By Katie Orem, MPH
The American College of Physicians (ACP) Board of Regents recently voted to elect Dr. Pat Bomba to Mastership. Dr. Bomba was nominated by several colleagues in the ACP including Dr. Maria Carney, Division Chief for Geriatrics & Palliative Medicine at Northwell Health. Dr. Carney, who also serves on the NY MOLST Executive Committee, stated that she was “pleased and honored to nominate Dr. Bomba for an ACP Mastership given her distinguished leadership on MOLST and advance care planning initiatives in New York State and her passion and unwavering dedication to improving care for all New Yorkers, especially involving health care decisions at life’s end.”
According to the ACP, the Mastership award is conferred only on a select number of worthy candidates who are deemed distinguished through a combination of achievements, including the practice of internal medicine, academic contributions, and service to the ACP. In making decisions about each candidate’s suitability for Mastership, the Committee considers qualities such as strength of character, integrity, perseverance, leadership, compassion, and devotion, as well as clinical expertise and commitment to advancing the art and science of medicine. Emphasis is placed on service as a teacher and mentor, advocacy for quality in internal medicine, a commitment to social justice, deep interest in people, and the creation of communities of medicine. Additionally, the Master should be a "citizen physician," educational innovator, humanist, and learner-teacher who inspires others to seek high standards and excellence in the specialty of Internal Medicine (ACP, 2016). As a Master of the American College of Physicians, Dr. Bomba embodies these qualities.
Dr. Bomba's Mastership will be presented on Thursday, March 30, 2017 at the Convocation ceremony during ACP’s Internal Medicine Meeting in San Diego, California. During that meeting, she will be formally conferred with her Master's hood and diploma. View a complete list of the 2016-2017 ACP Masters & Awardees.
Dr. Bomba also received the Immaculata University Alumni Association 2016 Amethyst Award at its annual gala on October 21st. The Amethyst Award is presented to an alumnus in recognition of her outstanding contributions or achievements in church, community, or professional activities. The recipient supports and exemplifies the goals, ideals, and values of an Immaculata University education. Dr. Bomba was recognized for her life-long commitment of service to her profession, community, church and family. She was cited as a social entrepreneur for her visionary leadership of New York’s MOLST and eMOLST programs. She was also highlighted for her national and international leadership as a founding member of the National POLST Paradigm Task Force, service on the Institute of Medicine committee that produced Dying in America, and her recent work on MOLST and eMOLST with South Korea.