The ACGME and Gold Foundation DeWitt (Bud) C. Baldwin, Jr. Award

The ACGME and Gold Foundation DeWitt (Bud) C. Baldwin, Jr., Award recognizes institutions that foster a respectful, supportive environment for medical education. The award emphasizes the joint responsibility of health system and graduate medical education leadership for delivering high-quality health care while simultaneously supporting the personal and professional development of learners and faculty.

Who is Eligible?

High-performing sponsoring institutions as identified by ACGME and the Gold Foundation. This learning environment should exemplify professionalism, enhance collaborative behavior, encourage transparency and value the individual learner.

How to Apply

Sponsoring institutions accept invitation from ACGME to complete an application for the award and agree to a “finalist site visit,” if selected. The site-visit provides the opportunity to demonstrate the respectful, high-performing culture and allow the judges to collect more information about best practices.

Invited applicants will have:

  • Demonstrated high performance in professionalism and foster exemplary behavior on the part of residents and faculty;
  • Maintained a positive accreditation status.
  • Shown substantial compliance in all ACGME data, and on the current resident and faculty surveys, particularly in regard to learners’ ability to raise concerns without fear of intimidation or retaliation.
  • Undergone a “finalist visit” in order to highlight the institution’s success in implementing, measuring, and maintaining a supportive, healthy learning environment.



Excela Latrobe Hospital
Latrobe, Pennsylvania

Memorial Hospital
South Bend, Indiana

Read the announcement of the 2018 awards.

Learn about The Empathy Collection, portraits and audio of patients displayed at Excela Health.


Montana Family Medicine
Billings, MT

Vanderbilt University Medical Center
Nashville, TN

Virginia Commonwealth University Health System
Richmond, VA

Read the announcement of the 2017 awards and more about the best practices of Montana Family Medicine, Vanderbilt University Medical Center and Virginia Commonwealth University Health System


Medical College of Wisconsin Affiliated Hospitals, Inc.
Milwaukee, WI 

VA Caribbean Healthcare System
San Juan, Puerto Rico

Gundersen Lutheran Medical Foundation
LaCrosse, WI

Bud Baldwin & Rich Levin with MCW Affiliated Hospitals, Inc.

Read the announcement of the 2016 awards.