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Gigante honored with 2016 COMSEP Research and Scholarship Award
April 20, 2016

Joseph Gigante

Joseph Gigante, M.D., Professor of Pediatrics in the Division of General Pediatrics and Director of Education in the Office of Faculty Development, was honored with the 2016 Council on Medical Student Education in Pediatrics (COMSEP) Research and Scholarship Award at their annual meeting in St. Louis. 

The award, presented on April 7, 2016 is for an individual who has contributed substantially to advancing the field of pediatric medical student education through their research and scholarly work. The award honors those with a track record of mentoring students and younger faculty in the scholarship of medical education and improving student assessment and program evaluation at a national level.

Dr. Gigante’s excellence in teaching is reflected in a number of teaching awards he has received on both the Departmental and School of Medicine levels. His research interest in medical education center on direct observation and feedback to learners. By taking a scholarly approach reviewing existing literature and best practices his work has resulted in new and effective methods of feedback and evaluation.

His scholarly work has extended to other venues as a member of the COMSEP executive committee, CME liaison, and member of the COMSEP meeting planning committee. He has helped to present a number of workshops at the annual meeting to help promote research and scholarship in the organization.

On a broader level Dr. Gigante has served as a mentor for members of COMSEP to promote their scholarship, working with a number of other COMSEP members on workshop presentations and mentoring several junior members in the organization. His publications, scholarly work, mentoring, and leadership in advancing research in medical education have been significant and resulted in changes in the way we approach feedback, observation, and professional assessments, making him a most worthy recipient of this award.

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