MGH/McLean Alumni and Program Faculty Receives HMS Educator Award

Posted: April 11th, 2014

The Jonathan F. Borus Outstanding Early Career Educator Award in medical student education has been awarded since 2011 to a junior faculty member at Harvard Medical School who has demonstrated exceptional promise, initiative and commitment in the area of psychiatric education. The award is named in honor of Jonathan F. Borus MD, the Stanley Cobb Distinguished Professor of Psychiatry, Emeritus Chair of Psychiatry at the Brigham and Women’s and Faulkner Hospitals, Director of Medical Education at BWH and Co-Chair of the Partners Education Committee, who has exerted a major and lasting impact on psychiatric undergraduate and graduate education. In addition to being a master educator and educational leader, Borus is known widely for his generous mentorship and outspoken advocacy for generations of trainees who themselves have made important contributions to medical education.

Joseph Stoklosa (pictured above, Class of 2011), psychiatrist in charge of McLean’s Psychotic Disorders Unit, has been selected by the Harvard Medical School (HMS) Psychiatry Executive Committee as the 2014 co-recipient of the Jonathan F. Borus Early Outstanding Early Educator Award.

Stoklosa, received his Bachelor of Science summa cum laude from the University of Rochester and attended medical school at the University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine. He completed his psychiatry residency training at MGH/McLean where he was chief resident for the Schizophrenia and Bipolar Disorders Program. He has taught in the second year preclinical psychiatry course since 2009, in addition to teaching and supervising advanced elective students from HMS and visiting schools on the McLean Schizophrenia and Bipolar Disorders Unit. Stoklosa is also actively involved in the MGH/McLean Adult Residency Training Program where he co-chairs the Evaluation and Feedback Committee. He is working toward a Master Educator Certificate through the Association for Academic Psychiatry and has twice been uniquely recognized with the Ed Messner Teaching Award both as a chief resident and as an instructor.

Stoklosa’s devotion and effectiveness as an educator are underscored in excerpts from student nominations:

“He demonstrated the earnest compassion that all patients hope to find in their physicians…he exemplified the type of physician I hope to be.”

“He gave greatly helpful feedback in such a way that you wanted to come back immediately and practice again, having increased confidence in what you should continue doing and skill sets to further improve on things that are lacking. It was the most constructive feedback I have received from any tutor or preceptor at HMS….The momentum he generated continued far beyond the short time we had with him at McLean.”

“Every week we would send him write-ups which he would return promptly with incredibly detailed and specific comments. These comments reflected perhaps the most time I have ever seen a professor spend on editing notes. It was clear he cared a great deal about our growth in thinking critically about our patients."

If Joe’s respect for us – evidenced through his dedication to teaching – was profound, so was his respect for his patients…He demanded that we offer real empathy to our patients and put ourselves in their shoes, rather than merely sympathize from a distance. He demonstrated a belief that working for and with his patients was a genuine privilege.”

Content in this article from April 9, 2014 issue of McLean News.

Comments are closed.