Two Spokane doctors receive UW excellence in teaching awards

Friday, July 7, 2017

The University of Washington Department of Medicine has named Jeremy Graham, M.D., and Judy Swanson, M.D., of Spokane, WA, as two of nine physicians honored with 2016-2017 WWAMI Excellence in Teaching Faculty awards. These recipients were chosen for “demonstrating true enthusiasm and dedication in providing outstanding teaching and service to medical students.”

Drs. Graham and Swanson were selected from more than 325 University of Washington clinical faculty members in the Department of Medicine from the states of Washington, Wyoming, Alaska, Montana and Idaho – the five-state region served by the UW School of Medicine, known by the acronym WWAMI. The recognition is based on medical student nominations and committee selection.

Dr. Graham, an internist in Spokane said, "I adhere to the Osteopathic principle of treating 'the whole patient' in patient care as well as student teaching. I try to evaluate not just what the students know, but also what they understand, feel and relate to in their patients. Teaching also keeps me at my own best behavior, because a lot of medicine is learned as I learned: by watching what teaching doctors do at the bedside, more than by listening to what they say in a lesson."

Dr. Swanson is the new Assistant Clinical Dean for the UW School of Medicine in Spokane, replacing Darryl Potyk, M.D., who is now Chief of Medical Education for the UW-GU Regional Health Partnership, and Associate Dean for Eastern Washington. Dr. Swanson has been teaching UW medical students in Spokane since 2000 and maintains an Internal Medicine practice in Spokane. “My teaching philosophy is to share my curiosity and delight about medicine—especially physical exam skills—with the medical students who come to the Spokane site,” said Dr. Swanson. “I am a student right beside them as we find out each patient’s history, looking for physical exam findings that help to solve the puzzle of this patient’s illness while developing the rapport necessary for the physician-patient relationship.”

Student comments about the nine faculty members include accolades for enthusiasm, passion, extensive knowledge, empathy and rapport with patients. Those honored were nominated by students for being “nonjudgmental,” “providing genuine care,” “devoted to patients,” “passionate and patient-centered,” “an amazing listener to both patients and students.”

The University of Washington Department of Medicine is proud to celebrate Dr. Graham and Dr. Swanson and the other faculty educators as exceptional role models for aspiring physicians. 

2017 WWAMI Excellence in Teaching Faculty Award Honorees

Brice Addison, M.D. – Great Falls, MT

Stephanie Fosback, M.D. – Pullman, WA

Steven Gerstner, M.D. – Billings, MT

Jeremy Graham, D.O. – Spokane, WA

Michael Herring, M.D. – Bozeman, MT

Kari Kale, M.D. – Billings, MT

Stacy Kingsland, M.D. – Great Falls, MT

Anna Loge, M.D. – Dillon, MT

Judy Swanson, M.D. – Spokane, WA

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WWAMI is the five-state regional medical education partnership between the University of Washington School of Medicine and the states of Washington, Wyoming, Alaska, Montana and Idaho. The UW School of Medicine partners with these states and their state universities to train the next generation of physicians for urban and rural areas throughout this five-state region.

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