The bond between a primary care resident and a patient runs deep. For the second year in a row, the MGH honored patients for their role as exceptional teachers of internal medicine residents in the primary care clinic setting at the MGH Department of Medicine Teaching Awards Ceremony on June 5.
PRIMARY PARTNERSHIP: Chu, right, with her patient, Giordano
The bond between a primary care resident and a patient runs deep. For the second year in a row, the MGH honored patients for their role as exceptional teachers of internal medicine residents in the primary care clinic setting at the MGH Department of Medicine Teaching Awards Ceremony on June 5. Alaka Ray, MD, associate program director for the internal medicine residents, presented the awards in the O’Keeffe Auditorium.
“We received incredibly heartfelt nominations from residents within our program and we hope to continue this tradition to remind us of how important our patients are to medical training,” said Ray.
The patient recognition award was conceived by Meghan Shea, MD, a former resident who now works in the Department of Medicine, who thought that a formal recognition would celebrate the resident physician and patient relationship.
“My patient, Mr. Paul Giordano, has shown me the importance of hard work, inquisitive care of his own health and a resilient spirit,” said Jacqueline Chu, MD, of MGH Chelsea HealthCare Center. “He has trained me, residents before me, pain fellows learning to do injections, cardiology fellows, hematology fellows, all of which add up to a significant amount of waiting room time.”
Jennifer Gao, MD, of MGH Downtown Primary Care, did not tell her patient, Edward Diblasi, why he needed to attend the ceremony. Surprised when his name was called to receive an award, Diblasi said, “I am deeply touched. I trust Dr. Gao more than anyone.”
Nancy Carnazzo was the third patient award recipient. Her primary care physician at MGH Chelsea HealthCare Center, Emma Kaplan-Lewis, MD, could not attend the ceremony but wrote: “Mrs. Carnazzo is one of the strongest people I have ever met. She deals with many complex medical issues with such grace and always makes it to every single one of her appointments, despite having her own personal struggles. She has taught me to be a better physician and a better human being.”
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