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Celebrating the heart of our institution: our educators and our educational mission

Faculty Excellence AwardsFew callings make such a strong impact on so many lives as teaching.

This sentiment was celebrated at the annual Faculty Teaching Honors & Student Awards Luncheon, as 17 distinguished School of Medicine faculty members and three students were honored for their outstanding contributions to the school’s education mission.

The event at the BICC Gallery was attended by past award recipients, faculty members, students, staff, and family, and emceed by Edward Keenan, PhD, Professor, Department of Physiology& Pharmacology, and Interim Associate Dean for LCME & Curriculum.

Allison Fryer, PhD, Professor, Department of Medicine, and Associate Dean for Graduate Studies, and Dr. Keenan presented the 2011 award recipients with a certificate and a bottle of Oregon pinot noir.

“We serve our public and school in remarkable ways,” said Dr. Keenan. “However, at OHSU, we really are distinguished by educating the next generation of scientists and physicians. We should be pleased and satisfied by the outstanding work of our teachers.”

Faculty Excellence AwardsDean Richardson recalled a college Spanish professor who had taught him the importance of exactitude when translating a language, and in tribute delivered a special thank you message in Spanish.

“We’re here to celebrate your excellence as educators,” said Dean Richardson. He mentioned the changing health care environment, and called faculty members in the room “dedicated, innovative and inspirational educators” who will transform the education curriculum of the future.

Five faculty members received the highest honors, having been nominated by their colleagues in recognition for outstanding contributions to medical and graduate education. “These faculty members were considered for their exceptional contributions in the area of leadership in education, the development of unique curriculum, and for being superb teachers and mentors of our graduate and medical students,” said Dr. Keenan. “They have truly distinguished themselves in an outstanding manner.”

Prior to presenting each recipient with an award plaque, Drs. Fryer and Keenan commended the faculty members for being role models, leaders and enthusiastic teachers.

Faculty Excellence in Education Award recipients:

  • Jodi Lapidus, PhD, Associate Professor, Department of Public Health & Preventive Medicine
  • Judith Logan, MD, MS, Associate Professor, Department of Medical Informatics & Clinical Epidemiology
  • Gregory Thomas, MD, Associate Professor, Department of Pediatrics
  • Megan Troxell, MD, PhD, Associate Professor, Department of Pathology

Shawn Blanchard, MD, Assistant Professor, Department of Family Medicine received the Faculty Achievement Award for Service in medical education.

The recipients of the Faculty Excellence in Teaching Awards for the Graduate and MD Programs were chosen by their students:

  • Virginia Brooks, PhD, Professor, Department of Physiology & Pharmacology
  • Kari Buck, PhD, Professor, Department of Behavioral Neuroscience
  • Gary Ciment, PhD, Professor, Department of Cell & Developmental Biology
  • Thomas Deloughery, PhD, Professor, Department of Medicine
  • Edward Keenan, PhD, Professor, Department of Physiology & Pharmacology
  • Michael Lasarev, MS,  Instructor, Department of Public Health & Preventive Medicine
  • Judith Logan, MD, MS, Associate Professor, Department of Medical Informatics & Clinical Epidemiology
  • Atiya Mansoor, MD, Assistant Professor, Department of Pathology
  • Brian Roark, PhD, Assistant Professor, Department of Medical Informatics & Clinical Epidemiology
  • Ujwal Shinde, PhD, Associate Professor, Department of Biochemistry & Molecular Biology
  • Buddy Ullman, PhD, Professor, Department of Biochemistry & Molecular Biology

Faculty Excellence AwardsDr. Keenan recognized three MD students, saying “the faculty couldn’t excel without outstanding students.” Alicia Friend, MS3, and Jacob Wester, MS3, were given the student award for Academic Excellence. The Alpha Kappa Kappa Award went to Alicia Friend and Brian Lowell, MS3

The Outstanding MS1 Course Award went to Systems Processes and Homeostasis, a course directed by George Olsen, MD, Professor, Department of Physiology & Pharmacology. The MS2 course award went to Circulation, directed by Atiya Mansoor, MD, Assistant Professor, Department of Pathology.

Dr. Keenan called the course directors “outstanding leaders in our medical education program.”

In closing, Dr. Keenan paid tribute to Tana Grady-Weliky, MD, for her work at the School of Medicine, in particular her efforts to put in place the ground work for the current LCME study. “Her sprit still motivates us in this enterprise,” he said.


Pictured Above (Top) Faculty Excellence Awards plaques; (middle) Dr. Keenan addresses audience; (bottom L to R) Jacob Wester, Alicia Friend and Brian Lowell

 

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