2012 Teaching Awards
S. Robert Stone Award (Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center)
Leo A. Blacklow Award (Mount Auburn Hospital)
The Bernard Lown Award (Brigham and Women's Hospital)
The Robert P. Masland Award (Children's Hospital Boston)
Bulfinch Medical Student Teaching Award (Massachusetts General Hospital)
2012 Harvard Medical School Teaching Awards
Faculty Prizes for Excellence in Teaching
The Faculty Prizes for Excellence in Teaching were established in 1982 by
the HMS Faculty Council to be “conferred annually to faculty who,
through their excellence in teaching, would impact and influence
the professional lives of students long after graduation.”
The Faculty Prizes for Excellence in Teaching in Years I and II are named in memory of Donald O’Hara, Ph.D., who was a beloved teacher of Harvard medical students. Dr. O’Hara also served as one of the leaders of the New Pathway Chemistry and Biology of the Cell course and as co-director of the HST course, Human Biochemistry and Metabolic Diseases. Dr. O’Hara was also a recipient of the Faculty Prize for Excellence in Teaching for his teaching of first-year medical students.
Emma M. Eggleston, M.D.
Harvard Medical School
Dr. Emma Eggleston, Instructor in Population Medicine, is a graduate of the University of North Carolina (M.P.H. and M.D.) and trained in medicine at BWH and in endocrinology at the University of Virginia. She was a Curtis Prout Academy Fellow in Medical Education in AY10. She was nominated for her excellent teaching in both the first-year course, Clinical Epidemiology and Population Health, and the second-year course, Human Systems-Endo/Repro. Students noted that she “takes student feedback very seriously,” that she took students’ suggestions “to incorporate racial disparities into [their] epidemiology class and go beyond [their] expectations with a terrific tutorial.” Students also praised her for not only addressing “questions in the moment” but also for providing “additional information and key articles” and working to “incorporate these issues more prominently into the course for the following year.” She was also lauded for helping to “drive the interest level of the tutorial … [with] wonderful instruction skills that were always clarifying and never overwhelming.”
Richard M. Schwartzstein, M.D.
Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center
Dr. Richard Schwartzstein, HMS ’79, is a pulmonologist and medical educator who serves in several medical education leadership roles at Beth Israel Deaconess and at HMS. It is for his leadership of and teaching in the first-year course, Integrated Human Physiology, that he is recognized with an O’Hara Prize. As one student wrote, quoting Dr. Schwartzstein, “It’s ok not to know. It’s not ok not to think.” Dr. Schwartzstein “challenges us to reason through problems, and he replies to our questions with equally reasoned answers. … Having been [his] student, I feel more prepared to think my way through the complex problems I am sure to encounter … as a student and as a physician.” Dr. Schwartzstein “takes an innovative approach to teaching and … encourages other professors to teach in innovative ways as well.” He has a “truly wonderful gift for making even the toughest physiology concepts understandable…” He “brings a high set of standards and expectations to his teaching – not just for us,…but also for himself and for the other [teachers] in the course – and these are precisely the high expectations under which HMS students thrive. …he exemplifies professionalism in medicine.” One student noted that he “cares so, SO much about our education” that he was seen at 9:30 at night in the TMEC after recording “a video that … helped clarify a variety of points that were confusing.” And, in addition, “his teaching methods cater to different kinds of learning styles.”
The Faculty Prizes for Excellence in Teaching in Years III and IV are named in memory of Charles McCabe, M.D., who was a beloved teacher of Harvard medical students and who also served as the director of the Core Clerkship in Surgery at Massachusetts General Hospital for more than two decades. Dr. McCabe was also a recipient of the Faculty Prize for Excellence in Teaching on multiple occasions for his teaching of third-year medical students.
Nora Y. Osman, M.D.
