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Dr. Dee Fenner Announced as Recipient of Inaugural Bucksbaum Clinical Excellence Award

We are proud to announce that Dr. Dee Fenner, Chair of the Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology at the University of Michigan, has been named as the inaugural recipient of the Bucksbaum Award for Clinical Excellence. This award, presented by the Bucksbaum Institute, recognizes her outstanding commitment to clinical excellence, the doctor-patient relationship, mentorship, reducing health disparities, and scholarly research. Dr. Fenner's noteworthy contributions in female pelvic floor dysfunction and medical education, extensive research, and leadership roles in professional organizations underscore her exceptional achievements. Please Join us in congratulating Dr. Fenner!

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The Bucksbaum Institute for Clinical Excellence

The Bucksbaum Institute for Clinical Excellence was created to improve patient care; to strengthen the doctor-patient relationship; to enhance communication and decision-making in health care through research and education programs for medical students, junior faculty, and master clinicians; and to reduce health care disparities.

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The Bucksbaum Institute has appointed 514 faculty, medical students, and undergraduate pre-medical student scholars across 8 scholar groups over the last 10 years.


The Bucksbaum Institute has developed 30 programs for scholars and the larger University of Chicago community over the past 10 years.


The Bucksbaum Institute has begun to develop new strategic partnerships to increase education and research on the doctor-patient relationship, shared decision-making and other critical efforts to improve patient care.


Bucksbaum Master Clinician and Student Scholar Highlighted Diversity Leadership Awards

At an annual ceremony at the University of Chicago, Bucksbaum Master Clinician, Dr. Selwyn Rodgers, and Medical Student Scholar, Alvin Arroyo, have been honored with the prestigious Diversity Leadership Awards on January 30th, 2024.

The awards, presented annually during the Martin Luther King, Jr. Commemoration Celebration, commends individuals who exemplify the principles of Dr. King by actively promoting diversity, inclusion, justice, and equality within the University community and society at large. Both Dr. Rodgers and Alvin have demonstrated exceptional leadership in these areas, particularly in the realm of the clinical environment and the clinician-patient relationship. The Diversity Leadership Awards highlight their commitment to advancing Dr. King’s legacy, celebrating their dedication to creating a more equitable and diverse future in healthcare and beyond. The recognition serves as a testament to the positive influence of Bucksbaum Scholars in shaping a community that values and prioritizes unity and understanding.

The Bucksbaum Institute, in partnership with UChicago Medicine is proud to support and celebrate the great work of our scholars!

The Bucksbaum Institute for Clinical Excellence

The Bucksbaum Institute for Clinical Excellence at the University of Chicago aims to enhance the skills of physicians as advisers, counselors, and navigators to help patients make informed decisions when facing complex treatment choices.

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Made possible by the Matthew & Carolyn Bucksbaum Family Foundation

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