October 6, 2006
Tulane University physician Jeffrey Wiese is one of ten residency program directors across the country to receive the 2007 Parker J. Palmer Courage to Teach Award from the Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Education. The award is given to recognize educators dedicated to developing innovative and effective residency programs for new doctors.
A residency is the educational and clinical training program for physicians after they graduate from medical school. After Hurricane Katrina, Wiese, who was already credited with strengthening the internal medicine residency program at Tulane, expanded his territory, personally visiting every single displaced medical resident in his program at 50 institutions nationwide.
According to Wiese, he logged 33,000 miles by car; 15,000-plus cell phone minutes; 1,534 gallons of gasoline; 197 gallons of coffee; and 95 nights of sleeping in a hotel for a total 1,155 hours of sleep while he worked nearly 3,600 hours. Thanks to his efforts, 95 percent of the internal medicine residents returned to New Orleans this year, while many others chose to come to Tulane for the first time.
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