Orthopaedics professor at School of Medicine honored with national teaching award

FelixCheungDr. Felix H. Cheung, associate professor in the department of orthopaedics, department vice chair of operations and finance, and chief of the division of orthopaedic oncology at the Joan C. Edwards School of Medicine, has been awarded the 2014 National Golden Apple Award for Teaching Excellence by the American Medical Student Association (AMSA).

Cheung becomes the first Marshall professor to win the award. It was created in 1996 and recognizes medical school professors who make a significant impact on their students and medical education and is given to one person annually.

“Dr. Cheung is an outstanding educator as is evidenced by this prestigious award,” said Dr. Joseph I. Shapiro, dean of the Joan C. Edwards School of Medicine. “His commitment to our students and residents is unparalleled, and we are all very proud of him.”

“I am honored and humbled to have been chosen for this education award,” Cheung said. “I teach because I am committed to helping our students become outstanding physicians. The award is very much appreciated, but the real reward for me is seeing our students’ progress.”

Cheung credited his wife, Cara, for helping him create novel ways to teach Marshall’s students.

“My wife has two master’s degrees in teaching and she helped me develop methods of connecting with my students as adult learners,” he said. “I am grateful for her help and also want to thank our students for nominating me for the award.”

Zachary Sanford, a second-year medical student and president of the Marshall chapter of AMSA, said nominating Cheung for the award was based on his tireless commitment to improving student performance.

“Dr. Cheung’s unique method of teaching carefully blends independent learning with problem-based case presentations, effectively conveying material necessary for lifelong success as a physician,” Sanford said.

The award will be presented March 8 at the 2014 AMSA Annual Convention and Exposition in New Orleans.