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ACGME International Awardees

The ACGME-I recognized the 2020 ACGME International Award recipients who have made significant contributions to international accreditation efforts. Awardees are nominated by their respective organizations and colleagues, and selected by the ACGME Awards Committee. All three recipients were honored at the ACGME Annual Educational Conference in February 2020.

International Award: Physician Leader

Dr. Faith Chia

Dr. Faith Chia is the designated institutional official (DIO) for the National Healthcare Group Residency, Singapore; she was appointed in July 2018. Previously, she was the programme director for the NHG Residency’s internal medicine programme, devoting years of service to medical education. Dr. Chia pioneered the “Medicine in Community” elective program, the first residency elective to be approved by the Singapore Specialist Accreditation Board, providing residents with requisite skills to serve patients in the community and the opportunity to appreciate the continuity and transition of care from a hospital. Additionally, Dr. Chia was the leader of the anaesthesiology and ophthalmology residency programs in October 2018 and February 2019, respectively, to pilot the Self-Study process. Dr. Chia is a strong, collaborative, professional, compassionate leader who goes the extra mile to bring together the hospital and residents. She earned a Bachelor of Medicine, Bachelor of Surgery

International Award: Physician Educator

Dr. Llewellyn Lee

Dr. Llewellyn Lee was appointed the program director of National Healthcare Group (NHG) Residency, Singapore in 2010 and was charged with redesigning the residency program at NHG to be ACGME-I-accreditation ready. Dr. Lee’s passion and proficiency in medical education helps him maintain strong ties with faculty members and other stakeholders, within and beyond the institution. His program has consistently been recognized as one of the best in quality of curriculum and leadership. Additionally, Dr. Lee was also the first program director in Singapore to conduct the Next Accreditation System’s Self-Study and received outstanding feedback from all participants. His colleagues recognize him as being unafraid to be a dissenting voice and provide insightful comments in a supportive and constructive way. He is beloved by residents and graduates and is a true role model in both clinical and humanistic skills. Dr. Lee serves as a mentor, educator and sought-after clinician and speaker worldwide. He earned a Bachelor of Medicine and Bachelor of Surgery from the National University of Singapore; a Diploma of Membership from the Royal College of Surgeons of Edinburgh, specializing in ophthalmology; and a Master of Medicine from the National University of Singapore, also specializing in ophthalmology.

International Award: Staff

Rania Jaber

Rania Jaber is the graduate medical education coordinator/manager for American University of Beirut (AUB). She joined AUB in 2005, when she was first chosen to be the internal medicine residency coordinator. Over the years, Ms. Jaber became an expert in understanding and actualizing ACGME and ACGME-I requirements. Her intelligence, hard work, and gentle demeanor were vital in convincing faculty members and administrators to advocate for implementing ACGME Requirements, even before ACGME International accreditation was available. Following the American University of Beirut Medical Center’s efforts to apply for institutional accreditation, it was clear Ms. Jaber should lead the administrative team to achieve that goal. She has trained numerous program administrators, taught program directors, and has become a true leader on the required skills, attitudes and implementation on the required standards. Ms. Jaber has earned a bachelor’s degree in economics and a master’s degree in public health from the American University of Beirut.

2020 Award Recipients

International Award: Physician Leader

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Dr. Shirley Ooi has been the designated institutional official (DIO) for the National University Health System (NUHS) in Singapore since its inception in 2009. Dr. Ooi has had an impressive career, in which she has become known as a leader in the transformation of graduate medical education. She is also a highly sought-after speaker, as well as a highly praised author. Her textbook is widely used by students and residents in emergency medicine. Shirley has been described as an outstanding clinician, colleague, teacher, mentor, and leader who is a strong believer in change. She has a passion for education and a true desire to share knowledge in order to provide for the next generation of health care leaders.

International Award: Physician Educator

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Dr. Al Abri was appointed director of the Oman Medical Specialty Board (OMSB) in 2009. He has been instrumental in the development of the OMSB Emergency Medicine Education Committee. As director of the OMSB Medical Simulation Center, Dr. Al Abri was actively involved in planning, establishing, and advancing the center. Dr. Al Abri’s contribution to graduate medical education in Oman and his vision are commendable, and he is highly respected by the emergency medicine community. His continuous desire to develop specialty related simulation trainings is admirable, and his continuous desire to develop specialty-related simulation trainings is highly appreciated by both medical educators and residents.

International Award: Staff

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Ms. Kellie Kiernan is the institute coordinator for Sheikh Khalifa Medical City (SKMC) in Abu Dhabi. She joined the Pediatric Institute in 2006 and was tasked with launching and developing the pediatric residency program, where she was responsible for developing a rotation scheduling system, program manuals, and an evaluation system. Ms. Kiernan also assisted in coordinating the centralization and transformation of education at SKMC. She brought with her a familiarity with US residency program systems, and the documentation/regulatory skills and knowledge she gained while working in the US. Her unique familiarity with this information as well as her knowledge of almost all Royal College Systems has been monumental in improving and providing structure to SKMC programs.

2019 Award Recipients

International Award: Physician

Kamal Badr, MD, PhD, serves as the current Associate Dean for Education at the American University of Beirut, Dr. Badr has had an impressive career as an internationally renowned nephrologist underscored by his deep commitment to education. Dr. Badr brought to fruition his dream of establishing international standards for graduate medical education in Lebanon as defined by participation in ACGME International accreditation.


International Award: Staff

A native of the Philippines, Ms. Rosemarie Rodanilla serves the Oman Medical Specialty Boards in an exemplary fashion. As the country’s GME adopted the ACGME-I accreditation path, her role as OMSB’s institutional coordinator was instrumental in the institution’s and its programs’ successful applications. Ms. Rodanilla has been the recipient of OMSB’s outstanding employee award on multiple occasions.

2018 Award Recipients

International Award: Physician

Dr. Abdullatif Alkhal serves as the designated institutional official of the Hamad Medical Corporation (HMC). An internist with specialization in infectious disease, Dr. Alkhal was instrumental in bringing ACGME-I accreditation to Qatar. Having held numerous national and regional posts serving medicine, his devotion to high quality education and quality improvement has underpinned virtually all of his extracurricular activities. Dr. Alkhal was one of the first international physicians to serve on the Review Committee-International.

Congratulations to Dr. Alkhal!


International Award: Staff

Ms. Jillian Ang Andrada is the Institutional Coordinator for GME Activities at SingHealth in Singapore. As such, over 1000 residents and 34 residency programs benefit from her dedication and commitment to GME dating back to the inception of ACGME-I accreditation in 2009. She has also been instrumental in the first implementation of the Next Accreditation System-International. Ms. Andrada has received awards from her country for initiating projects that assist new staff hired to support residency education efforts.

Congratulations to Ms. Andrada!

The nomination forms for the 2022 ACGME International Awards will be available soon. The forms below are from the 2021 award cycle and are for reference only.

Physician Leader Award Information
Physician Educator Award Information
Staff Award Information
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