Dr. Mark Farnie accepts the Herbert L. and Margaret W. DuPont Master Clinical Teaching Award from Dean Giuseppe Colasurdo.
Dr. Mark Farnie, associate professor of internal medicine and pediatrics, is the recipient of the 2013 Herbert L. and Margaret W. DuPont Master Clinical Teaching Award.

Established in 2001 and made possible by a gift from the DuPonts, the award recognizes and preserves the essence and quality of the master clinical teacher, reflecting the Medical School’s top priority of quality clinical medical education.

Farnie joined the Medical School as a first-year student in 1983 and graduated with the Class of 1987. He did his internal medicine pediatrics residency at the Medical School and upon completion in 1991 joined the faculty as an assistant professor of internal medicine and pediatrics.

“Being a member of the University of Texas Medical School at Houston faculty for the past 21 years has allowed me to participate in many medical students’, interns’, and residents’ education and it has truly been an honor to do so. Hopefully my small contribution to their acquisition of medical knowledge has been an inspiration to them to also give back to students in the future. The ability to teach in the classroom and at the patient bedside allows for so many opportunities for learning that it seems to come easily. If you truly love what you are doing, it shows in the care that you provide to patients and students,” he said.

Farnie teaches Physical Diagnosis, Introduction to Clinical Medicine, and Problem Based Learning in the Basic Sciences. He also teaches in Pediatrics and serves as the clerkship director for both Ambulatory Internal Medicine and Internal Medicine.

Farnie describes his teaching style as “fun” and “caring” – it is also award winning.

A member of Alpha Omega Alma, he has received the Dean’s Excellence Teaching Award every year it has been offered, and he received the Walter M. Kirkendall Award for each of the three years it was available.  He was named the Distinguished Alumnus in 2004.

“He is a fiercely intelligent and passionate educator who has the unique ability to create an environment that is educationally affirming while constantly identifying and pushing the boundaries of your abilities,” wrote a nominating student.

Farnie said that he sees teaching and mentoring as a continuum.

“I believe providing an outstanding learning opportunity in Internal Medicine and Pediatrics ultimately leads to students desiring to enter Internal Medicine, Pediatric or Internal Medicine/Pediatric Residency Programs, all Primary Residency Care Programs. Recruitment for a career starts as soon as they begin medical school and is solidified during their third and fourth year. It is my goal as a clinical educator to use every opportunity to instill in our trainees the desire to provide outstanding, empathetic, and continuity of medical care,” he added.

Previous recipients of the DuPont award are John Foringer, M.D., 2012;  Pedro Mancias, M.D., 2011; Phil Johnson, M.D., 2010; Francisco Fuentes, M.D., 2009; Cheves Smythe, M.D., 2008; Eugene Toy, M.D., 2007; John Sparks, M.D., 2006; Victor Lavis, M.D., 2005; Philip Orlander, M.D., 2004; Ian Butler, M.D., 2003; Patrick Brosnan, M.D., 2002; and Frank Arnett, M.D., 2001.

-Darla Brown, Office of Communications, Medical School