GME Announces 2019 Teaching Awards

Date: Thursday, May 23, 2019

Excellence in Clinical Coaching

Our residency and fellowship programs are able to provide top-quality clinical education because of the dedication of individual faculty members who passionately apply their enthusiasm for teaching excellence in clinical venues. This institutional award provides an opportunity for program directors to nominate valued faculty for their outstanding performance in clinical coaching that handcrafts the next generation of stellar physicians.

Kara Jones portrait

Karra Jones, MD, PhD

Clinical Assistant Professor of Pathology

“She has been a great role model for me as she has displayed many attributes of a successful academic pathologist with an enthusiasm for teaching, a wide depth of knowledge in her specialty, and acting as an advocate for residents.”




Brad Van Voorhis portraitBrad Van Voorhis, MD

Professor of Obstetrics and Gynecology – Reproductive Endocrinology and Infertility 

“He engages with all of his trainees in a kind, encouraging fashion – allowing them to expand their knowledge in a non-intimidating environment. His bedside manner with patients is calm and empathetic – I learn how to be a better physician often from mere observation.”





Elizabeth Takacs portraitElizabeth Takacs, MD

Clinical Associate Professor of Urology

“There has been no greater faculty role model for compassion, dedication, humility, and humanity than Dr. Takacs. She exemplifies the faculty mentor whose educational dedication I wish to mirror after graduation.”





Rick Dobyns portraitRick Dobyns, MD, MPH, MSc

Clinical Professor of Family Medicine

“He gives learners direction and autonomy in perfect balance. He empowers us and teaches us the necessary information to make hard clinical decisions and communicate our decisions effectively.”






Liuska Pesce portraitLiuska Pesce, MD

Clinical Associate Professor of Pediatrics – Endocrinology and Diabetes 

“Dr. Pesce has a true passion for teaching and making sure that her patients receive the best care possible. When I have worked with Dr. Pesce, she sat with me one-on-one to review the unique aspects of the patient's diagnoses and explained why we may be doing things a certain way.”





James Amos portraitJames Amos, MD

Clinical Professor of Psychiatry

“The knowledge, experience, and interpersonal skills that Dr. Amos demonstrates to his trainees is a perfect example of how psychiatrists fit into the larger discipline of medicine. It has been a privilege learning from him.”





Krista Johnson portraitKrista Johnson, MD

Clinical Associate Professor of Internal Medicine – General Internal Medicine

“Her dedication to the patients she serves and her attention to detail in education is remarkable. She takes a personal interest in all of those whom she mentors.”






Excellence in Interprofessional Education and Practice

To provide the highest quality clinical education for our resident and fellow physicians, program directors rely on a range of colleagues who make significant educational contributions. This institutional award provides opportunity for program directors to recognize non-physician health care team members for their outstanding performance in interprofessional education and practice that helps create the next generation of stellar physicians. 

Jess Berding-Wheat portraitJess Berding-Wheat, MSN, RN

Nurse Manager, Urology

“Working with Jess has been one of the highlights of my time at the University of Iowa. Few people I know can match his work ethic, compassionate nature, pleasant attitude, pursuit of an efficient clinic, and drive to provide excellent patient care.”





Jessica Raun portrait

Jessica Raun, BSN, RN-BC

Nurse Manager, Psychiatry 

“The clinic seems to simply function on its own, however I am sure this is due to Jessica's consistent hard work behind the scenes. The clinic can be a stressful place to work for residents; however I personally always felt Jessica could be relied on to help with any problems or concerns. She was always eager to listen and help us find solutions.”




Karla Hemasath portraitKarla Hemesath, PhD, LMFT


Clinical Associate Professor of Family Medicine

“She has mastered the awkward balance between supervising residents, supporting us, correcting us and participating with us as a teammate in patient care. She is a model of empathetic, honest communication and dedication to her work. And most importantly for a busy group of trainees, Karla is endlessly available.”



Terry Anderson, DCC

Hospital Mortician, Pathology

"Terry has been a role model in professionalism and technical skills for every resident he's worked with since joining UIHC eight years ago. Whether interacting with patient's families, medical students, residents, or faculty, he embodies compassion and generosity."

GME Leadership Impact Award

While leading continuous improvement and innovation within their residency or fellowship programs, Program Directors and Associate Program Directors often extend their impact through contributions beyond Iowa. This award provides the opportunity for us to recognize the important impact of those who have made significant contributions that advance graduate medical education.

Marygrace Elson portrait

Marygrace Elson, MD, MME

Clinical Professor of Obstetrics and Gynecology

“In my interactions with Dr. Elson she has impressed me with her passion for residency education and her willingness to serve in an exemplary manner at the local, regional and national level in multiple educational environments. She is a true dynamo who knows how to get tasks completed.”