Brigham and Women’s Hospital
Dr. Nora Osman is a general internist at BWH, where she completed her internal medicine residency following graduation from UCSF School of Medicine. Students praised her for her roles in the Ambulatory month of Core Medicine I, which she directs and in which she serves as a preceptor, and as a preceptor in the Primary Care Clerkship. A quiet student noted that she helped the student “gain an inner strength that has allowed me to shine as a third-year.” Another described her as “encompass[ing] all of the values of a great teacher… how to ask the right questions to challenge her students … how to guide students to think critically, rather than reflexively or algorithmically about a clinical case, and [she] challenges them to communicate and defend their ideas. She realizes the strengths in all of her students and helps them grow and develop their weaknesses. … great teachers fundamentally change who you are, transforming you into a more capable person – she has done this and I feel I am a superbly better clinician for having worked with her.” And “she continues to serve as a guide for the type of physician that I aspire to become. … Her relationship with her patients reminds me of … why I went into medicine and her example has highlighted … the rewards of a career in primary care.”
Fidencio Saldaña, M.D.
Faulkner Hospital and Brigham and Women’s Hospital
Dr. Fidencio Saldaña, HMS ’01, is a cardiologist and Faculty Assistant Dean for Student Affairs in ORMA. He also is a leader and teacher in Patient-Doctor II and Human Systems-Cardiovascular, and his impact on students in each of these roles was also recognized by students who nominated him for a teaching award. He is recognized with a McCabe Prize for his “intrinsic teaching capabilities [and] interest in students’ learning” in the Core Medicine I clerkship at BWH. As an attending on the medical service, “his cardiology teaching lessons … are phenomenal.” “During rounds, he always made it a point to include everyone in the discussion. …during the three weeks I worked with him on the inpatient unit, he took at least 5-10 minutes every day to teach me individually. … During these teaching sessions, he walked me though EKGs, discussed my patient notes …, and listened to me practice my presentations.” “As graduation is nearing, I have been reflecting about the wonderful relationships I’ve had with my teachers. Being taught by Dr. Saldaña has been the highlight of medical school.”
The Special Faculty Prize for Sustained Excellence in Teaching was established in 2006 by the HMS Teaching Awards Selection Committee to be conferred upon a member of the HMS faculty who, through a lifetime of excellence in teaching, has impacted and influenced the professional lives of students long after graduation.
David Cardozo, Ph.D.
Neurobiology, Harvard Medical School
Dr. David Cardozo, Assistant Professor of Neurobiology at Harvard Medical School, received a B.A. in English Literature from Concordia University and a B.S. in Biology from Dalhousie University, both in Canada, and a Ph.D. in Neuroscience from Harvard University. Following post-doctoral fellowships in the HMS departments of Neurobiology and Molecular Biology, Dr. Cardozo was appointed Director of the Nervous System and Behavior course for second-year Harvard medical students in 1998. In that role, Dr. Cardozo led one of the most revered and stellar courses at HMS. His excellence as a course leader, lecturer and tutor inspired then Dean for Medical Education Dan Lowenstein to name him a Founding Member of the newly established Academy at HMS in 2001. During Dr. Cardozo’s tenure as Director of Human Nervous System and Behavior (HNSB), his prowess as a teacher and his ability to connect to his students were recognized numerous times with teaching awards and nominations. The HMS graduating classes of 2002, 2003, 2004, 2007, 2009, 2010, and 2011 all recognized him as the Best Preclinical Teacher at their Class Day ceremonies. He twice received the HMS Faculty Prize for Excellence in Preclinical Teaching (2000 and 2004), and he was nominated for the award on numerous occasions. In 2007, he was appointed Associate Dean for Graduate Studies in the Division of Medical Sciences, where he oversees the education of Ph.D. students at HMS. Dr. Cardozo is handing the reigns of the HNSB course to faculty he has mentored and for whom he has served as a role model of excellence and dedication to medical student education. His legacy is captured best in the words of his students: The course was amazing, and he was inspiring. … I think we all felt like he knew each of us and wanted to see that each of us succeeded. Even after the course was over, he continued to stop in at times and see how we were doing. He was a true mentor and role model. … I was also impressed with his attempts to know each student individually. He is the only course director I've had who made it his business to learn the name and background of every student in a class of 150. … Dr. Cardozo's kindness and generosity is the most precious and beautiful memory I will treasure from my preclinical HMS years. Even though it has nothing to do with a particular medical factoid or discovery - it has everything to do with the kind of compassion and giving that I went into health care for in the first place.
