Faculty Affairs

2016 Faculty Teaching Awards

2016 Faculty Teaching & 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, MD
Professor, Immunobiology

Helen A. Amerongen, PhD
Professor, Cellular & 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 & 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, Medicine

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

Amy L. Waer, MD
Professor, Surgery

AMES Associate Members:

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

Herman Gordon, PhD
Associate Professor, Cellular and Molecular Medicine

Alice A. Min, MD
Associate Professor, Emergency Medicine

Tejal M. Parikh, MD
Assistant Professor, Family and Community Medicine

Kathy W. Smith, MD
Associate Professor, Psychiatry

 

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 & 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 & 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

 

“Digital Otoscopy”
Yonatan Kurland, MD
Timothy D. Johanson, MD

 

“Self-Care Among Third-Year Medical Students”
Nicholas Ahrendt, MS4
Carolyn Sleeth, MS3
Heinrich Fan, MS4

 

“Developing Innovations for Student Success on USMLE Board Exams”
Athena Ganchorre, PhD
Stephanie L. Smith, EdD

 

“Reverse Classroom Scrub Training: Bringing the OR to the Medical Student”
Ryan Palsma, MS2
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, MS2
Carlos Garcia, MS2
Chris Gay, MS2
Cody Smith, MS2
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 the basic science curriculum.

Outstanding Teacher in a Block

Year I

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

Year II

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

Dean’s List for Excellence in Teaching

Year I

Diana K. Darnell, PhD
Cardiovascular, Pulmonary, & Renal Systems Block
Department of Cellular & 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

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

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 & 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 classes 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

Fifth Annual Community Faculty Clerkship Teaching Award

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

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

Rural Preceptor Teaching Award

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

Commitment to Underserved People Faculty Service Award

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.

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

Year II

Sonya Martyna-Seaman
Office of Medical Student Education

Year III/IV

Alejandro Vargas Lopez
Office of Student Affairs

Clinical Support Staff of the Year

Julie A. Tary
Department of Psychiatry