Public Release:  2 prestigious recognitions awarded to UCR Medical School Official Phyllis A. Guze, M.D.

Medical education leader selected for honors from nation's second-largest physician organization and international organization for medical education residency programs

University of California - Riverside

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RIVERSIDE, Calif. -- Phyllis Guze, M.D., associate vice chancellor, health affairs and executive dean for the School of Medicine at the University of California, Riverside, was awarded the Dema C. Daley Founder's award by the Association of Program Directors in Internal Medicine (APDIM) on May 1 at the APDIM Spring Conference held in Buena Vista, Florida.

In April, Dr. Guze received the Mastership designation by the American College of Physicians (ACP) during that organization's annual meeting held in San Francisco, California.

"Both of these are very high honors and much-deserved recognitions of Dr. Guze's accomplishments and contributions to medicine and medical education. It is an honor to have her as a founding member of the School of Medicine leadership" said Founding Dean G. Richard Olds, M.D., also a Master with the ACP as of 2009.

In awarding the Dema C. Daley Founders Award to Guze, APDIM recognized her career dedication to exemplary teaching and innovative educational program management. She is well-known for her teaching as well as educational innovations, including being the first to develop a longitudinal ambulatory, or outpatient, educational experience for internal medicine residents.

APDIM is the professional organization of accredited internal medicine residency programs. Its core mission is to support program directors in the pursuit of excellence in graduate medical education for internal medicine.

Guze's involvement with APDIM began during the 1980s when she became the internal medicine program director for the West Los Angeles Veterans Association Medical Center. She has since served on several APDIM committees over the years, becoming president of the organization in 2003.

In April, Guze concluded her yearlong appointment as Chair of the Board of Regents of the ACP, the national professional organization of internal medicine physicians and the second-largest physician group in the United States. Its membership of 133,000 includes internists, internal medicine subspecialists, and medical students, residents, and fellows. She has been a Fellow of the American College of Physicians (FACP) since 1980, an honorary designation that recognizes ongoing individual service and contributions to the practice of medicine, and was recently awarded the Master designation.

Individuals are awarded Mastership designation by the ACP based upon "personal character, positions of honor, contributions towards furthering the purposes of the ACP, eminence in practice or in medical research, or other attainments in science or in the art of medicine" according to the ACP's organizational bylaws. Masters typically list the designation "MACP" after their names and degree listings.

Masters must be highly accomplished individuals. Evidence of their achievements can come from many types of endeavors such as research, education, health care initiatives, volunteerism, and administrative positions. A Master is distinguished by the excellence and significance of his or her contributions to the field of medicine.

Dr. Guze became a founding member of the the UCR School of Medicine leadership team in 2008 as acting vice chancellor of medical sciences and dean of the UCR medical school. Prior to that, Dr. Guze had been a professor of medicine at the UCLA David Geffen School of Medicine since 1985. She was chair of medicine at the VA Greater Los Angeles Healthcare System from 1986-2005.

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