Amy Shaheen, MD, MSC, Professor of Clinical Medicine, has been honored with the Craver Medical Student Teaching Award. The Craver Medical Student Teaching Award was established by UNC School of Medicine graduate Joseph M. Craver, MD, to honor outstanding teachers in Internal Medicine, Pediatrics and Surgery who both inspire and change the lives of medical students through their teaching.
Shaheen, who joined the UNC School of Medicine faculty in 2006, is a nationally recognized leader in medical education. In 2017 she was honored with the Charles H. Griffith, III, MD, National Educational Research and Scholarship Award by the Alliance for Academic Internal Medicine. She serves as President-Elect for the Alliance for Academic Internal Medicine’s Clerkship Directors organization. At UNC, Shaheen serves as President of the Academy of Educators.
“Dr. Shaheen is very deserving of this award, especially because of advocacy for students, ensuring they can participate in the clinical environment in authentic ways that truly add value to patient care,” said Julie Byerley, MD, MPH, UNC School of Medicine Executive Associate Dean. “Her innovative work includes having students perform quality improvement projects in ambulatory primary care clinics that measurably change patient outcomes and increase practice success. She is making a real difference in medical education at UNC.”
Among her many educational responsibilities, Shaheen currently leads the Application Phase of the TEC curriculum, leads the Community Based Longitudinal Care Course, a novel 16-week course combining concepts from the disciplines of internal medicine, family medicine, and pediatrics, and co-leads TEC’s social and health systems science thread.
“Dr. Shaheen has been a pioneer at UNC and nationally in developing a quality improvement curriculum for students. Through her work here at UNC, students are now making real contributions to patient care with their quality improvement projects in the Community Based Longitudinal Care course,” said Beat Steiner, MD, MPH, Senior Associate Dean for Medical Student Education.
Shaheen was selected for the Craver Professor Award after being nominated by Ron Falk, MD, Chair of the Department of Medicine.
Dr. Joseph M. Craver received his bachelor’s degree from UNC Chapel Hill and is an alumnus of UNC School of Medicine’s graduating class of 1967. Craver, a Cardiac Surgeon, enjoyed a successful career over three decades in academic medicine as a faculty member, teacher and mentor in the Emory University School of Medicine, Department of Surgery. When asked what his students would say about him he recently said, “They knew I loved them, that I really cared. And, that I cared about them as a person, and I wanted them to be the best surgeon and person they could be.”
“I am very grateful to the students and my colleagues with whom I have had the pleasure of working over the years,” said Shaheen. “They have inspired me and helped me grow into a better doctor, teacher, and person.”