Dr. Kevin Hinchey, program director of the Internal Medicine Residency Program at Baystate Medical Center, has been awarded the 2009 Zucker Clinical Teaching Prize for Outstanding Innovation in Clinical Teaching.
Dr. Hinchey was presented the award, along with a cash prize of $2,500, at the recent Tufts University School of Medicine General Faculty Meeting.
The Zucker Clinical Teaching Prize for Outstanding Innovation in Clinical Teaching is one of two Zucker teaching prizes given out annually, including one for outstanding accomplishment. The awards are given each year to promote and honor excellence in clinical teaching and to recognize and reward faculty for outstanding innovation, accomplishment, and the ability to motivate students.
Beginning in 1992 as assistant program director before assuming the director position in 2000, Dr. Hinchey has invested much time and energy into making Baystate’s Internal Medicine Residency Program the best it can be—and clearly, his efforts have not gone unnoticed. Dr. David L. Longworth, chairman, Department of Medicine, Baystate Medical Center, and deputy-chair of Medicine at Tufts University, nominated
Dr. Hinchey. His letter was then reviewed among others by the Zucker Clinical Teaching Prize Selection Committee at Tufts, before Dr. Hinchey was selected for the exemplary dedication and creativity he has brought to his teaching of internal medicine.
“It’s always an honor to be recognized by your peers for what you do,” said Dr. Hinchey. “But receiving the honor is as much a reflection of me, as it is the team I work with and the medical center I work in. It’s really a nice recognition of what we’ve accomplished at Baystate in innovations in medical education,” he added.
Baystate Medical Center, the region’s only academic medical center, serves as the Western Campus of Tufts University School of Medicine. In all, 309 residents and fellows are in training at Baystate Medical Center. The residents spend an average of three to five years of their lives, some as long as ten years, training to become primary care physicians or pediatricians, as well as preparing for specialties in such areas as anesthesiology, emergency medicine, obstetrics and gynecology, general surgery and others.
Dr. Hinchey resides in East Longmeadow.