Virginia U. Collier, M.D., FACP the Hugh R. Sharp Jr. Chair of the Department of Medicine at Christiana Care, joins a select group of doctors elected to Mastership of the American College of Physicians (ACP). She is the fourth Master ever elected by ACP from the state of Delaware.
Masters are highly accomplished individuals distinguished by the excellence and significance of their contributions to the ACP and the field of medicine. “A Master is a citizen physician, educational innovator, humanist and learner-teacher who inspires those around him or her and sets the standards for quality in medicine,” said Tanveer P. Mir, M.D., MACP, chair of the ACP awards committee. “As a Master of the American College of Physicians, you embody these qualities,” she said, referring to Dr. Collier.
As a Master, Dr. Collier can use the initials MACP after her name to mark the designation.
Dr. Collier finished a second three-year term as a Regent of ACP in April 2010. From 2000-2004, she served as governor of the Delaware Chapter of ACP. She received the ACP Delaware Chapter Laureate Award in 2009. Dr. Collier has served on many ACP committees and subcommittees.
Dr. Collier is the recipient of numerous awards for her contribution to medical education. In 2002, she was the inaugural winner of the Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Education Parker Palmer Courage to Teach award. In 2003, she received the Leon A. Peris Memorial Award of Jefferson Medical College for excellence in clinical teaching and for being an exemplary role model in academic medicine.
Dr. Collier attended the Johns Hopkins School of Medicine, Baltimore, and performed her medical internship and residency on the Osler Medical Service at the Johns Hopkins Hospital, where she also completed a fellowship in nephrology. She joined Christiana Care in 1989 as director of the Fourth Year Student Program in the Department of Medicine. She is professor of medicine at Thomas Jefferson Medical College, Philadelphia.
ACP is a national organization of internists — physicians who specialize in the prevention, detection and treatment of illnesses in adults. It is the largest medical-specialty organization and second-largest physician group in the U.S. ACP membership of 132,000 includes internists, internal medicine subspecialists and medical students, residents and fellows.