AAP Vice President Joel J. Alpert, M.D., FAAP, was awarded the Pew Primary Care Achievement Award for Education during a Sept. 24 ceremony in Baltimore. The awards honor health care leaders who have enhanced primary care practice, education and research.
Inrecognizing Dr. Alpert's numerous achievements, the Pew Health Professions Commission cited his effort 30 years ago, which laid the groundwork for many current notions about primary health care and how it is taught through the seminal report The Education of Physicians for Primary Care. The commission also noted his 40 years as a professor helping mold current and future leaders in primary care. As the chair of the Department of Pediatrics at Boston University School of Medicine (BUSM), he also directed a residency program that was an early model for training students in primary care.