ALUMNI CLASS UPDATE: 2011’s Sara Grimes wins teaching award in her intern year, can’t wait to return home

(Abington, Pa.) Dr. Sara Grimes, a 2011 MD graduate of the University of Hawai`i’s medical school, was named Teacher of the Year as an intern in the OB-GYN residency program at Abington Memorial Hospital in Pennsylvania. Dr. Grimes was selected by the medical students for the honor, which goes to the MD resident who most contributes to the medical students’ education during their OB-GYN clerkship.

Now a second year OB-GYN resident at Abington Memorial, Dr. Grimes said the John A. Burns School of Medicine (JABSOM) Problem-Based Learning curriculum prepared her well for her intern year. “PBL linked learning with teamwork, so that it is easy to incorporate medical student teaching into my daily responsibilities,” said Dr. Grimes. She added that she is the first JABSOM graduate in the post-MD program at Abington Memorial, and hopes she will make a good impression.  Pictured here with some of her co-residents, and being selected for the teaching award, it’s clear Dr. Grimes is making a very positive mark.

“I do need to express my gratitude to JABSOM. I have a profound appreciation for the physicians and faculty who encouraged us to become well-rounded physicians,” she said, adding, “I hope to perpetuate their enthusiasm for teaching by returning to Hawai`i and working with medical students.”

Dr. Grimes receiving the Leonard Tow Humanism in Medicine Award from Dean Jerris Hedges at JABSOM's 2011 Convocation ceremony.

Dr. Grimes receiving the Leonard Tow Humanism in Medicine Award from Dean Jerris Hedges at JABSOM’s 2011 Convocation ceremony.

Dr. Grimes was a standout at the University of Hawai`i’s medical school. As a student she spent untold hours volunteering with JABSOM’s medical student outreach to the homeless, the Hawai`i H.O.M.E. Project. In 2011, she received The Leonard Tow Humanism in Medicine Award, one of the most respected honors bestowed at Convocation.

The Tow award, as the Convocation program noted, recognizes “the student of exemplary compassion, competence and respect in the delivery of care”.

Those at JABSOM who know Dr. Grimes–and those who have come to know her in her new post in Pennsylvania–can attest that description “fits Sara to a T.”

Story by: Tina Shelton with Dr. William Haning, JABSOM Alumni Association President.

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