by Jerry Reves, M.D.
Dean, College of Medicine
I am pleased to announce that the Golden Apples were awarded Dec. 2 by
our College of Medicine (COM) students to teachers and others who
assist our students along the way to becoming physicians. It was a
special honor for me at the ceremony to give the Dr. Robert Walton
Lecture, and a link to the presentation can be found at http://academicdepartments.musc.edu/musc/news/univ_news/dec09_apple.htm.
select few of our faculty, residents and staff have been nominated for
Golden Apples; and to be nominated by our students is very
special. To actually receive the award is an accomplishment that
demonstrates how effective and admired our faculty, residents and staff
are by the students they serve in their respective capacities. I was
particularly struck by the response of each recipient when their name
was called—without exception it was clearly a welcome surprise. Most
recipients could not hold back their sincere responses of both elation
and tears, often choking on words to be acknowledged for what is their
passion—helping our students learn and make their way through medical
The nominees in each category are listed below and the winners of the
Golden Apple have an asterisk by their name. Some of these winners are
almost perennial, meaning they have won multiple Golden Apples, and two
such are Gabe Virella (11 times) and Adam Brzezinski (seven times).
Teaching is like everything else we do well—it requires hard work,
planning and dedication.
The people listed below were acknowledged for their commitment
and attainment of excellence in this crucially important area.
Nominees, winners of Golden Apple
First Year Class
Dr. Francis Spinale*, Department of Surgery; Dr. Debra Hazen-Martin*,
Pathology & Lab Medicine; Dr. Matthew McEvoy, Anesthesiology &
Periop Medicine; Dr. Paul McDermott, Medicine, Division of Cardiology
Dr. Alice Libet, Counseling & Psychological Services; Dr. Chris
Pelic*, Associate Dean for Students; Dr. Leonardo Bonilha, Neurology;
Leslie Fowler, Fundamentals of Patient Care Coordinator; Dr. Lynn
Manfred, Associate Dean for Curriculum & Evaluation
Second Year Class
Dr. Gabriel Virella*, Microbiology & Immunology; Dr. Nicholas Batalis,Pathology & Lab Medicine
Artice Smith, COM Dean’s Office; Sandy Nelson*, Pathology & Lab Medicine; Dr. Jason Zauls, Radiology
Third and Fourth Year Classes
Dr. Adam Brzezinski*, Medicine; Dr. Scott Sullivan, OB/GYN; Dr. Thomas
Smith, Center for Academic Excellence; Dr. Eric Larson, Medicine,
Emergency Medicine; Dr. Diann Krywko, Medicine, Emergency Medicine; Dr.
Pierre Giglio, Neurosciences; Dr. Joseph Schoepf, Radiology; Dr.
Stephen Schabel, Radiology; Dr. Angela Dempsey, OB/GYN
House Staff Award
Dr. Erin Swanson*, Resident, OB/GYN; Dr. Jennifer Franklin, Resident,
Emergency Medicine; Dr. Chelsea Rainwater, Resident, Medicine; Dr.
Leonardo Bonilha, Resident, Neurology; Dr. Robert Bartlett, Resident,
Anesthesiology & Perioperative Medicine
Dr. Christopher Pelic, Associate Dean for Students; Sandy Nelson,
Pathology & Lab Medicine; Dr. Jeffrey Wong, Senior Associate Dean
for Medical Education; Beverly Pinder*, College of Medicine Dean’s
Office; Suzanne Long, Pediatrics
Friday, Dec. 11, 2009