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
Evan Adams, MD Surgery PGY-1Cedars-Sinai
Ishan Asokan, MDInternal Medicine PGY-1 UCLA
Karissa Britten, MDInternal Medicine PGY-1UCLA
Michael Cheng, MD General Surgery PGY-4Kaiser LA
Samuel Jackson, MD Internal MedicinePGY-2UCLA
Michael O'LearySurgery PGY-7Harbor-UCLA
Emily Schwitzer, MDInternal Medicine PGY-1 UCLA
Nolan Ung, MDPsychiatryPGY-1UCLA
Rafer Willenberg, MD, PhDNeurology PGY-2 Cedars-Sinai
Madeline Yung, MDOphthalmologyPGY-2 WLA-VA
Evan Adams, MD
"Evan is an amazing, wonderful, fantastic resident who truly went above and beyond to guide and teach me...he will undoubtedly continue to excel as a both a clinician and mentor in the future."
Ishan Asokan, MD
"Dr. Asokan is a highly efficient and knowledgeable, yet compassionate clinician who is an excellent role model. He always took the time to teach, assist, and provide useful feedback to medical students."
"I felt incredibly lucky to have had the chance to work with her, and hope that other students get the chance to learn from her as well, as she is an exceptional educator."
Michael Cheng, MD
"He treats medical students, team members, and all patients with kindness and compassion. I am truly blown away by his passion for teaching, dedication to surgical excellence, and compassion."
Samuel Jackson, MD
"He always interprets difficult situations or interpersonal conflicts in the most generous and diplomatic possible way. He was so thorough and caring with his patients, yet still found time for students."
Michael O'Leary, MD
"He is always willing to teach and will go out of his way to ensure that students are participating in a valuable learning experience. He does all of this with the most positive attitude in the hospital and a warm smile."
Emily Schwitzer, MD
"She would approach patients at their eye level with warmth and compassion, using language that was accessible to them in a way that communicated how much she cared about them."
Nolan Ung, MD
"He went out of his way to faciliate learning, safety in the psych ward for students, and treated his patients in a non-judgemental manner."
Rafer Willenberg, MD, PhD
"Rafer is an excellent resident who really went above and beyond what was required of him to teach medical students. I hope that as a future resident, I can inspire medical student the way Rafer inspired me."
Madeline Yung, MD
"She made my learning and well-being a top priority from the very first day. Her patience and dedication to my learning never wavered, even at the busiest of times."