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School of Medicine Teaching Awards Ceremony Highlights Faculty Excellence, Professionalism

October 19, 2017

Professionalism: "The conduct, aims, or qualities that characterize or mark a profession or a professional person." (Merriam-Webster)

These values and other hallmarks of faculty excellence in teaching and patient care were celebrated at the School of Medicine’s Teaching Awards Ceremony October 18. Over 120 medical students, faculty, residents and graduates gathered at Cole Hall Auditorium to recognize the dedication and leadership of exemplary faculty.

For the first time, the annual event included presentation of the Maxine Papadakis Awards for Faculty Professionalism and Respect—a new award that advances UCSF values in medical education. The awards (see chart below for a list of recipients) highlight faculty who are exemplars in treating students and all others in the clinical environment with professionalism, courtesy, and respect. 

"These awards recognize outstanding behavior in shaping excellent cultures of learning and patient care," said Catherine Lucey, MD, UCSF’s Vice Dean for Medical Education, Executive Vice Dean for the School of Medicine. "By celebrating the faculty teachers in the core clinical rotations, we have the opportunity to significantly impact the clinical learning climate for our students. Our faculty light the fire of energy, enthusiasm, and knowledge among our learners."

The Maxine Papadakis Awards were provided to faculty in departments that participate in a core third-year or major fourth-year clerkship: 

The selection committee comprises third- and fourth-year medical students.

Maxine Papadakis, MD, was Associate Dean for Students at the School of Medicine from 1998 to 2016. Dr. Papadakis devoted considerable effort to measuring and improving the professionalism and respectful behavior of faculty in the learning environment.  It was her work that led to the 'respect' questions on the student evaluations of faculty. These questions ask every student to indicate the extent to which faculty treated them and others with courtesy and respect. Dr. Papadakis has published widely in this area, and received national recognition for her work.

"Dr. Papadakis was totally committed to the success of our medical students," said Dr. Lucey. "She set a shining example of what it means to be a professional, full of rigor and support for learners and colleagues along the journey with her."Dorre Nicholau, MD, PhD and Maxine Papadakis, MD (right); photo by Elisabeth Fall 2017

Other faculty were honored at the Teaching Awards Ceremony for excellence in teaching, and received Henry J. Kaiser Awards in recognition for outstanding work teaching in classrooms, inpatient care settings, and ambulatory care clinics; Special Recognition Teaching Awards and the Charlotte Baer Memorial Award, presented to members of the Volunteer Clinical Faculty who have made contributions through excellence in teaching and who enrich the ability of our students to learn; Bridges Curriculum Foundations 1 Teaching Awards, based on nominations from first- and second-year medical students recognizing outstanding instructors who have demonstrated excellence in teaching during the Foundations 1 (F1) phase of Bridges; the Pathways Mentor of the Year Awards (presented to Laurence Baskin, MD, Alejandra De Alba Campomanes, MD, MPH, Marcia Glass, MD, and Urmimala Sarkar, MD, MPH, which honor mentors' commitment and dedication to nurture leaders, innovators, advocates, and researchers at UCSF) and; the Teach for UCSF Certificate Program Acknowledgements.  

The circle of knowledge, professionalism and excellence in teaching was well represented among one family who attended the event last night. Mary (Mimi) Margaretten, MD, Department of Medicine, was presented with a Henry J. Kaiser Award for Excellence in Teaching in a Classroom Setting.

"I am honored and humbled to receive such wonderful recognition from UCSF medical students and residents," said Dr. Margaretten. "Having matriculated through medical school, residency, and fellowship at UCSF, I have benefitted from outstanding teaching. In fact, I have been lucky enough to experience great teaching and mentorship throughout my life. My father, Dr. William Margaretten, received the same award at UCSF in 1976."

Students reflect on faculty they nominated for the Maxine Papadakis Awards

Faculty perspectives on receiving Maxine Papadakis Awards

By Karin Fleming