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Academy of Scholars Awards Outstanding Resident Achievement

David Jeffcoach, MD, Surgery Resident, was recognized as Outstanding Resident Scholar by the Academy of Scholars at the New Resident and Fellow Welcome Reception and GSM Awards Ceremony. During his first four years of residency in a five-year program, Dr. Jeffcoach has exemplified the UT Graduate School of Medicine's mission for excellence in education, healing and discovery. Dr. Jeffcoach has authored guidelines for Trauma Service and served as an instructor for Advanced Trauma Life Support. He has been actively involved in both clinical and basic science research. He has been published in the Journal of Trauma and Acute Care Surgery, a highly-regarded journal, for his research on the impact of non-steroidal anti-inflammatory fractures in trauma, and his paper is often cited and used as a teaching tool for other learners including emergency medicine physicians. Currently, his research focuses on massive transfusion in the elderly, a currently controversial topic, and his manuscript is under review with Journal of Surgical Research. He is also involved in research in collaboration with the U.S. Department of Defense that has received grants from Physicians Medical Education and Research Foundation and from the Trauma Education Fund totaling $17,500. He has been awarded within his department and is active on committees within the institution as well as in the Tennessee Chapter of American College of Surgeons. In nominating him, Brian Daley, MD, General Surgery Program Director, said, "He is recognized by the medical students as a teacher, he is recognized by his own peers in his residency as a teacher, and we rely on him as a resident educator."

The Outstanding Resident Scholar Award was first presented in 2014. To determine awardees, AOS board members, chaired by James Lewis, MD, created a point system used to score research efforts including grants, publications, presentations, and IRB-approved ongoing projects; teaching achievements including teaching awards, presentations at educational conferences, invited lectures and teaching or administrative chief residents; patient care feedback including annual resident exams and The University of Tennessee Medical Center Guardian Angel program; and service through professionalism, service to charities and appointments on committees.

Posted July 29, 2015


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