Outstanding Mid-Career Clinician Educator of the Year Award

Colleen Christmas, MD, FACP

The Outstanding Mid-Career Clinician Educator of the Year Award is given to a junior faculty member for an impressive work in geriatrics education. The AGS is pleased this year to recognize Colleen Christmas, MD, FACP, for her efforts as a teacher, mentor, and leader at the Johns Hopkins University (JHU) School of Medicine. Among her varied accomplishments, Dr. Christmas served as the program director of the internal medicine residency at Johns Hopkins Bayview Medical Center where she helped to implement the Aliki Initiative—an effort to teach all medical studentsand residents the importance of knowing patients as whole persons--and “Medicine for the Greater Good,” an initiative teaching the impact of social determinant of health and the role of the physician in advocacy to improve outcomes for the elderly and other vulnerable individuals. A Geriatrics Academic Career Award (GACA) recipient, Dr. Christmas has mentored many students, residents, and geriatrics fellows and has led efforts to recruit more geriatrics health professionals into the fold, all with proven results—15% of the residents graduating from JHU Bayview, for example, have chosen careers in geriatrics during her tenure. She co-directed the Beacham Geriatrics CME course for a decade, and led the Reynolds founded Geriatrics Mini-Fellowship to increase geriatrics training of practicing physicians. Dr. Christmas created and now directs the JHU Primary Care Leadership Track (PCLT) in the medical school with the goal of increasing medical student interest in geriatrics and primary care.

Past Recipients of the Outstanding Mid-Career Clinical Educator of the Year Award

2018      Amit Shah, MD, FACP, AGSF
2017      Lisa Walke, MD, MSHA, AGSF
2016      Anna Chang, MD
2015      Susan Parks, MD
2014      Louise Aronson, MD
2013      Helen Fernandez, MD