Good Colleagues,

Greetings in the New Year! We have entered our 50th year as an official combined specialty. We have become middle-aged – and we look fabulous.

While our programs tend to be smaller than our straight peds or medicine colleagues, our footprint is often larger than our numbers would suggest. Maybe our smaller programs make us nimble. Maybe it is a way of thinking. Maybe it is because we work collaboratively across all departments, all terrains. But, we are often at the forefront of innovation. Our national MPPDA meeting this year promises to highlight our unique role in medical education and at our institutions. Get psyched.

We have extended the deadline for awards to ensure robust participation.  Please nominate your APD for the Brendan Kelly Award, as well as a resident for the Tunnessen Award, and a colleage for the Med-Peds Leadership Award. The new deadline is January 16th. See the instructions below.

Onwards to the next 50!

Happy New Year to all,


PS: Thanks Allen Friedland for commissioning the cool logo!



Deadline ~ January 16th, 2016 @ 5pm

We will present 3 awards at our annual meeting. Please email me directly letters of nomination at

The Brendan Kelly Award – This is a new award, given in honor of our dear friend who died unexpectedly this past summer to recognize the very best of our Associate Program Directors. As many of you know, Dr. Kelly was the APD of Baystate for 18 years. He was a skilled and beloved physician and teacher, earning 19 medical student teaching awards in his career. This award is given to an Associate Program Director who demonstrates teaching excellence, collaborative leadership, and compassionate patient care that Dr. Kelly modeled so well.

 The Walter Tunnessen Award – given to a 4th year Med-Peds resident who demonstrates leadership in education, clinical care, and advocacy. The details of the award can be found here –


Med-Peds Leadership Award – “predominant attention is given to a candidate who is outstanding in their clinical field, a national leader in med-peds, and has made a significant contribution to the education of med-peds residents, promoted student interest in training in med-peds, supported faculty development of med-peds, and supported the development and betterment of med-peds as a discipline.  The candidate is not required to be a current member of MPPDA.” Nominations from the previous 2 years are also under consideration. Details of the award can be found here –



Deadline extended ~ January 16th, 2016 @ 5pm


To all: We have extended the submission deadline of the MPPDA Poster presentation for this year’s upcoming national meeting.  If you have a QI project, research endeavor, or patient vignette that you would like to share with the rest of the MPPDA community, please submit a 250 word abstract to the Chair of the Poster Presentation Committe, Jonathan “JT” Tolentino at  We hope for another amazing poster session at this year’s meeting!

Thanks again! JT