John A. Burns School of Medicine (JABSOM) Associate Professor Dr. Tod Aeby, of the Department of Obstetrics, Gynecology and Women’s Health, has received the 2012 Regents’ Medal for Excellence in Teaching.
Within JABSOM it is common to hear students say that they aspire to be” just like Dr. Aeby”. Dr. Aeby is known as a very good listener, with a calm gentle voice and personality that puts both students and patients at ease during one of life’s the most stressful situations–delivering babies.
He teaches his students to be genuinely compassionate with patients as well as their colleagues, and consistently advocates best care practices for patients, often heard impressing upon students to “be strong for the patients when they can’t be strong for themselves.” Dr. Aeby has dedicated his career to changing the way medicine is taught across the entire spectrum. Integral to that mission is his engagement with problem-based learning and evidence-based compassionate patient care.
Dr. Aeby also doesn’t hesitate to help educate the broader community about keeping families safe, as he did when he appeared during the H1N1 epidemic in 2009, with the State Health Director at the time, Chiyome Fukino, MD, (pictured) to advise pregnant women to protect their unborn babies with flu shots.
Colleagues credit Dr. Aeby with showing tremendous foresight by implementing standards of accreditation well before they were made national requirements. His expertise in teaching and curriculum development were instrumental in the program exceeding national accreditation requirements from the Council for Graduate Medical Education, an accomplishment of only 6% of Obstetric and Gynecological programs nationally.
Dr. Aeby’s skill was recognized well before this most recent honor. He has earned eleven local and national teaching awards, including the National Faculty Award for Excellence in Resident Education, three Golden Speculum awards and the inaugural “Golden Compass” award. He was a finalist for the national Parker J. Palmer award.
Bio of Dr. Aeby contributed by the UH Manoa Office of Faculty Development and Academic Support.