MIHS Emergency Physician Wins National Medical Education Award

March 28, 2016
Michael Murphy

PHOENIX – Michael Epter, MD, an emergency physician at Maricopa Integrated Health System, has won a national award from the Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Education for his work in teaching Arizona’s next generation of physiMichael Eptercians.

Dr. Epter was awarded the 2016 Parker J. Palmer Courage to Teach Award from the council. The award recognizes program directors “who have fostered innovation and improvement in their residency programs and served as exemplary role models for residents,” according to the ACGME. Dr. Epter is MIHS’s Emergency Medicine Residency Program Director.

The award marks the second time in two years an MIHS physician has been honored with the national award. Dr. Eric Katz, chairman of the Emergency Medicine Department at MIHS, won the Parker J. Palmer Award in 2014.

“Mike Epter's dedication to education and to his residents is truly second to none,” Dr. Katz said. “Nationally, he is viewed as the pinnacle of educators and as a sought after source of advice.  His no nonsense approach creates a real drive to the top for our department.  

“With every student, mentee, resident and colleague, Mike encourages the exceptional, not the acceptable,” Dr. Katz said.

The award is named after Parker J. Palmer, PhD, the author of the book The Courage to Teach and whose promotion of the concept of "living divided no more" has proven relevant to teaching in academic health centers.

MIHS provides the longest-running physician training program in Maricopa County and plays a key role in teaching the next generation of Arizona’s medical professionals.   

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