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BIDMC Staff Receive HMS Teaching Awards

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On Oct. 4th, three members of the BIDMC staff were received Special Faculty Prizes for Sustained Excellence in Teaching during the 2021 Daniel D. Federman Teaching Awards ceremony.


The awards recognize outstanding educators, who through their excellence in teaching, influence the professional lives of their students long after graduation. The awards are HMS' most visible recognition of the teaching accomplishments of a highly select group of the School's leading medical educators, reflecting in a tangible way how much teachers are valued by their students and by the HMS community.



2021 RECIPIENTS


Dr. Alexandra Hovaguimian - S. Robert Stone Award for Excellence in Teaching

Assistant Professor of Neurology and Medical Educator

Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center

Dr. Alexandra Hovaguimian is an assistant professor of Neurology and medical educator at Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center. She serves as the Harvard Medical School Neurology Clerkship Committee Chair, the director of the HMS BIDMC Neurology Clerkship, and the HMS BIDMC Principal Clinical Experience Associate Director. Her educational focuses are on effective distance learning and advancing undergraduate and graduate neurologic education. Dr. Hovaguimian is described by one student as “passionate, kind, thorough, passionate, kind, thorough, inclusive and organized. She not only is an outstanding educator, she cares deeply about her students’ success and well-being. She’s approachable and genuine. She’s someone everyone truly looks up to.”


Clyde S. Crumpacker II, MD - Special Faculty Prize for Sustained Excellence in Teaching

Professor of Medicine

Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center

Dr. Crumpacker has made many important contributions to the education of Harvard medical students during the 27 years you directed the HST 040 Mechanisms of Microbial Pathogenesis course. It is clear from student comments made over those nearly 30 years of service that he continued to innovate and improve throughout. His dedicated service on the HST MD Curriculum Subcommittee also benefitted students beyond your course, as your contributions touched upon universally applicable aspects of pedagogy. His contributions have been acknowledged by HMS students through the numerous teaching awards he has received throughout his tenure. HMS is fortunate that his gift for teaching has impacted so positively the medical students he has taught at HMS. The perspective Dr. Crumpacker’s longitudinal teaching and leadership provides has benefitted our students enormously, and his outstanding contributions to teaching at HMS have launched generations of medical students as confident and well-educated physicians.

Michael Kahn, MD - Special Faculty Prize for Sustained Excellence in Teaching

Assistant Professor of Psychiatry

Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center

Dr. Kahn has made many important contributions to the education of Harvard medical students during the more than 30 years he taught psychiatry at HMS. For 24 years, beginning in 1997, his leadership of the BIDMC psychiatry clerkship enabled many hundreds of students to hone critical psychiatry skills. The integration of HMS students on the Urgent Care Service was highly valued by students and provided an excellent chance for them to see what office-based psychiatry is really like. In addition to his teaching roles, his service on numerous HMS and BIDMC committees has contributed broadly to the excellence of the MD program and the education of Harvard medical students. His contributions have been acknowledged by HMS students through the numerous teaching awards he received throughout his tenure. Dr. Kahn personifies the best of the consummate clinician-educator.

In addition, Dr. Alexandra Hovaguimian received the Robert Stone Award for Excellence in Teaching. The award has been awarded annually since 1981 to a member of the Harvard Medical School Faculty at Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center (BIDMC) for outstanding achievement in the teaching of medical students and house staff. The award is given in honor of the late Honorary Trustee and past Board Chairman of the former Beth Israel Hospital by his children.




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