CUSTER, SD - Joy M. Falkenburg, M.D., recently received the prestigious University of South Dakota (USD) Sanford School of Medicine (SSOM) Department of Medicine 2014-2015 Edward J. Batt, M.D., Memorial Award for Outstanding Faculty Member during a surprise celebration at Custer Regional Hospital.
The award recognizes Dr. Falkenburg’s years of exceptional work with medical students during their rotations in Custer. Susan M. Anderson, M.D., Associate Professor and Chair of the USD Family Medicine Department, presented the award.
The Edward J. Batt, M.D., Memorial Award was established in 1978-79 to honor the memory of long time family physician, Edward Batt, M.D. The recipient of the Batt award must be a clinical faculty member of the USD SSOM Family Medicine Department for a minimum of three years prior to selection and have consistently taught in one or more departmental clerkships (for example, Senior Family Medicine Clerkship, Sophomore Preceptorship, etc.).
The Batt award honoree must also receive excellent evaluations of his/her teaching. Offering elective clerkship experiences to USD SSOM students, providing service to USD SSOM on committees, and active participation in professional medical societies are all considered positive factors in the selection process. The recipient is chosen from eligible faculty members by the leadership, academic faculty and Chair of the USD SSOM Department of Family Medicine.
The Edward J. Batt, M.D., Memorial Award recipient receives a personal plaque and there is a permanent plaque bearing the name of recipients displayed in the Family Medicine Department. The Edward J. Batt, M.D., Memorial Award is the only award honoring clinical faculty given by the USD SSOM Department of Family Medicine on an annual basis.
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