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Michael E. DeBakey VA Medical Center - Houston, Texas

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Houston VA Docs Recognized by Baylor College of Medicine for Excellence in Education

May 10, 2007

HOUSTON – On May 4, 2007, Baylor College of Medicine (BCM) selected its outstanding educators for 2007.  These faculty members included five physicians from the Michael E. DeBakey VA Medical Center (MEDVAMC); one who received the Barbara and Corbin J. Robertson, Jr. Presidential Award for Excellence in Education and four who received the Fulbright & Jaworski L.L.P. Faculty Excellence Award.  

Joan A. Friedland, M.D., M.P.H. was awarded the Barbara and Corbin J. Robertson, Jr. Presidential Award for Excellence in Education.  Friedland is associate chief of the Medical Care Line at the MEDVAMC and associate professor in the Department of Medicine and the Center for Ethics and Health Policy, Baylor College of Medicine.  She is chair of the BCM Committee for Educator Development and director of the Department of Medicine Residents' Teaching Skills Workshop Series. Her contributions to Baylor’s curriculum reform, faculty development, and educator recognition programs have also been nationally recognized as contributing to the increasing value placed on educational scholarship and she is editor and author of a major book on the topic of residents’ teaching skills. Her research interests and publications are in residency education and faculty development. She has a long association with the AAMC Regional and National Groups on Educational Affairs (GEA) and has been active in AAMC educational activities since the mid-80s. In 1994, Friedland organized and convened the GEA Special Interest Group for Residents' Teaching Skills. She has served as national chair of the GEA Section on Graduate Medical Education and on the National Steering Committees of the AAMC GEA and the Group on Resident Affairs. She was a member of the AAMC GME Core Curriculum Working Group. At the MEDVAMC, Friedland focuses on performance improvement and quality assurance and the development of faculty and resident knowledge and awareness of care responsibilities, patient safety, and satisfaction and medical error prevention.

Aimee D. Garcia, M.D., MEDVAMC Extended Care Line staff physician and assistant professor in the Geriatrics Section of BCM Department of Medicine was honored with the Fulbright & Jaworski L.L.P. Faculty Excellence Award under the educational leadership category. Anita Deswal, M.D., MEDVAMC Cardiology staff physician and assistant professor in the Cardiology section of BCM Department of Medicine; Venkataraman Ramanathan, M.D., MEDVAMC Medical Care Line staff physician and assistant professor in the Nephrology section of BCM Department of Medicine; and Roger D. Rossen, M.D., MEDVAMC Allergy and Immunology Section chief and professor of Immunology at BCM received the Fulbright & Jaworski L.L.P. Faculty Excellence Award in the teaching and evaluation category.

MEDVAMC was BCM's first teaching hospital. For more than 50 years, the MEDVAMC has provided clinical training for BCM students as well as providing nearly one-third of the teachers for the medical school classroom courses. MEDVAMC now operates the largest VA residency program with more than 215 slots accounting for more than 580 residents per academic year. Each academic year, more than 1,000 students are trained through 112 affiliation agreements with institutions of higher learning in 13 states. Health care students from fields such as nursing, dietetics, social work, physical therapy, and a wide variety of medical specialties receive training here each year. This responsibility serves to enhance the quality of care provided to our veterans. As a member institution of the Texas Medical Center (TMC) since 1985, the MEDVAMC staff serves on various TMC oversight committees that contribute to improved patient care and hospital operations. The vast majority of MEDVAMC physicians are also faculty members of Baylor College of Medicine.

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