FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Thursday, June 23, 2016
Contact: Leah C. Payne, Director of Public Affairs, Schools of Medicine and Pharmacy, 304-691-1713
Sheanna Spence, Assistant Director, Alumni Affairs and Community Relations, School of Medicine, 304-691-1639
HUNTINGTON, W.Va. — Haitem Muafa, M.D., has been selected as the Resident of the Month for June 2016, announced Paulette S. Wehner, M.D., vice dean for graduate medical education at the Marshall University Joan C. Edwards School of Medicine.
“Dr. Muafa’s nomination was the first time medical students took the initiative to join together and nominate someone,” Wehner said. “Recent graduates Indy Bhavsar and George Banks led the Class of 2016’s effort to speak very highly of Dr. Muafa and his willingness to teach by engaging the students with probing questions.”
In their nomination, the students wrote that Muafa is “well known for making medicine fun.” Eva Patton-Tackett, M.D., internal medicine residency program director, stated that Muafa’s attributes go beyond his exceptional teaching ability.
“He has an amazing ability to make a team feel relaxed even under tremendous stress,” Patton-Tackett said. “He is able to handle a very busy service with multiple admissions all while being calm and relaxed and never complaining. You will always see him smiling and he always takes extra time to teach and interact with the students even if he is exhausted or busy.”
Muafa graduated with honors from Tripoli Medical School and is completing his third and final year as an internal medicine resident. After graduation later this month, Muafa will become a hospitalist at the Lowell General Hospital in Lowell, Massachusetts.
As part of his recognition as the June Resident of the Month, Muafa will receive items including a certificate of recognition and a designated parking spot for the month.
Photo Caption: Haitem Muafa, M.D., (left) receives the June Resident of the Month award from Eva Patton-Tackett, M.D., internal medicine residency program director.
Date Posted: Thursday, June 23, 2016