January 7, 2010
I am pleased to announce that Elizabeth Ann Sastre, MD, of the Department of Medicine is the latest recipient of the Vanderbilt University Medical School Candle Award. The honor was presented this morning by Elyne Kahn (VMS III) at the Medicine 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. Sastre, an Assistant Professor of Internal Medicine.
One student had the following to say about Dr. Sastre:
"She was my attending during my internal medicine rotation at the VA. I learned a lot of medicine during these two weeks, but I learned even more about what type of commitment it takes to be an excellent team leader and attending."
"She allowed me to direct the learning process by asking me every day what I wanted to discuss during our next clinic. I have worked with many excellent attendings at Vanderbilt, but I think few are willing to devote this much time to the education of a single student."
"She stands out because of her commitment to student education. She is an excellent formal educator, and she also takes a large amount of her personal time to meet with students outside of these formal settings. I think her commitment to education and her flexibility with her own time embody the spirit of the Candle Award."
We extend our sincerest and most deserved congratulations to Dr. Sastre. Look for the Candle Award pin on her lapel.