Faculty Affairs

2015 Faculty Teaching Awards

2015 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
Professor, Family and Community Medicine

Patricia Lebensohn, MD
Professor, Family and Community Medicine

Kevin F. Moynahan, MD
Professor of Medicine

William Adamas Rappaport, MD
Professor, Surgery

Art Sanders, MD
Professor, Emergency Medicine

Paul A. St. John, PhD (Chair)
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

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

Deborah Fuchs, MD
Department of Pathology

Excellence in Graduate Student Education

Lonnie Lybarger, PhD
Department of Cellular and Molecular Medicine

Excellence in Graduate Medical Education

Julie Demetree, MD
Department of Psychiatry

AMES Grants for Medical Education Research

“Improving Laboratory Teaching of Histology and Histopathology in the Pre-Clinical Medical Curriculum”

Deborah A. Fuchs, MD
Paul A. St. John, PhD
Robert A. Segal, MD
David A. Elliot, PhD
Robert Herschoff, BA, MS
Helen Amerongen, PhD

“Examination of Graduate Medical Education at the University of Arizona: Stakeholders Perspective on the Value of GME, and Program and Learner Quality Metrics”

Guadalupe Martinez, PhD

“Novel Use of Ultrasound to Aid in Medical Student Reproductive Physical Examination Skills and Pelvic Anatomy”

Tejal M. Parikh, MD
Srikar R. Adhikaru, MD
Maria H. Czuzak, PhD
Bryna Koch, MPH
Michael Gura, MPH
Susan Ellis, EdS
Paul Gordon, MD
William Adamas-Rappaport, MD
Elizabeth O. Leko, MPA
Corinna M. Wildner, MA

“Incorporating Technology into Today’s Surgery Clerkship”

Rebecca K. Viscusi, MD
William Adamas-Rappaport, MD

“Basic Life Support in Obstetric Care”

Colleen Cagno, MD
Karyn B. Kolman, MD
Jessie M. Pettit, MD
Autumn E. Stevenson, MD

“Use of 3-D Models of Congenital Heart Defects to Improve Pediatric Cardiology Education”

Michael Seckeler, MD, MSc

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.

Lifetime Teaching Award

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

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

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

Year II

John Bloom, MD
Case Based Instruction
Departments of Pharmacology and Medicine

Dean’s List for Excellence in Teaching

Year I

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

G. Alex Hishaw, MD
Nervous System Block
Departments of Neurology and Psychiatry

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

Year II

Marlon Guerrero, MD
Advanced Topics & DMH Blocks
Department of Surgery

Amy L. Waer, MD
Advanced Topics Block
Department of Surgery

Outstanding Achievement in Teaching by a Block

Year I — Nervous System

Todd Vanderah, 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

Diana Darnell, 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

Eric Taylor, MD
Department of Psychiatry

Deans List for Excellence in Teaching

John Bloom, MD
Departments of Pharmacology and Medicine

Kareem Shehab, MD
Department of Pediatrics

Tirdad Zangeneh, DO
Department of Medicine

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

Dean’s List for Excellence in Teaching by a Houseofficer

Tammer El Aini, MD
Department of Medicine

Myles Stone, MD
Department of Family & Community Medicine

Brandon Yates, MD
Department of Psychiatry

Preceptor Awards

Fourth 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.

Katie Artz, MD
Southwestern Surgery Associates
Department of Surgery

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.

Trung Pham, MD
Medicine, Tuba City

Matthew Hinton, MD
Pediatrics, Prescott

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

Sonya Martyna-Seaman
Office of Medical Student Education

Year II

Hildi Williams
Office of Medical Student Education

Year III/IV

Graceann Thompson
Department of Surgery

Clinical Support Staff of the Year

Peggy Nolty
Department of Neurology