The Colorado University School of Medicine and the El Paso County Medical Society recently hosted a recognition ceremony for community physicians who teach medical students at the Colorado Springs Branch.
The annual Faculty Teaching Awards and Recognition Ceremony is designed to show appreciation for the dedication of those who help instruct and inspire the next generation of physicians.
Ob Hospitalist Group obstetrician Dr. Caroline Hedges was honored with the Clinical Liaison of the Year award.
Memorial Hospital Central Site Director Dr. Renee Lockey said, “Although all members of the UC Health Memorial OBHG team serve as volunteer faculty for both the CU School of Medicine and the Rocky Vista College of Osteopathic Medicine, teaching and training students while on shift, Dr. Hedges volunteers a significant additional amount of her time mentoring third and fourth year medical students, facilitating OB/GYN skills labs, and giving core didactic lectures in the CU School of Medicine.”
“Her contagious enthusiasm for medicine and for our specialty make her a favorite among both students and hospital staff," Lockey said. "Congrats, Caroline! We are proud to have you on our team."
OBHG Medical Director of Operations Dr. Amy VanBlaricom said, “These kinds of awards make me very proud. Proud to be represented by you all in taking care of patients and in teaching the next generation of our very specialty.”
Dr. Jose A. Melendez, Chief Medical Officer at UCHealth Memorial, also extended his congratulations to Dr. Hedges.
“I was at the ceremony and was delighted to see Dr. Hedges accept the award.…There are numerous physicians who focus on education and are formal liaisons. Being recognized as the outstanding liaison is akin to being acknowledged as the best of the best. This also speaks loud and clear about the quality and dedication of the team Dr. Hedges works with.”
Congratulations Dr. Hedges!