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SEATTLE - (Nov. 13, 2008) — John Y. Peng, MD, internal medicine physician at Virginia Mason Lynnwood, was awarded the 2008 Golden Apple Award for Community Teaching from the American College of Physicians (ACP), Washington Chapter, at its annual meeting in Seattle last week. The award, which is only given to one physician teacher each year, seeks to honor volunteer teachers who have made a substantial contribution to the education of medical or other health-profession students in his or her community.

"We are delighted that John Peng has received this well-deserved recognition for his teaching efforts," said Brian D. Owens, MD, medical director of graduate medical education at Virginia Mason Medical Center. "It is because of devoted teachers like John, who balance the demands of primary care with providing quality mentoring to residents, that graduate medical education at VM is so successful."

Peng was honored for his dedication to and enthusiasm for including internal medicine residents in his primary-care practice as a teaching attending physician with the Internal Medicine Residency Program at Virginia Mason. He helped pioneer a new model for a resident continuity clinic, where medical residents work in a collaborative practice with an attending physician in a community-based setting. Peng has also been an innovator in the use of shared appointments for patients with chronic illness, such as diabetes. He has included internal-medicine residents in this practice as well as taught the importance of doctor-patient communication. Several of his residents have pursued careers in primary care internal medicine.

"I'm both surprised and honored to receive the award. I honestly never thought I'd ever receive anything like it," said Peng. "I'm very fortunate to have such a supportive group of colleagues, mentors and residents that allows me to keep learning. The award really goes to Virginia Mason for providing the environment that allows me to innovate, excel and give back to the program that trained me."

Peng has been practicing at Virginia Mason Lynnwood since 2000, after completing his internal medicine residency at VM. He attended Albany Medical College in New York.

Virginia Mason Medical Center
Virginia Mason Medical Center, founded in 1920, is a non-profit comprehensive regional health-care system in Seattle that combines a primary and specialty care group practice of more than 440 physicians with a 336-bed acute-care hospital. Virginia Mason operates a network of clinics throughout the Puget Sound area; manages Bailey-Boushay House, a nursing residence and Chronic Care Management program for people living with HIV and AIDS; and operates Benaroya Research Institute at Virginia Mason, internationally recognized in autoimmune disease research. Virginia Mason is known for applying manufacturing principles to health care to improve quality and patient safety.

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