Ashley B. Zawodniak, D.O., chosen as first Resident of the Month recipient

Dr. Ashley B. Zawodniak, a second-year internal medicine resident, has been selected as the first recipient of the Joan C. Edwards School of Medicine’s Resident of the Month program, according to Dr. Paulette S. Wehner, vice dean for graduate medical education.

“It is fitting that our first recognition of a resident be someone of Dr. Zawodniak’s caliber,” Wehner said. “She is a conscientious and hard-working resident who takes excellent care of patients daily and who has an immense passion for community service and caring for the less fortunate.”

In his nomination of Zawodniak, Dr. Larry D. Dial, chair of internal medicine, wrote that Zawodniak is a “superstar” and that “… (she) personally bought a homeless patient clothes and assisted him in the hospital and organized a quality improvement curriculum rotation committee.”

In her nomination Missy K. Browning, program coordinator in the department of psychiatry, wrote that  “Dr. Zawodniak volunteered for the Marshall Medical Outreach Mam and Glam event, using one of her four days off from floor service … and spent the afternoon meeting with the ladies individually answering their questions and counseling them on women’s health and overall wellness issues. I’m certain there are many more lives touched by her generosity and compassion.”

Wehner expressed appreciation to all who submitted nominations for November’s recognition.

“We had nearly a dozen outstanding resident and fellow nominees. While reviewing the nominations, we were simply amazed to learn of the exceptional educational efforts and humanitarian service that our residents and fellows display on a daily basis.  All of the nominations truly deserve recognition but unfortunately we can only choose one a month to publicly acknowledge,” she said.

As part of her recognition as the November Resident of the Month, Zawodniak will receive items including a certificate of recognition and a designated parking spot.   Monthly winners will also be automatically entered into the Resident of the Year Award to be announced in May.


Photo: Dr. Ashley Zawodniak was named the inaugural Resident of the Month at the Joan C. Edwards School of Medicine.