Vallejo recognized by ACGME for graduate medical education leadership

Vallejo recognized by ACGME for graduate medical education leadership

Manuel Vallejo, M.D., DMD, associate dean and designated institution official for Graduate Medical Education, was nationally recognized for his leadership and innovation for the West Virginia University School of Medicine’s residency and fellowship programs.

Dr. Vallejo was one of three recipients of the Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Education’s Parker J. Palmer Courage to Lead award and will be honored during the 2024 ACGME Annual Education Conference scheduled in early March in Orlando, Florida.

The Parker J. Palmer Courage to Lead Award honors designated institutional officials who have demonstrated strong leadership and astute resource management and encouraged innovation and improvement in residency and fellowship programs.

“I’m honored to be recognized by the national organization and my peers,” said Vallejo. “This award reflects the incredible team we have here at WVU who go above and beyond in everything they do to ensure that our learners receive a top-level training experience.”

In addition to his role as the School’s DIO, Vallejo also serves as the chair of the Anesthesiology Review Committee with the ACGME.

“The advancements and improvements we’ve seen as an institution under Dr. Vallejo’s leadership as the DIO speaks for itself. I’m happy our trainees and learners get to benefit from programs that are continually refining and improving outcomes under his tutelage,” said Norman Ferrari, M.D., chief academic officer and vice dean for Education and Academic Affairs.

Vallejo is one of only two winners from WVU who have won the award. The other was Dr. Ferrari in 2010.

A complete list of winners to be honored at this year’s ACGME Education Conference can be found on the organization’s site.

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