Excellence in Clinical Teaching awards – Internal Medicine winners and nominees

The Carver College of Medicine announced nominees and winners for the 2021 Excellence in Clinical Teaching Awards this week. Three of the 10 winners (and 13 of the 56 nominees) are members of Internal Medicine training programs.

Named by medical students, peer residents, peer fellows and faculty, these nominations represent the dynamic and skilled approach to clinical teaching, a deep appreciation for these physician-educators and high motivation to celebrate and recognize excellence among our learners and faculty.

The winners from Internal Medicine are shown below, along with a narrative drawn from each respective nomination:

Brigid Adviento, MD, MPH, Third Year Resident (Medicine-Psychiatry)

“Lastly, and perhaps most importantly, Dr. Adviento is warm and approachable. There were moments when I struggled with emotionally challenging aspects of patient care, and I felt absolutely comfortable confiding in her. She was kind and reassuring, and I’m so thankful that she was my senior on that rotation. In summary, Dr. Adviento is a model educator both by her active commitment to teaching and how she leads by example. I was fortunate to have the opportunity to work with her and I hope to emulate these characteristics as a resident myself.”


Alick Feng, MD, Third Year Resident

“Dr. Feng actually made you feel included, like you were a real member of the team. He noticed what you did well, as well as constructively helped you work on what you needed to learn. He was also very patient with interns and spent a lot of time working with them to make sure they were up to speed with what they needed to learn too, and didn’t shame or embarrass them if something was wrong. Dr. Feng made my time in IM one of the most useful and interesting Core clerkships. He also helped me build confidence. I was very grateful to have been able to work with him.”


Jared Robl, MD, Second Year Resident

“Dr. Robl creates a nonjudgmental, supportive learning environment that has really helped me feel more comfortable being wrong in my learning process. He very readily gives feedback as well and offers ideas for improvement instead of criticism. He also shows tremendous respect for the entire team, including everyone from medical students to nurses to co-residents to the attending physician. It has been a pleasure to work with him, and I certainly think my educational experience has been better because of it.”


Nominees from within Internal Medicine are:

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Josiah An, MD
Third Year Fellow
Hematology and Medical Oncology
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Christian Anderson, MD, PhD
First Year Resident
Internal Medicine
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Iiro Honkanen, MD
First Year Fellow
Nephrology
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Charles Meade, MD
First Year Fellow
Gastroenterology
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Nagalakshmi Nagarajan, MD
First Year Fellow
Cardiovascular Disease
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Edin Pujagic, DO
Second Year Fellow
Infectious Disease
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Jeff Rytlewski, MD
Third Year Resident
Internal Medicine
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Maria Story, MD
Second Year Fellow
Nephrology
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Roger Struble, MD
Chief Resident
Internal Medicine
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Luis Vargas Buonfiglio, MD
First Year Fellow
Pulmonary Disease and
Critical Care Medicine

Congratulations to these deserving clinician educators!

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