During the School of Medicine’s annual Curriculum Colloquium in February, several faculty members were honored for outstanding contributions to medical education.
Jack Schumann, neurobiology, was awarded the Distinguished Service in Medical Education Award. This is is the highest honor in medical education given by the School of Medicine, recognizing high educational achievement, significant administrative responsibilities, and dissemination of scholarship over many years
Other awards include:
Kenneth E. Schuit Dean’s Master Educator Award: Sara McIntire, pediatrics. Given to basic science and clinical faculty for education-related contributions to the School of Medicine curriculum.
Sheldon Adler Award for Innovation in Medical Education: Antoine Douaihy, psychiatry and medicine; John Maier, family medicine; and Julie Kmiec, psychiatry
Donald S. Fraley Award for Medical Student Mentoring: Evan Waxman, ophthalmology.
Clerkship Preceptor of the Year Award: Emily Cunningham, obstetrics, gynecology and reproductive sciences; Erica Zyznewsky, emergency medicine; Jessica Kettel, psychiatry; Joanne Prassad, dental medicine; Katharina Hayes, pediatrics; Lindsay Nakaishi, family medicine; Rachel Vanderberg, medicine; Riddhi Patira, neurology; and Vaishali Schuchert, surgery and critical care medicine. Recognizes faculty clinical preceptors who consistently provide outstanding clinical instruction in the clerkship setting for Pitt medical students.
The William I. Cohen Award for Excellence in Clinical Skills Instruction: Neema Shah, psychiatry
Award for Excellence in Clinical Precepting: Quynh Chu, family medicine; and Richard Zimmerman, family medicine. Recognizes clinical preceptors who consistently provide outstanding clinical instruction in a community setting for Pitt medical students.
Carl R. Fuhrman Clinical Educator of the Year Award: Andrew Thurston, medicine; Gaetan Sgro, medicine; and Ritu Thamman, medicine. Recognizes faculty who consistently provide outstanding clinical education in a third or fourth year elective course setting.
Award for Outstanding Professional Enrichment Course: Alex Israel, psychiatry. Recognizes faculty who volunteer their expertise to present a professional enrichment course for first- and second-year students.
Social Justice Education Award: Alaina James, dermatology.
Outstanding Early Career Educator Award: Allie Dakroub, medicine; and Andrew Klein, medicine. Honors faculty who teach in clinical elective courses.
Excellence in Education Awards, chosen by the Class of 2023 for valued contributions and dedication to teaching of the organ systems: course director, Alaina James, dermatology; lecturer. Judy Chang, obstetrics, gynecology and reproductive sciences, and internal medicine; small-group facilitator, Lawrence Gerber, medicine.
Excellence in Education Awards, chosen by the Class of 2024 for valued contributions and dedication to teaching of the basic sciences and organ systems: course director, Donald DeFranco, pharmacology and neuroscience; lecturer, Bill Yates, otolaryngology and neuroscience; small-group facilitator, Ankur Doshi, emergency medicine.
Award for Outstanding Medical Student Contributions to the Curriculum: Rachel Fogel, Class of 2023. Recognizes a current medical student (or team of students) at any level who has demonstrated leadership and excellence in improving important aspects of the School of Medicine curriculum.