January 22, 2010
I am pleased to announce that Joseph Neimat, MD, of the Department of Neurological Surgery is the latest recipient of the Vanderbilt Medical School Candle Award. The honor was presented this morning by Elyne Kahn (VMS III) at a departmental meeting.
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. Neimat, an Assistant Professor in the Department of Neurological Surgery.
One student had the following to say about Neimat:
"He is a very enthusiastic surgeon who takes a great interest in teaching, both at the medical student and resident level. He plays a lot of roles in medical education. He is involved in student projects through the Emphasis program. He also gives a lecture to the 3rd year medical students during the neurology/psychiatry intersession. He is an affiliate advisor in the Advisory College program of the Office of Student Affairs. He volunteers with a mock interview program to help 4th years prepare for residency interviews. And all of that doesn't even mention his commitment to medical students during the 3rd and 4th year neurosurgery rotations, doing a lot of intra-operative teaching and making sure students participate in the procedures. I think his willingness to help medical students at all levels, from first to fourth year, shows his dedication to medical education."
"He has a very inviting attitude, and a real desire to get students involved at every level. Neurosurgery is not a required 3rd year rotation, and very few students sign up for the 4th year sub-internship, but I really wish more students could work with him."
We extend our sincerest and most deserved congratulations to Dr. Neimat. Look for the Candle Award pin on his lapel.