Published April 17, 2015
Eighteen medical school teachers and a medical student received 2015 Louis A. and Ruth Siegel Awards or honorable mentions for excellence in teaching.
The annual awards are the foremost means for University at Buffalo medical students to honor their professors, instructors and teaching assistants.
The awards were presented during the School of Medicine and Biomedical Science’s Faculty Appreciation Day April 15. Honorees are listed below, along with nominators’ comments read at the award ceremony.
Students said Lehman “encompasses all the hallmarks of a good teacher,” noting that “she is well-organized, well paced, clear, approachable and competent.”
“I feel that the sign of an effective teacher is one who delivers concepts so well that they become part of a student’s understanding of the world, rather than a fact to be memorized. Dr. Lehman does this.”
Berenson “is comprehensive and thorough as both a teacher and a physician.”
“He continually pushes us to look a little deeper and to learn to understand the ‘how’ and ‘why’ behind every test. It’s easy to see how much he cares for every one of his patients.”
“He is one of the best clinical teachers I’ve had.”
Students said Claus “teaches at the bedside every day on rounds, and he makes students feel like important members of he team. He never makes us feel like we’re in the way.”
“He makes us well-rounded, and teaches us about the medical field as a whole."
“I feel lucky and honored to work with Dr. Claus.”
Students described Sheikh as “a physician role model” who “demonstrates compassion, respect and humanism for all patients.”
“His passion for teaching is obvious. He always finds time to teach us, no matter how busy the service and no matter how much work there is left to be done.”
“His teachings are tailored to different levels of understanding, which makes his talks with students easy to follow, yet still comprehensive.”
The following honorable mention recipients also were recognized:
Michael Danise, a second-year medical student, received an honorable mention for the volunteer tutoring services he provides to his fellow students.
Louis A. Siegel received his medical degree from UB in 1923 and served as an assistant professor of obstetrics-gynecology for 21 years. He was a dedicated clinical teacher who inspired both medical students and house officers with enthusiasm and the spirit of inquiry.
Considerations for the Siegel Awards include nominees’ instructional skill, ability to stimulate thinking and develop understanding in students, demonstration of sensitivity toward the human condition and ability to serve as a role model for students.
A student committee comprised of representatives from each medical class reviews nominations from students and selects awardees.
Ali Sheikh, DO, a trainee in the cardiovascular disease fellowship program, received a Siegel Award for being “a physician role model.”
Charles S. Berenson, MD, received a Siegel Award for clinical teaching. “He is one of the best clinical teachers I’ve had,” said one student.
Cynthia A. Dlugos, PhD, received an honorable mention for preclinical teaching. “She is extremely easy to approach,” said a student.
Medical student Christopher Sciria (right) presented Christopher S. Cohan, PhD, with an honorable mention for preclinical teaching.
Volunteer tutor Michael Danise, a second-year medical student, received an honorable mention for “going above and beyond his duties.”