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Appleseed Awards Presented To Outstanding Residents, 2018-19

Friday, June 7, 2019

Duke Ob/Gyn is proud to announce the 2018-2019 Appleseed Resident Teaching Award recipients. Presentations were made by Sarah Tait, co-chair of the Appleseed Award Committee, on behalf of the Duke University Medical School students following Ob/Gyn Grand Rounds on Wednesday, June 5, 2019.

Three residents, Miriam Estin, MD, PhD; Charlotte Page, MD; and Jill Hagey, MD, MPH (second year as an Appleseed Award recipient) were recognized for outstanding performance as educators and mentors and were selected by a democratic vote by the students “because they not only exceeded expectations of medical pedagogy, but have shown genuine passion for training the next generation of doctors…”

The Appleseed Resident Teaching Award was created in 2008 by Duke medical students in an effort to recognize, support and reward exceptional teaching and mentoring by house staff. The awards are presented annually to no more than 10% of the total residency classes, and are designed to highlight their positive impact upon education. 

Included among the praises each awardee received are the following testimonials to why they were selected:

Miriam Estin, MD, PhD:

"Simply put, Mira made my L&D experience… Mira went above and beyond by reaching out to myself and the other 2 students to ensure each day we always knew where to go or anything else interesting that would be going on. Additionally, she took time out of her hectic schedule to provide quick 5-10 minutes of didactic teaching (complete with handouts) that helped bring us up to speed on fetal heart tracings and made us look like we knew what we were talking about during morning presentation. She also walked through our daily notes and provided verbal corrections/suggestions to help us improve our differential thinking or understanding of appropriate postpartum care. I also appreciated that at the end of the week she took us aside and asked what we thought of the week, what she could do better, etc. - something that rarely occurs during second year with the residents. Mira helped me to see that Ob/Gyn could be a fun and thought-provoking specialty and caused me to sincerely consider it as a potential residency.”

“Mira went out of her way to teach medical students, from printing out helpful information to diving into in-depth explanations of pregnancy physiology. She made sure to involve medical students, and made us feel very welcome on L&D!”

Charlotte Page, MD

"Charlotte was such a wonderful person! I had the pleasure of working with her for both Gyn Onc and clinic, and getting to work with her was definitely the best part of my Ob/Gyn rotation. She was always willing to teach and always made me feel like a part of the team.”

“Charlotte taught me more than anyone else in all of Ob/Gyn! She was non-judgmental and so patient! I was so lucky to work with her!”

“Charlotte is absolutely amazing. She is so willing to teach and is incredibly knowledgeable. I had the pleasure of working with her early this year on two different sub-rotations, and had an extremely positive experience both times.”

Jill Hagey, MD, MPH

"Jill went out of her way to teach fundamental concepts of GYN during my sub-rotation. I could see the passion she has for medical education. She went over whatever topics I wanted to discuss during downtime on the floor. Whenever a clinical decision needed to be made, Jill walked me through her thought process and included me in the discussion. Overall, my medical training was significantly impacted by working with Dr. Hagey.”

“Jill is an amazing educator. She spent most of her free time on our rotation teaching me and the other medical student, which we both greatly appreciated. She not only teaches frequently but she teaches really well. She presents information in an organized and memorable way and provides frameworks to think about complicated problems. She is truly a delight to work with and any medical student would be lucky to be paired with her!”

“I had an amazing time working with Dr. Hagey! She was able to fit teaching into a few brief experiences including a stat C-section and a few patient encounters at HROB. She was passionate and enthusiastic!”

Pictured left to right: Jill Hagey, MD; MPH; Miriam Estin, MD, PhD; and Sarah Tait, co-chair of the Appleseed Award Committee. Inset: Charlotte Page, MD.