Faculty Affairs

2014 Faculty Teaching Awards

2014 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, Cell Biology and Anatomy

John Bloom, MD
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
Assistant Professor, Pathology

Paul Gordon, MD, MPH, (Chair)
Professor, Family and Community Medicine

Patricia Lebensohn, MD
Professor, Family and Community Medicine

Kevin F. Moynahan, MD
Associate Professor of Medicine

William Adamas Rappaport, MD
Professor, Surgery

Art Sanders, MD
Professor, Emergency Medicine

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

Marc E. Tischler, PhD
Professor, Biochemistry and Molecular Biophysics

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

Amy L. Waer, MD
Associate Professor, Surgery
Associate Dean for Medical Student Education

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

Maria H. Czuzak, PhD
Department of Cellular and Molecular Medicine

Excellence in Clinical Science Teaching for Medical Students

Rachel E. Cramton, MD
Department of Pediatrics

Excellence in Graduate Student Education

David A. Elliott, PhD
Department of Cellular and Molecular Medicine

Excellence in Graduate Medical Education

Colleen K. Cagno, MD
Department of Family and Community Medicine

AMES Grants for Medical Education Research

“Improving the Knowledge and Attitudes of Medical Students and Physicians Regarding Appropriate Use of Antibiotics for Respiratory Infections through Online CME Modules”

Mayar Al Mohajer, MD, FACP
Department of Medicine, College of Medicine

Kathryn R. Matthias, PharmD
Department of Pharmacy Practice and Science, College of Pharmacy

David E. Nix, PharmD
Department of Pharmacy Practice and Science, College of Pharmacy

“Development of a Mobile Application for Medical Education: A Question a Day Keeps Remediation Away.”

Alice A. Min, MD
Department of Emergency Medicine

Albert Fiorello, MD
Department of Emergency Medicine

“Designing a Simulation-based Education Assessment Tool (SEAT) for Skill- Based Simulation Assessment”

Allan J. Hamilton, MD, FACS
Department of Surgery
Arizona Simulation Technology and Education Center (ASTEC)

David E. Biffar, MS
Arizona Simulation Technology and Education Center (ASTEC)

Lisa Grisham, MS, NP
Department of Surgery, ASTEC

John E. Jarred, AAS, BA
Arizona Simulation Technology and Education Center (ASTEC)

Hannes Prescher, BA
Arizona Simulation Technology and Education Center (ASTEC)

Sirandon Reid, BA
Arizona Simulation Technology and Education Center (ASTEC)

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

Helen M. Amerongen, PhD
Foundations
Department of Cellular and Molecular Medicine

Year II

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

Dean’s List for Excellence in Teaching

Year I

Amy N. Sussman, MD
Cardiovascular, Pulmonary and Renal Systems
Department of Medicine

William J. Adamas-Rappaport, MD
Musculoskeletal System
Department of Surgery

Todd W. Vanderah, PhD
Nervous System
Department of Pharmacology

Year II

Deborah Fuchs, MD
Advanced Topics
Department of Pathology

John W. Bloom, MD
Cardiovascular, Pulmonary and Renal Systems
Department of Pharmacology

Kenneth J. Ryan, MD
Immunity and Infection
Department of Immunobiology

Outstanding Achievement in Teaching by a Block

Year I — Cardiovascular, Pulmonary and Renal Systems

Edward D. French, PhD
Block Director
Department of Pharmacology

Year II — Life Cycle

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

Outstanding Use of Educational Technology

Maria H. Czuzak, PhD
Department of Cellular and Molecular 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

Tirdad Zangeneh, DO
Department of Medicine

Deans List for Excellence in Teaching

Julie Demetree, MD
Department of Psychiatry

Eric W. Taylor, MD
Department of Psychiatry

James A. Warneke, MD, FACS
Department of Surgery

Outstanding Achievement in Teaching by a Clerkship or Elective Clinical Sciences

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

Bernardino Rocha, MD
Department of Surgery, General Surgery

Dean’s List for Excellence in Teaching by a Houseofficer

Jeffrey M. Costas, DO
Department of Medicine

Toral J. Parikh, MD
Department of Medicine

Mustafa Raoof, MD
Department of Surgery

Preceptor Awards

Third 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.

Dean Wright, MD
Saguaro Eastside Medical Group
Department of Family and Community 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.

Gregory T. Jarrin, MD
Surgery, Winslow

Jody L. Jenkins, MD
Surgery, Sierra Vista

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.

Lawrence M. Moher, MD
Department of Family and Community Medicine

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
College of Medicine
Office of Medical Student Education

Year II

Sonya R. Martyna-Seaman
College of Medicine
Office of Medical Student Education

Year III/IV

Graceann Thompson
College of Medicine
Student Affairs

Clinical Support Staff of the Year

Lucia P. Contreras
Department of Medicine