Outstanding Junior Clinician Educator of the Year Award

Norka Quillatupa, MD

The AGS is pleased to present the 2022 Outstanding Junior Clinician Educator of the Year Award to Norka Quillatupa, MD, a passionate clinician and Assistant Clinical Professor at Kern Medical in Bakersfield, California. Dr. Quillatupa is responsible for clinical education for both Internal Medicine and Family Medicine residents, nurse practitioner students, and third-year medical students. Upon her arrival at Kern Medical, Dr. Quillatupa found that there was no existing outpatient geriatrics practice, and so she set out to singlehandedly grow her geriatrics panel to include more than 150 patients. Further, Dr. Quillatupa developed a geriatrics curriculum based on the “5Ms” (Mind, Mobility, Medications, Multi-complexity, and Matters most), as well as an Objective Structured Clinical examination station for first year residents. In recognition of her deep commitment to geriatrics education, Dr. Quillatupa was awarded the “Unsung Hero Award” in March 2021 based on positive resident reviews during their experience in geriatrics. Dr. Quillatupa has a deep interest in ethnogeriatrics and providing culturally informed care and has presented two posters with medical students: “Cultural Background Influence on the Diagnosis of Dementia” and “Polypharmacy Management in Geriatrics Patients: A case report”, at the American Geriatrics Society Annual Meeting in 2021. In August 2020, Dr. Quillatupa addressed COVID-19 and the care of older adults in the Hispanic community on an episode of the podcast “Simplemente Medicina” (Simply Medicine). An active member of the AGS community, Dr. Quillatupa has served as a member of the review committee for the AGS/ADGAP COVID-19 Educational Toolkit, participated on multiple committees at Kern Medical such as the Pain Management and the End-of-Life Care Committees, and has volunteered as a mentor to junior members of the AGS to provide guidance to the new generation of geriatricians.


Past Recipients of the Outstanding Junior Clinician Educator of the Year Award

2021      Pei Chen, MD
2020      Nina Blachman, MD, MHPE
2019      Skotti Church, MD
2018      Andrea Wershof Schwartz, MD, MPH
2017      Kristen Thornton, MD, FAAFP, AGSF, CWSP
2016      Jessica Colburn, MD
2015      Shaida Talebreza Brandon, MD
2014      Danelle Cayea, MD, MS
2013      Manuel Eskildsen, MD, MPH, CMD