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Volunteer faculty member wins award

Sep. 16, 2012 @ 02:06 PM

Volunteer faculty member wins award

HUNTINGTON -- Dr. Jason A. Hudak, a three-time Marshall University graduate, has been selected as a recipient of the 2012 Pfizer Teacher Development Award, given to only 13 physicians nationwide by the American Academy of Family Physicians Foundation.

The Pfizer award is presented to community-based, new physicians who combine their clinical practice with part-time teaching of family medicine. Hudak has a private practice in Barboursville and serves as volunteer clinical faculty member with the Joan C. Edwards School of Medicine.

"I was really surprised to receive this award," Hudak said, in a news release. "As a new volunteer faculty member, I was learning to teach just as much as the students were learning to learn. It's been an unexpected blessing."

Hudak graduated from Marshall with his undergraduate degree in 2001 and then with his medical degree in 2005. He completed a residency in Family Medicine in 2007.

Hudak was nominated by colleagues in the Marshall Department of Family and Community Health, including Dr. Mitch Shaver, who is residency director for the department.

This is the second time a Marshall University Family Medicine residency graduate has received the Pfizer Teaching Development Award. Last year, Dr. Scott Davis was also recognized.

Hudak will be honored at the organization's Scientific Assembly meeting later this year in Philadelphia.

Med students take part in addiction education program

HUNTINGTON -- Three medical students at Marshall University's Joan C. Edwards School of Medicine attended an intensive addiction education institute at the Betty Ford Institute in California this summer.

The three second-year students, Aaron M. Dom, from Wellersburg, Pa.; William D. Hall, from Fairfax, Va.; and Mindy Becker Hodge of Ashland, Ky., attended three different sessions which focused on giving them the opportunity to become part of the world renowned Betty Ford Center experience.

Instead of participation in a classroom setting, the students learn by integration into the daily life of either a patient in treatment or participants in the family program of the center.

"Addiction sends out shock waves to everyone associated with the patient," Dom said, in a news release. "While I knew I would see some patients with addiction in my future practice, I learned that I'm more likely to see the family members who are impacted by their loved one's addiction. This was a great opportunity to see addiction from a family member's perspective."

Hall said one of the most important aspects of the training for him "was the realization that addiction is truly a disease and can be treated." Additionally, he hoped by participating he'd learn some of the ways to defeat the stigma of mental illness and addiction.

"Addiction in all forms is a huge problem, particularly in our Appalachian area," Hodge said. "This institute helped me learn how to do a better job of managing the medical case and better relate to my patients."

Marshall University Joan C. Edwards School of Medicine students have been chosen to attend the Institute since 2005.

Rugby team seeking members

HUNTINGTON -- Marshall University's men's rugby team, a club sport on campus, is hosting open tryouts from 4 to 6 p.m. each Tuesday and Thursday and at 1 p.m. Sunday, at the field behind the Recreation Center.

No experience is necessary. Current positions are open on both the competitive and developmental team.

The team went undefeated last year.

For more information, call Corey Sowards at 304-521-9367.

The women's team also is looking for players as it moves from Division III to Division II. They practice 5:45 to 7:45 p.m. each Monday and Wednesday on Buskirk Field.

For more information, contact team president Paige Rabatin at rabatin2@live.marshall.edu.