Each year the UC Davis Academic Senate looks within its ranks to recognize distinguished work and gives awards of excellence.
This year, John Richards, professor of emergency medicine at UC Davis School of Medicine, will receive a Distinguished Teaching Award for Graduate and Professional Education from the Academic Senate for his excellence in teaching and mentoring.
Colleagues in the Department of Emergency Medicine use superlatives to describe Richards' teaching and mentoring. One writes that “quite frankly, he is the best (educator) I have ever known” and “when I hear Dr. Richards teach, I am captivated — and often learn something myself.”
Students are no less effusive; according to one, “He is one of the most unique, dedicated and effective clinician-educators in our university.” Another notes his “unique ability to have full awareness of the 20-plus patients in his section — many of whom are critically ill — while giving his residents the autonomy and independence to learn by doing.”
According to Richards, the award is rarely given to School of Medicine faculty. Past recipients have included Lavjay Butani (2016), Faith Fitzgerald (2014), Mark Lee (2009) , Michael Wilkes (2007), Ezra Amsterdam (2006) and F. William Blaisdell (1992).
Richards and other recipients of Academic Senate and Academic Federation honors will be recognized at the awards and research lecture and reception on Tuesday, May 9, beginning at 5:30 p.m. at the Vanderhoef Studio Theatre, Mondavi Center for the Performing Arts.