Dr. Luanne Thorndyke to Receive AMWAs 2012 Elizabeth Blackwell Award at the 97th Annual Meeting in Miami
The American Medical Women's Association (AMWA) today announced that Luanne Thorndyke, MD, Vice Provost for Faculty Affairs at the University of Massachusetts Medical School (UMMS), is the 2012 recipient of the Elizabeth Blackwell Award. The awards presentation will be held at AMWA's 97th Annual Meeting, April 13-15, 2012 in Miami, FL.
Dr. Luanne ThorndykeAMWA's Elizabeth Blackwell Award, initiated in 1949 by Elise S. L'Esperance, MD, is granted annually to a woman physician who has made the most outstanding contribution to the cause of women in the field of medicine. Among the criteria for AMWA's highest honor is a demonstrated commitment, originality, innovation, or creativity in her field of medicine.
In her role at UMMS, Dr. Thorndyke has led programs in faculty development, mentoring, leadership and advancement of women, and faculty competencies. She has extensive experience in educational planning, program implementation, and facilitating initiatives in professional development and mentoring, women's leadership development, equity, and diversity. She established a junior faculty development program that has become a recognized model for faculty development, mentoring, and program evaluation. In her current role, she is responsible for all matters related to faculty, including professional and leadership development, academic affairs (promotion and tenure), recruitment/retention/satisfaction, and diversity/gender and equity issues.
Prior to joining UMMS, she was Associate Dean for Professional Development at the Penn State College of Medicine, and also served as Assistant Dean of Continuing Medical Education, responsible for post-graduate educational programming for physicians, nurses, and allied health personnel. A graduate of Duke University and the University of Nebraska College of Medicine, she is a board-certified internist and geriatrician, as well as Professor of Medicine at UMMS. Her clinical interests lie in the areas of menopausal health, osteoporosis, and geriatrics. Following residency training, she launched her career by establishing a community-based, primary care medical practice in Philadelphia that has continued over 25 years.
"Luanne Thorndyke embodies the spirit of Elizabeth Blackwell, and AMWA is happy to acknowledge her major contributions. Countless young women physicians may have been positively influenced by her in her various roles - from her private practice in Philadelphia as a young physician to her present position as a recognized national leader," said AMWA Awards Committee Chair Nancy R. Church, MD.
AMWA presents an exciting program for its meeting, Achieving Success as Women in Medicine, on April 13-15, 2012, at the Sofitel Miami, Miami, Florida. Gloria Steinem and Rachel Naomi Remen, MD are keynote speakers. World experts on women's health and women's advancement lead workshop sessions. Dr. Thorndyke will present a talk on Saturday afternoon entitled "Take Charge of your Career! Mentoring and Other Tools for Your Professional Development Toolbox." The Elizabeth Blackwell Award will be presented to her in the evening during the 97th Anniversary Gala, featuring keynote speaker Gloria Steinem.
The 2012 AMWA Awards are presented with support from Pfizer Inc. The awards include the Elizabeth Blackwell Award, the Woman in Science Award, the Lila A. Wallis Women's Health Award, the Bertha Van Hoosen Award, the Anne C. Carter Student Leadership Award and the Camille Mermod Award.
Delta Air Lines is the official airline of the meeting and is sponsoring the opening night reception with keynote speaker, Dr. Remen.
*This activity has been planned and implemented in accordance with the Essentials and Standards of the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education through the joint sponsorship of Cleveland Clinic Florida and the American Medical Women's Association.
Cleveland Clinic Florida is accredited by the ACCME to provide continuing medical education for physicians. Cleveland Clinic Florida designates this live educational activity for a maximum of15.5 AMA PRA Category 1 Credit(s)TM. Physicians should only claim credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.