The Alpha Omega Alpha Robert J. Glaser Distinguished Teacher Awards were established by the AΩA honor medical society in partnership with the Association of American Medical Colleges in 1988 to recognize medical school educators who have distinguished themselves in medical student education. The 2021 Distinguished Teachers are:
Tracy B. Fulton, PhD
Tracy B. Fulton, PhD —Professor, Biochemistry and Biophysics, University of California, San Francisco School of Medicine Over the past two decades, Dr. Fulton has worked to transform medical biochemistry from a siloed collection of enzymes and pathways to an applied discipline focused on understanding. She worked with a team to implement and study the Pathways of Human Metabolism Map, a visual tool for health professions students that promotes deep learning and application of classroom concepts to clinical problems. Learn more about Dr. Fulton.
Valerie J. Lang, MD, MHPE
Valerie J. Lang, MD, MHPE—AΩA, SUNY Upstate Medical University College of Medicine, 1997), Associate Professor of Medicine and Clinical Nursing, University of Rochester School of Medicine and Dentistry For the past two decades, Dr. Lang has embodied meliora — the Latin motto of the University of Rochester, which translates to “ever better” — by seizing every opportunity to create an even more outstanding medical student experience. Learn more about Dr. Lang.
William V. Raszka Jr., MD
William V. Raszka Jr., MD —(AΩA, Boston University School of Medicine, 1985), Professor, Pediatrics, The Robert Larner, M.D., College of Medicine at the University of Vermont As director of the pediatrics clerkship at Robert Larner, M.D., College of Medicine at the University of Vermont, Dr. Raszka has spent 25 years inspiring students through a combination of outside-the-classroom learning and innovative classroom teaching methods. Learn more about Dr. Raszka.
Leonard E. White, PhD
Leonard E. White, PhD—Associate Professor, Neurology, Duke University School of Medicine As associate professor in neurology at Duke, Dr. White has set the bar for medical education through impressive foresight, anticipating student needs and pioneering new approaches well ahead of others in the field. He helped establish team-based learning at Duke, developed the first modular videos for hybrid flipped-classroom learning, and integrated humanities into medical education — long before these strategies became well-known and adopted across the country. Learn more about Dr. White.