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Alison Clay Early Career Educator Award

Meet the 2023 Winner: Laura Hinkle, MD, ATSF


Stacey Kassutto

Laura Hinkle received her MD from the Indiana University School of Medicine, where she also completed her residency and chief residency in internal medicine.  She stayed at Indiana University for her pulmonary and critical care medicine fellowship, serving as chief fellow during her final year of training before accepting a faculty position on completion of her training.  She is currently working toward a Master’s Degree in Education through the University of Cincinnati with expected graduation in May 2023.  She has been a member of the American Thoracic Society since 2013 and an active member of the Section on Medical Education since 2016.  She has served as the Section’s Web Director (2016-2019), a Pod Co-Leader (2017-19) and leader (2020-present), and a member of the Nominating Committee (2020-2022).  She is currently serving as the Co-Chair of the Scholarly Projects Groups and will transition to Chair in 2023.

Dr. Hinkle has been actively involved in medical education at both the graduate and undergraduate levels since her time as chief resident and currently holds institutional leadership roles in this area including Associate Program Director for the Pulmonary and Critical Care Medicine Fellowship, Key Clinical Educator for Pulmonary and Critical Care Medicine, and Director of Clinical Transitions Curriculum.  She is actively engaged in medical education research and curriculum development and has won awards in these areas.  She will be taking over as Program Director for the Pulmonary and Critical Care Medicine Fellowship Program at Indiana University in July 2023.

Clinically, Dr. Hinkle has a special interest in sarcoidosis and interstitial lung disease.  She quickly recognized the need for a more comprehensive multidisciplinary approach to care of these patients and founded a sarcoidosis clinic at IU Health, which is the only World Association of Sarcoidosis and Other Granulomatous Diseases clinic in the state of Indiana. She is continuing to work towards achieving recognition as a Center of Excellence in this area.


The Section on Medical Education is pleased to sponsor the Alison Clay Early Career Educator Award. Learn more about Alison Clay. This award will be awarded to an individual who has made significant contributions to education in pulmonary, critical care and/or sleep medicine and has demonstrated the potential for future success as an educator. We welcome nominations of physician-, nursing-, or basic science educators. Awardees will be presented with a framed certificate at the Section of Medical Education membership meeting at the ATS International Conference.


  1. The nominee must be a member of the ATS and the Section on Medical Education.
  2. They must be an Instructor or Assistant Professor (or equivalent rank) at the time of nomination.
  3. Consideration will typically be limited to nominees who are ≤ 7 years from completion of fellowship training, except under extenuating circumstances that should be explained in the nominating or a separate letter.
  4. The nominee must spend a significant portion of their time participating in peer and/or trainee education, be recognized by her/his learners and colleagues as an outstanding teacher and be in the midst of building a career as an educator.  
  5. Contributions to the Section on Medical Education in the form of Committee or Working Group Participation or leadership, and/or otherwise advancing the SoME’s mission will be viewed favorably.
  6. Self-nominations will not be considered for this award.

Nomination Packet:

  1. A nomination letter from a member of the Section on Medical Education (3-page maximum) should address:
    1. Excellence in teaching
    2. Excellence in mentoring
    3. Scholarly contributions in medical education
    4. Educational innovation
    5. Educational Leadership
    6. Participation in the ATS and the Section of Medical Education
  2. Curriculum Vitae for the nominee


Nominate Here


View Previous Award Recipients

2022 - Stacey M. Kassutto, MD
2021 - Diana Kelm, MD
2020 - Lekshmi Santhosh, MD, Med
2019 - Margaret Hayes, MD