The S. Robert Stone Award for Excellence in Teaching has been awarded annually since 1981 to a member of the Harvard Medical School Faculty at Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center for outstanding achievement in the teaching of medical students and house staff. The award is given in honor of the late Honorary Trustee and past Board Chairman of the former Beth Israel Hospital by his children.
Bernard S. Chang, M.D.
Dr. Bernard Chang has been described as the “quintessential teacher-clinician.” A graduate of Harvard University and New York University School of Medicine, Dr. Chang completed his internship in Medicine at Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center, and a residency and chief residency in Neurology in the combined Harvard Beth Israel Deaconess/Children’s Hospital program. He served as a Fellow in Clinical Neurophysiology at BIDMC from 2001-2003, and is now an Associate Professor of Neurology at Harvard Medical School and Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center.
Dr. Chang has taught medical students since the 2000 Patient-Doctor Year II course, which introduces students to clinical medicine, and he has long held leadership roles in the second-year course in neuroscience and human behavior. He has shared his experience in virtually every teaching capacity: as a lecturer and preceptor, mentor, neuroanatomy laboratory administrator, and examiner in the annual OSCE assessments of second-year students. At Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center, he is a lecturer and mentor to residents, clinical fellows, and research fellows not only on topics in epilepsy, but on brain development and malformations, genetics, seizures, and rehabilitation, and runs a course teaching residents to teach. Dr. Chang has received numerous awards for teaching, including the A. B. Baker Teacher Recognition Award from the American Academy of Neurology.
Student nominations for the 2012 S. Robert Stone Award include the following: “I absolutely loved his lectures. The most interesting and fascinating lectures!” Another student wrote: “Without question, Dr. Chang is the finest instructor I’ve had in medical school. He guided our neuroanatomy lab with a marvelous blend of humor and insight, working through each session’s agenda while keeping everyone involved…Simply put, Dr. Chang represents the very best that HMS offers its students.”
The Leo A. Blacklow Award was established in 1990 and is presented annually to an outstanding teacher who holds joint appointments at Harvard Medical School and Mount Auburn Hospital.
Kyle K. Pond, M.D.
Kyle K. Pond, M.D. received his M.D. from Duke University School of Medicine and completed his residency in Internal Medicine at the University of Washington Hospital System and his fellowship in Cardiovascular Diseases at Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center. He joined the Cardiology Division at Mount Auburn Hospital in 2006 and currently serves as the Director of Cardiac Rehabilitation. Dr. Pond is an Instructor in Medicine at Harvard Medical School.
He has distinguished himself as an excellent teacher of medical students and house staff and for his dedication to high quality patient care and medical education. “Dr. Pond made learning fun” is one of the many comments received for his nomination. He is a superb clinician, educating not only residents and students, but also his patients, our nurses and his fellow colleagues.
The Bernard Lown Award for Excellence in Teaching at Brigham and Women's Hospital was established in 2010 to celebrate physicians who are outstanding clinical teachers. The award honors Dr. Bernard Lown, senior physician at Brigham and Women's Hospital, Professor of Cardiology Emeritus at the Harvard School of Public Health, and the founder of the Lown Cardiovascular Center and Lown Cardiovascular Research Foundation. Dr. Lown is a gifted clinician, a renowned bedside teacher and a research pioneer who has been five times named Master Teacher of the American College of Cardiology. He cofounded with Dr. Evgeni Chazov, of the former Soviet Union, International Physicians for the Prevention of Nuclear War (IPPNW), and in 1985, they were co-recipients of the Nobel Peace Prize on behalf of IPPNW. Dr. Lown has been five times named Master Teacher of the American College of Cardiology and has been selected honorary member of a number of medical and cardiac societies around the world.
The Lown Teaching Award recognizes the very significant role that education plays in carrying out the BWH mission and the Institution’s deep commitment to the next generation of clinicians. The awardees are selected based on nominations from their HMS students and colleagues, in celebration of teaching excellence, innovation, patient-centered teaching and their ability to inspire.
