To receive the Parker J. Palmer Courage to Lead Award through the nomination and recommendation of your peers is humbling," Newton said. "This award serves as a national validation of the Graduate Medical Education work we do here at Howard. I would like to thank my colleagues, the program directors and especially the residents who supported my nomination.”
Newton, who received her medical degree at Howard’s College of Medicine and completed her residency in internal medicine, has long demonstrated leadership in medical education.