VA Boston Healthcare System
Dr. Topor Worthen Innovator Award recipient
BOSTON — The U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) announced on Oct. 6 that Dr. David Topor at VA Boston Healthcare System received VA’s highest honor for health professions education, the David M. Worthen Award. The David M. Worthen Awards for Excellence in Health Professions Education are sponsored by the VHA Office of Academic Affiliations.
Dr. Topor, the 2020 Worthen Innovator Award recipient, created, implemented, and currently leads the nationwide VA faculty development program: the “First Friday Faculty Development Presentation Series.” This accessible, cost-efficient program has a widespread impact by teaching VA based health professions faculty effective ways to teach, supervise, and mentor health professional trainees. The series uses online and audio technologies to reach faculty at all VAs nationally as well as other state and federal agencies. Since 2017, VA educators participating in this program have earned over 1,500 Continuing Education credits. Attendees include nurses, physicians, dentists, counselors, nurse practitioners, pharmacists, psychologists, social workers, physician assistants, healthcare executives, speech-language pathologists, audiologists, and dieticians. Dr. Topor has published outcomes from this program, along with a framework for faculty development at VA medical centers. He also provides phone and onsite faculty development consultations to VA medical centers nationwide. By advancing faculty development and the VA’s health profession trainee education mission, this innovative program has set the standard in providing accessible and effective training that supports the delivery of outstanding care for our Nation’s Veterans.
“This year’s awardees have made significant contributions to training the next generation of health professionals. Each of these recipients embody the characteristics of excellence and visionary thinking that make VA a national leader in teaching and training future health care professionals,” said Marjorie A. Bowman, MD, MPA, VHA Chief of Academic Affiliations.
VHA is the nation’s largest education and training program for health professionals in the U.S., working in partnership with 99 percent of the country’s medical schools and more than 1,800 universities and colleges including associated health professions schools. Each year, 120,000 trainees in more than 40 clinical health professions education programs complete training in a VHA facility. Nearly 70 percent of physicians in the U.S., and 60 percent of U.S. psychologists have received training at VA.
Learn more about VHA’s mission of training health care professionals at VA Office of Academic Affiliations.