Selwyn O. Rogers, Jr., M.D., M.P.H.
Selwyn Rogers’ original plan was to earn a degree from Harvard College and return home to Saint Croix to teach high school science. After he took a right turn to HMS, the rest of his career has been defined by opportunity and mentorship. Dr. Rogers chose a career in surgery at BWH. During his training, he was struck by variation in processes and outcomes of surgical care. Inspired to understand the sources of this variability, he earned a MPH at Vanderbilt. Currently, Dr. Rogers serves as the Division Chief of Trauma, Burn, and Surgical Critical Care. In 2005, he launched the Center for Surgery and Public Health, whose mission is to understand the nature, quality, and utilization of surgical care nationally and internationally. His interests include assessing surgical outcomes, examining processes to improve quality of care, and mitigating disparities in surgical care so as to closer the quality chasm, especially for vulnerable populations. Rogers is committed to saving lives, improving outcomes, and inspiring others: “My greatest passion is mentoring others to realize their greatest potential as agents of change through research, innovation, and advocacy.”
In the words of his Harvard medical students:
Since starting residency and in working with Dr. Rogers as research mentee, I have found that his door is always open. Over the past several years he has actively supported me through the highs and lows of training, whether I sought out assistance or not...
He makes it a habit to check in from time to time, and is always willing to take time to share his experience or offer guidance. As a surgical and research teacher, Dr. Rogers is always generous with his time, insightful and endlessly supportive. He is someone who I can see myself seeking out for career and life advice far into the future...
Dr. Rogers is an outstanding teacher, mentor, and friend. He perpetually takes an active interest in the careers and progress of the residents under his supervision...
Bruce B. Feinberg, M.D.
Obstetrics, Gynecology and Reproductive Biology
Bruce B. Feinberg, M.D., received his undergraduate degree from Trinity College, Hartford, CT, attended the Medical College of Pennsylvania, and completed his residency in Obstetrics and Gynecology at the Medical College of Virginia. He developed an interest in immunology during his Maternal Fetal medicine fellowship at the University of Texas-Houston, and received a postdoctoral fellowship from the American Association of Obstetricians and Gynecologists Foundation (AAOGF) to study reproductive immunology at the Brigham and Women's Hospital. Dr. Feinberg joined the Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology at the Brigham and Women's Hospital in 1990, eventually becoming the Clinical Director of the Center for Labor and Birth. He is currently the Research Director of the Complement Research Unit in the division of Maternal Fetal Medicine, focusing on the regulation of complement in the treatment of preeclampsia.
In the words of his Harvard medical students:
He is an extremely warm individual who made me feel immediately at ease; not a common occurrence in medical student-attending interactions. In doing so, he created an environment extremely conducive to learning....
Dr. Feinberg never missed a teaching moment and was able to draw on many aspects of medicine as part of the educational experience. He explained complicated concepts in very clear ways and, instead of simply repeating facts, took the time to explain his thought process and approach to clinical decision making. In doing so he created opportunities for me to critically analyze gaps in my knowledge and deficiencies in my approach to patients...
Literally one of the best educators I have interacted with during my years at HMS. Every student should have the opportunity to work with Dr. Feinberg. Great role model for how to deal with patients and colleagues in a respectful, helpful and sincere way.
Dr. Robert P. Masland, Jr. was Chief of Adolescent/Adult Medicine at Children’s Hospital from 1967-1993. He was a leader in establishing the field of Adolescent Medicine and in teaching communication and professionalism. He trained generations of medical students, residents, and faculty members at Children’s Hospital Boston. He was a supporter of flexible careers and work-life balance long before these issues were openly discussed. As a medical educator, Dr. Masland served as Co-Director of the Combined Harvard Medicine/Pediatrics Training program and as Associate Master of the Cannon Society at HMS. One of his favorite activities was mentoring HMS students and trying to convince them to pursue a career in pediatrics. As Chair of the Intern Selection Committee at Children’s from 1983-2002, he sought to rank as many HMS students as possible. Following Dr. Masland’s death in 2010, this award was established in his honor to recognize a Children’s Hospital faculty member who shares Dr. Masland’s passion for teaching medical students.
