Last Friday, I had the great pleasure of attending the GBMC annual dinner dance to honor the house staff. Once every year, we take time to celebrate the accomplishments of our trainees and to thank them and their faculty for all that they do for our system and our patients.
Dr. Brian Kaplan, the Chair of our Graduate Medical Education Committee, served as Master of Ceremonies. After I welcomed those in attendance and thanked them for all that they do, John Saunders, MD, our Chief Medical Officer and DIO (while dio means “God” in Italian, here it signifies Designated Institutional Official- our senior representative to the Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Education) made some comments and reminded us that one of the reasons for the creation of GBMC in 1965 was because the two predecessor organizations were at risk of losing their residency programs because they were not general acute care hospitals.
Dr. Paul Foster, the program director for Internal Medicine, presented the resident award to Sarah Finn, MD, the categorical intern award to Gurkeerat Singh, MD, and the preliminary intern award to Laurel Cummings, MD. The Internal Medicine faculty award went to Rudolf Pullmann, MD.
Next, Dr. Mary Louise Collins, the site program director for the Department of Ophthalmology, recognized our out-going Chair, Dr. Pat Wilkinson, for his many years of outstanding service. Dr. Collins then presented the resident awards to Angelique Pillar, MD and Roomasa Channa, MD. Dr. Pillar then presented the faculty award to Dr. Collins.
Dr. Kaplan then presented the Department of Otolaryngology resident award to Marietta Tan, MD. Dr. Kenneth Fletcher received the teaching award in Otolaryngology.
Bing Grumbine, MD, our Chair of the Department of Gynecology, then presented the OB/GYN resident award to Stephen James Martin, MD. The Gynecology teaching award went to Robert F. Pegues, MD.
It was a beautiful evening in all respects. The weather was perfect but the affection and admiration for their attending physicians by the residents, and for the residents by their teachers, was a thing of beauty as well. Having a teaching hospital is a significant reason for GBMC being the great care system that it is and we must never forget this.