Cambridge, Mass. – Cambridge Health Alliance (CHA) physicians Elizabeth Gaufberg, MD, MPH, and Danny McCormick, MD, MPH, have been named recipients of the 2013-2014 A. Clifford Barger Excellence in Mentoring Award presented by the Office for Diversity Inclusion and Community Partnership at Harvard Medical School (HMS). Dr. Gaufberg, an associate professor of medicine and psychiatry at HMS, and Dr. McCormick, an associate professor of medicine at HMS, were recently honored at the annual Excellence in Mentoring Awards Ceremony held at the Tosteson Medical Education Center at HMS.
In addition to her role as a staff physician, Dr. Elizabeth Gaufberg serves as the director of CHA’s Center for Professional Development. She provides one-on-one guidance and encouragement for medical students, residents, and colleagues regarding career opportunities, personal and professional growth, and work-life balance. Her nominators observed that Dr. Gaufberg is always willing and able to contribute good ideas for advancing a career, including potential opportunities for fellowship training and other forms of continued education, collaborative project ideas, and possible funding sources. They praised her ability to encourage her mentees to make lasting connections and achieve their goals.
As the director of the Division of Social and Community Medicine at CHA and the director of research in CHA’s Department of Medicine, Dr. Danny McCormick fosters interest and engagement in health policy, meaningful advocacy, and activism in health care and plays an influential role in the development of clinicians, researchers, students, and residents. He is also a co-director of the HMS Fellowship in General Medicine and Primary Care. Dr. McCormick, a primary care physician at CHA Somerville Hospital Primary Care, leads a year-long required curriculum in social medicine and research-based health advocacy for internal medicine residents at CHA and teaches clinical medicine to primary care residents. His mentees noted that his passion for patient advocacy and dedication to teaching are inspirational and have helped shape their careers.
The A. Clifford Barger Excellence in Mentoring Award honors the memory of A. Clifford Barger, who devoted his career to bringing out the best in those who studied, trained, and worked at HMS. Each year, HMS faculty members, house officers, fellows, and students nominate mentors who have provided sponsorship and supported personal and professional development. A selection committee, with representatives from HMS and its affiliated hospitals, carefully reviews all nominees’ mentoring qualities and chooses the award recipients.
Cambridge Health Alliance is a vital and innovative community health system that provides essential services to Cambridge, Somerville, and Boston’s metro-north communities. It includes three hospital campuses, a network of primary care and specialty practices, and the Cambridge Public Health Dept. CHA is a Harvard Medical School teaching affiliate and is also affiliated with Harvard School of Public Health, Harvard School of Dental Medicine, and Tufts University School of Medicine. For more information, visit www.challiance.org.
Pictured: Elizabeth Gaufberg, MD, MPH, and Danny McCormick, MD, MPH (right), joined by CHA Chief of Medicine David Bor, MD