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Medical Education
Center for Faculty Educators

Kim Award 2016: Marieke Kruidering, PhD

Marieke Kruidering, PhD, the recipient of the 2015-16 Kim Award, brings balance to her life with some well-needed rest and relaxation with her husband, who had suffered an accident prior to their vacation.

Carole and Ed Kim (SOM '75) endowed the Kim award to promote well-being, rejuvenation, and work-life balance for an Academy member. It has two (lovely) conditions:  it must be spent within the year and cannot be used on anything work-related.

Marieke, an Academy member since 2006, and an associate adjunct professor in the Department of Cellular and Molecular Pharmacology, used the funds for a long weekend of recovery soaking in the rejuvenating natural waters of Mono Hot Springs. Marieke and her husband were able to rent a wonderful cabin and continue his recovery in a beautiful place. “It could not have come at a better time,” Marieke stated, also noting that the Kim’s gift “made them get back on their feet faster.” The couple will always remember this trip with deep appreciation.

Marieke isn’t alone in her sentiments. Past awardees often reflect on the generosity of the Kim award as a reminder that it is important in their busy academic lives and as part of their faculty development to retreat into things that are soul satisfying and that allow them to spend time for themselves and/or with family and friends. In the many ways we search to find our work-life balance, (if ever there is such a thing), it is important to allow ourselves to relax and recharge.


The delighted recipient of the 2016-17 Kim Award, Brian Schwartz, MD, is busy planning his adventures. We look forward to telling his story.