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Stanford Report, June 7, 2000

Awards for graduate and medical education announced  


This year, in addition to the longstanding awards for exemplary service, teaching and innovations in the education of Stanford's medical students, two new annual awards will be presented to honor faculty for important contributions to the education of School of Medicine graduate students.

The new Stanford University School of Medicine Award for Graduate Teaching, initiated by Eugene A. Bauer, MD, vice president for the medical center and dean of the medical school, and voted on by graduating MS and PhD students, goes to Russ B. Altman, MD, PhD, associate professor of medicine (medical informatics). This award acknowledges teaching excellence and exceptional impact in the graduate classroom.

The first Stanford University School of Medicine Award for Outstanding Service to Graduate Students, also initiated by Bauer and voted on by all graduating MS and PhD students and by the medical faculty, goes to W. James Nelson, PhD, professor of molecular and cellular physiology. This award recognizes remarkable and extraordinary service on behalf of Medical School graduate students.

These two first-time faculty awards in graduate education join the other teaching and education prizes that are announced each year in advance of the School of Medicine convocation.

The Arthur L. Bloomfield Award for Excellence in Teaching Clinical Medicine honoring faculty physicians chosen by students in clinical training is this year shared by three faculty members: Lars Osterberg, MD, staff physician and clinical instructor (medicine); Theodore C. Sectish, MD, assistant professor of pediatrics; and Elliott S. Wolfe, MD, professor of medicine and associate dean for clinical advising. The Bloomfield award, named for the late Arthur Bloomfield, MD, who chaired Stanford's Department of Medicine from 1926 to 1954, has been presented annually for the past 37 years.

This year's Franklin G. Ebaugh Jr. Award for Advising Medical Students recognizes Lawrence H. Mathers, MD, PhD, associate professor of pediatrics. The Ebaugh award honors commitment and dedication to service. Given since 1992 and named for the late Franklin Ebaugh Jr., MD, longtime chief of staff at the VA medical center and associate dean for Veterans Affairs, the Ebaugh award is voted on by all graduating medical students and full-time faculty.

Three Kaiser awards, established by the Henry J. Kaiser Family Foundation, are given each year for excellence in medical education and in clinical and preclinical teaching.

Fellow medical faculty chose Donald P. Regula, MD, associate professor of pathology, to receive the special Kaiser Award for Outstanding and Innovative Contributions to Medical Education, which has been given at Stanford since 1973.

Clinical medical students selected Harcharan S. Gill, MD, associate professor of urology; Peter Pompei, MD, associate professor of medicine; and Ward Trueblood, MD, staff physician and clinical associate professor (surgery), to receive the Kaiser Award for Excellence in Clinical Teaching.

Voted on by preclinical medical students, the recipients of the Kaiser Award for Excellence in Preclinical Teaching are John Gosling, MD, MBC, professor of surgery (anatomy); Ellen Porzig, PhD, associate professor of developmental biology; Regula, who also won the Kaiser award for outstanding contributions to medical education; and Wolfe, who in addition won a Bloomfield award this year.

The Kaiser awards for clinical and preclinical teaching have been given at Stanford since 1969.

The winners of other faculty and student awards, which remain undisclosed until graduation, will be announced during the School of Medicine convocation 2000, Sunday, June 11.

This year's event begins with a luncheon for School of Medicine graduates and their guests at 11:45 a.m. followed by formal ceremonies starting at 1:30 p.m. SR