May 6, 2018

Heather A. Davidson, PhD, received the 2018 Geoffrey David Chazen award at the Academy Annual Recognition Dinner on April 23. Dr. Davidson's leadership of the Vanderbilt Program for Interprofessional Learning has made a unique and important contribution to the learning community within the School of Medicine and the Medical Center.

The Geoffrey David Chazen Award was first awarded in 1998. The award was established to honor the memory of Dr. Chazen, who received his MD at Vanderbilt. This award for innovation in medical education was established to recognize a student, resident, fellow or faculty member who has made special contributions to the educational programs of the VUSM through the development and implementation of effective innovation in educational approach.

Although some of the early recipients of the Chazen Award were faculty members, over time the award transitioned to a student award. At the inspiration of Dr. Bonnie Miller and with the grateful support of the Chazen family, two Chazen awards, one for students, which is given out at Class Day and awarded by a different mechanism, and a second award for faculty members have been established. This faculty award is administered by the Academy, but is open to all members of the VUSM faculty.