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Five Faculty Members Inducted into New Pass and Susel Academy of Educational Excellence

Thursday, June 26, 2008

 Donnenberg (from left), Warnick, Calia, Blitzer and Anderson gather near a new sign proclaiming them members of the Academy of Excellence.

Generous alumni Carolyn Pass, MD and Richard Susel, MD, a husband and wife team from the Class of 1966,  have established an Academy of Educational Excellence at the University of Maryland School of Medicine. The goal of the Academy is to create an environment that enhances the status of teachers medical educators and promotes and rewards superlative teaching. The first five School of Medicine faculty members to be inducted into the Pass and Susel Academy of Educational Excellence were announced at a ceremony held June 25, 2008.

This year's five honorees were Larry Anderson, PhD, Professor of Anatomy and Neurobiology; Miriam Blitzer, PhD, Professor of Pediatrics, Obstetrics and Biochemistry & Molecular Biology; Frank Calia, MD, Theodore E. Woodward Professor and Chair of the Department of Medicine, as well as Professor Emeritus of Medicine, Microbiology & Immunology; Michael Donnenberg, MD, Professor of Medicine and Microbiology & Immunology; and Jordan Warnick, PhD, Professor of Pharmacology & Experimental Therapeutics and Assistant Dean for Student Education & Research. The inductees, who were selected by their peers for this distinction, were presented with plaques of recognition and a monetary award by Drs. Pass and Susel. Two new members will be inducted into the Academy every year.

"The School of Medicine has had few ways to recognize the select few who truly excel at pedagogy and cherish the opportunity to teach, mentor and mold the next generation of physicians, scientists and allied health professionals," said E. Albert Reece, MD, PhD, MBA, John Z. and Akiko K. Bowers Distinguished Professor and Dean of the School of Medicine. "The academy is designed to recognize faculty members who demonstrate excellence in bedside, classroom and/or innovative medical and graduate education. Honorees are exemplary role models to students, embody the highest ideals of the medical profession and display uncommon commitment to students’ best interests."

Dr. Susel believes the Academy of  Educational Excellence will make a difference for decades to come. "As important as the teaching facility is, it would not be complete without the participation of the outstanding teachers in the medical school. The five inductees today have demonstrated their special teaching abilities in being selected for this award. We honor and salute them and thank the medical school for allowing us to endow this program."

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 Dean Reece and Drs. Pass and Susel congratulate the winners.

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