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David C. Leach, MD
"Authenticity and Authorship: The Resident's Journey"
David C. Leach, MD, is the former Executive Director of the Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Education (ACGME), where he won the 2007 Abraham Flexner Award for Distinguished Service to Medical Education. Dr. Leach is deeply interested in the use of values as well as rules in guiding the behavior of physicians and teachers, believing that we teach who we are as well as what we are.
Dr. Leach instituted several awards programs—namely, the Parker Palmer Courage to Teach and Courage to Lead Award given annually to exemplary medical residency programs in the United States, and the John C. Gienapp Awards, recognizing individuals for outstanding contributions to graduate medical education.
In 1993, former Michigan Governor John Engler awarded Dr. Leach the Good Samaritan Award for more than 25 years of volunteer service at Detroit's Cabrini Clinic (the oldest free clinic in the United States). In 2004, Dr. Leach was inducted into the Gold Humanism Honor Society.