The Academy of Master Clinicians (AMC) at UTMB Health

Excellence in clinical care is one of the major missions, priorities, and strategic plan of UTMB. Our exceptional and gifted clinicians are leaders and innovators in their fields and specialties across clinical departments. With changing healthcare policies and regulatory pressures at the regional and national levels, there are surmounting challenges in maintaining excellence in clinical care. Newer innovative strategies are direly needed toward maintaining patient-centric care and developing clinical leaders for the future. At UTMB, we are grateful to our outstanding clinicians who consistently epitomize the highest standards of clinical care to our patients with skill, expertise, experience, compassion, and efficiency. A new program, The Academy of Master Clinicians (AMC) supported by institutional funding was inaugurated in 2014 as a major initiative to recognize and celebrate the contributions of our clinicians while simultaneously strengthening our commitment toward providing leadership in patient care for the future.

Mission Statement


The AMC recognizes and promotes distinction in all clinical domains by fostering excellence in patient-centric care, with a commitment to developing future leaders through the tenets of the art of healing, empathy, education, scientific rigor, professionalism, mentorship and collaborative team work.

  • Demonstrating and exemplifying the highest levels of ethics and professionalism
  • Demonstrating attributes (trust, accountability, and stewardship) of a supportive and collaborative team player
  • Providing superior care to all patients (safe, effective, patient-centered, culturally congruent, timely, efficient, and evidence-based) in an equitable manner without favor or prejudice and being a strong patient advocate
  • Demonstrating compassion and empathy toward patients and their families
  • Elevating the performance of colleagues, coworkers, and trainees through education, role-modeling, and mentoring
  • Striving for continuing quality improvement and outcomes as measured by standard benchmarks


Membership in the Academy of Master Clinicians will be the highest clinical recognition and honor for UTMB clinicians, and is a commitment to leadership in exceptional patient care.


2017 Guest Lectureship

The Academy of Master Clinicians Guest Lectureship
Induction Ceremony and Inaugural Lifetime Achievement Award/Reception

Paul L. Kuehnert, DNP, RN, FAANThe Academy of Master Clinicians will host its Guest Lecturer, Paul L. Kuehnert, DNP, RN, FAAN on April 12, 2017 from 4 p.m. to 5 p.m. in Levin Hall Main Auditorium. The Inaugural Lifetime Achievement Award Recipient will be honored. The Induction of the 2017 Class of Master Clinicians will follow at 5 p.m. A reception immediately following the ceremony.

Dr. Kuehnert is Assistant Vice President for Program staff providing leadership and management support across programmatic efforts to build a Culture of Health at Robert Wood Johnson Foundation (RWJF). Dr. Kuehnert is a pediatric nurse practitioner and holds the Doctor of Nursing Practice in executive leadership as well as the Master of Science in public health nursing degrees.

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The Academy of Master Clinicians is proud to announce its inaugural Clinician of the Month for March 2017:

Vinod P. Kaushik, MD

Vinod P. Kaushik, MD
Assistant Professor
Department of Internal Medicine - Geriatrics

Dr. Kaushik has consistently received outstanding patient satisfaction scores. He is an outstanding and empathetic clinician-teacher with expertise in nursing home and home care. His efforts clearly contribute to improving our patient access, quality outcomes, clinical practice efficiency, patient satisfaction, and quality of physician and staff experience. He shows a positive and supportive attitude in the clinics, nursing homes and house calls. He epitomizes integrity, compassion and respect and always goes the extra miles for our patients and their families, students, residents, fellows and faculty. Dr. Kaushik is also a life-long learner and is always striving to improve his clinical and mentoring skills.

Past Clinicians