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Dean's Teaching and Research Mentorship Awards

The Dean's Teaching Awards were established in 1992 to honor outstanding contributions in student education in medical school programs. These awards are selected by a committee of faculty that have previously been honored for their excellence in teaching, and, as such, are the medical school's only peer-selected teaching award.


Criteria for selection of awardees included:

  • Excellence in education, including teaching technology, evaluation methods, administrative efforts, etc.
  • Extraordinary and sustained dedication and effort on behalf of student education
  • Demonstrated high level of teaching effectiveness
  • Innovation in education

The Dean's Research Mentorship Award was established in 2011 to honor individual University of Wisconsin School of Medicine and Public Health faculty members who have performed exceptional service outside of the classroom as research mentors for medical students. 


Selection criteria includes:
  • Extraordinary and sustained dedication in support of student research mentorship
  • Demonstrated high level of research mentoring effectiveness, supported by student research scholarship and evaluations

2017 Dean's Teaching and Research Mentorship Award Recipients


Recipients of the 2017 Dean's Teaching Awards were honored at Medical Education Day. These peer-selected awards were established to honor outstanding contributions in student education in medical school programs. The Dean's Research Mentorship Award recipients also were honored.


Will Aughenbach

Will Aughenbaugh, MD


Associate professor and vice chair of education, Department of Dermatology; chief of dermatology, William S. Middleton Memorial Veterans Hospital


Aughenbaugh joined the Department of Dermatology faculty in 2001 and has served in multiple leadership roles across all levels of undergraduate and graduate medical education. From 2008 to 2016, he was the Integrated Dermatology course director. He redesigned that course using a “flipped classroom,” which challenges students to problem solve and apply their knowledge to clinical scenarios early in their education.

John Beasley

John W. Beasley, MD


Professor, Department of Family Medicine and Community Health


Beasley joined the Department of Family Medicine and Community Health’s faculty in 1975, and since 2007, he has been the medical director of the SMPH’s Physician Assistant (PA) Program. Beasley and Program Director Virginia Snyder, PhD, PA-C, transitioned the PA Program from a baccalaureate to a master’s degree in 2010 and designed its capstone requirement.

Ann O'Rourke

Ann P. O'Rourke, MD, MPH


Associate professor, Department of Surgery


O’Rourke joined the Department of Surgery faculty in 2010. She has taken on numerous leadership roles in teaching, developing curriculum and creating new courses such as the “Surgery Boot Camp,” Surgery Acting Internship, and Surgical and Procedural Care Block.

Eliot Williams

Eliot C. Williams, MD, PhD


Professor, Department of Medicine; affiliate professor, Department of Pathology and Laboratory Medicine


Williams joined the Department of Medicine in 1980. For 38 years, he has dedicated himself to teaching undergraduate health professions students, medical students, residents and fellows. His major contribution includes serving as director of the Integrated Hematology Course from 2009 to 2015. During this time, Williams revised the course materials and activities, resulting in significant improvements in evaluation ratings.

Perry Pickhardt

Perry J. Pickhardt, MD (Dean's Award for Excellence in Medical Student Research Mentorship)


Professor, Department of Radiology; chief of Gastrointestinal Imaging; member, UW Carbone Cancer Center


Pickhardt joined the Department of Radiology faculty in 2003. With a particular interest in CT imaging, including CT colonography, quantitative biomarker imaging, oncologic imaging and opportunistic screening, his research is supported by grants from the National Institutes of Health, U.S. Department of Defense and other funding agencies. He has published more than 300 articles in peer-reviewed journals. Pickhardt has mentored 14 students through the Shapiro Program, and many others through programs such as the Research Honors Program and ICTR-Shapiro Research Fellowship.

Dean's Teaching and Research Mentorship Awards

Last updated: 07/18/2017
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