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2012 Teaching Excellence Award

2012 Teaching Excellence Award

Before going to medical school, Dr. George Comerci received a BS in Pharmacy from the University of Arizona, where he received the Outstanding Senior Award in Pharmacy. To the disappointment of the faculty at the College of Pharmacy, he immediately enrolled in medical school, and was elected to AOA at the University of Arizona College of Medicine. He completed his internship and residency at the University of Colorado Health Sciences Center, where he was voted the Senior Resident Teacher of the Year by the intern class, and won the state ACP poster competition. . He was then a solo primary care private practitioner for 18 years. In 1999, he joined the faculty at the University of New Mexico School of Medicine and currently serves as Professor in the Divisions of General Internal Medicine and Geriatrics and Palliative Care.

At the University of New Mexico, Dr. Comerci best became known among medical students for his skill in physical diagnosis and in teaching clinical medicine. He has won 10 teaching awards from medical students and residents. He has been involved in virtually every aspect of clinical skills education and curriculum development, including classroom lectures, small group preceptor, simulation lab instructor, clinical case writer, train-the-trainer courses and ward attending. "The Comerci experience" (having Dr. Comerci as ward attending) has been sought and treasured by every medical student and internal medicine resident since Dr. Comerci arrived at UNM 14 years ago.

Among the faculty, Dr. Comerci is "the doctor's doctor" and provides care to more faculty and their family than any other practitioner. And when faculty have difficult management or diagnostic problems with their patients, Dr. Comerci is usually the first that they call for advice. Because of the breadth of his knowledge and his clinical wisdom in general internal medicine, he is regularly sought at many CME conferences (including this one) to give updates in ambulatory medicine. He has developed a special interest in pain management and is now known nation-wide for his expertise in this area.

Because of his life-long commitment to excellence in patient care and teaching the New Mexico Chapter of the American College of Physicians is honored to present the 2012 Teaching Excellence Award to Dr. George Comerci.