ACPE Accepting Applications for 2014 Leape Ahead Award

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Award honors organizations that train young physicians to lead health care.

Improving health care in the United States means teaching young physicians the interpersonal, collaborative and team-oriented skills they need to become leaders.

That was one of the recommendations of a 2010 report by the Lucian Leape Institute looking at the way young men and women are trained to become physicians. The study, called Unmet Needs, found physicians weren’t being adequately prepared to identify and resolve problems related to patient safety.

To show its support, the American College of Physician Executives (ACPE) each year honors health care organizations making extraordinary strides in promoting a culture of leadership, professionalism, communication and teamwork among medical students and residents.

ACPE is currently accepting applications for its third annual Leape Ahead Award, named for Dr. Lucian Leape, the founder of the patient safety movement in America. Previous winners include:

  •     Brigham and Women’s Hospital in Boston, which created a special management leadership track for medical residents
  •     Helen DeVos Children’s Hospital in Grand Rapids, MI, which developed a transformative patient safety culture, including a safety behavior residency curriculum

“We will never achieve meaningful reform until we instill our young physicians with a belief in the need for everyone in health care to work together to create a safer, higher quality, more patient-centered environment,” said Peter Angood, MD, CEO of ACPE. “We at ACPE are pleased to recognize those who are helping to shape the physician leaders of tomorrow.”

Applicants for the Leape Ahead Award should be those creating learning cultures — programs, courses and techniques — that develop future leader physician leaders. Applications must be submitted electronically no later than Dec. 6, 2013. To apply, visit

Applications will be reviewed by a peer review committee that will make the selection based on:

  •     Project's relevance to the Leape Ahead Award mission
  •     Measurable outcomes of the project-to date

Applications should include:

  •     An executive summary that describes how the project supports the Leape Ahead Award mission
  •     A detailed description of the project, including objectives, background, methodology, outcomes and conclusions
  •     Name, address, phone and e-mail address of the applicant(s). All applicants will be contacted

Applicants will be notified by February 17, 2014. The winner will be honored at a presentation at ACPE's Annual Meeting on April 25, 2014, in Chicago.

The award-winning project will be featured in ACPE's Physician Executive Journal, as well as the ACPE website, where it will serve as a resource for members.

Those with questions can request more information from Charisse Jimenez, ACPE’s senior manager, membership & community, at cjimenez(at)acpe(dot)org.

Watch a short video about the 2013 winner of the Leape Ahead award here.

About ACPE
ACPE is the nation's largest health care organization for physician leaders. Since its founding in 1975, the primary focus of the College is providing superior leadership and management skills to physicians of all types and encouraging them to assume more active leadership roles in the health care industry. In addition to training more than 70,000 physicians, the organization has grown to more than 11,000 members, including chief executive officers, chief medical officers, vice presidents of medical affairs, medical directors and other physician leaders from more than 45 different countries.

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