UC, UCMC Honor Residents and Physicians During National Doctors’ Day

In 1991, President George H. Bush officially designated March 30 as “National Doctors Day.” The celebration to recognize physicians through acts of kindness and appreciation goes back further with the first Doctors Day observance occurring in Winder, Georgia, in 1933. Eudora Brown Almond, wife of Charles Almond, MD, created the day to honor physicians; it included the mailing of greeting cards and placing flowers on graves of deceased physicians.

At the University of Cincinnati, the Office of Graduate Medical Education honored five College of Medicine residents with the 2015 Graduate Medical Trainee Award of Excellence. The residents received a framed certificate and were honored at an April 6 recognition breakfast. Criteria for the award include professionalism, interpersonal skills, leadership, dedication to teaching and fostering innovation and quality improvement. This year’s resident awardees are:

Adam Cole, MD: A third-year fellow in the Division of Pulmonary, Critical Care and Sleep Medicine, Cole is an outstanding clinician, role model, educator and innovator with impressive scholarly activities. Patients revere him because of his great ability to communicate effectively with family and patients, particularly in the medical intensive care unit. His medical knowledge is outstanding; Cole has already taken pulmonary board examination and is now board certified by the American Board of Internal Medicine.

Cole is a vocal leader at educational conferences and has been a role model to not only medical students and residents he teaches, but also colleagues in the fellowship program. He enthusiastically teaches 30-miniute didactic sessions in the MICU—they are required once during a two-week block through Cole volunteers to teach additional sessions.

“Adam is on an excellent career trajectory toward becoming a clinician-educator and has dedicated his scholarly activity time to not only improving our fellowship’s evaluation of our fellows’ teaching skills, but he has also improved patient care and inhaler management at our Hoxworth fellows’ continuity clinic,” explains a nominator.

Cole has two scholarly abstracts discussing these processes accepted for the 2016 American Thoracic Society International Conference.

Lindsay Derus, DO: A fourth-year resident in the Division of Urology, Derus has been outspoken in her dedication to improvement in patient care, contributing to past and current quality improvement and safety projects in the UC Division of Urology. Derus has been a leader in her quality improvement and safety teams, guiding the tenor of discussions and working diligently to collect historical data measurements and steer discussions for innovation to improve management of difficult urologic conditions and improve efficiency in patient care delivery.

“During the first half of this academic year, Dr. Derus and Dr, Beibei Oelrich provided the impetus for a sea change in patient management in urology which will have durable effects in quality care delivery for years to come,” explains Dr. Derus’ nominator.

Her outspokenness lead to the formation of a committee of Graduate Medical Education leadership, Department of Surgery leadership and UCMC leadership to address concerns including healthcare staffing and equipment to ensure urology patients receive the best care.

Lindsay Lowder, DO: A third-year resident in the UC Department of Pathology and Laboratory Medicine, Lowder has demonstrated a remarkable degree of leadership, self-growth, professional development, scholarship and commitment to patient care throughout her training. She started her training with little exposure to pathology, but has strived to make up for this inexperience and is now equal to or ahead of her peers in all educational milestones.

As a chief resident, Lowder is a very vocal and confident advocate for residents. She has initiated the first ever anatomic pathology newsletter that will help with morale and team building within the department and enhance its image by sharing the achievements of faculty and residents with the rest of the UC-UC Health community.

“During every rotation and assignment, Dr. Lowder goes an extra mile to not only achieve her goals and objectives, but also to facilitate and enhance the learning experience of others,” a nominator wrote. “Throughout her training, she has been diligent during her daily sign outs and on call duties, stepping forward whenever an extra hand is needed. She approaches her autopsies with utmost sincerity and scientific expertise to get the most accurate answers for families.”

Lowder has presented abstracts and given talks at national meetings. Her most recent presentation at the College of American Pathologists was titled, “Primary Atypical Epithelioid Hemangioendothelioma of the Clivus.” She presented “Expression of Downstream mTOR Pathway Components in Focal Cortical Dysplasia” at the annual meeting of the Society for Pediatric Pathology.

