Medicine 401 Teaching Award Winners Announced

The winners of the 2015 Medicine 401 Teaching Awards were announced at an awards ceremony on May 27. Granted by the third-year medical students each year, the awards go to residents and attending physicians for their excellence in teaching on the wards at the Veterans Administration San Diego Healthcare System and the UC San Diego Medical Center in Hillcrest.

The winners:

VA Wards Resident Award: Dr. Tyler Woodell
Hillcrest Wards Resident Award: Dr. Michelle Pearlman

VA Wards Attending Award: Dr. Mara Zulauf
Hillcrest Wards Attending Award: Dr. Darcy Wooten

“There were many kind words of praise and admiration in the comments from the students who worked with Drs. Pearlman and Woodell,” said residency program director Simerjot Jassal, MD. “Congratulations to these outstanding doctors!”

The medical students’ comments included the following.

Dr. Michelle Pearlman

Dr. Michelle Pearlman

Of Michelle Pearlman, MD: … Really focused on teaching … worked hard during the rotation to make sure we were achieving our own goals and learning as much as possible … gave excellent feedback … made great teaching points during rounds … great example of professionalism … will make an excellent teacher … great role model … clear and detailed expectations … we knew exactly what to work on and how to succeed … one of the best residents with whom I have worked … gave frequent feedback enabling me to improve daily … strong leadership skills, a positive attitude, and a great work ethic … will make an amazing GI fellow and attending.

Dr. Pearlman has matched to a fellowship program in gastroenterology at University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center in Dallas.

Dr. Tyler Woodell

Dr. Tyler Woodell

Of Tyler Woodell, MD: Always made it a priority to have a teaching point every day … always willing to make sure all of our questions were answered and that we were engaged in patient care … went out of his way to make sure we had a good learning experience … an exceptional model physician who I would recommend to any student as a preceptor and any patient as a doctor … focused on making sure that we learned as much as possible … carved out time to talk through our assessment and plans with us … took time on rounds to talk through key issues with us …both a fantastic role model for compassionate patient care and bedside manner as well as an engaging teacher … clearly loved to teach … not only an outstanding teacher, but also very compassionate with patients.

Dr. Woodell has matched to a fellowship program in nephrology at Oregon Health & Science University.

Hospitalists Weijen Chang and Joel Trambley Win Teaching Award

Hospitalists Weijen Chang, M.D. (below), and Joel Trambley, M.D., Ph.D., have received the 2008 Medicine 401 “Excellence in Teaching” award for their outstanding contributions to the core clerkship course.

Dr. Weijen ChangThey were honored at the annual Medicine 401 Faculty and Resident Appreciation Reception on June 4, 2008.

Dr. Chang, Assistant Clinical Professor of Medicine in the Division of Hospital Medicine, specializes in pediatrics and hospital medicine. He provides hospitalist inpatient services at Thornton Hospital and UC San Diego Medical Center Hillcrest and is a pediatric hospitalist at Rady Children’s Hospital.

Dr. Chang completed his residency training in Internal Medicine/Pediatrics at Duke University in Durham, NC. Formerly Director of the Division of Hospital Medicine at Dartmouth-Hitchcock Medical Center in Manchester, NH, he joined the UC San Diego Hospital Medicine staff in October, 2007.

Dr. Trambley is Assistant Clinical Professor of Medicine in the Division of Hospital Medicine. He joined UC San Diego from the Physician Foundation at California Pacific Medical Center, where he was a hospitalist with the Liver Disease Management and Transplantation Program.

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