J. Chase Findley, MD, Devneil Vaidya Junior Faculty Teaching Award

J. Chase Findley, MD, poses with his plaque after earning the Devneil Vaidya Junior Faculty Teaching Award. Photo by Dawnelle Schatte, MD

J. Chase Findley, MD, assistant professor of psychiatry and behavioral sciences received the Devneil Vaidya Junior Faculty Teaching Award from the Association of Directors of Medical Student Education in Psychiatry (ADMSEP) in June.

The Devneil Vaidya Award recognizes a promising, early career ADMSEP member who is already demonstrating excellence in teaching, mentoring, and curricular innovations related to medical student education. The award provides an opportunity for an educator to be recognized for accomplishments at a formative stage in their career.

“Membership in ADMSEP has been tremendously helpful for me because of the open, supportive, and collaborative environment of the organization,” Findley said. “Receiving this award reflects on the excellent mentorship I have received from the other ADMSEP members in developing my medical student education career. I would like to thank Dr. Dawnelle Schatte in particular for her mentorship at ADMSEP, and Dr. Vineeth John for his enthusiastic nomination for this award.”

Findley recently earned the 2019 John P. McGovern Award as the exceptional clinical teacher at McGovern Medical School. His approach to teaching emphasizes that everyone is continuously learning in medicine, and that doctors provide the best care to patients when they work together as a supportive team.

He is also director of Medical Student Education in the Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences.

Findley coordinates all aspects of psychiatric training and education across each of the four years of the McGovern Medical School curriculum. He is a member of the Curriculum Committee and serves as co-director of the Nervous System & Behavior Module and director of the Psychiatry Clerkship. He also serves as the faculty advisor for the Student Interest Group in Neurology and Psychiatry (SIGN/P) and has a special interest in preparing fourth-year medical students for residency applications and the transition to internship.

Findley completed medical school and his psychiatry residence at The University of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio and joined the McGovern Medical School faculty in 2013. He received the award at the annual meeting of the ADMSEP in Portland, Maine.

The ADMSEP is an organization for all educators and administrative staff dedicated to promoting excellence in behavioral sciences and psychiatric education for medical students.

Written by: Roman Petrowski, Office of Communications