Anatomical Excellence

This page has been established as a means for Advanced Anatomical Services (AAS) to acknowledge individuals who have excelled in areas of anatomical teaching, research and dissection or who have provided other invaluable assistance to AAS or its associates. In many cases, this amounts to showing appreciation for those who have worked tirelessly and selflessly to enhance the learning of their students or colleagues in the anatomical sciences. In other instances, it represents a show of respect and support for those who have toiled long and hard in their offices and laboratories and have achieved miraculous results because of it. Finally, it represents an expression of gratitude to those who have given their time and imparted their wisdom to help AAS improve its services and become more effective in its mission to help others achieve their professional goals. It is the combined effort of all of these individuals that allows us to develop an atmosphere of anatomical excellence.

 

Winners of the 2017-2018 AAS
Master of Dissection Award

Three resident physicians have received Master of Dissection Awards this past year. These awards are sponsored by the AAS Department of Scientific Services and are presented to individuals who have achieved a high level of excellence in the area of anatomical dissection and have used their skills to enhance the learning of students or colleagues participating in their academic programs.

The most recent recipient of the AAS Master of Dissection Award was Dr. Aaron Raney, a first year resident in general surgery at Doctors Hospital who received the award for completing a series of exquisite dissections of the thorax and abdomen. Dr. Shane Forsting, a first year resident in orthopaedic surgery at Doctors Hospital, also earned the award for performing outstanding clinical dissections of the lower limb, and presenting his work as part of his residency training. Additionally, Dr. Grant Sefton, a first year resident in obstetrics and gynecology at Doctors Hospital, received the award for performing a remarkable series of highly detailed dissections of the female reproductive system.

AAS Master of Dissection Award winner Dr. Aaron Raney

AAS Master of Dissection Award winner Dr. Shane Forsting

AAS Master of Dissection Award winner Dr. Grant Sefton (center) is seen
in the Anatomical Skills Lab with Dr. Priya Panneerselvam and Dr. Marlee
Reardon (left), as well as Dr. Alyse Boswell and Dr. Benjamin Benitez (right)

 

Winners of the 2017-2018 AAS
Master of Teaching Award

In addition to the award winners above, three resident physicians have received Master of Teaching Awards this past year. These awards are sponsored by the AAS Department of Teaching Services and are presented to individuals who have achieved a high level of excellence in the area of anatomical teaching and have used their skills to enhance the learning of students or colleagues participating in their academic programs.

The most recent recipient of the AAS Master of Teaching Award was Dr. James Kurtz, a chief resident in general surgery at Doctors Hospital. Dr. Kurtz also won the Master of Teaching Award last year, and is a previous AAS Master of Dissection Award winner as well. He won both teaching awards for his dedication to the training of his fellow surgery residents, and for consistently helping to prepare them for their experiences in the operating room. Dr. John Erickson, a chief resident in orthopaedic surgery at Doctors Hospital, also received the award for continually leading by example and helping to educate fellow residents and interns in the orthopaedic clinical anatomy course, as well as the operating room. Additionally, Dr. Erickson won the Master of Teaching Award two years ago. Dr. Jillian Kurtz, a chief resident in obstetrics and gynecology at Doctors Hospital, also earned the award for her exceptional leadership skills and for consistently participating in the OB/GYN clinical anatomy course. All three of these individuals have done a fantastic job and have earned the highest level of respect from their students, colleagues and instructors.

Two-time AAS Master of Teaching Award winner and previous
Master of Dissection Award winner Dr. James Kurtz

Two-time AAS Master of Teaching Award winner Dr. John Erickson

AAS Master of Teaching Award winner Dr. Jillian Kurtz (right) is shown
working in the Anatomical Skills Lab along with Dr. Kelly Rosborough (left)
and previous Master of Dissection Award winner Dr. Jacob Dubay (center)

 

Honorable Mentions

On the homefront, our very own Dr. Roger A. Dashner received the Student Government Association Teaching Award, in recognition for outstanding anatomical teaching to students enrolled in the Doctor of Dental Surgery program at the Ohio State University. This award was presented to Dr. Dashner for being voted the best didactic professor of the year.

Dr. Roger Dashner is shown receiving the Student Government
Association Teaching Award from former SGA President Gretta Seif

A big AAS round of applause also goes out to Dr. Talon Anderson, Dr. Benjamin Benitez, Dr. Alyse Boswell, Dr. Priya Panneerselvam and Dr. Marlee Reardon, who are all first year residents in obstetrics and gynecology at Doctors Hospital. All five physicians worked together with Master of Dissection Award winner Dr. Grant Sefton to perform and present a series of high quality clinical dissections of the female reproductive system as part of their training in the Doctors Hospital OB/GYN residency program. In the process, they helped to educate residents and medical students participating in the OB/GYN clinical anatomy course.

From left, Master of Dissection Award winner Dr. Grant Sefton,
Dr. Alyse Boswell, Dr. Benjamin Benitez, Dr. Priya Panneerselvam
and Dr. Marlee Reardon are all shown working together in the lab

AAS would also like to recognize Dr. William Hardeman, Dr. Lana Jesic and Dr. Aimee LaRiccia who are all first year residents in the general surgery program at Doctors Hospital. These three physicians worked as a team with Master of Dissection Award winner Dr. Aaron Raney to perform a series of spectacular surgical dissections on a number of anatomical regions, including the neck, thorax, abdomen, pelvis and limbs.

From left to right, Dr. William Hardeman, Dr. Lana Jesic and Dr. Aimee LaRiccia

In addition, AAS would like to acknowledge Dr. Cameron Canini, Dr. Daniel Gaines, Dr. David Johnson, Dr. Sean McGowan, Dr. Christopher Reynolds, previous Master of Dissection Award winner Dr. Dale Sharpe and Dr. Benjamin Umbel for performing a series of exceptional dissections of the back, upper and lower limbs. They then presented this work as part of their first and second year training to other surgeons and medical students participating in the orthopaedic clinical anatomy course at Doctors Hospital.

Clockwise from left, Dr. Adam Streit, Dr. Benjamin Umbel, Dr. James Brewster, Dr. DJ Goss, Dr. Christina Ottomeyer, Dr. Ryan Neeley, Dr. Cameron Canini, Master of Teaching Award winner Dr. John Erickson, Dr. Daniel Gaines, Master of Dissection Award winner Dr. Shane Forsting, Dr. Sean McGowan, Dr. Benjamin Schnee, Dr. David Johnson, Dr. Dale Sharpe and Dr. Daniel Buchan (kneeling) in the anatomical skills lab

Lastly, AAS would like to express its gratitude to Dr. Daniel Buchan, Dr. Ryan Colley, two-time Master of Teaching Award winner Dr. John Erickson, Dr. David "DJ" Goss, Dr. Ryan Neeley, previous two-time Master of Dissection Award winner Dr. Christina Ottomeyer, previous Master of Dissection Award winner Dr. Adam Streit and Dr. Thomas Zink. Along with Dr. Roger A. Dashner, these physicians helped to present a series of excellent lectures covering surgical anatomy and orthopaedic approaches to the back, upper and lower limbs in the orthopaedic clinical anatomy course at Doctors Hospital.

Left to right, Dr. Ryan Neeley, Dr. Ryan Colley,
Dr. Thomas Zink and Dr. Christina Ottomeyer

Congratulations to All and
Keep Up the Good Work!

 

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