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Dr. Steve Blevins honored as Master Teacher

Wednesday, April 24, 2013 - Campus News -
 Steve Blevins, M.D., Loris Blevins, and Stanton L. and Barbara Young

The 2013 winner of the Stanton L. Young Master Teacher Award, Steve Blevins, M.D., is lauded by his peers as a skilled educator, excellent clinician and a major contributor to curriculum development at the University of Oklahoma College of Medicine.
Blevins received the honor during a ceremony Tuesday night, April 16. The Stanton L. Young Master Teacher Award is the OU College of Medicine's most important and prestigious honor in recognition of excellence in teaching. It was begun in 1983 through the generosity and commitment of Stanton L. and Barbara Young. The award honors OU College of Medicine faculty members who go beyond excellence in the classroom or on clinical rounds and touch lives and change attitudes. Blevins joins an exemplary group of Master Teachers who inspire by the example of their commitment as physicians or scientists, often both.
"Dr. Blevins is a skilled bedside teacher, always demonstrating compassion and professionalism," M. Dewayne Andrews, M.D., executive dean of the OU College of Medicine, said during his introduction of Dr. Blevins. "He exhibits excellent patient rapport, and his love of medicine is contagious."
Blevins joined the faculty of the OU College of Medicine in 1994. He earned his doctor of medicine degree from Baylor College of Medicine, and took his residency training in internal medicine at the OU Health Sciences Center. Upon completion of his residency, he joined the Department of Medicine, where he is now associate professor of medicine and an assistant dean for curriculum development in the OU College of Medicine.
Blevins played a key role in the development of a new curriculum structure, launched in 2010, for the first two years of coursework at the OU College of Medicine. He was chosen to develop a "capstone course" that concludes students' second year of medical school. The course requires students to encompass all of the preceding organ-system courses into a final review course to demonstrate their understanding and mastery through their ability to work through clinical cases.
"Because of his knowledge of medicine, his collaborative approach with other faculty and his skill in writing, Dr. Blevins was chosen to take on this task," Andrews said. "The results were astounding, and the course was a successful culmination of the new curriculum. During the course reviews, more than 90 percent of students gave Dr. Blevins a perfect evaluation score in his role as course director."
Outside of medicine, Blevins enjoys broad interests, including music, literature and creative writing. For many years, he has held leadership positions with the Civic Music Association of Oklahoma City and the Chamber Music Society of Oklahoma City. He also writes a blog that has attracted a national following for his musings that range from humorous parody to poignant personal stories.
Blevins also received the Leonard Tow Humanism in Medicine award in 2009, and in spring 2012, he was nominated for an Aesculapian Award given by students for excellence in teaching.
As recipient of the Master Teacher Award, Blevins receives a $15,000 cash prize, one of the largest awards in the nation for excellence in medical teaching.
The guest speaker for the ceremony was Arthur Ross, M.D., professor of surgery and pediatrics, and dean of the School of Medicine at West Virginia University.

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