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    Joel S. Schuman, MD, FACS and the Department of Ophthalmology congratulate to Jake Waxman and Kip Kinchington on their appointments to the University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine’s Academy of Master Educators (AME).

    The AME recognizes and rewards excellence in education; advances education through innovation and professional development of faculty; and supports and promotes educational scholarship. To be nominated and accepted, the candidate must have substantive evidence of educational accomplishment and excellent in two or more of the following: direct teaching, instructional development and curricular design; advising and mentoring; educational administration and leadership; education research.

    Jake Waxman has been very involved in the education of University of Pittsburgh medical students and residents since 1999. During this time, he has developed curricula and directed the third year medical student Ophthalmology rotation. Jake’s medical student education program has received high praise from students and other educators, and he has thrice been named Clinical Preceptor of the Year by the University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine students.

    In addition to the ophthalmology rotation, he teaches ophthalmoscopy to the first year medical students, ophthalmic pharmacology to second year students, and gives an ophthalmoscopy clinical skills refresher course to fourth year students. Jake also serves as the de facto advisor for nearly every medical student who has expressed an interest in ophthalmology for the last 12 years. In this capacity, Jake meets with each of these students several times during the year and advises them on residency training programs, the application process and which fourth-year electives will serve them best in the future.

    In 2004 he was appointed the ophthalmology residency program director, and later Vice Chair for Medical and Resident Education. He was successful in achieving the residency program’s first five-year accreditation and commendation in 2006, and repeated this feat in 2011.

    In his role as Vice Chair for Medical and Resident Education, he established the Guerilla Eye Service (GES), which enlists residents and medical students to provide ophthalmology care to the indigent population in Pittsburgh and surrounding areas. As you know people go without care due to financial, geographic, educational and transportation barriers. Patients in these situations need stability and a sense of familiarity, and the GES brings the care to them. The GES has the ability to deliver eye care to those who would not otherwise receive it. It provides complete eye examination in the field, diagnosing and initiating treatment on site. The GES also is an outstanding educational opportunity and experience for medical students and residents. Jake’s commitment to the GES is unselfish – all clinics are set up after-hours and on weekends. He is the consummate teacher, mentor and advisor to residents and students, encouraging them to push their boundaries and understand our responsibility to the community.



    Kip Kinchington has demonstrated his teaching excellence in his work as Course Director and main Facilitator of Experimental Virology (MVM and Infectious Disease and Microbiology (IDM) graduate student course). He has led this course for 12 years. Kip is also the Course Co-Director, MVM Current Topics in Microbiology. New additional teaching duties include three lectures in “Molecular Virology”, two lectures in “Molecular Techniques”, one lecture on “The Scientific Basis of Vision,” and one new lecture on “Foundations of Biomedical Science – Nuclear Transport.” Kip is on the advisory committees of 11 Ph.D. students. Kip’s commitment to teaching is exemplary. He is sought after as a teacher, and he really enjoys the role.

    Earlier today, Bob Hendricks wrote to Kip, “There are very few people in the School of Medicine and none in the MVM program who have received this honor. What a great and well deserved recognition of your dedication to educating the next generation of scientists!”


    Congratulations to both on this highly prestigious appointment to the University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine’s Academy of Master Educators.

     
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