Recipients of this award demonstrate empathy for patients and their families, effectiveness in listening to and communicating with patients and families, advocacy for and demonstration of the highest standards of patient care, and maintain exemplary professional and interpersonal interactions with colleagues, staff, patients, and visitors.
Dr. Reines was also the recent recipient of the 2022 Department of Urology’s Resident of the Year Award.
The other 2022 Awardees were Marcos Lopez, MD (Plastic Surgery), Aurelie Merlo, MD (Cardiothoracic Surgery), David Mysona, MD (Obstetrics & Gynecology), and Ajan Sivaramamoorthy, MD (Pediatrics). All awardees will be provided financial support over the next three years to cover expenses associated with professional development and/or attendance of scientific conferences or meetings.
From Dr. Reines’s Nominations
“On multiple occasions, I have received unsolicited praise from providers around the hospital praising Dr. Reines for their responsiveness, empathy, professionalism, and communication. This praise has come from the emergency department, the operating room, the clinic, and multiple patient wards. Dr. Reines’s demeanor is consistently positive and constructive and their care has improved the health and wellness of many, many patients and providers too!”
“Often patients tell me stories of how Dr. Reines sat at their bedside, calming their worries, and answering any number of questions. They’ll tell me how Dr. Reines called the day after discharge, when she didn’t necessarily have to call, just to check in and see how they were doing. Patients have recounted to me how Dr. Reines comforted their distressed family members, and how she kept everyone abreast of a patients’ condition during a long surgery. In short, Dr. Reines is the sort of physician you would want to care for your family member if they were in the hospital.”
(Residency Program Director Dr. Eric Wallen awarding rising PGY4 Dr. Katy Reines with the 2022 UNC Urology Resident of the Year Award)
About The Robert C. Cefalo, MD, House Officer Award
This award is intended to honor Robert C. Cefalo, M.D., Ph.D. (FACOG), Professor Emeritus of Obstetrics and Gynecology and Assistant Dean, Head of the Office of Graduate Medical Education, Emeritus, at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill School of Medicine.
The Robert C. Cefalo, MD, House Officer Award recognizes members of the Hospitals’ Housestaff for exemplary service to patients and families, professional performance and compassionate patient care.
The general criteria used for recommendation include:
- Demonstrated empathy for patients and their families
- Demonstrated effectiveness in listening to and communicating with patients and families
- Advocacy for and demonstration of the highest standards of patient care
- Exemplary professional and interpersonal interactions with colleagues, staff, patients and visitors
The chiefs of the clinical dental, medical and surgical services at UNC Hospitals have established the House Officer Award to recognize members of the Hospitals’ house staff for exemplary service to patients and families, professional performance and compassionate patient care. As many as five house officers are honored annually, based on nominations submitted by UNC attending physicians and other UNC Health Care employees.