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Two Faculty Members Inducted Into Pass and Susel Academy of Educational Excellence

Thursday, May 27, 2009

L to R: Dean Reece, Dr. Richard Susel
 L to R: Dean Reece, Dr. Richard Susel '66, and Dr. Carolyn Pass '66 with academy awardee Dr. Bruce Jarrell

Two School of Medicine Faculty members have been named to the Pass and Susel Academy of Educational Excellence, named for the alumni who made the award possible through a generous donation. Carolyn Pass, MD and Richard Susel, MD, a husband and wife team from the Class of 1966, established the academy to recognize exemplary medical eduators.

"The academy is designed to recognize faculty members who demonstrate excellence in bedside, classroom and/or innovative medical education," said E. Albert Reece, MD, PhD, MBA, John Z. and Akiko K. Bowers Distinguished Professor and Dean of the School of Medicine. "Honorees are exemplary role models to students, embody the highest ideals of the medical profession and display uncommon commitment to students’ best interests," said Dean Reece.

This year's honorees are Bruce Jarrell, MD, Executive Vice Dean and professor of Surgergy, and Steven D. Munger, PhD, associate professor of Anatomy and Neurobiology. Dr. Jarrell is a gifted surgeon who specializes in kidney and liver transplantation and hepatobiliary surgery. In 1999, 2000, 2001 and 2003, he received the student council faculty teaching award.  In 2002, Dr. Jarrell received the "Golden Apple" award for best clinical faculty member.  Dr. Jarrell has set a continued emphasis on professionalism and mentorship among the education priorities.

Dr. Munger was the first assistant professor in the school to be Course Master for a major medical course and to ensure its quality he attends every lecture in the Neuroscience Course. Dr. Munger has served as course master, lecturer and laboratory director for Neuroscience since 2004 and routinely receives excellent student evaluations for both teaching and course management. He has instituted new electronic learning resources, including the use of the Medscope Forums for communications between students and faculty which has now been adopted by all basic science courses.

The names of Drs. Jarrell and Munger are displayed on the plaque at the Pass and Susel Medical Education Facility in Howard Hall which permanently recognizes of all inductees of the Pass and Susel Academy of Educational Excellence.

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