Medical Director Receives Velji Faculty Award for Teaching Excellence in Global Health

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Congratulations to Dr. Peter Rohloff!

At the annual conference for the Consortium of Universities for Global Health, May 10-11, 2014, Dr. Rohloff was awarded the Velji Faculty Award for Teaching Excellence in Global Health.
Dr. Rohloff with patients in Guatemala.
Dr. Rohloff with patients in Guatemala.

Six of our medical student interns nominated Dr. Rohloff for the award. Below is an excerpt from their nomination letter, celebrating Peter’s excellent work.

Dr Rohloff has made mentorship and teaching a priority in his career.  One of Wuqu’ Kawoq’s goals is to train local health providers, midwives, and community health workers to implement programs, and much of Dr. Rohloff’s work has involved this type of teaching.  One of his most impressive commitments, however, has been the time he dedicates to mentoring students, not only in medicine but also in other fields such as nutrition and anthropology.  He has served as a research mentor for six different medical students on year-long and summer research projects, focusing on educational and clinical interventions with a strong focus on quality assessment.  He has also mentored several PhD candidates in anthropology, guiding students through a variety of ethnographic research projects to determine the ways that cultural and socioeconomic factors influence health behaviors.  Despite having many mentees, Dr. Rohloff is extremely committed to each student and goes above and beyond to help them succeed.

Dr. Peter Rohloff with Sarah Nelson (Left) and Sarah Messmer. Nelson and Messmer will graduate from Harvard Medical School in June 2014.
Dr. Peter Rohloff with Sarah Nelson (Left) and Sarah Messmer. Nelson and Messmer will graduate from Harvard Medical School in June 2014.

Dr. Rohloff is incredibly accomplished and a phenomenal mentor, offering his students the perfect balance between the independence to grow and the supervision when needed.  He is an enthusiastic teacher in his many fields of expertise, from pointing out clinical pearls while examining patients to recommending readings in anthropology to deepen a student’s experience.  Most importantly, Dr. Rohloff mentors by the example of his own life, which he has dedicated to providing care for underserved and marginalized communities.  He emphasizes the importance of learning the language of his patients, as well as the need for building programs that are not only effective but also driven by the community.

About the award: http://www.cugh.org/cugh-%E2%80%93-velji-award-teaching-excellence-global-health

http://2014cughconference.org/awards-competitions/