UT faculty members honored for innovation in health science education

AUSTIN – Three educators from the University of Texas System’s health institutions were recognized recently for implementing a project or program that demonstrated innovation and achievement in health science education.

The presentation of the awards was the highlight of the Innovations in Health Science Education conference in Austin Feb. 22. The annual conference is hosted by The University of Texas Academy of Health Science Education, an organization of distinguished scholars recognized for their teaching excellence and who are committed to the enhancement of health science education.

After all submissions underwent rigorous peer review, the following educators were recognized and awarded a cash prize:

  • First place ($7,500): John D. Rugh, Ph.D., from The University of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio, for his presentation “The San Antonio ‘CATs (Critically Appraised Topics) Initiative’ Incorporating Evidence-based Practice into the Dental School Curriculum”
  • Second place ($5,000): Craig Rubin, M.D., Amit Shah, M.D., and Lynne Kirk, M.D., from The University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center, for their presentation “UT Southwestern Aging and Geriatrics Education Program”
  • Third place ($2,500): Virginia Niebuhr, Ph.D., from The University of Texas Medical Branch at Galveston, for her presentation “ADAPT (Any Day Any Place Teaching): An Online Instructional Technology Faculty Development Program”

Established in 2005, the Academy includes more than 100 faculty members from the UT System and is dedicated to fostering excellence in education in the health sciences by recognizing of outstanding educators and advancing knowledge and innovation in the field of education.

“Congratulations to these very deserving honorees,” said Kenneth I. Shine, M.D., executive vice chancellor for health affairs at the UT System. “This is an exceptional group of individuals, and their commitment to health science education benefits not just their students, but the entire community.”

About The University of Texas System

Educating students, providing care for patients, conducting groundbreaking research and serving the needs of Texans and the nation for more than 130 years, The University of Texas System is one of the largest public university systems in the United States, with nine academic universities, six health institutions and a fall 2012 enrollment of roughly 216,000. The UT System confers more than one-third of the state’s undergraduate degrees and educates nearly three-fourths of the state’s health care professionals annually. The UT System has an annual operating budget of $13.9 billion (FY 2013) including $3.1 billion in sponsored programs funded by federal, state, local and private sources. With more than 87,000 employees, the UT System is one of the largest employers in the state.