Miller School Students Honor Faculty Members with 2010 George Paff Teaching Awards

J. Donald Temple, M.D., wins for the 22nd time

Before a dozen faculty members were recognized with the 2010 George Paff Teaching Awards, Alex J. Mechaber, M.D., associate dean for undergraduate medical education, presented a slide show to remind award recipients and other audience members of Paff’s impressive career as a Miller School educator. George Paff, Ph.D., one of the Miller School’s founding faculty members, was remembered as a witty and skillful teacher who consistently inspired medical students to perform at their highest level. In his honor, students in each class hand out Paff Awards to faculty they consider the most inventive and inspirational teachers.

“Recognition by students is the most valuable praise one can receive from an educator’s standpoint,” said Miller School Dean Pascal J. Goldschmidt, M.D., in his opening remarks at the award ceremony held April 15 at Bascom Palmer Eye Institute’s Retter Auditorium. “This year’s recipients are all great examples of what medical education is all about; they help us accomplish our mission.”

For the 2009-2010 school year, the Class of 2010 selected the following Paff Award recipients: Joseph Esterson, M.D., assistant professor of medicine; Juan Carlos Palacios, M.D., assistant professor of Medicine; and Edgar Pierre, M.D., assistant professor of Anesthesiology.

“I am honored and humbled,” said Pierre, one of several awardees who have won the Paff multiple times.

The Class of 2011 selected the following faculty for their awards: Alex Rico, M.D., assistant professor of Medicine; Laurence Sands, M.D., associate professor of Surgery; and Holly Neville, M.D., assistant professor of Surgery.

The Class of 2012 gave their honors to Warren Kupin, M.D., professor of medicine and Matthias Salathe, M.D., professor of medicine and chief of the Division of Pulmonary and Critical Care. In addition, they singled out J. Donald Temple, M.D., associate professor of Medicine and director of the William J. Harrington Medical Training Programs for Latin America, with his 22nd Paff Award — a record.

Upon receiving his award from members of the Class of 2013, Richard Riley, Ph.D., professor of Microbiology and Immunology and associate dean for pre-clinical curriculum, said he spoke for all faculty members who hold medical education in the highest esteem. “I look forward to teaching students,” he said. “It is a joy to do so.”

In addition to Riley, the Class of 2013 recognized Thomas Champney, Ph.D., associate professor of Cell Biology and Anatomy, and Stephen Roper, Ph.D., professor of Physiology and Biophysics.

Students also presented Paff Awards to residents Natasha Chida, M.D., and Eddie Manning, M.D., whom they described as “patient and exemplary.” Chida did not attend the ceremony because she was in Haiti volunteering in the earthquake relief effort. Manning, a surgery resident, said he was pleased to have been selected by the students who are “an unbelievable source of inspiration.”

The annual student awards, the Canterbury Award and the Crowder Award, respectively went to fourth-year students Eileen Bernal and Dan Cushman, for their dedication to the Miller School. Students also presented the inaugural Dean’s Cup John Square Award to Jonathan England, a first-year student. He was recognized for his “pride, passion and determination” during the annual Dean’s Cup sports challenge between the Miller School and UM’s School of Law.

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