Dr. Charles Rush

December 2009

photo_charlesrush.jpgI am pleased to announce that Charles Rush, MD, of the Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology is the latest recipient of the Vanderbilt Medical School Candle Award. The honor was presented this morning by Dustin Hipp (VMS II) at the Ob/Gyn departmental grand rounds.

The Candle Award is given by Vanderbilt medical students to faculty, house staff and others at VUMC who demonstrate an exceptional commitment to the education of medical students. We are very pleased to present the award to Dr. Rush, assistant professor of Obstetrics and Gynecology, director of the Obstetrics and Gynecology clerkship for third year medical students, and a Master Clinical Teacher.

One student had the following to say about Dr. Rush:

"Every day he would approach me and ask how things were going; 'I just want to make sure you’re doing ok.' This was inevitably followed by a teaching question."

"His energy was almost infectious to everyone around him. I remember taking call with him on Super Bowl Sunday. At about 2:00 AM, I was falling asleep in my chair waiting for my patient to deliver; he came strolling around the corner, grabbed me by the arm, yanked me out of the chair, and took me into the patient's room. Most attendings would have been sleeping, but not him. He wanted to make sure that I could appropriately describe the cervix during labor. Even in the wee hours of the morning, he was not too tired to make sure that his students were learning."

"I have never met a physician from whom I have learned so much. He has shown me how to study medicine, how to talk to and care for patients, and how to take pride in what you do. He truly exemplifies the Latin root of doctor. . . to teach."

We extend our sincerest and most deserved congratulations to Dr. Rush. Look for the Candle Award pin on his lapel.