Tyler Woodell, MD, left, a senior categorical internal medicine resident, and Lawrence Ma, MD, a fourth-year medicine-pediatrics resident, will receive the Arnold P. Gold Foundation’s Humanism and Excellence in Teaching Resident Award in a ceremony at the UC San Diego School of Medicine on May 15.
The award recognizes Dr. Woodell and Dr. Ma as role models for others in their compassion, dedication and humanism in their approach to patient care.
“The Gold Humanism and Excellence in Teaching Resident Award is one of the greatest honors that can be bestowed upon a resident,” said internal medicine residency program director Dr. Simerjot Jassal. “Tyler is a beacon of professionalism. I think this is the most important quality a physician can possess.”
Simerjot K. Jassal, MD, MAS, FACP, is clinical professor in the Department of Medicine.
“This is a great honor that is given to only a handful of UC San Diego housestaff each year. Congratulations to both Lawrence and Tyler!” said Lori Wan, MD, director of the Combined Medicine/Pediatrics Residency Program. She is clinical professor of medicine and pediatrics.
Drs. Woodell and Ma were selected in a vote by third-year medical students and each is one of six recipients this year.
After graduating from the UC San Diego Internal Medicine Residency Training Program in June, Dr. Woodell will begin fellowship training in nephrology at Oregon Health and Science University.
Dr. Ma will start a fellowship in geriatrics at Stanford University in July, with the ultimate goal of practicing primary care across the age spectrum.
As award recipients, Dr. Woodell and Dr. Ma become lifetime members of the UC San Diego Gold Humanism Honor Society. One of their first actions as awardees is to speak to the rising third-year medical students at UC San Diego during Clinical Transition Week.