MAGIS Society Inducts Newest Members, Celebrates Faculty Excellence

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MAY 16, 2014—Graduation weekend ceremonies kicked off with the MAGIS induction ceremony on Thursday, May 15.

The induction into the MAGIS Society of Master Teachers (new window) is an annual event that honors physicians and biomedical scientists dedicated to the care of others and the health needs of our society.

Drawn from the Latin motto for the Society of Jesus, MAGIS is a Latin adverb meaning “more greatly” and is a shortened form of the Jesuit motto “ad maiorem Dei gloriam” or “towards the greater glory of God.”

Stephen Ray Mitchell, MD, MBA (new window), dean for medical education at Georgetown’s School of Medicine (new window) and a 2005 MAGIS inductee, said that besides the literal translation, magis also refers to “doing what is done wholeheartedly and to being wholly present while doing it.”

The faculty members who are inducted “have responded to this mission with extraordinary skill, enthusiasm, dedication and caring throughout our 160-plus years. They are our role models, our educators, our mentors, our heroes,” Mitchell said.

Howard J. Federoff, MD, PhD (new window), said that GUMC is committed to shape a new generation of professionals who are equipped to confront the challenges in an evolving field of medicine.

In citing multiple examples of educational innovation, Federoff said: “We are demonstrating that a commitment to improving education is not about paying lip service but rather making meaningful changes to inspire recognition, leadership and professional development.”

2014 Master Teachers

Michael Adams, MD (new window) (M’92), program director of the internal medicine residency program and vice chair for education

Charles Read, MD (new window)(M’85), professor of medicine and surgery in the division of pulmonary, critical care and sleep medicine, vice chair of the department of medicine

Elliott Crooke, PhD (new window), professor and chair, department of biochemistry and molecular & cellular biology, senior associate dean for faculty and academic affairs

Other Awards and Honors

Other awards and honors were also recognized at the ceremony.

Kaiser Permanente Awards:

Jacqueline Jonklaas (new window), MD, PhD, associate professor of medicine

Maria Marquez, MD (new window), assistant professor of pediatrics

The 2014 Leonard Tow Humanism In Medicine Award:

Dennis Murphy, MD (new window), assistant professor of medicine

Sean Whelton, MD (new window), associate professor of medicine

2014 Circle Grants:      

“Caring for the Underserved: Quantitative and Qualitative Measures of Social Empathy in First-Year Medical Students: And Beyond”
Caroline Wellbery, MD (new window), Yumi Jarris, MD (new window), Kenneth Lin, MD (new window), and Sarah Kureshi, MD (new window)

“The Skull Lesson: An Interactive, Digital Tutorial to Teach the Skull”
Carlos Suarez-Quian, PhD (new window)

“Continuing Enhancement of Long-term Retention in Embryology for Medical Students Using High-quality computer-Generated Videos”        
G. Ian Gallicano, PhD (new window)

“Transforming Service Learning into a More Powerful Pedagogy by Reducing Structural Barriers”
Donna Cameron, PhD (new window)

Mother Of Pearl Award:                                   

John Miller, MD (new window), assistant professor of medicine


By Lauren Wolkoff
GUMC Communications