Ashley K. Fernandes, M.D., Ph.D., a faculty member at the Wright State University Boonshoft School of Medicine, has received the prestigious Leonard Tow Humanism in Medicine Award and the Teaching Excellence Award from the class of 2010. The awards were presented during the medical school's commencement ceremony at the Schuster Performing Arts Center in downtown Dayton on May 28.
The Arnold P. Gold Foundation sponsors the annual Humanism in Medicine Awards at more than 80 of the nation's medical schools. The foundation's goal is to improve doctor/patient relations and foster health care professionals who exhibit the highest level of respect, sensitivity and cultural competence for the patients and families they serve, and to nurture and perpetuate the tradition of the "caring doctor."
Nominated by students and fellow faculty members, Fernandes was chosen for the Humanism in Medicine award because he exemplifies the foundation's ideals of outstanding compassion in the delivery of care; respect for patients, their families and health care colleagues; and demonstrated clinical excellence.
Each graduating class also selects a faculty member to receive the annual Teaching Excellence Award, which class representative Shivani K. Jindal presented to Fernandes during the ceremony. The class chose Fernandes for his "outstanding professional skill and pride in discharging his instructional duties."
A faculty member since 2006, Fernandes is an assistant professor of community health in the medical school's Division of Medical Humanities, as well as an assistant professor of pediatrics. Fernandes is also a course director for the school's Social and Ethical Issues in Medicine course, which examines the social, ethical and legal issues that accompany physicians' interactions with patients and contribute to their effectiveness as healers and professionals.
Fernandes earned his M.D. from the Ohio State University and completed his residency in pediatrics at Cardinal Glennon Children's Medical Center in St. Louis. He also earned an M.A. in philosophy from Johns Hopkins University and a Ph.D. in philosophy and bioethics from Georgetown University.
The Gold Foundation sponsors a Humanism in Medicine Award for medical students each year as well. The 2010 award went to graduate Melanie E. Golembiewski, M.D., who will soon begin a residency in family medicine at University Hospitals Case Medical Center in Cleveland.