Sponsored by the Academy of Educators, the annual Education Day was held on Tuesday, October 10th, 2023, to celebrate educational excellence across the School of Medicine.
This year’s theme was Climate Change – Adapting the Environment to Today’s Learner. The event featured a variety of educational workshops and roundtables, a keynote address from Stuart Slavin, MD, MEd, Vice President for Well-Being at the Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Education (ACGME), and a celebration of sixteen new inductees to the Academy of Educators plus eight education award recipients. A poster session with time for networking wrapped up the day.
Welcome to the Academy of Educators 2023
New Member Inductees
Several Department of Medicine faulty were involved in the planning and programming of the event. Nephrology’s Timothy Yau, MD, and Allergy and Immunology’s Jen Monroy, MD, chaired the Education Day subcommittee for the Academy of Educators along with Rahkee Bhayani, MD, who co-chaired the Engagement subcommittee. Several workshops were led by Department of Medicine faulty including Dennis Chang, MD, Ian Ross, MD, and Carol Faulk, MD. A full summary of the event can be found on the Academy of Educators website.
“The success of Education Day belongs to our entire WUSM education community including all of our attendees, speakers, poster-presenters, tabletop facilitators, awardees, members and supporters, OE leadership, our administrative lead, and the tremendous work of our AoE subcommittees and all that they accomplished this year” shared Abby Spencer, MD, Department of Medicine Vice Chair of Education and Director of the Academy of Educators. “And, the event is a time for us to recognize and celebrate our educators making a difference across the School of Medicine. I encourage all faculty to consider joining the Academy if you’re not yet a member, nominating a deserving educator for an award, and participating in this very special annual event to celebrate our educators and education.”
Two Department of Medicine faculty were inducted into the Academy of Educators and honored with educational awards. Congratulations to the DOM inductees and awardees below:
- Martin Kerrigan, MD, Assistant Professor of Medicine
- Saiama N. Waqar, MD, MBBS, MSCI, Associate Professor of Medicine
Thomas De Fer, MD, MACP, Professor of Medicine, Chief of the Division of General Medicine & Geriatrics, received this year’s Lifetime Achievement Award. The Lifetime Achievement Award was established in 2021, and recognizes current Washington University Faculty members with at least twenty years of service as faulty in an academic teaching setting who has shown a lifelong commitment to education and demonstrates excellence in one or more domains or educational service, leadership or scholarship. Congratulations to Dr. Thomas De Fer on this momentous occasion.