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USU ‘Superstar Educators’ Earn Top Accolades

Two people in white coats congratulating a man in military dress
By Sarah Marshall

Thinking back to the beginning of her career as a pulmonologist, Army Col. (Dr.) Lisa Moores recalls why she fell in love with Pulmonary and Critical Care medicine in the first place – it was all the teaching and learning that occurred in that setting. It was also early on in her career, during an ICU fellowship, when she realized she had such a passion for teaching – and she aspired to get into academic medicine. Now, having taught countless students, residents, fellows, and faculty, and serving as USU’s Associate Dean for Student Affairs, Moores is being recognized as one of the best of the best educators and mentors, receiving the 2018 Master Clinician Educator from the American College of Chest Physicians (CHEST).

Military head shot
Army Col. (Dr.) Lisa Moores, USU’s
associate dean for Student Affairs.
(USU photo)
Moores described the organization, CHEST, as her “professional home” for more than 20 years. There have been many outstanding clinical educators in the membership, she said, and so to be selected and honored is overwhelming.

“I was very excited and humbled,” she said, when she was recently notified.

To be named the CHEST Master Clinician Educator, recipients must be in good standing as a CHEST member and fellow, and have been in clinical practice for 20 or more years. Recipients must have demonstrated dedication to educational outcomes, for example, through research or by publishing research in educational outcomes, and have shown commitment to education through activities in the work setting, or through other volunteer efforts or consulting work. They also must have served as a CHEST faculty or chair for at least three various types of events, such as board review courses, or e-Learning events, and have served on a CHEST committee or workgroup.

Fellow CHEST member Dr. Stephanie Levine said she couldn’t think of another educator more deserving of this award.

“Dr. Moores has educated hundreds of students, residents, fellows and co-faculty in the CHEST realm and beyond. She is the consummate educator,” said Levine, who received the award last year, and is currently a professor of Pulmonary Disease and Critical Care Medicine at the University of Texas Health Science Center in San Antonio. “In addition to educating others, Dr. Moores also has the talent of educating others on how to educate. Her impact on education has been profound.”

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Army Col. (Dr.) Lisa Moores on stage at the 2017 CHEST Annual Meeting. Moores, USU’s associate dean for Student Affairs, was recently named the 2018 Master Clinician Educator from the organization. (courtesy photo)

In addition to being named the CHEST Master Clinician Educator, Moores has received a number of other teaching awards over the years, including the Department of Medicine Outstanding Teacher award from the former Walter Reed Army Medical Center, in 1998, as well as the Army Internal Medicine Master Teacher in 2011, and USU’s William P. Clements Award, Outstanding Uniformed Educator, in 2012. Among many others, she also earned the Edward C. Rosenow Master Teacher Honor Lecture in 2013, and more recently, the Jane F. Desforges Distinguished Teacher Award from the American College of Physicians (ACP). Earlier this year, Moores was also elected as a Master of the ACP.

“Professionally, I am proud of all of the teaching awards I have received,” Moores said. “I absolutely love teaching, mentoring, and advising the students. It’s a real honor to be able to play a small part in the professional development of the next generation of military physicians.”
Air Force Col. (Dr.) Rechell Rodriguez, USU’s associate dean for Regional Education and Academic Support, was also recently named a Master of the ACP, an honor that is only conferred on a select number of worthy individuals, according to the professional organization. Candidates must demonstrate strength of character, integrity, perseverance, as well as clinical expertise and commitment to advancing the art and science of medicine, and emphasis is placed on service as a teacher and mentor. Those considered for ACP Mastership must inspire others to seek high standards of excellence in internal medicine. Rodriguez will be presented with the honor in April 2019 during the ACP’s Internal Medicine meeting.

Air Force Col. (Dr.) Rechell Rodriguez,
USU’s associate dean for Regional
Education and Academic Support.
(USU photo)
Rodriguez is also an associate professor of Medicine at USU. She has been involved with ACP since 2003, serving on various chapter committees. Among her many accolades, she was appointed by former Air Force Surgeon General Lt. Gen. (Dr.) Charles Green to be the ACP Governor of the Air Force Chapter in 2010. While also serving as a Stanford Faculty Development Program facilitator of the Clinical Teacher course that year, she expanded faculty development for military medicine for the Air Force, Army, and the Navy. She also served as chair of the faculty development committee at San Antonio Uniformed Services Health Education Consortium from 2012 to 2016, during which time she created and led institution-wide faculty development initiatives. In 2012, she also collaborated with the Army and Navy ACP Governors to host the first and sole tri-service military ACP meeting, which took place in Bethesda.

“I am extremely humbled to receive this great honor from the American College of Physicians,” Rodriguez said of the organization that has been her professional organization throughout her medical career. “ACP has always fostered excellence in patient care and of recent is also focusing on physician wellness and gender equality … The ACP continues to focus on areas that I am also passionate about, which are patient care, medical education, faculty development, physician wellness, and women in medicine initiatives.”

Air Force Col. (Dr.) Rechell Rodriguez, USU’s associate dean for Regional Education and Academic Support, recently presents a faculty award to Dr. Brian Barbick, an assistant professor of Surgery. (USU photo)

Moores and Rodriguez, who are both USU alumnae, join Dr. Louis Pangaro, former chair of USU’s Department of Medicine in receipt of the ACP honor. Pangaro received the ACP Master designation in 2010.

“Colonels Rodriguez and Moores represent the military medicine ideal: master clinicians and superstar educators who are also high-performing military medical officers,” said Dr. Art Kellermann, dean of USU’s F. Edward Hébert School of Medicine. “They are an inspiration for the growing number of women who have chosen ‘America’s Medical School’ as their doorway to careers in military medicine, and they push all of our students – male and female alike – to deliver outstanding care in every clinical setting from an ICU to a far-forward aid station.”