June 13, 1997

Emergency medicine teaching award created in Chapman’s honor

Emergency medicine teaching award created in Chapman's honor

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Dean John Chapman

Dr. John E. Chapman, Dean of Vanderbilt University School of Medicine, and his wife, Judy, have been honored with the formation of an emergency medicine teaching award bearing their name.

The Dr. John Chapman and Judy Jean Chapman Emergency Medicine Teaching Award will be presented annually to an Emergency Medicine faculty member who best lives up to the examples set by the Chapmans, said Dr. Corey M. Slovis, professor and chair of Emergency Medicine.

"The residents and the faculty felt that they wanted to name the award after two people who really represented excellence in academics and teaching in a number of different facets," Slovis said

The award coincides with the graduation of VUSM's first residency class in Emergency Medicine, a program begun four years ago with the assistance of Chapman, said Slovis.

"The dean has been instrumental in this full academic department coming into its own. He has supported the department and the faculty in many different ways," said Slovis.

The award means a great deal to Chapman.

"I am honored and pleased to be, with Judy, the point of reference for a teaching award in Emergency Medicine," he said.

Judy Jean Chapman, senior associate in Emergency Medicine, has also contributed long hours to the success of the department of Emergency Medicine, Slovis said.

"Judy Jean Chapman has been an outstanding teacher. She directs the first year students in our Introduction to Emergency Medicine course, which is the number-one first year selective the School of Medicine. She has also been the person that coordinates our paramedic teaching," he said.

"This is one of the greatest honors I have ever received," said Judy Jean Chapman.

This year's award winner is Dr. Andrea C. Bracikowski, assistant professor of Emergency Medicine and Pediatrics, who heads up the division of Pediatric Emergency Medicine.