Thomas J. Sandora, M.D., M.P.H.
Dr. Thomas J. Sandora is a member of the Division of Infectious Diseases at Children’s Hospital Boston and serves as the Hospital Epidemiologist and the Medical Director of Infections Prevention and Control. In this role, he has introduced a number of innovations to prevent the transmission of disease, particularly in hospital settings. Dr. Sandora is a graduate of HMS and completed his pediatric residency, including a chief residency year, and a pediatric infectious disease fellowship at Children’s. At every stage of his career, he has been recognized for his outstanding teaching and is the recipient of six previous teaching awards. Currently, Dr. Sandora plays a vital role as an Associate Program Director of the Boston Combined Residency Program in Pediatrics. He has taught HMS students across the continuum of their training, including demonstrating skills of physical diagnosis, delivering key lectures and serving as a tutor in the first-year Immunology, Microbiology and Pathology course; presenting case discussions on fever to third-year students during their core pediatric rotations; initiating a weekly seminar series for fourth-year students doing a variety of electives at Children’s; and mentoring students on their scholarly projects. He is a member of the Academy at Children’s Hospital Boston, as well as the Academy at HMS.
According to his students, Dr. Sandora combines “an incredibly calming personality, patient demeanor, and obvious passion for teaching” and is a master at creating the optimal environment for learning. As a mentor, he is willing to “entertain unorthodox ideas” and provides an exceptional balance “between autonomy and guidance.” Rosh Sethi, Class of 2013, writes “I had the pleasure of meeting Dr. Masland when he was an Associate Master of the Cannon Society at HMS; I am certain he would be impressed by Dr. Sandora’s commitment to student education and persistent drive for excellence.”
Children’s Hospital is proud to recognize Dr. Thomas Sandora’s dedication to teaching medical students with the 2012 Robert P. Masland, Jr. Teaching Award.
The Bulfinch Award for Undergraduate Medical Education at the Massachusetts General Hospital was established in 2012 and is awarded to a Harvard faculty member at MGH for overallexcellence in teaching Harvard medical students.
Carey M. York-Best, M.D.
Obstetrics, Gynecology and Reproductive Biology
Dr. Carey York-Best has been a member of the Vincent Department of Obstetrics & Gynecology at Massachusetts General Hospital since 1993, helping to establish the current Labor & Delivery unit that opened in 1994. She graduated from HMS in 1989 and completed her Obstetrics & Gynecology residency at the Brigham & Women’s Hospital and Massachusetts General Hospital Integrated Residency Program in 1993. She began her work at MGH upon residency graduation, where she helped to pioneer the remarkably innovative part-time work program for her department. Carey has served as Clerkship Director for the Ob/Gyn Core Clerkship at MGH since 2008. In this role, she has been recognized time and again for her amazing teaching skills, her ability to provide constructive yet informative feedback, and her dedication and attentiveness to the needs of medical students in the clerkship and our Principal Clinical Experience. She is the recipient of multiple teaching awards, including, most recently, the MGH PCE Outstanding Teacher/Mentor award in Ob/Gyn in both 2011 and 2012, as well as the APGO Teaching Award for Outstanding Teacher of Obstetrics & Gynecology from the Association of Professors of Gynecology and Obstetrics in 2011.
Some representative comments about Carey from this year’s students include:
Absolutely excellent clerkship director. Provides fantastic, constructive feedback and is attentive to the needs of medical students. Provides excellent, helpful teaching and makes time to listen to the concerns of medical students.
Dr. York-Best was a pleasure to work with. In the OR, she would ask or point out key features relevant to the case to enhance student learning. She additionally took time after the case with the student to review 1 to 1. In the classroom and clinic, she showed great enthusiasm in discussing patient care.
Amazing mentor and teacher, thank you so much for all teaching and support!
It is our pleasure to award Carey the inaugural 2011-2012 MGH Bulfinch Student Teaching Award, which is the first MGH-wide student teaching award to be presented.
