UHC’s Dr. Vasani Awarded Preceptor of the Year 2018

Each year, the West Virginia School of Osteopathic Medicine (WVSOM) presents two Outstanding Preceptor Awards in each statewide campus region–one to a primary care physician and one to a non-primary care specialist.

Preceptors assist and provide guidance to WVSOM medical students in their third- and fourth-year clinical rotations. Students in each region nominate preceptors for the awards. The Central East Region includes the central part of WV from Elkins and Buckhannon, to Weston, Bridgeport, and Morgantown.

The Outstanding Preceptor Awards are presented to physicians who exhibit professionalism and demonstrate excellence in teaching and mentoring, as well as a commitment to community wellness and service.

In appreciation of his efforts and commitment to excellence in Osteopathic Medical Education, the Central East Region Specialty Care Outstanding Preceptor Award for the 2017-2018 Academic Year was presented to Sugam Vasani, MD, general surgeon at United Hospital Center.

“One of the most rewarding parts of my job is helping to make a difference in the lives of these students,” said Dr. Vasani. “It is truly a privilege.”

Students have agreed that Dr. Vasani goes above and beyond to teach and test them so that they know all of the important information in their field.

Some comments from students about Dr. Vasani on the nomination forms and rotation evaluations:

“Dr. Vasani truly cares about his students. He goes above and beyond to teach his students and test his students to ensure they know important information in the field of surgery. He consistently questions students and forces them to think beyond the scope of our knowledge as well as help us apply information into the OR. He deserves this award as he truly teaches and is always willing to find time out of his schedule to teach students about high yield material. He is easy to work with and is a very caring physician.” – Anonymous
“He is a wealth of knowledge and loves to teach. He is stern with his learning process because he expects a lot from a future physician, yet he treats you as if you were a colleague.” – Anonymous
“He was one of the reasons I crushed my surgical rotation post test. He tries to get you as much experience as possible in the field. He teaches a ton too and gives you daily homework to help with learning. I highly recommend him as a preceptor. My favorite of this year.” – Anonymous

To learn more about Dr. Vasani and the rest of the UHC General Surgery staff, please visit wvgeneralsurgery.com

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