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Twelve Ochsner Physicians Recognized for Teaching Excellence

(October 30, 2013) The third- and fourth-year medical students enrolled in The University of Queensland School of Medicine (UQ SOM)-Ochsner Clinical School (OCS) have nominated 12 Ochsner physicians for the annual OCS Excellence in Teaching Award:

• Jeffery Baker, MD (Emergency Medicine)
• G. Dodd Denton, MD (Primary Care)
• Leron Finger, MD (Pediatric Intensive Care)
• Steven Granier, MD (Primary Care)
• David J. Houghton, MD (Neurology)
• Surma Jain, MD (Pulmonology)
• P. Gene Parrino, MD (Cardiothoracic Surgery)
• Leonardo Seoane, MD (Medical Intensive Care Unit and Deputy Head of Clinical School, Curriculum)
• Pulin Shah, MD (Ophthalmology)
• Shontell Thomas, MD (Obstetrics and Gynecology)
• Rajasekharan Warrier, MD (Section Head, Pediatric Hematology/Oncology)
• Tamika Webb-Detiege, MD (Rheumatology)

“These finalists were selected by the students and the award for excellence in clinical teaching acknowledges and celebrates the efforts of these individuals who have gone above and beyond the realms of clinical teaching to have made a positive impact on the lives of medical students,” said Dr. Leonardo Seoane, Senior Deputy Head of School


The students who nominated these doctors wrote about their professional abilities, their attention to the students, their commitment to patient care, and their passion for medical education.

All 12 nominees will be honored and will receive certificates at the UQ-OCS Culmination Celebration on November 17, and the winner—the 2013 OCS Teacher of the Year—will be announced.

The Culmination Celebration will honor the second UQ-OCS graduating class of 30 medical students.

The OCS Teacher of the Year becomes a candidate for UQ’s John Pearn Medallion for Excellence in Clinical Teaching. Officials at UQ SOM will review the winners from all 10 of the university’s clinical schools and select the medallion winner.

The OCS Teacher of the Year will also qualify for the UQ-OCS Teaching Excellence Award program and have the opportunity to travel to Brisbane, Australia, to take part in a faculty development program for outstanding teachers.

For more information about the UQ-OCS program, click to http://academics.ochsner.org/queensland.aspx.

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