The Cynthia N. Kettyle Teaching Award, established in 2004, is presented annually to an HMS faculty member who has inspired medical students by his/her warmth, character and dedication to medical student teaching in psychiatry and has exemplified for students the vitality and relevance of psychiatry to medical practice. The award honors a faculty member who has demonstrated a truly outstanding commitment to teaching, mentorship and leadership in psychiatric education. Dr. Kettyle was director of medical student education in psychiatry at HMS from 1993-2004, in addition to serving as director of medical student education at McLean Hospital. She is well known for her efforts to promote excellence in psychiatric education and her exceptional commitment to the well-being and training of medical students. This award serves as a tribute to Dr. Kettyle's contributions to the art of teaching psychiatry.
Todd R. Griswold, M.D.
Cambridge Health Alliance
Todd R. Griswold, M.D., graduated from Yale University where he majored in Molecular Biophysics and Biochemistry and from Columbia University College of Physicians and Surgeons. He completed an internship in Internal Medicine at the Hospital of Saint Raphael in New Haven, CT, and residency training in Psychiatry at Cambridge Hospital. He is an integral figure in all aspects of medical student education in psychiatry at Harvard Medical School. As Director of Medical Student Education at Cambridge Health Alliance, he serves as the Psychiatry Clerkship Director for both the Cambridge Integrated Clerkship and a traditional four-week Clerkship, which is offered to students in the MGH PCE. He also leads the second-year Introduction to Psychopathology and Clinical Psychiatry course and the advanced Psychiatry electives at Cambridge. In 2010, he was recognized with the Nancy C.A. Roeske MD Certificate of Recognition for Excellence in Medical Student Education from the American Psychiatric Association. He is widely appreciated by medical students as a passionate and compassionate teacher who has a remarkable ability to organize and synthesize complex information and patient interactions in ways that are accessible and memorable. For both students and colleagues alike, he is a role model of a caring, thoughtful and dedicated clinician educator.
HMS Psychiatry and Harvard Medical School are proud to recognize Dr. Griswold's enduring and inspiring commitment to medical student education with this year's Kettyle Teaching Award.
The AAMC Humanism in Medicine Award annually recognizes a medical school faculty physician who exemplifies the qualities of a caring and compassionate mentor in the teaching and advising of medical students, and practices patient-centered medicine. Every year, students from each US medical school are allowed to nominate one individual to compete for this prestigious award.
Anthony V. D’Amico, M.D., Ph.D.
Brigham and Women’s Hospital
Dr. Anthony D’Amico, a graduate of MIT (B.S., M.S., and Ph.D.) and University of Pennsylvania (M.D.), is Master of the Oliver Wendell Holmes Society at Harvard Medical School and Professor and Chief of Genitourinary Radiation Oncology at the Dana-Farber Cancer Institute (DFCI) and Brigham and Women’s Hospital (BWH). Following a residency in radiation oncology at Penn, he joined the Department of Radiation Oncology at DFCI/BWH, where he is an internationally known expert in the treatment of prostate cancer and the principal investigator of several federally funded grants focused on Image Guided Therapy for early stage prostate cancer, drug development for advanced stage prostate cancer, and clinical trials that are aimed at defining future management strategies for men with prostate cancer. Through his work as Master of the Oliver Wendell Holmes Society and Co-Director of the Harvard Residency Program in Radiation Oncology, Dr. D'Amico has mentored students and residents in all aspects of medicine and life. He is the ideal role model of an academic physician who, through his example of compassion, empathy, and mentorship, has profoundly changed the lives of both his patients and his students. In recognition of these qualities, Harvard medical students have nominated Dr. D’Amico for the 2012 AAMC Humanism in Medicine Award.
The Wiczai Award was established in 2000 by Karen C. Kirby in memory of her husband, L. James Wiczai, to honor a staff member from an affiliated hospital who fosters innovation and excellence in medical education and promotes collaboration between Harvard Medical School and the Harvard-affiliated hospitals.
