GME honors program coordinators with new awards

The UNMC College of Medicine Office of Graduate Medical Education has created two new awards for its program coordinators and honored Jeanne Badura and Kellie Devney as the inaugural winners.

The Rising Star Award is given to a program coordinator who has been in the role for one to two years and has demonstrated enthusiasm, hard work and resourcefulness in growing into the role. The inaugural recipient of the award is Badura, fellowship coordinator for the UNMC Division of Hematology/Oncology and residency coordinator for the UNMC Department of Radiation Oncology

When hired, Badura had no GME experience, said Erin Snow, director of the GME office.

"She not only has learned the position of graduate medical education coordinator (not an easy job to learn), but she has been innovative, has questioned and improved processes and continues to strive for excellence in all aspects of her job," Snow said. "During her first eight months on the job, she has created a program manual for other coordinators that are hired with no GME experience, an example of her rising leadership and initiative. We are fortunate to have Jeanne as part of our GME team."

The second award is the GME Program Coordinator Award, which is given to a more experienced program coordinator who exemplifies dedication, loyalty and excellence in the job. The inaugural recipient of this award is Devney, residency coordinator for the UNMC Department of Neurosurgery.

Devney has more than 24 years of experience as the neurosurgery residency coordinator and, in fact, has been the department’s only residency coordinator, Snow said.

"Kellie has always been dedicated to her neurosurgery family," she said. "Not only does Kellie excel at her coordinator position in neurosurgery, but she also has made an impact at the national level. She was part of the group that established neurosurgery as a specialty for the GME administrator assessment certification, TAGME (Training Administrators for Graduate Medical Education), and she served as chair of the TAGME Applications Committee from 2019-2021 and currently serves as past chair."

Badura and Devney received their awards at their recent house officer banquets.

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  1. M Aizenberg says:

    Kellie is the best! We are so grateful for her and everything she does for our program.

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