James Pattee
James Pattee, MD, CMD
The James Pattee Award for Excellence in Education was established in 1997 to honor to James Pattee, MD, CMD, the father of the AMDA Certification Program and the Core Curriculum program, and a founder of AMDA.  He also authored several books including Medical Direction in the Nursing Home: Principles and Concepts for Physician-Administrators, and Alzheimer's Disease: The Family Journey.
His vision for medical direction and his development of the first medical direction curriculum eventually led to AMDA's Core Curriculum. While conducting these courses he was exposed to the concepts of management and leadership. He emphasized these concepts in his courses. "You are shaping the culture [of the facility] by your daily interactions with the staff, your decisions, your clinical skills."  It has been said that Dr. Pattee single-handedly trained and motivated an entire generation of a new entity -- the profession of medical director.
An AMDA pioneer, Dr. Pattee passed away in October of 2011.  Among the many tributes that poured in AMDA member and past recipient of the award Alva Baker, MD, CMD noted "The breadth and depth of his knowledge were legendary, and they lent well to his character trait of speaking softly with incredible authority….now generations of medical directors and countless patients who have benefited from his role modeling and mentorship have this legacy from which to push on and further his ideals." 
Click here to view a short video to learn more about Dr. Pattee and his contribution to post-acute and long-term care medicine.
The James Pattee Award for Excellence in Education is awarded each year at AMDA's annual conference to an individual in recognition of his/her significant contributions to the educational goals of AMDA, as well as to advance education specific to post-acute/long-term care practice, and to promote AMDA leadership via educational endeavors within the post-acute/ long-term care continuum.

Nominees must be:

  1. A physician or advanced practitioner in good standing with the community and profession;
  2. Active in the field of post-acute and long-term care medicine;
  3. AMDA member in good standing; and
  4. Not a current officer on the AMDA, ABPLM or the Foundation boards.

All nominations are reviewed by a Selection Committee. 

Online nominations for the 2020 James Pattee Award for Excellence in Education are due November 11, 2019.  

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The 2020 James Pattee Award for Excellence in Education will be announced at the AMDA – The Society for Post-Acute and Long-Term Care Medicine Annual Conference 2020 in Chicago, IL, April 2-5, 2020. For details on the conference visit https://paltc.org/annual-conference.