Lucia Renata Vicari
Ob/Gyn Clerkship Coordinator
Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center
Renata Vicari, Coordinator of the Ob/Gyn Clerkship at BIDMC since 2005, was described by her nominator as one who embodies “the core values of teaching and education at Harvard Medical School [HMS], delivering her work with class, empathy, intelligence, sensitivity, and attention to detail.” Renata “treats each student with respect, goes out of her way to make each clerkship fit the student’s needs, and works with the medical school as a partner to make the complex system of medical education function seamlessly.” Renata has grown in her role over the 7 years she has held her position, and she has “entered the national stage, representing HMS at the APGO CREOG Annual Meeting as a founding representative member of MECOG (Medical Education Coordinators in Obstetrics and Gynecology), and now as Chair.”
The Richard A. Gillis Award for Excellence in Medical Education was established in 2012 in memory of Rick Gillis (1953-2011), Executive Director of Curriculum Programs, whose 27 years of contributions to the MD program at Harvard Medical School exemplify the standards of excellence and the work ethic he inspired in those who were privileged to know him and to work with him. The award is given to a member or members of the HMS staff for their outstanding contributions to the educational mission of the School. This award serves as a reminder of Rick’s legacy and the critical role of staff in facilitating, in the words of his hero, President John F. Kennedy, “the infinite potential of the human mind that can be realized through education … [and that]can be translated into benefit for everyone and greater strength for our Nation.”
The HMS Office of Curriculum Services
Michele Cohn, Colleen Graham, Mark Coyle, Doug Feldman, Diana Longden, Evan Sanders, Kristen O’Neil, Caitlin Hoey, Marian Wolff, Lisa Neville, Laura Walsh, Ron Spalletta, Mike Tramonte
The first annual Richard A. Gillis Award for Excellence in Medical Education is awarded to the HMS Office of Curriculum Services, the staff team that Rick established and proudly led until his untimely passing in October 2011. In the School’s recent accreditation review, the Office of Curriculum Services was cited explicitly by the external reviewers as a strength of Harvard Medical School. Although the official report did not reach us until after Rick died in October, he knew about this citation, and he was very proud that the outstanding work of his Curriculum Services team was recognized in this important way. Since October, each member of the Curriculum Services staff, as individuals and as members of a team, has not only maintained the high standards Rick set for the office and for staff members as individuals, but exceeded them in every way. Over the past several months, many have remarked that Rick’s loss has been a catalyst for developing an even stronger team. The course directors and course faculty, with whom the office works, regularly laud their contributions to running the curriculum, and when faced with budget cuts, they tell us whatever we have to do to reduce costs, don’t take away the Curriculum Services staff who support their courses.
This has been a difficult period for all in the Program in Medical Education and other offices with which Rick worked, but mostly so for the staff of the Office of Curriculum Services. Yet, despite their grief and the void that greets them every day, they have pulled together and continued seamlessly their vital contributions to the education of Harvard medical students. It is for all of these reasons and for their collective and individual strength of character, work ethic, and commitment to excellence that we are inspired to give the first annual Richard A. Gillis Award for Excellence in Medical Education to the entire Office of Curriculum Services. We can’t imagine a more deserving staff! And we know Rick would heartily approve and be very honored!
The Irving M. London Teaching Award was created to honor the career of Dr. London and to thank teaching faculty who have made outstanding contributions to the training of students. Generations of Harvard-MIT Health Sciences and Technology (HST) graduates have had the benefit of being taught by Dr. London, and it is always a pleasure to see faculty members recognized for continuing in his footsteps. This award was selected from student body-wide nominations by the Faculty Awards Committee, which this year was made up of students from HST's MD, Medical Engineering and Medical Physics and Speech and Hearing Bioscience and Technology programs. For the London Award, HST students select one or more faculty members to be celebrated for excellence and dedication to teaching.
Anastasia H. Koniaris, M.D.
Obstetrics, Gynecology and Reproductive Biology
Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center
This year, the London Teaching Award was presented to Dr. Anastasia Koniaris, clinical instructor in obstetrics, gynecology and reproductive biology at the Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center. Dr. Koniaris just finished her first year as director of the HST 070 Human Reproductive Biology course. HST MD/MEMP student Nick Gonzalez Castro presented the award to Dr. Koniaris at the annual HST Forum on Thursday, April 19.
The Jonathan F. Borus Outstanding Early Career Educator Award in medical student education has been awarded since 2011 to a junior faculty member at Harvard Medical School who has demonstrated exceptional promise, initiative and commitment in the area of psychiatric education. The award is named in honor of Jonathan F. Borus MD, the Stanley Cobb Distinguished Professor of Psychiatry, Emeritus Chair of Psychiatry at the Brigham and Women’s and Faulkner Hospitals, Director of Medical Education at BWH and Co-Chair of the Partners Education Committee, who has exerted a major and lasting impact on psychiatric undergraduate and graduate education. In addition to being a master educator and educational leader, Dr. Borus is known widely for his generous mentorship and outspoken advocacy for generations of trainees who themselves have made important contributions to medical education.
Robert L. Kitts, M.D.
Robert Li Kitts, M.D., is an Instructor in Psychiatry at Harvard Medical School and Attending Psychiatrist on both the Consultation Service and the Office of Clinician Support at Children's Hospital. He received his B.S. from Cornell University where he majored in Biology and his M.D. from Upstate Medical University in Syracuse before completing his Adult Psychiatry Residency at the Oregon Health and Science University and his Child and Adolescent Psychiatry Residency at Children's Hospital Boston. Since 2009, he has served as Co-Director of the Advanced Elective in Child and Adolescent Psychiatry at Children's Hospital and has taught in the second year Psychopathology and Introduction to Clinical Psychiatry course. In 2011, Dr. Kitts was appointed Director of the Donald J. Cohen Klingenstein Third Generation Foundation Medical Student Fellowship Program which provides mentored experiences in Child and Adolescent Psychiatry for HMS students. An energetic and collaborative early career educator, Dr. Kitts is a previous nominee for both the Kettyle Award and the Borus Award.
HMS Psychiatry is proud to recognize Dr. Kitts' dedication to medical student teaching and mentorship with this year's Borus Award.
The Harvard Medical School Center for Primary Care Excellence in Teaching Award was established in 2011 by the HMS Center for Primary Care to honor a member of the HMS faculty who embodies the hallmarks of an outstanding primary care physician and, through his or her dedication to teaching, inspires future leaders in primary care to serve their patients and the community at-large.
Katherine E. Miller, M.D.
Cambridge Health Alliance
Dr. Miller has shared the joy of working as a family physician for the last 19 years. She trained and completed her residency in Tucson, Arizona, and originally planned a career in anesthesiology and biomedical engineering. However, her career trajectory changed dramatically after a third-year clerkship in family medicine, which she completed in a small town on the Mexican border. The variety of the practice, the community involvement, and the joy of really knowing patients over time were irresistible. After working a few years in Arizona with both the Family Medicine and Obstetrics and Gynecology departments in primary care education, she traveled to Argentina with a grant from the Fulbright International Exchange of Scholars program. She worked 5 months with 12 different family medicine residencies to encourage the development of improved educational structure and training for medical educators. In 2000, after her return from Argentina, she moved to Boston to teach at the Tufts (now also Cambridge Health Alliance) Family Medicine Residency, and shortly thereafter became both Pre-doctoral Director for the Department of Family Medicine at Tufts, and also Associate Department Chair of Family Medicine-Maternal Child Health at Cambridge Health Alliance.
In 2010, she stepped down from the associate chief position in order to devote more time to her role as HMS Family Medicine advisor and to promoting the presence of family medicine at Harvard Medical School. In addition to nearly full-time clinical responsibilities at a community health center, Dr. Miller has participated in the steering and education committees of the Center for Primary Care, organizes an annual primary care procedures clinic, recently joined the Primary Care Clerkship steering committee, created a meeting series for fourth-year students considering a residency in primary care, and works within the greater family medicine community to bolster teaching interest for Harvard students. Through her work and that of the tireless primary care-oriented HMS students and the greater HMS family medicine community, and thanks to the support of the Center for Primary Care, the number of HMS students interested in primary care, in general, and family medicine, in particular, continues to climb.
Former Recipients of Harvard Medical School Teaching Awards
Certificate in Excellence in Tutoring Recipients
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