Champaign County Medical Society presented two of its members with the 2020 Physician Champion Award. Dr. Michael Kuhlenschmidt and Dr. Japhia Jayasingh-Ramkumar each received an Education Service Award. Each has demonstrated excellence in educating students and residents in the practice of medicine.
Dr. Michael Kuhlenschmidt works in the Department of Internal Medicine at Christie Clinic in Mahomet, is a Clinical Instructor at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign College of Medicine, and a Clinical Assistant Professor at Carle Illinois College of Medicine. He was recognized for his exceptional teaching services to medical students and residents and as a role model of the finest qualities of a primary care physician in our community. Despite a very busy primary care practice, he is committed to teaching and provides expert instruction to residents including instruction on biostatistics and is consistently available to support medical students and residents in all manner of instruction, guidance and mentoring.
Dr. Japhia Jayasingh-Ramkumar is Director of the Clinical Simulation Center and Clinical Associate Professor, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign College of Medicine, a Clinical Associate Professor at Carle Illinois College of Medicine, and an internal medicine staff physician at McKinley Health Care Center. She was recognized for her dedication to medical education, commitment to teaching, and to training physicians, from novice to expert, in the areas of interview, physical exam, and cultural competency for both simulated and actual patients. Her positive impact on students distinguishes her as a role model for teaching and mentoring.
The awards were presented at the CCMS Fall Membership Meeting held via Zoom on Thursday, September 10th. Congratulations to both genuinely deserving award recipients!