URMC Physician to Lead National Residency Organization

April 24, 2007

Donald R. Bordley, M.D., associate chair of Medicine and director of the Categorical Internal Medicine Residency program at the University of Rochester School of Medicine and Dentistry, has been chosen to lead an international organization dedicated to improving and supporting the graduate education of doctors in internal medicine. 

Over the next three years, Bordley will serve as president-elect, president, and then past-president of the Association of Program Directors in Internal Medicine (APDIM).  With a membership of over 1,900 individuals from 377 medical schools and teaching hospitals, APDIM represents nearly all of the accredited Internal Medicine residency programs in the U.S., Puerto Rico, and Canada.  The announcement was made at the APDIM Spring Meeting in San Diego, CA on Wednesday, April 18.

An undergraduate of Yale University, Bordley received his medical degree from Johns Hopkins University before serving his residency and fellowship in General Internal Medicine at Strong Memorial Hospital.  He is currently the University of Rochester’s William L. Morgan professor of Medicine. Bordley has headed residency programs at Rochester General Hospital and the University of Rochester Medical Center since 1981. He is the recipient of numerous teaching awards, including the American College of Physicians’ Laureate Award, the University of Rochester Alumni Gold Medal Award for Teaching Excellence, and has won both the Keith Miner Ford Award for Excellence in Teaching and the Harry L. Segal Prize for Excellence in Third Year Teaching two times. 

“We are fortunate to have Dr. Bordley heading our internal medicine residency programs,” said Paul Levy, M.D., acting chair of Medicine at the University of Rochester School of Medicine and Dentistry. “His superb teaching and mentoring skills have positively influenced the careers of hundreds of physicians in training.  He has also developed innovative teaching strategies to enhance learning in today’s challenging health care environment.”

“It is not surprising that APDIM looked to Don Bordley for national leadership in setting current standards for graduate medical education in internal medicine, and creating a vision for its future,” said David Guzick, M.D., Ph.D., dean of the School of Medicine and Dentistry.  “Dr. Bordley has taken Rochester to the forefront of contemporary training in internal medicine, crafting a residency experience that attends to the realities of both inpatient and outpatient practice, and both generalist and specialist care.”

As a member of APDIM since 1981, Bordley has served on its leadership Council and Accreditation Committee, co-chaired its Residents as Teachers Task Force, and represented APDIM on the Educational Innovations Project subcommittee of the Residency Review Committee for Internal Medicine.

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