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COL Kevin Abbott (Nephrology Chief and Program Director) was awarded the Surgeon General's Award

Dr. Abbott is Professor of Medicine at the Uniformed Services University Hebert School of Medicine.COL Kevin Abbott (Nephrology Chief and Program Director) was awarded the Surgeon General's Award for Military Academic Excellence (The Lewis Aspey Mologne Award) at the Army OTSG Consultant's meeting on 3 December 2013, by LTG Horoho.


Louis N. Pangaro, M.D., MACP, Professor and Chair, Uniformed Services University, Department of Medicine

Louis N. Pangaro

Dr. Louis N. Pangaro is Chairman of the Department of Medicine at the Uniformed Services University. His medical degree is from Georgetown University (1973), and he did a residency in Internal Medicine and fellowship in endocrinology there. In 1978, Dr. Pangaro joined the Army to do a research fellowship at Walter Reed Army Medical Center, winning the Bailey K. Ashford Research Award for developing the first immunoassay for 3,5 - Diiodothyronine. He retired in 1998, receiving the Defense Superior Service Medal. Dr. Pangaro joined the Uniformed Services University in 1978, initially as an Instructor in the Department of Medicine, and was eventually appointed Professor with tenure, in 1998, upon his retirement from the United States Army. In 1990, he served as the Department's Director of Education Programs and Vice-chair, and was selected as Department Chairman in June of 2008. Since 2009 Dr. Pangaro has been one of the faculty leaders of curricular redesign for the USU School of Medicine.

Dr. Pangaro's scholarly work is in the evaluation of the competence of medical trainees. He created "standardized examinees" to calibrate the validity of the prototype clinical skills examination of the US Medical Licensing Exam. He created a "synthetic" framework for defining expectations of students and residents (the "RIME scheme", for reporter-interpreter-manger-educator). This conceptual alternative to the traditional knowledge-skills-attitudes paradigm is used in half of American medical schools. Dr. Pangaro has personally evaluated and given individual feedback to more than several thousand medical students. Nearly all of them are still part of the military medical community. Starting in 2000, Dr. Pangaro has directed a six-day course for military GME program directors in assessing competence, and he co-directs the annual Harvard Macy International Program for a Systems Approach to Assessment in the Health Sciences Education. He is an at-large member of the NBME.

Dr. Pangaro is on the editorial boards of Academic Medicine and Teaching and Learning in Medicine, and is past-chair of the Research in Medical Education Conference Committee of the GEA/AAMC. He has served as President of the Clerkship Directors in Internal Medicine (CDIM), and of the Alliance for Clinical Education (ACE), the coordinating council for eight national organizations of American clerkship directors. Dr. Pangaro has been honored by the AAMC with the Glaser Distinguished Teacher Award (2005), by USU students with the Clements Awards for Excellence in Education (1990) and by the USU Faculty with the inaugural Carol Johns Teaching Medal (2001). He has been recognized by CDIM with all three of their awards: the inaugural award for Outstanding Program Development (1998, now named the Louis Pangaro Award), the Outstanding Educational Research Award (2000), and the Outstanding Service Award (2005); and by the British Embassy Players for his production of Shakespeare's Hamlet (1990). He was recognized by the Army chapter of the American College of Physicians with its inaugural Master Teacher Award (1997) and by the Washington, DC chapter of the College with its Sol Katz Teaching Award (2005) and its Laureate Award (2012). In 2010, Dr. Pangaro was named as a Master of the American College of Physicians (MACP), and in 2012, he received the lifetime achievement award from the Association of Program Directors in Internal Medicine.