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2016 Faculty Teaching Awards

Wednesday, November 9, 2016

The 37th annual Faculty Teaching Awards and the Vernon and Virginia Furrow Awards, presented by the Academy of Medical Education Scholars (AMES).

The mission of the AMES is to mentor and support outstanding educators, and to promote excellence in teaching and educational scholarship at all College of Medicine teaching sites. The Academy of Medical Education Scholars recognizes the College’s most outstanding educators and provides a forum for teaching faculty to work together to enhance educational programs.

The members of the Academy of Medical Education Scholars are:

Nafees Ahmad, PhD 
Professor, Immunobiology

Helen M. Amerongen, PhD 
Professor, Cellular and Molecular Medicine

John W. Bloom, MD 
Associate Professor, Pharmacology and Medicine

Conrad J. Clemens, MD, MPH 
Professor, Pediatrics

Sean P. Elliott, MD 
Professor, Pediatrics

Edward D. French, PhD 
Professor, Pharmacology

Deborah Fuchs, MD 
Associate Professor, Pathology

Paul R. Gordon, MD, MPH 
Professor, Family and Community Medicine

Patricia Lebensohn, MD 
Professor, Family and Community Medicine

Kevin F. Moynahan, MD 
Professor, Medicine

William J. Adamas-Rappaport, MD 
Professor, Surgery and Cellular and Molecular Medicine

Arthur B. Sanders, MD 
Professor, Emergency Medicine

Paul A. St. John, PhD, (Chair) 
Associate Professor, Cellular and Molecular Medicine

Marc E. Tischler, PhD 
Professor, Chemistry and Biochemistry and Medicine

Todd W. Vanderah, PhD 
Professor, Pharmacology, Anesthesiology and Neurology

Amy L. Waer, MD 
Professor, Surgery

Vernon and Virginia Furrow Awards

Virginia Mann Sugg Furrow, MD. Virginia graduated from medical school in June 1942, one of only two females in her graduating class. During her career as a pediatrician, Virginia treated the young victims of polio and tuberculosis, and was one of the first doctors to treat patients with a new miracle drug called Penicillin. Married to Vernon Furrow on March 4, 1960, Virginia became his life partner in every sense of the word. She became a loving stepmother to Vernon’s three children, and later a grandmother and great-grandmother to their children and grandchildren. She shared in the dream of Vernon’s small lumber company, which later became Payless Cashway, and served as Vernon’s co-adventurer as they traveled the world together. She was widely known for her commitment to the College of Medicine and its educational programs. After Vernon’s death, she donated funds in his memory to establish the Furrow Awards (still our principal mechanism for peer recognition of excellence in education) and the Furrow Grants program (the forerunner of the AMES Grants program).

Teaching Awards

Excellence in Basic Science Teaching for Medical Students

Paul A. St. John, PhD
Associate Professor, Cellular and Molecular Medicine

Excellence in Graduate Student Education

David A. Elliott, PhD
Assistant Professor, Cellular and Molecular Medicine

Excellence in Graduate Medical Education

Srikar R. Adhikari, MD
Associate Professor, Emergency Medicine

Excellence in Science Teaching for Medical Students

Richard Amini, MD
Associate Professor, Emergency Medicine

Excellence in Innovation in Teaching

Helen M. Amerongen, PhD
Professor, Cellular and Molecular Medicine

AMES Grants for Medical Education Research

“Use of handheld ultrasound devices for medical student ultrasound education”

Srikar R. Adhikari, MD
Maria H. Czuzak PhD
Elaine H. Situ-LaCasse, MD
Tomas Nuno, PhD

“Self-Care among Third-Year Medical Students”

Nicholas Ahrendt, MS3
Carolyn Sleeth, MS2
Heinrich Fan, MS3

“Developing Innovations for Student Success on USMLE Board Exams”

Athena R. Ganchorre, PhD
Stephanie L. Smith, EdD

“Digital Otoscopy”

Yonatan Kurland, MD
Timothy D. Johanson, MD

“Reverse classroom scrub training: Bringing the OR to the medical student”

Ryan Palsma, MS1
Amy L. Waer, MD

“Students Teaching Students: A Novel Approach to Peer Teaching of Clinical Skills in Years 1 and 2 of Medical School”

Raj Shah, MS1
Carlos Garcia, MS1
Chris Gay, MS1
Cody Smith, MS1
William J. Adamas-Rappaport, MD

Faculty Teaching Awards

Outstanding teaching is an integral part of the College of Medicine’s mission and is deserving of significant recognition. These awards recognize faculty members for teaching excellence and their ability to encourage intellectual excitement, inspire the discovery of knowledge, and foster critical inquiry in the classroom or lab.

