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Recognizing the masters

The newest members of Geisel's Academy of Master Educators: from left to right, Petra Lewis, Dean Madden, Kenneth Burchard, Morris Levin, Nancy Cochran, Robert Maue, and Cathleen Morrow. Not pictured are Richard Comi and Jonathan Ross

In late May, the Medical School honored the second class of Geisel's Academy of Master Educators, which included nine faculty members who have made exceptional contributions to the education of students and trainees at Dartmouth. All of the faculty members were introduced by a student or fellow they have taught over the years. The students spoke about the impression made upon them by these teachers, not just in terms of conveying new information but by setting an example of what it means to be a physician or scientist.

In her introduction of Richard Comi, a professor of medicine, for example, Kirsten Orloff ('14) noted that "he turned simple first-year clinical cases into platforms for broad discussions of pathophysiology and philosophical discussions about ethics, humanity, and what it means to practice medicine in the real world."

Rachel Brickman ('16) noted that one of the benefits of attending Geisel is the feeling that students and faculty are working together toward a common goal. And no one personifies that better, she said, than Dean Madden, a professor of biochemistry. The faculty members inducted included, in addition to Comi and Madden, Kenneth Burchard, a professor of surgery and of anesthesiology; Nancy Cochran, an associate professor of medicine; Morris Levin, a professor of neurology and of psychiatry; Petra Lewis, a professor of radiology and of obstetrics and gynecology; Robert Maue, a professor of physiology and neurobiology and of biochemistry; Cathleen Morrow, an associate professor of community and family medicine; and Jonathan Ross, a professor of medicine and of community and family medicine.

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