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Four Faculty Members Earn Dean's Teaching Awards

Four University of Wisconsin School of Medicine and Public Health faculty members recently were named recipients of the Dean's Teaching Awards.


Recipients are selected by a committee of faculty who have previously been honored for excellence in teaching.


Criteria include:

  • Excellence in teaching technology
  • Evaluation methods and administrative efforts
  • Extraordinary dedication to student education
  • Demonstrated high level of teaching effectiveness
  • Innovation in education

Norman Jensen, MD '65, MS


Norman JensenA long and distinguished career has earned School of Medicine and Public Health professor emeritus Norman Jensen the respect of his peers and the appreciation of many students since he began teaching here in 1970.


But longevity alone does not account for his impact on the curriculum in an ever-evolving profession. He is an enthusiastic adopter and teacher of new technology-driven diagnostic concepts, such as evidence-based medicine.


For his teaching of history taking, physical examination and oral presentation skills in all four semesters of the Patient, Doctor and Society (PDS) course, students consistently rate him as outstanding in all aspects of evaluation.


Jensen also serves as a preceptor in the Generalist Partners Program, which pairs year-one students with community primary care clinicians to give them real-world experience.


James Keck, PhD


James KeckProfessor of biomolecular chemistry, James Keck is rated a top educator in one of the school's highest-rated first-year courses - biomolecular chemistry.


Keck makes the language and concepts of a challenging subject accessible and relevant to a wide range of students, whether he is mentoring Madison West high schoolers in the national SMART (Students Modeling a Research Topic) program, revising sections of the School of Medicine and Public Health course materials to increase their clinical relevance or empowering the higher reaches of graduate training.


He is director and principal investigator on the campus Molecular Biosciences Training Grant, which supports 34 graduate students.


His teaching philosophy stresses integrating fundamental concepts; getting, keeping and increasing student interest in the subject; using a variety of teaching tools and techniques; and conveying an infectious enjoyment of his chosen study.


Gretchen Schwarze, MD, MPP


Gretchen SchwarzeSince joining the UW School of Medicine and Public Health in 2005, assistant professor of vascular surgery Gretchen Schwarze has carved a unique niche. Her multiple teaching roles address some of the most challenging questions of public health policy and doctor-patient relations. She brings scholarship and empathy to difficult topics, including informed consent, advance directives, end-of-life care and conflict of interest.


Schwarze is director of the clinical ethics curriculum, a frequent lecturer in all levels of the Patient, Doctor and Society program, and leader of the Unanticipated Outcomes Core Day for third-year students. She is also a key organizer of the school's annual Bioethics Symposium.


She is supported by a Greenwall Faculty Scholars Award, which allows her to fill many educational roles concurrently with her surgery practice and research.


Bruce Slaughenhoupt, MD


Bruce SlaughenhouptIn his practice, associate professor Bruce Slaughenhoupt specializes in perinatal and pediatric urology, but since his appointment to the School of Medicine and Public health faculty in 2005, he has also specialized in leading, updating and improving the urology curriculum for a spectrum of students.


Slaughenhoupt teaches in three semesters of the Patient, Doctor and Society course and is the director of the male genito-urinary curriculum. He is a mentor, Year-End Physician Skills Assessment station developer and assessor and the urology education director. For the elective urology clerkship, he created a comprehensive student handbook and initiated the use of online videos. He has fundamentally reorganized the clerkship.


His outcome evaluation of the new clerkship compared to the traditional version of the clerkship has been the basis of research he presented at the annual American Urology Association meeting.


This article appears in the summer 2011 issue of Quarterly.

Date Published: 08/31/2011

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