Christiana Care Health System physician Matthew Burday, D.O., FACP, is the recipient of the 2011 Herbert S. Waxman Award for Outstanding Medical Student Educator from the American College of Physicians (ACP), the largest medical-specialty organization in the United States.
Dr. Burday received the award for his instrumental role in educating medical students at Christiana Care for more than 20 years. The award is the highest honor ACP presents to a medical student educator.
“Matt exemplifies the ideals of the Herbert Waxman Award,” said Virginia U. Collier, M.D., FACP, the Hugh R. Sharp Jr. chair of the Department of Medicine at Christiana Care. “I have never encountered a faculty member who has had more of an impact on medical students and residents.”
Dr. Burday is Christiana Care’s director of Medical Student Education in the Department of Medicine and Internal Medicine associate program director. He is clinical assistant professor of medicine at Jefferson Medical College in Philadelphia. (Christiana Care is the largest teaching affiliate of Jefferson, with nearly 250 medical students rotating through the Department of Medicine each year.)
Dr. Burday has held several academic positions at Christiana Care. In 2000, Dr. Burday was Christiana Care’s director of the second year Introduction to Clinical Medicine course. In 2003, he was the third year clerkship director and liaison to Jefferson Medical College for Christiana Care’s Department of Medicine teaching programs. In 2008, he became Christiana Care’s Department of Medicine director of Medical Student Education responsible for supervising all aspects of second, third and fourth year student programs. In addition, he continues to precept second and third year students.
Dr. Burday is also the director of clinical practicum experience for the University of Delaware/Jefferson Medical Scholars Program and participates in National Student Leadership summer programs for high school students interested in internal medicine.
Dr. Burday has received numerous honors for his educational expertise and passion. He received the Jefferson Medical College Department of Medicine Hobart Amory Hare Honor Medical Society Best Teaching Award in 2000, 2004, 2008 and 2010. Jefferson medical students award this honor by voting for the best internal medicine teacher from among Jefferson’s seven affiliate institutions. He is the recipient of the Jefferson Medical College Blockley-Osler/Dean’s Teaching Award for Excellence in the Teaching of Clinical Medicine in 2000 and 2008. In 2006, he received the Dean’s Citation for Significant Contributions to the Advancement of Education at Jefferson Medical College.
He has received the Department of Medicine Teacher of the Year Award at Christiana Care in 1995, 2000 and 2005. In 2010, Dr. Burday was the recipient of a new award from the Department of Medicine, the Medical Student Teacher of the Year Award. In 2001 and 2002, he received the Mark Maxwell Award for demonstrating the characteristics of devotion to patients, compassion, humility and extraordinary enthusiasm.
Dr. Burday graduated from Kenyon College in 1977 and received his D.O. degree from the University of Medicine and Dentistry of New Jersey of Osteopathic Medicine in 1984. After completing an osteopathic internship at the Kennedy Memorial Hospital, University Medical Center in Stratford, N.J., he was an allopathic resident in the internal medicine residency program at Christiana Care. He joined the faculty of the Department of Medicine at Christiana Care in 1990.
Herbert S. Waxman, M.D., was ACP senior vice president for education until his death in 2003. He had a long and distinguished career in academic medicine.
Dr. Burday will receive his award at the ACP national meeting in San Diego in April 2011.