National AAP Special Achievement Awardees from Maine!

Posted on September 16, 2022

Each year, the Maine AAP has a chance to nominate individuals who have gone above and beyond to make a difference in the lives of Maine children and families through their work and by volunteering to lead a grant funded project, dedicate time to advocacy/legislative work, engage in community building activities and more.

In the next several newsletters, we will be interviewing one of the awardees. September's feature Awardee/Member is Dr. Ahmed. Read the interview here!

The Awardees from Maine this year are:

Mahmuda Ahmed, MD for her work to help expand/establish the Gender Clinic at Northern Light Health/Eastern Maine Medical Center and her advocacy and outreach efforts on behalf of LGBTQ+ youth through provider education and collaboration with the youth focused organization, OUT Maine.

Amy Buzkowski, MD expanded our social media account/campaign and did a phenomenal job increasing engagement and sharing beneficial content across platforms, and for her work engaging Chapter Champions to work with students and residents on clinical content development to be shared on social media, in our newsletter and on the Maine AAP website.

Gretchen Pianka, MD for creating Resilience University, working with Tufts University’s HOPE initiative to educate and engage Maine providers, and for being awarded a CATCH grant to improve adolescent mental health by reducing stress and increasing coping mechanisms.