Past Putnam Scholars Program Recipients


Tonya Fancher, M.D., M.P.H., is the Associate Program Director of the Internal Medicine Residency Program at the University of California at Davis.

ACH selected Dr. Fancher for her proposed project to improve communication between physicians and patients from Southeast Asia living in the United States by implementing a course that teaches medical residents the importance of asking about patient’s culture in order to create a trusting relationship.


Janice Hanson, B.A., M.A.Ed., Ed.S., Ph.D., is an Associate Professor of Medicine, Pediatrics and Family Medicine in the Department of Medicine at the Uniformed Services University of Health Sciences.

Dr. Hanson was selected by ACH to use the Putnam Scholars Program grant to complete a project to equip faculty to teach and evaluate medical students’ communication skills, using the Essential Elements of Communication (EEC) tool to study the developmental progression of physician-patient communication skills during medical education and to build consistent, coordinated teaching across the curriculum.


Laura K. Rock, MD, is clinician and educator in the Division of Pulmonary, Critical Care & Sleep Medicine at Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center in Boston

Dr. Rock was awarded the grant to complete a project at Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center that will further develop and expand the simulation-based Communication in Family Meetings course.

Donate to the Putnam Scholars Program

The Academy of Communication in Healthcare created the Putnam Scholars Program to realize the vision of its co-founder, Dr. Samuel Morse Putnam.

Dr. Putnam's personal touch and magnetism engaged countless physicians and educators in the work he loved and produced strong bonds among like-minded individuals in many countries. Respected and loved by both patients and colleagues, he was truly an original, always eager to hear the ideas of teachers as well as students, and a team player whose encouragement was selfless.

The goal of the Putnam Scholars Program is to support the professional growth of Putnam Scholars in a manner that honors Dr. Samuel Morse Putnam’s enduring commitment to enhancing healthcare relationship networks and collaborative research efforts across academic disciplines.

Please donate to help keep Dr. Putnam's mission alive through the Putnam Scholars Program.

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