The Brooklyn Hospital Center’s (TBHC) Family Medical Residency Program has been named one of 10 winners of the 2010 American Academy of Family Physicians Foundation (AAFP) Pfizer Immunization Awards. The award is given to family medicine residency programs that have achieved excellence in clinical practice by developing creative solutions that result in increased immunization rates in their communities.
Terry Pugno, M.D. presents 2010 AAFP Foundation Pfizer Immunization Award to Vasantha Kondamudi, M.D. (right) and Sherly Abraham, M.D. (left) of TBHC’s Department of Family Medicine.
Vasantha Kondamudi, M.D., Chair of TBHC’s Department of Family Medicine and Director of its Residency Program accepted the award, which provides monetary grants and scholarships for residents to attend the AAFP’s National Conference this July in Kansas City, MO. There, medical students will share ideas with family medicine educators and leaders from across the nation.
“Thanks to immunizations, deadly diseases like small pox and polio no longer kill or disable millions. Getting our children immunized at the right time protects them and improves the health of our community,” said Richard G. Roberts, M.D., J.D., president of the AAFP Foundation,” who said award winners were chosen for their ability to find and implement team-based solutions that increase immunization rates. “I would like to offer my congratulations to the winners of this year’s awards. We hope the innovative systems put in place by these residency programs will inspire other physicians and their practice teams to improve their immunization efforts, too.”
“Receiving this award from AAFP is truly an honor for our Family Medical Residency Program, which had made a major impact on increasing immunization rates for Brooklyn’s youngest residents,” says Hospital President and CEO Richard B. Becker, M.D. “Our goal is to deliver excellent service to everyone, and we are very proud of the efforts of Dr. Kondamudi and her staff.”
“The AAFP Foundation applauds this year’s program winners for their dedication to protecting children from infectious diseases and to raising awareness of the importance of immunizations to a community’s health and well-being,” said Craig M. Doane, executive director of the AAFP Foundation. “We are proud to recognize programs that share our vision of achieving optimal health for everyone.”
TBHC was one of 10 award winners and the only program from New York to be recognized. Other recipients included Family Medicine Residency Programs at Glendale Adventist in Glendale, CA; Howard University in Washington, DC; Medical College of Wisconsin St. Joseph in Milwaukee, WI; RiverStone Health in Billings, MT; St. Joseph Regional Medical Center in South Bend, IN; St. Louis University Belleville in Belleville, IL; University of Alabama in Huntsville, AL; the Wesley Family Medicine Residency in Wichita, KS; and the Western Reserve Care System in Youngstown, OH.
About the AAFP Foundation Pfizer Immunization Awards Program
The AAFP Foundation Pfizer Immunization Awards Program recognizes family medicine residency programs that are overcoming barriers to childhood immunizations and sharing the best practices. Each application is reviewed and scored by a panel appointed by the AAFP Foundation. This program is supported by a grant from Pfizer Inc. For more information, including a tip sheet of best practices from past winners, please visit www.aafpfoundation.org/immunizationawards 
About the AAFP Foundation
The American Academy of Family Physicians (AAFP) Foundation serves as the philanthropic arm of the AAFP. Its primary goal is to enhance health care delivered to the American people by developing and providing philanthropic resources for the promotion and support of family medicine. For more information or to support the work of the AAFP Foundation, please visit www.aafpfoundation.org