Awards and Recognition
2019 Patriot Award
Congratulations to Drs. Ethan Halm and Bethany Agusala on receiving an award from the UT Southwestern Employer Support of the Guard and Reserve (ESGR) in recognition of the GIM team’s support of Mandell Butler, Jr., DNP, APRN, FNP-C, a Lieutenant in the US Navy Reserve. The UT Southwestern Veterans Support office presented Drs. Halm and Agusala with the Employer Support of the Guard and Reserve Award on Tuesday, September 24th in a brief ceremony on West Campus. The ESGR is a Department of Defense program to promote cooperation and understanding between Reserve Component Service members and their civilian employers to assist in an employee’s military commitment.
This is a really a General Internal Medicine clinic team recognition award, so a big “Thank you” to all of our providers and staff who provide coverage and of course a big “Thank you” to Mandell for his on-going service to our country.
Dr. Bethany Asusala, Mandell Butler, Jr., DNP, APRN, FNP-C and Dr. Ethan Halm
Dr. Brinker presents top rated Internal Medicine Grand Rounds in 2018
Stephanie Brinker, M.D. – Top Internal Medicine Grand Rounds presentation in 2018 – “The Internist’s Role in the Gun Violence Public Health Crisis”
Recognition for Gold PACT Awards
We would like to congratulate Dr. Hugh McClung and Dr. Magda Hennes who were both recognized with Gold PACT Awards during a luncheon for PACT Award Recipients. PACT awards honor UT Southwestern employees and faculty who demonstrate superior organizational values through quality customer service. Recognition can come from managers, co-workers, internal or external customers, faculty, patients, or visitors.
Dr. Paulk receives Clinical Excellence Award
The President’s Award for Diversity and Humanism in Clinical Care was recently given to Dr. Elizabeth Paulk. This award honors clinical faculty members who best embody the humanistic spirit of patient-centered medicine, both through clinical excellence and in outstanding compassion in the delivery of care.
Dr. Daniel Podolsky, President of UT Southwestern presents Dr. Paulk the 2018 President's Award for Diversity and Humanism in Clinical Care. The recipients extend respect to patients, their families, and health care colleagues and lead by example in ethics, empathy, and an exceptional awareness of the value of diversity and inclusion. Dr. Paulk has dedicated her career to serving the most vulnerable patients. She completed her internship and residency programs at UT Southwestern Medical Center. After seeing the needs of indigent and underfunded patients who relied on emergency department care for pain and comfort issues at the end of their lives, she became passionate about helping the underserved.
In her words: “I am so grateful and honored to have been recognized with the President’s Award for Diversity and Humanism in Clinical Care. When I first approached Dr. Gary Reed [Associate Dean, Quality, Safety and Outcomes Education] and the Parkland administration about this project at the beginning of my third year of residency, they really took a chance on me, and ever since then, both Parkland and UT Southwestern have supported me 100 percent in the mission to strive for excellence in care across all populations. Palliative care is very much a team sport, and I would never have been able to accomplish what I have without the help of the extraordinary Parkland Palliative Care team and the leadership of Dr. Steve Leach. This award is really for all of us.”
Abraham awarded 2019 Gold Humanism Scholar
The Arnold P. Gold Foundation is delighted to announce one the 2019 Gold Humanism Scholars at the Harvard Macy Institute Program for Educators is Reeni A. Abraham, M.D. of University of Texas Southwestern Medical School, whose project focuses on “Reflection Rounds Curriculum Quality Improvement Project”
2018 Meritorious Service Award Winners
Congratulations to the General Internal Medicine 2018 Meritorious Service Award Winners, Laquita Cooper- LCSW, Jessica Carpio- CSA III, and Crystal Huerta- CMOA.The award is based on their superior demonstration of the PACT Service Standards.
Building Data Warehouses: A 15-year Journey
“UT Southwestern is an organization driven to enhance patient safety and improve patient outcomes,” stated Jonathan French, senior director of quality and patient safety initiatives at HIMSS North America. “UT Southwestern has created an enterprise-wide culture of using health information and technology to make data-driven decisions and create a culture of safety. HIMSS congratulates UT Southwestern on their well-deserved recognition for achieving the 2017 Enterprise Davies Award.” Dr. Json Fish was part of the UT Southwestern Team who won the award.
Dr. Desai accepted to SGIM TEACH program
Shivani Desai, M.D., has been accepted to the Society of General Internal Medicine (SGIM) TEACH Certificate Program. TEACH is a prestigious medical education training program through SGIM. This is a nationally competitive two year distance and in-person clinician educator career development program organized around the two annual national SGIM meetings. This program focuses on Teaching Skills and offers quality instruction and assessment with tangible outcomes.
Paulk selected as palliative care distinguished professorship's first holder
Dr. Elizabeth Paulk’s dedication to exceptional palliative care has led to her selection as the inaugural holder of the Distinguished Professorship in Palliative Care, in Honor of Steven Leach, M.D. The Distinguished Professorship is supported by major gifts from Leland and Eunice Carter and from Charles Hudson recognizing the work of Dr. Leach.