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Dean Muller Receives 2015 Distinguished Teacher Award

Monday, November 9, 2015   (0 Comments)
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David Muller, MD, FACP, Marietta and Charles C. Morchand Chair and Professor in Medical Education at Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai has been honored with the 2015 Alpha Omega Alpha (AOA) Robert J. Glaser Distinguished Teacher Award.

Dr. Muller was one of four recipients recognized for outstanding contributions to the education of medical students at the annual awards dinner of the Association of American Medical Colleges (AAMC) on Sunday, November 8, 2015.

“Receiving the AOA Glaser Distinguished Teacher Award is a powerful testament to the quality of our educators and mentors at Icahn School of Medicine. We function as a tight knit community within which we support and encourage each other to set a very high bar for teaching. I’m so proud to be a member of this community and to be working with colleagues who have been outstanding role models for me.”

Dr. Muller has been an integral part of medical education at Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai for almost 25 years, serving as Dean of Medical Education for the past 10. He has successfully translated his personal success as a teacher into a learning environment that is vibrant, creative, sensitive to student learning styles and well-being, and sets the highest possible standards of excellence in education.

Since his appointment as Chief Resident, Dr. Muller has made significant contributions to medical education. His early teaching roles for medical students included traditional Ward Attending Student Preceptor for Third Year Internal Medicine Clerks, developing and teaching elective courses in Professionalism and the Humanities, and delivering a curriculum on Reflection and Idealism for trainees rotating through the Mount Sinai Visiting Doctors Program, a clinical service he helped to establish twenty years ago.

Dr. Muller has also served as a small group preceptor in a course called Art and Science of Medicine (ASM) since its inception in 2003. These small group sessions are where students, in groups of 8-12, learn their communication and physical exam skills, as well as a wide range of clinical topics including Palliative Care, Substance Abuse, Disparities in Health Care, Cultural Competency, Bioethics, Intimate Partner  Violence, and many others. Within ASM, Dr. Muller precepts in the Longitudinal Clinical Experience, a two-year immersion that provides medical students the opportunity to join a clinical practice at the very start of medical school and follow patients over the course of two years under the guidance of a physician preceptor.

Dr. Muller’s other major teaching role is as a clinical preceptor in the Inter-Clerkship Ambulatory Care Track (InterACT). InterACT is a longitudinal clerkship model that pairs select third-year students with an adult medicine and pediatric medicine mentor, each of whom works with the student to build a panel of patients that the student will follow throughout their third year. Dr. Muller has served as an InterACT preceptor since the inception of the clerkship in 2012.

In all his teaching roles Dr. Muller has earned the highest possible evaluations from both students and faculty. Among the many awards and recognitions he received include being elected by ISMMS medical students as the Oath Reader at their two most important milestone events: The White Coat Ceremony and Commencement, as well as his induction, via a peer-review selection process, into the Institute for Medical Education as a Master Educator.


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