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International Association of Medical Science Educators honors Osheroff

Jul. 8, 2019, 11:31 AM


by Kathy Whitney

Richard Vari, PhD, Senior Dean for Academic Affairs, Virginia Tech Carilion School of Medicine, and president of IAMSE, (left) presents the award to Neil Osheroff, PhD.

Neil Osheroff, PhD, John G. Coniglio professor of Biochemistry, professor of Medicine and director of the Academy for Excellence in Education, received the Distinguished Career Award for Excellence in Teaching and Educational Scholarship from the International Association of Medical Science Educators (IAMSE).

Osheroff received the award at the 23rd Annual IAMSE Meeting in June.

The award is given to an IAMSE member who has a distinguished record of sustained educational scholarship spanning at least 10 years, including educational research and dissemination of scholarly approaches to teaching and education. Award recipients are selected based on the impact, ingenuity and longevity of educational scholarship and their records of publications, presentations and other forms of dissemination of educational scholarship.

Osheroff launched his scientific career at Vanderbilt in 1983 and has served as a first-year medical school course director since 1990. He currently serves as one of the directors for the Human Blueprint and Architecture Block, the first major science course of Curriculum 2.0. Osheroff played a major role in implementing Curriculum 2.0, helping to integrate biochemistry and other foundational sciences throughout the four-year program and chairing the Foundations of Medical Knowledge Phase Team. He also currently directs the Vanderbilt Academy for Excellence in Education.

“Neil has been an invaluable member of our core teaching faculty for nearly three decades. He has embraced innovative and effective approaches to teaching the basic sciences and has shared his wisdom and experience broadly with educators around the world. He’s enormously deserving of this international recognition,” said Bonnie Miller, MD, MMHC, Senior Associate Dean for Health Sciences Education and Executive Vice President Educational Affairs, Vanderbilt University Medical Center.

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