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SJ General Hospital receives national award

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POSTED March 13, 2009 4:26 a.m.
FRENCH CAMP – Doctor Sheela Kapre, chair of the Medicine Department and director of the Internal Medicine Teaching Program for San Joaquin General Hospital, is one of 10 program directors from across the country to receive the nationally acclaimed Parker J. Palmer Courage to Teach Award.

The Parker J. Palmer award is named after the highly respected writer and traveling teacher who works independently on issues in education, community, spirituality and social change. Those individuals chosen to receive the award have demonstrated dedication and effectiveness in teaching resident physicians, are exemplary role models, have contributed to innovation and improvement in learning and are active nationally.

Dr. Kapre began her career at San Joaquin General Hospital as a resident. Thirty years  later, she now teaches residents. “I accepted the award on behalf of San Joaquin General Hospital,” stated Dr. Kapre. “We are fortunate to have a very skilled, devoted and caring staff. I just happened to be the one noticed.”

“Dr. Kapre is a valuable asset to the hospital,” said Ken Cohen, director of Health Care Services. “She is highly respected by her peers, students and the hospital administration.”

Her students agree.

In the comments that accompanied her nomination, they described Kapre as “an inspiration to her residents;” someone who “has the interest of the patients at heart,” and someone who “is not just a program director for resident physicians, but a friend and a mentor” and that “her tenure is a testament of dedication, leadership, attitude and excellence in graduate medical education.”

Dr. Kapre was presented the award on March 6 during a special ceremony at the Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Education (ACGME) Annual Conference in Grapevine, Texas. ACGME selects and recognizes the award recipients each year.
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