In keeping with the ongoing efforts of the David Geffen School of Medicine to improve the culture of medicine and celebrate a respectful environment for medical students, the Medical Student Council created an "Excellence in Teaching with Humanism Residents and Fellows Award" in 2013. This award created and presented by the DGSOM medical student body recognizes residents and fellows who model exemplary behavior toward medical students and other members of the health care team. For DGSOM medical students to become compassionate and effective future physicians, they must first have resident and fellow role models and mentors demonstrating such attributes. Excellence in Teaching with Humanism Residents and Fellows Award winners serve as exceptional mentors and are recognized for their ongoing contributions to the clinical training of DGSOM medical students. Nominations were collected for residents and fellows who embody qualities and attributes as outlined below:
Not a previous "Excellence in Teaching with Humanism Residents Award" recipient
Among the 100+ nominations received this 2016-2017 year, the following residents and fellows are recognized for serving as positive role models and mentors for student doctors on the wards.
Alexander Stark, MD Surgery PGY-4 UCLA
Hilary Shapiro, MDInternal Medicine PGY-2 Olive View/WLA VA
William A. Zeiger, MDNeurology PGY-2Olive View
Nicholas Smith, MDUrology PGY-3 Olive View
Joseph Crompton, MD SurgeryPGY-4 UCLA/Harbor
Dominic Hovsepian, MDNeurology PGY-3 Olive View
Mitchell Weksler, MD Anesthesiology PGY-2 UCLA
Derek Scott, MDInternal Medicine, MDPGY-1 Olive View
James Wu, MDSurgery PGY-4 UCLA/Harbor
Nicolas Barcelo, MDPsychiatry PGY-1 WLA VA
Alexander Stark, MD
Alex was one of the best residents, he continually made sure that I knew what was going on and that I was involved in the cases. One teaching moment stands out the most to me: the day that we lost one of our patiens, and for me my first experience with death as a third year medical student. Of course, we had to still pre-round, round, and go to our scheduled 7:30am case, but Alex took the time to check with the whole team, comfort our intern, SubI's, and myself. He himself was completely taken aback but he handled the whole situation in a manner that inspired confidence and comfort. Even though everyone's energy was down for the rest of the day, he kept us going. I truly hope to be as poised as he was when it comes to being a leader, teacher, and caregiver.
Hilary Shapiro, MD
Hilary is a model senior resident, truly an extraordinary clinician, leader, and mentor. As a physician, she connects with physicians and cares for them with incredible compassion and warmth. Even when the list was long and complicated, she made time to see patients and have meaningful interactions with them. As a leader, she was incredibly dedicated to both patient care and her team, working hard to make sure the team worked well together and efficiently. She also encouraged everyone to be the best version of themselves. As a mentor, Hilary worked hard to make sure both interns and medical students were learning and growing while on wards. I felt incredibly lucky to work with her as a medical student because she took the time to review important topics with me, in an encouraging manner. Hilary should win all the resident awards!
William A. Zeiger, MD
William is an amazing resident! He is extremely smart (genius in fact), personable, has incredible bedside manners, and exemplifies what physicians should strive to be in every way. As if that is not enough, he is patient and works well with every type of medical student as well as every type of learner. He has wonderful lectures for down time and is very receptive to questions for which he has some of the most well though out and easy to understand answers. He takes time to teach thorough techniques for the neurologic exam, walks through the diagnostic thought process with the students, practices presentations with them, and gives them the room to grow with his help. Will is inclusive; he gives students credit for their work especially when it comes to working with an attending, and stands up for students when the need arises. Every service needs a will!
Nicholas Smith, MD
Nicholas (Nick) was an exemplary senior resident and medical student educator during my urology rotation at Olive View. He took every available opportunity to teach, weaving clinical pearls into rounds as well as OR cases. Even during a case in which I was the only person available to be his first assist, he demonstrated the utmost patience, clarity of directions, and lucid teahcing. He was remarkably warm and approachable with a calm demeanor, putting students at ease and welcoming their questions. He also demonstrated an authentic concern for medical student well-being as well as learning. Nick also has impeccable bedside manner and clinical integrity, making him an undeniable role model for all students. Nick deserves the highest recognition for his gifts as a teacher and mentor, as well as for his dedication to improving medical student education and rotation experience.
Joseph Crompton, MD
I have gotten lucky enough to have Crompton on 3 different services. When you first meet him, he appears quiet and unassuming. This demeanor hides a brilliant mind and a compassionate heart. On Surg On, he took time to take me and my two SubIs down to CASIT to teach us on techniques, tailoring it to our skill levels. On trauma night at Harbor, I was lucky enough to have him as my senior resident, there he was composed in one of the hardest situations where we lost a patient in the OR. It was easy to see that the team was completely devastated, after trying every effort to save the patient. Crompton checked on me the whole time through that trauma night and the following sessions. He has a calm energy that is so comforting and reassuring, and a natural gift to know when something is wrong.
Dominic Hovsepian, MD
Dominic is an incredible mentor who uses every opportunity to teach, drawing out detailed diagrams and creating charts to facilitate learning. Regardless of how busy the service is, he always makes time for students whether it is to review their notes, help them prepare for presentations, or explain a difficult concept. He is kind, encouraging, and finds ways to make students shine during rounnds. When interacting with patients, he shows a lot of compassion and patience. It is evident that he takes pride in his role as a mentor and I hope to embody that when I become a resident.
Mitchell Weksler, MD
Almost every day Mitch would give us on-the-fly teaching on any topic we chose for up to an hour at times! He always welcomed our questions on rounds and was aware of our whereabouts. He walked us through cool procedures and was an excellent example of putting respect, compassion and patient care first while still being able to teach. I've had no other resident so invested in passing down knowledge and so kind.
Derek Scott, MD
Dr. Scott was absolutely wonderful. I have seen him deal with very complicated cases where palliative care had to be initiated, and the way he dealth with patients and their family members was absolutely awe inspiring. He was a wonderful advocate for patients, really listening to their concerns and taking time to address them. Despite a busy rotaion where we lost patients, and had some very tough social issues to address, he would always take his time to run the list with me and answer my questions. He always checked in with me, and I felt so protected from an environment that can be instense at times. It was truly a gift to work with him.
James Wu, MD
James was an exemplary senior resident on my trauma surgery rotation at Harbor. Although the rotation hours are demanding and he was a visiting resident from UCLA, he took advantage of every available opportunity to teach. He would walk me through a presenting chief complaint, providing a clear conceptual framework for the material and the pertinent management decisions to make. To this day, I attribute my understanding of some of the most relevant disease processes to his teachings. Together with being a fantastic teacher, James was consistently approachable, welcoming and genuinely kind to students.
Nicolas Barcelo, MD
Dr. Barcelo was a model of how to be a competent, effective and humanistic physician. While on servicce with him, I watched as he struggled to provide care to a patient whose long-standing schizophrenia was complicated by the cognitive changes of old age, possible normal pressure hydrocephalus, loss of financial support and homelessness. Every day there was a new challenge as the patient's paranoid delusions began to focus on the care we were attempting to provide. Dr. Barcelo never gave up on the patient, even when the conversations on rounds began to suggest that our only option would be to return the patient to the streets. He wouldn't accept that, and he worked tirelessly on each new challenge to provide that patient with a stable living situation and some return of his cognitive functioning. He not only provided exceptional care from a medical standpoint, but humanistic care that encompassed the multiple social barriers to that patient's health. Even though the patient became increasingly suspicious of and aggravated by our team, Dr. Barcelo continued to fight for him.