Year I and II

Awarded by the medical students to faculty members for excellence in teaching in the basic science curriculum.

Outstanding Teacher in a Block, Year I

John W. Bloom, MD 
Cardiovascular, Pulmonary & Renal Systems Block; Departments of Pharmacology and Medicine

Outstanding Teacher in a Block, Year II

Tejal M. Parikh, MD
Life Cycle Block; Department of Family and Community Medicine

Dean’s List for Excellence in Teaching, Year I

Diana K. Darnell, PhD 
Cardiovascular, Pulmonary & Renal Systems Block; Department of Cellular and Molecular Medicine

Brandon T. Larsen, MD, PhD
Cardiovascular, Pulmonary & Renal Systems Block; Department of Pathology

Amy N. Sussman, MD
Cardiovascular, Pulmonary, & Renal Systems Block; Department of Medicine

Dean’s List for Excellence in Teaching, Year II

Ericka R. Bracamonte, MD
Cardiovascular, Pulmonary & Renal Systems Block; Department of Pathology

Robert R. Klein, MD 
Life Cycle Block; Department of Pathology

Outstanding Achievement in Teaching by a Block, Year I

Cardiovascular, Pulmonary and Renal Systems
John W. Bloom, MD
Block Director, Departments of Pharmacology and Medicine

Outstanding Achievement in Teaching by a Block, Year II

Life Cycle
Tejal M. Parikh, MD
Block Director; Department of Family and Community Medicine

Outstanding Use of Educational Technology

Tejal M. Parikh, MD
Department of Family and Community Medicine

Year III and IV

Awarded by a vote of the junior and senior medical students to faculty members for compassion, skill and distinction as a physician and teacher.

Educator of the Year

Scott E. Klewer, MD
Department of Pediatrics

Dean’s List for Excellence in Teaching

Kareem Walid Shehab, MD
Department of Pediatrics

Andrew L. Tang, MD, FACS
Department of Surgery

Rebecca L. Viscusi, MD
Department of Surgery

Outstanding Achievement in Teaching by a Clerkship or Elective Clinical Sciences

Department of Pediatrics

Houseofficer Awards

This award is given by vote of the junior and senior medical students to hospital Resident Physicians who best exemplify clinical excellence and dedication to teaching.

Houseofficer Educator of the Year

Trahern W. Jones, MD
Department of Pediatrics

Dean’s List for Excellence in Teaching by a Houseofficer

Joshua R. Damian, MD
Department of Surgery

Erynne A. Faucett, MD
Department of Otolaryngology

Rana Moosavi, MD
Department of Neurology

Preceptor Awards

This award goes to a community faculty preceptor who has demonstrated excellence in teaching third year medical students during their clerkship.

Fifth Annual Community Faculty Clerkship Teaching Award
Presented by Carlos R. Gonzales, MD - Assistant Dean, Office of Medical Student Education

Devin A. Mikles, MD
Choices Integrative Healthcare of Sedona, Department of Medicine

Rural Preceptor Teaching Award
Presented by Carlos R. Gonzales, MD - Assistant Dean, Office of Medical Student Education

The Rural Preceptor Teaching Award recognizes an outstanding volunteer physician preceptor from the Rural Health Professions Program, a longitudinal education program designed to nurture interest in rural practice. These primary care physicians practice in small and medium sized communities around Arizona. They precept and teach 1st year, 3rd year and 4th year medical students during rural elective rotations throughout the four years of medical school.

Jocelyn Hirschman, MD
(Family Medicine) Polacca, AZ

Catherine H. Romero, MD
(Family Medicine) Safford, AZ

Service Awards

The CUP Faculty Teaching Award celebrates our volunteer physicians who help with CUP. The students nominate a physician who has been a good role model, mentor, and teacher with a real heart for underserved populations.

Commitment to Underserved People Faculty Service Award
Presented by Carlos R. Gonzales, MD - Assistant Dean, Office of Medical Student Education

Sally A. Boeve, MD
Department of Psychiatry

Administrative and Clinical Support Staff Awards

Recognizes outstanding achievements and exceptional performance by administrative and clinical support staff.

Support Staff of the Year, Year I

Lauren E. Gaub
Office of Medical Student Education

Support Staff of the Year, Year II

Sonya R. Martyna-Seaman
Office of Medical Student Education

Support Staff of the Year, Year III/IV

Alejandro Vargas Lopez
Office of Student Affairs

Clinical Support Staff of the Year

Julie A. Tary
Department of Psychiatry