A Call for Community-Building: the 2018 Faculty Awards and Promotion Ceremony

2018 faculty awards

Photo (above): Department of Medicine faculty awards were presented during a ceremony on October 3, 2018. Front row, R to L: Dr. Rashmi Agni, Dr. Alexis Eastman, Dr. Jeremy Smith, Dr. Vincent Cryns. Back row, R to L: Dr. Andrea Schnell, Dr. Tripti Singh, Dr. Ann Schmidt, Dr. Mark Burkard. Not pictured: Dr. Jeniel Nett, Dr. Ahmed Akhter

The 13th annual Department of Medicine faculty dinner and awards ceremony was held on Wednesday, October 3, 2018, at the Monona Terrace Convention Center. 

This yearly event allows an opportunity for faculty members to gather, convey a warm welcome to new colleagues, celebrate professional achievements, and distribute departmental honorary awards. 

Presiding over the evening was Betsy Trowbridge, MD, clinical professor and interim chair, Department of Medicine. Dr. Trowbridge opened her remarks by describing the strength of the department as being comprised of its hundreds of people – the faculty, staff, and learners who are dedicated to our clinical, research, and medical education missions. 

“In the words of Henry Ford, ‘Coming together is the beginning. Keeping together is progress. Working together is success,’” said Dr. Trowbridge. She called on all members to find every opportunity to get to know one another. 

“When encounter a colleague in an elevator or hallway who you recognize as being part of our department but who you perhaps haven’t talked with yet, take a moment to introduce yourself. We are a huge group, and the more we build community, the more we will be able to accomplish together.”

During the awards ceremony, Dr. Trowbridge welcomed four new chief residents and 40 new faculty members, recognized 19 faculty promotions occurring in the past year, and presented nine awards for outstanding achievement.

Awardees and promotions are listed below and are summarized in the program (PDF). 

2018 Faculty Awards

Graham-Meyer Teaching Award
Awarded to a member of the Medicine faculty who has excelled in educating residents and fellows in an ambulatory setting.

Evans-Glassroth Teaching Award
Awarded to a member of the Medicine faculty who has excelled in educating residents and fellows in an acute care setting.

Schilling-Harkness Teaching Award
Awarded to a member of the Medicine faculty who has excelled in educating medical students.

Rankin Research Award
Awarded to a senior member of the Medicine faculty who has made a significant research contribution toward advancing the field of medicine.

Puestow Research Award
Awarded to a junior member of the Medicine faculty who has made a significant research contribution toward advancing the field of medicine.

Dickie Research Award
Awarded to a Medicine fellow who has made a significant research contribution toward advancing the field of medicine.

Clinical Excellence Award 
Awarded to a Medicine physician who exemplifies characteristics that would lead you to send a loved one to them.

Mentoring Excellence Award 
Awarded to a member of the Medicine faculty who has excelled in mentoring physicians or physician scientists.

  • Ann Schmidt, MD, clinical professor and interim head, General Internal Medicine 

Extra Mile Award
Awarded to a UW Health faculty member, outside of the Department of Medicine, who has made significant contributions to the DOM.

  • Rashmi Agni, MD, professor (CHS), Department of Pathology and Laboratory Medicine

Page-Grossman Professionalism Award 
Awarded to a Medicine faculty member who displays the highest standards of professionalism and compassion in our missions and represents the Department of Medicine with energy, honor and humility.

Faculty Promotions

Tenure Track

Clinical Health Sciences Track

Clinician-Teacher Track