International award for President Martin Paul
MAASTRICHT. Professor Martin Paul, chair of the Executive Board, received the ‘2020 AAHCI Distinguished Service Award’ last week.
It is an award – consisting of the honour and a silver bowl – which is awarded once every two years by the American Association of Academic Health Centres (AAHC) and the Association of Academic Health Centers International (AAHCI). A prestigious award, according to Paul, “for me personally for sure, but it is also a worldwide recognition of the international reputation of the UM and the MUMC”.
The AAHC and AAHCI were founded in 1969 and 2008, respectively, to promote health and well-being worldwide. This is achieved by collaboration and exchanging knowledge between universities and academic hospitals; this could be in the field of patient care, research, or training new generations. The AAHC is an American network of ninety universities with a medical faculty and UMCs, the AAHCI is the international daughter organisation with more than fifty members from all corners of the world. The UM and the MUMC+ were one of the first to join. Paul, the first prizewinner from outside the United States, has worked hard (“a crucial role”) setting up and expanding the AAHCI. It is partly because of this that he has received this award.
In the meantime, a worldwide network has emerged “that can respond quickly to changes and crisis situations,” the prizewinner explains. “The present pandemic is a good example of how AAHC was capable of sharing best practices and inform other members about measures.”
Paul is also revered for his “visionary leadership”. “He is an absolute world leader in the field of academic health care. Professor Paul’s dedication towards strengthening the international role of Maastricht University in the field of health care matches his determination to inspire leaders in health care across the world,” said Dr. Steven L. Kanter, chairman of AAHC, on the website.