Distinguished Service Teaching Awards (DSTA) are given by medical school students and administration to educators in recognition of their ongoing academic interest and commitment. Award categories include Clerkship of the Year, Administrator of the Year, Clinical Educator of the Year, Inclusion DSTA, Diversity DSTA, Critical Thinking – Procedural Topic DSTA, Critical Thinking – Medical Topic DSTA, Research DSTA, Clinical Care – Patient Care DSTA, Clinical Care – Medical Team DSTA, and Didactic DSTA. The Critical Thinking – Medical Topic DSTA is given to both a resident and attending physician for enhancing medical students understanding of a medical topic. Topics can include disease presentation, diagnostic steps, pathophysiology, and/or treatment. The Distinguished Service Teaching Award Ceremony will occur on Thursday, April 13 at 5pm.
Alex Thomas, MD, graduated residency from BJH/WUSM in 2018 and has been primarily a nocturnist within the Division of Hospital Medicine. His focus has been on clinical patient care and operations within the Division. Dr. Thomas has since developed an interest medical education which has included attending the Society of Hospital Medicine’s Academic Hospitalist Academy this past August. This academy helps develop skills in medical education including establishing an inclusive learning environment, setting expectations, providing effective feedback, and developing chalk talks. He plans to continue to use their framework for developing practical chalk talks of medical topics.
“I am honored to have received this award. I am grateful to be able to work with our amazing medical students and hope to continue developing an inclusive and effective learning environment for our future physicians.”Alex Thomas, MD