The Parker J. Palmer Courage to Teach Award is given to up to 10 of the over 9,000 U.S. residency program and fellowship directors annually. The directors selected for this award have been proven to foster innovation and improvement in their residency programs and serve as “exemplary role models for residents to provide quality health care while remaining connected to the initial impulse to care for others in this environment.” Dr. Means will receive this award at a special luncheon celebration for the awardees at the ACGME’s Educational Workshop in San Diego on February 27, 2015. Courage to Teach awardees also will attend a retreat on May 13-15, 2015 at the Airline Center in Virginia.
Since the inception of the Parker J. Palmer Courage to Teach Award in 2002, there have been 130 recipients not, including the current winners. Dr. Means will be joining this small but prestigious group of past award recipients that include only three Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation program directors and one program director from the University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences.
Dr. Means was a founding faculty member of the University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences Department of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation in 1985 and he is now a professor. Dr. Means has been Chairman of the Department since 1999 and the residency program director since 1997. Dr. Means oversees a thriving academic department and an excellent, fully-accredited educational program including 16 PM&R residents. Dr. Means has received several local and national awards for his work as an educator, a researcher, and a clinician.
Dr. Means completed medical school at Howard University College of Medicine in Washington, D.C. in 1982 and his residency at Northwestern University, Rehabilitation Institute of Chicago in 1985. He is certified by the American Board of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation.