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Faculty meeting highlights VUSM’s academic successes

Jun. 6, 2019, 8:32 AM

Award winners pose for a photo at last week’s Spring Faculty Meeting.
Award winners pose for a photo at last week’s Spring Faculty Meeting. (photo by Anne Rayner)

by Kathy Whitney

Jeff Balser, MD, PhD, President and CEO of Vanderbilt University Medical Center and Dean of Vanderbilt University School of Medicine, kicked off the Spring Faculty Meeting by providing a short update of VUSM’s academic endeavors.

The School of Medicine’s progress can be measured in numbers:

  • 75% of the medical school’s graduating class of 2019 matched into the top 25 ranked residency programs in the country;
  • 17.3% of incoming residents this year are underrepresented minorities;
  • About 12% of VUMC’s incoming first-year interns graduated from VUSM, fewer than in previous years due to an uptick in residents coming to VUMC from outside the Southeast.
  • VUSM received 5,982 applications for 96 first-year spots the 2019 incoming class;
  • VUSM claims 134 AAAS members as of 2018, compared to 32 in 2008.

The awards portion of the meeting was hosted by John Penn, PhD, associate dean of Faculty Affairs.

Every year since 2000, the School of Medicine has honored faculty members for Excellence in Teaching and Outstanding Contributions to Research. Awards for Extraordinary Performance of Clinical Service were added in 2016.

Recipients were nominated by their faculty colleagues and chosen by the 2019 Faculty Awards Selection Committees.

 

The awards for Excellence in Teaching and the recipients are:

 

David Charles, MD — Frank H. Boehm Award for contributions to medical education

Rebecca Swan, MD — Gerald S. Gotterer Award for innovation in educational programming

Tyler Reimschisel, MD, MHPE — Gerald S. Gotterer Award for innovation in educational programming

Eric Skaar, PhD, MPH — F. Peter Guengerich Award for mentoring postdoctoral fellows or residents in the research setting

Maureen Gannon, PhD — Thomas A. Hazinski Award for effectiveness in mentoring and professional development of faculty

Carlos Grijalva, MD, MPH — John S. Sergent Award for teaching medical or graduate students in the small group setting

 

The awards for Extraordinary Performance of Clinical Service and the recipients are:

 

English Flack, MD, MS — Gottlieb C. (Bud) Friesinger II Award for an outstanding early career clinician

Louise Mawn, MD — Noel B. Tulipan Award for clinical excellence in a surgical or procedural discipline

Rebekah Brown, MD — Thomas P. Graham Jr. Award for dedicated service to patient-centered care

 

The awards for Outstanding Contributions to Research and the recipients are:

 

Ken Lau, PhD — Sidney P. Colowick Award for research that serves as platform for discovery in diverse areas

James Netterville, MD — William J. Darby Award for translational research that has changed the practice of medicine worldwide

Mark Denison, MD — Ernest W. Goodpasture Award for groundbreaking research that addresses the pathogenesis of disease at the cellular and/or molecular level

Dan Roden, MDCM — John A. Oates Award for two or more faculty working collaboratively or in a multidisciplinary manner to address important biological processes

Joshua Denny, MD, MS — John A. Oates Award for two or more faculty working collaboratively or in a multidisciplinary manner to address important biological processes.

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