Dr. Howard Kerpen to Be Honored by American College of Physicians

The North Shore-LIJ Health System announced today that Howard Kerpen, MD, FACP, a health system internist and nephrologist, will be honored in April with the American College of Physicians’ (ACP) Outstanding Volunteer Clinical Teacher Award.

This national designation recognizes one extraordinary health professional, who volunteers to teach medical students and residents and serve as a role model. Dr. Kerpen, an Oyster Bay resident, will be presented the award during the ACP’s annual meeting convocation ceremony on April 10 in Orlando, Fla.

Dr. Kerpen is the Lorber Professor of Medical Education at the Hofstra North Shore-LIJ School of Medicine and director of the Lorber Center for the Advancement of Medical Education at LIJ Medical Center. His teaching philosophy is to lead students to the correct answer rather than lecturing; to treat his students with the same respect and compassion he would give to his patients; to inspire a passion for healing and an enduring desire for continued learning; and to demand commitment, as excellence will follow.

Harry Steinberg, MD, chief of the pulmonary/critical care division at LIJ Medical Center in New Hyde Park, who is also one of Dr. Kerpen’s mentors, said Dr. Kerpen is “extraordinarily dedicated to educating others.”

Dr. Steinberg also noted Dr. Kerpen’s devotion to learning and then passing on the information he has gathered.
  “Educating the next generation of medical professionals is both a responsibility and a privilege, and it is something I really enjoy,” Dr. Kerpen said.

In addition, Dr. Kerpen has received the Teacher of the Year award from LIJ Medical Center’s Department of Medicine  six times as well as a special award for contributions to the residency training program in 2001, and the lifetime teaching award in 2007. Dr. Kerpen is also the founding chairman of both LIJ’s Committee for Innovations in Medical Education and the Bette & Jerome Lorber Center for the Advancement of Medical Education. The goal of the Lorber Center is to create different ways to improve medical education for internists. 
About North Shore-LIJ Health System
One of the nation's largest health systems, North Shore-LIJ delivers world-class clinical care throughout the New York metropolitan area, pioneering research at The Feinstein Institute for Medical Research, a visionary approach to medical education highlighted by the Hofstra North Shore-LIJ School of Medicine, and healthcare coverage to individuals, families and businesses through the North Shore-LIJ CareConnect Insurance Co. Inc. North Shore-LIJ cares for people at every stage of life at 17 hospitals and more than 400 outpatient physician practices throughout the region. North Shore-LIJ’s owned hospitals and long-term care facilities house more than 6,000 beds, employ more than 10,000 nurses and have affiliations with over 9,400 physicians. With a workforce of about 48,000, North Shore-LIJ is the largest private employer in New York State.  For more information, go to www.northshorelij.com.

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