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Celebrating the foundation of our institution: our outstanding educators, students and our educational mission
 

Who was your stand-out teacher?

The one who converts knowledge into understanding, certainly. Perhaps, too, it’s the one who ignites passion for a subject area or the one who spends extra time mentoring. Ultimately, it’s the one who makes crucial connections for a student.

At the annual Faculty Teaching Honors & Student Awards Luncheon held this year on Oct. 30, the School of Medicine honored stand-out faculty members and students for their remarkable contributions to the school’s education mission.

group-300x229The celebratory event, held at the BICC Gallery, was attended by current and past award recipients, other faculty members, students, staff and family; Molly Osborne, M.D., Ph.D., associate dean for student affairs and interim associate dean for undergraduate medical education, emceed.

George Mejicano, M.D., senior associate dean for education, delivered the introductory remarks. He recalled his own stand-out teacher. “I used to run cross-country, and Ron was my coach. He was able to tap into my desire to run and help me run better. More important, Ron changed my life because he helped me to grow by connecting with me on a personal level. Outstanding educators are always making those connections for learners. It’s that connectivity that is so important.”

Dr. Osborne presented each of the 2012 award recipients with a framed certificate and bottle of wine, congratulating the recipients for their exceptional contributions.

Five faculty members received the highest honors; they were nominated by their colleagues in recognition for outstanding contributions to medical and graduate education.

“While every faculty member makes an important contribution to our educational mission, these members distinguished themselves in the areas of leadership in education, curricula development and teaching excellence,” said Dr. Osborne. “I commend them for their achievements and thank them for their exceptional service to the school.”
 

Dr. Yarris2012 Faculty Excellence in Education Awards

  • Kathryn Chappelle, M.A., Assistant Professor, Family Medicine
  • David Farrens, Ph.D., Associate Professor, Biochemistry & Molecular Biology
  • Ken Gatter, M.D., J.D., Associate Professor, Pathology
  • Peter Sullivan, M.D., Clinical Associate Professor, Medicine-Hospital Medicine
  • Lalena Yarris, M.D., MCR, Associate Professor, Emergency Medicine 
     

2012 Faculty Achievement Award for Service in Medical Education

  • George Olsen, M.D., Professor, Physiology & Pharmacology

 

2012 Excellence in Teaching Awards – Graduate and M.D. Programs

Eleven faculty members were nominated and selected by students in recognition of their outstanding teaching.

  • Virginia Brooks, Ph.D., Professor, Physiology and Pharmacology
  • Gary Ciment, Ph.D., Professor, Cell & Developmental Biology
  • Aaron Cohen, M.D., M.S., Associate Professor, Medical Informatics & Clinical Epidemiology
  • Thomas DeLoughery, M.D., Professor, Pathology & Medicine (Hematology/Oncology)
  • David Farrens, Ph.D., Associate Professor, Biochemistry & Molecular Biology
  • Allison Fryer, Ph.D., Professor, Medicine – Division of Pulmonary & Critical Care Medicine, Associate Dean for Graduate Studies
  • Ken Gatter, M.D., J.D., Associate Professor, Pathology
  • Atiya Mansoor, M.D., Associate Professor, Pathology, Anatomical Pathology
  • Shannon McWeeney, Ph.D., Associate Professor, Public Health & Preventive Medicine, Medical Informatics & Clinical Epidemiology
  • George Olsen, M.D., Professor, Physiology & Pharmacology
  • Buddy Ullman, Ph.D., Professor, Biochemistry & Molecular Biology

Four M.D. students were recognized. Kaeley Anderson, MS3, and Michael Ryan, MS3, were given the school’s award for academic excellence. The Alpha Kappa Kappa Award went to Dean Defrees, MS3, and Rahwa Ghebremichael, MS3.

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


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Pictured above: (top) 2011-2012 Faculty Teaching Honors & Student Awardees; (bottom) Lalena Yarris, M.D., MCR, associate professor of emergency medicine (left), recipient of a Faculty Excellence in Education Award, with Molly Osborne, M.D., Ph.D., associate dean for student affairs and interim associate dean for undergraduate medical education.