Anson Koshy wins Distinguished Faculty Award in Professionalism

By Roman Petrowski, Office of Communications
February 3, 2022

The McGovern Medical School Office of Professionalism has named Anson Koshy, MD, associate professor in the McGovern Center for Humanities and Ethics, and the Department of Pediatrics, as the inaugural winner of the John P. and Kathrine G. McGovern Distinguished Faculty Award in Professionalism.

“I am very appreciative for this recognition,” Koshy said. “However, it is thanks to generous colleagues and supportive members like Dr. Rebecca Lunstroth, Dr. Danny Williamson, and Dr. Tom Cole that this was even possible.”

The John P. and Kathrine G. McGovern Distinguished Faculty Award in Professionalism is awarded to faculty who have established one or more successful programs for promoting education in aspects of professionalism for learners enrolled in McGovern Medical School undergraduate or graduate programs. Recipients of the award receive $2,500 and are honored at an award ceremony where they provide a brief presentation on their contributions.

Examples of professional education programs include, but are not limited to: professional identity formation, faculty development in assessing professionalism, organizational professionalism efforts, resiliency building initiatives, assess and remediate professional lapses, interprofessional education, and failing successfully.

“Dr. Koshy is a dedicated and responsive clinician whose care of his often-fragile patients and families serves as a role model and aspirational model for students and faculty alike,” said Margaret McNeese, MD, vice dean for Admissions and Student Affairs.

As a core faculty member for the John P. McGovern, MD, Center for Humanities and Ethics, Koshy holds a key role in completing the mission of the center in examining the moral, spiritual, and cultural aspects of biomedical science and health care professions. For the center, Koshy leads programs such as Arts & Resilience, the Human Ties Digest, and courses such as the Art of Observation.

Koshy graduated from the University of Debrecen Medical School in 2004 and Health Science Centre in 2005 before completing his residency in pediatrics at the Atlantic Health System. He joined the medical school in 2013 after completing a Master’s in Bioethics from The Perelman School of Medicine at the University of Pennsylvania.

“We are very fortunate to have so many talented individuals, including students, involved in numerous educational initiatives around professionalism, and I am happy to play a small part in that effort,” Koshy said. “I hope more individuals understand that professionalism in medicine evolves constantly, and much like medicine itself, it is key to never assume there is nothing else for you to learn.”