The Academic Senate is pleased to announce the recipients of the 2003 Academic Senate Distinction in Teaching Awards. This year, for the first time, faculty in the Clinical and Adjunct series, salaried at 50% or more in addition to faculty in the Academic Senate series are eligible, and two different award categories were created: Category 1, for faculty in Academic Senate series who have been at UCSF for five years or less; and Category 2, for faculty in Academic Senate series who have been at UCSF for five years or more.
The recipient of the Distinction in Teaching Award for Category 1 is Igor Mitrovic, MD, Assistant Adjunct Professor in the Departments of Physiology and Stomatology. Dr. Mitrovic has made substantial contributions to the new curriculum in the Medical School, and is known as a wonderful mentor of students as well. Dr. Mitrovic also has substantial teaching responsibilities in the School of Dentistry, and has received the School of Dentistry award for excellence in teaching from the class of 2004 and the class of 2005.
The two recipients of the Distinction in Teaching Award for Category 2 are Susan B. Masters, PhD, Associate Adjunct Professor in the Department of Cellular and Molecular Pharmacology, and Melvin M. Scheinman, MD, Professor in the Department of Medicine and recipient of the Walter H. Shorenstein Endowed Chair in Cardiology.
Dr. Masters directs all of the professional teaching operations in her Department, and was one of the principle architects of the highly successful new curriculum in the School of Medicine. Dr. Masters is a master teacher of students and a teacher of teachers, and has a remarkable ability to encourage and teach students and lecturers alike to strive for their best. Since 1996, Dr. Masters has won or been nominated for 19 teaching awards, and last year was honored as a charter member of the School of Medicine Academy of Medical Educators.
Dr. Melvin M. Scheinman has exerted a profound influence on cardiac teaching at local, national and international levels. He is the first person to have performed catheter ablation in human beings, and is considered a pioneer in the field of electrophysiology. In addition, his work helped to establish the use of a treatment that has become the routine of care today. Dr. Scheinman’s effectiveness as a teacher has been recognized many times over the years. He won the Cardiology Faculty Teaching Award twice in the last four years, and is an American Heart Association teaching scholar awardee.
In addition, the Academic Senate is pleased to announce that Margo Vener, MD, MPH, Assistant Clinical Professor in the Department of Family and Community Medicine, received an Honorable Mention for Category 1 and that Ellen M. Scarr, RNC, MSN, FNP, WHNP, Associate Clinical Professor in the Department of Family Health Care Nursing, received an Honorable Mention for Category 2.
SAVE THE DATE: Dr. Mitrovic, Dr. Masters, Dr. Scheinman and recipients of Honorable Mentions will be honored by the Chancellor at the Founder’s Day Banquet on April 23, 2003 and by the Academic Senate during the UCSF Academic Senate Division Meeting on June 19, 2003 at 4 p.m. in N-225.