Professor Wins Major National Award as Outstanding Educator

Dr. Jozefowicz Honored by Association of American Medical Colleges

October 25, 2002

Ralph F. Jozefowicz, M.D., associate chair for education at the University of Rochester School of Medicine and Dentistry, has received the national Robert J. Glaser AOA Award from the Association of American Medical Colleges (AAMC).

Established by the Alpha Omega Alpha (AOA) medical honor society, the award recognizes medical school faculty members who have distinguished themselves as outstanding medical student educators. Dr. Jozefowicz, also a professor of neurology and medicine, was one of only four educators across the country to receive the prestigious award. He was recognized for devoting time and energy to providing medical students with an outstanding educational experience.

The AAMC cited Dr. Jozefowicz for directing the reorganization of the entire neurology curriculum at the University of Rochester School of Medicine and Dentistry into a seamless continuum. Under his direction since 1998, the “Mind, Brain and Behavior” course has become a model pre-clinical course in the university’s new curriculum. The success of this course has received national attention; over the past two years, Dr. Jozefowicz has been invited to several medical schools across the United States and Canada to review their pre-clinical neural science curricula.

The AAMC also lauded Dr. Jozefowicz for his work with residents. In 1996, Dr. Jozefowicz was appointed director of the Neurology Residency Training Program and has developed it into one of the most successful neurology residency programs in the country. He has reorganized the residency recruitment process, written a residency handbook, introduced yearly “mock board examinations” for all of the residents, and is leading the effort to incorporate core competencies into the residency curriculum.

After receiving his undergraduate degree from Johns Hopkins University, Dr. Jozefowicz earned his medical degree from Columbia University College of Physicians and Surgeons and completed his residency and fellowship in the Neuromuscular Disease Unit at the University of Rochester School of Medicine and Dentistry. His many teaching accomplishments include the Fullbright Scholar Award for Lecturing in Neural Sciences, Neuromuscular Diseases and Clinical Neurology and the American Neurological Association’s Distinguished Teacher Award.

The Association of American Medical Colleges represents the 125 accredited U.S. medical schools, the 16 accredited Canadian medical schools; some 400 major teaching hospitals (including Veterans Administration medical centers), more than 105,000 faculty in 98 academic and scientific societies, and the nation’s 66,000 medical students and 97,000 residents.

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