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Geraldine “Polly” Bednash Lectureship Award Winners

About the Award

As one of the nation’s most respected advocates for higher education in nursing and interprofessional engagement, Dr. Polly Bednash worked tirelessly during her 28 year tenure at AACN to improve the quality of our nation’s health care by preparing a well-educated nursing workforce. This lectureship award honors Dr. Bednash for her distinguished record of service to AACN.  Award recipients are chosen by the AACN Board of Directors on the basis of their scholarship and the notability of their contributions to nursing, health care, higher education, and/or interprofessional education.  Awardees are asked to share pragmatic insights with deans when presenting at the AACN Deans Annual Meeting (formerly known as the Spring Annual Meeting).  Learn more

2022 Winner

Dr. George Thibault receiving award with Drs. Susan Bakewell-Sachs, Polly Bednash, and Deb Trautman

From left to right: AACN Past Chair Dr. Susan Bakewell-Sachs, Award Winner Dr. George E. Thibault, Dr. Polly Bednash, and AACN President and CEO Dr. Deb Trautman

George E. Thibault, MD, is currently on the Boards of the Arnold P. Gold Foundation and the Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Education and is an elected member of the National Academy of Medicine of the National Academies of Science. Dr. Thibault served as the seventh president of the Josiah Macy Jr. Foundation from January 2008 - June 2018, is past Chair of the Boards of Massachusetts General Hospital Institute of Health Professions and New York Academy of Medicine. Under Dr. Thibault’s leadership, the Macy Foundation—the only national philanthropy solely dedicated to improving the education of health professionals—has had an oversized impact on better aligning the education of health professionals with contemporary health needs and a changing health care system. A major feature of this alignment has been the Foundation’s promotion of interprofessional education in which students of two or more health professions learn about, from and with each other to be better able to practice collaboratively in the future. Read full bio here.   


 

Past Recipients

2021 Recipient: Donald M. Berwick, MD, MPP, FRCP, KBE,  President Emeritus and Senior Fellow, Institute for Healthcare Improvement 

Don Berwick photo

2020 Recipient: Dr. Darrell Kirch, President Emeritus of the Association of American Medical Colleges and Adjunct Professor of Pschiatry and Behavioral Sciences at Stanford University School of Medicine

Dr. Darrell Kirch


2019 Recipient: Dr. Brenda Zierler, Professor and Interprofessional Education Scholar in the School of Nursing at the University of Washington Health Sciences Center

Dr. Brenda Zierler 2019 Award Recipient

From left to right: AACN Past Chair Dr. Ann Cary, Award Winner Dr. Brenda Zierler, Professor and Interprofessional Education Scholar in the School of Nursing at the University of Washington Health Sciences Center


2018 Recipient - Dr. David Garr, Associate Dean for Community Medicine, Professor of Family  Medicine, and Executive Director, South Carolina AHEC, Medical University of South Carolina. 

From left to right: AACN Past Chair Dr. Juliann Sebastian, Award Winner Dr. David Garr, and AACN President and CEO Dr. Deborah Trautman


2017 Recipient: Dr. Joanne Disch, Professor, School of Nursing, University of Minnesota

Dr. Joanne Disch - 2017 Award Recipient

From left to right: AACN Past Chair Dr. Juliann Sebastian and Dr. Joanne Disch


2016 Recipient: J. Randall (Randy) Curtis, MD, Professor, School of Medicine and Director, Cambia Palliative Care Center of Excellence; and Sarah E. Shannon, PhD, Associate Professor, Biobehavioral Nursing & Health Systems, School of Nursing, and Adjunct, Bioethics & Humanities, School of Medicine, University of Washington, Seattle, WA.

From left to right: AACN Past Chair Dr. Eileen Breslin, Award Winner Dr. Sarah E. Shannon, and AACN President and CEO Dr. Deborah Trautman


2015 Recipients: The founding members of the Interprofessional Education Collaborative (IPEC): Carol A. Aschenbrener, MD, Chief Medical Education Officer, Association of American Medical Colleges; Geraldine “Polly” Bednash, PhD, Former CEO, American Association of Colleges of Nursing; Lucinda L. Maine, PhD, Executive Vice President and CEO, American Association of Colleges of Pharmacy; Stephen C. Shannon, DO, President and CEO American Association of Colleges of Osteopathic Medicine; Harrison C. Spencer, MD, President and CEO, Association of Schools and Programs of Public Health; and Richard W. Valachovic, DMD, President and CEO, American Dental Education Association.

From left to right: Dr. Stephen C. Shannon, Dr. Carol A. Aschenbrener, Dr. Lucinda L. Maine and Dr. Richard W. Valachovic