Dr. Ben Schneider wins 2014 AAMC advising award

October 10, 2014


SchneiderBen2011Ben Schneider, M.D., assistant professor of family medicine, OHSU School of Medicine, has been named the 2014 Careers in Medicine Excellence in Medical Student Career Advising Individual Award recipient by the Association of American Medical Colleges (AAMC).

The national award recognizes the accomplishments and commitment of an advisor dedicated to helping students succeed in fulfilling their career and educational goals through effective career advising. Dr. Schneider was nominated by Molly Osborne, M.D., Ph.D., associate dean for student affairs, OHSU School of Medicine John Saultz, M.D., chair of the department of family medicine, OHSU School of Medicine and Carolyn Litchman, M.D. '14.  The award will be presented at the AAMC 2014 Annual Meeting on Nov. 7 in Chicago.

“It is a great honor to be recognized nationally for the work we are doing here at OHSU,” Dr. Schneider said.  “As the match has grown more competitive, advising – early and often – has become even more important.”

Dr. Schneider is a 2011 graduate of the Family Medicine Residency program, and served as chief resident for a year before joining the faculty.  He is the advisor for the Family Medicine Interest Group, which was recognized as one of 10 AAFP 2014 Programs of Excellence.  He works with all medical students as Student Affairs Director for Student Development and as the OHSU Careers in Medicine (CiM) Liaison.

“My training in family medicine translates well to student advising,” Dr. Schneider said.  “The principles of access, continuity, comprehensiveness, coordination and context – the cornerstones of family medicine’s philosophy – apply equally well to advising medical students.  Whether I am meeting with a patient or a student, my goal is to help people define and achieve personal success.  I see the potential in people and act as a catalyst for growth.  What an amazing thing to be recognized for!”

Dr. Schneider handled the transition from graduate medical education to medical student advising well, according to Dr. Osborne.

“This transition has allowed him to use this expertise in GME to develop outstanding specialty advising programs across specialties for medical students,” Dr. Osborne wrote in her nomination. “As an active member of the OHSU School of Medicine, as Director for Student Development, he has achieved an unusual degree of recognition in only a few years.”

It is his warm, interpersonal manner that makes Dr. Schneider stand out among his peers, according to Dr. Saultz.

“Dr. Schneider is available to faculty and is known as a ‘go-to’ person for advising; he effortlessly connects with students and can assist with optimal student-mentor pairings,” Saultz wrote. “He networks with other faculty to connect students with mentors who suit the students’ needs. He responds quickly to students in crisis and always provides a personal touch, following up with students to ensure that no issues remain.”

Dr. Litchman wrote that Dr. Schneider was always available for students with questions or concerns.

“It was clear through our interactions (with Dr. Schneider) that mentorship and teaching were a high priority in his career,” she wrote. “It became widely known that Dr. Schneider welcomed any questions a student may have, and would respond in a way that left students feeling empowered.”