The Class of 2000 at Wright State University School of Medicine presented John F. Donnelly, M.D., with its Teaching Excellence Award at graduation on June 9.
Donnelly is associate professor of family medicine at Wright State. He is a member of University Medical Services Association (UMSA), the group medical practice operated by Wright State faculty, and sees patients at the Yellow Springs Family Health Center and Greene Memorial Hospital in Xenia.
"Dr. Donnelly's patience and extremely sharp mind are qualities that make him stand out," said Class of 2000 graduate Lee Ann Donahue, who presented the award. "He has the rare ability of being able to suspend time while in the examining room with patients, giving them absolute and undivided attention. His compassionate manner with patients and families is a skill most of us will spend a lifetime trying to emulate.
"Dr. Donnelly has set for our class a stellar example of everything a physician and teacher should be," Donahue continued. "From his undivided dedication to patient care, to research, to active community involvement, to his dedication to family, he is a role model for us all."
Donnelly came to Wright State in 1997 from the University of Texas-Houston Health Science Center, where he was associate professor and director of the medical student family practice clerkship. He received the Outstanding Teacher's Award there for eight consecutive years
A native of Marlborough, Massachusetts, Donnelly received a B.A. degree in biology from the University of Dallas and an M.D. degree from the University of Texas-Houston Medical School. He completed his training in the Memorial Family Practice Residency Program at Memorial Hospital Southwest in Houston. He completed a clinical teaching fellowship in family medicine at McLennan County Medical Education and Research Foundation in Waco, Texas. Donnelly is certified in family medicine by the American Board of Family Practice.
The Class of 2000 is the 21st class of M.D.'s to graduate from Wright State. Fifty-five of the 80 graduates (69 percent) will enter primary care residencies in family medicine, internal medicine, and pediatrics. Since 1980, when the charter class completed medical school, Wright State has graduated 1,639 M.D.'s.