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UT System Names Boisaubin Distinguished Teaching Professor
'Our medical students are fortunate to have him as a role model'
Eugene Boisaubin, M.D., has been named the first Distinguished Teaching Professor at The University of Texas Medical School at Houston.
This distinction is bestowed upon faculty by Kenneth I. Shine, M.D., executive vice chancellor for health affairs of the UT System, at the recommendation of interim Dean Jerry S. Wolinsky, M.D., and UT Health Science Center at Houston President James T. Willerson, M.D.
This honor reinforces what many have known for some time – Dr. Boisaubin is one of our most dedicated and effective teachers,” Wolinsky said. “Our medical school is privileged to have him on our faculty; our medical students are fortunate to have him as a role model as he interacts with them and his patients.”
Boisaubin, professor of internal medicine, has been on faculty since 2001. He is associate director of the internal medicine residency program and in 2004 was co-founder of the first required course in ethics and professionalism for second-year students, which he now directs. In 2006, he was elected to membership in the UT Academy of Health Science Educators, a prerequisite for the award.
“I am both honored and humbled with this award, particularly considering the large number of outstanding teachers who work in this institution,” Boisaubin said. Factors considered in an award of this nature, he suggested, “would include course and curriculum design, implementation and evaluation, and published educational research and grants.”
Boisaubin said his teaching philosophy is not much different from most others.
“I do try to particularly adhere to principles espoused by the McGovern Center; emphasizing medical humanism through both teaching and example,” said Boisaubin, who is a member of the John P. McGovern, M.D. Center for Health, Humanities, and the Human Spirit. “Clinical people involved in patient care always have an advantage since they can inspire students and residents by example, which is one of the more powerful determinants of trainees’ future professional behavior. We simply have to practice what we preach.”
By Darla Brown, Medical School
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