Benjamin Ostro, MD: A fourth-year resident in the UC Department of Emergency Medicine, Ostro is an inspiring educator whose outstanding clinical skills allow him to provide outstanding patient care. Ostro has served as a resident liaison for the Emergency Medicine Interest Group, helped to develop an EMIG Career Preparation Series, which includes a Near-Peer Mentor program and a Mock-Interview Workshop to help medical students prepare for residency interviews.

Ostro also has designed an Acting Intern Bedside Teaching program to expose acting interns to the breadth of pathology in the emergency department and to augment teaching opportunities for residents. He is the only resident in department to serve as learning community teacher and mentor for the College of Medicine M1/M2 curriculum—a position reserved typically for faculty.

“Dr. Ostro’s medical knowledge is exceptional and his clinical care reflects this,” a team of nominator wrote. “His interpersonal skills have fostered great relationships with patients, families and staff. He has an outstanding work ethic and abundant enthusiasm for emergency medicine. All of these accolades, however, cannot do justice to his deep commitment and investment in the education of residents and medical students.”

Sung Yang, MD: A third-year and chief resident in the Department of Surgery, Yang spent his first two clinical years in the laboratory of Alex Lentsch, PhD, and Timothy Pritts, MD, PhD, studying the effects of interleukins on traumatic brain injury. He was co-author of seven manuscripts and presented at prestigious Trauma and Shock national meetings.

Following two prolific years in the lab, Yang returned to clinical residency as a PGY-3, and exceled as a young surgeon. He is poised to begin a vascular surgery fellowship at the University of Pittsburg Medical Center’s vascular training program.  His nominator wrote that Yang’s success would be irrelevant if he were not a compassionate and caring physician.

Yang was recognized by a patient while on the oncology service. The patient had a complicated problem, but received care from Yang during much of his rotation. “Once Dr. Yang rotated off the service, he continued to check in on the patient stipulating: ‘it is one small thing I can do to keep you motivated to get better, and I promise that I will check in on you each day,’” wrote the nominator.

The patient was inspired by Yang’s concern and it was instrumental in getting him through the shock of the diagnosis and the long recovery, wrote the nominator.

In addition to the residents and fellows, five attending physicians were honored with Doctors’ Day Awards by University of Cincinnati Medical Center.  They were:

Timothy Freeman, MD, volunteer assistant professor in UC Department of Family and Community Medicine, received the Collaborator Award, an honor given to the attending physician who has demonstrated success with multidisciplinary teams, developing strong positive physician and nursing relationship and advocating for solutions that resulted in sustained improvements.

Ralph Giannella, MD, Mark Brown Professor of Medicine in the UC Division of Digestive Diseases received the Exemplary Physician Award. The honor is given to the attending physician with a distinguished career at UC Medical Center who has made major contributions to its clinical mission of providing life-changing, patient-centered care and has significant participation in either; education of the next generation of health care professionals or innovation through ground-breaking research.

Milton Smith, MD, associate professor in the UC Department of Internal Medicine, received the Clinical MVP award. The honor is given to an attending physician who has a highly productive clinical practice who also maintains excellent clinical outcomes and high patient satisfaction. It recognizes the physician who makes a significant contribution to our inpatient, outpatient, and/or procedural patient care, quality and patient experience.

Mary Gaskill-Shipley, MD, professor in the UC Department of Radiology, received the Sustained Excellence Award. The honor is given to the attending physician who has provided clinical leadership over time, consistently leading by example, taking on difficult assignments, and promoting innovative approaches to longstanding issues. The honoree is recognized outside of her specialty and unit either as a leader/champion or behind the scenes removing obstacles and barriers.

Sandra Starnes, MD, associate professor in the Division of Thoracic Surgery, received the Impact Award. The honor is given to the attending physician who has one to 10 years tenure at UC Medical Center and has demonstrated leadership and improvement in a specific area of the hospital. The honoree has introduced new skills/procedures, developed new programs, introduced new levels of professionalism and/or enhanced the delivery of patient care through the provision of cutting-edge research.

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