Sloane, Byerley recognized with University Teaching Awards

Philip Sloane, MD, MPH, Elizabeth and Oscar Goodwin Distinguished Professor and associate chair, Department of Family Medicine, and Julie Byerley, MD, PhD, professor of pediatrics and vice dean for Education and were recently recognized with Distinguished Teaching Awards from the University.

Sloane, Byerley recognized with University Teaching Awards click to enlarge Philip Sloane, MD, MPH/ Photo by Max Englund
Sloane, Byerley recognized with University Teaching Awards click to enlarge Juile Byerley, MD, PhD/ Photo by Max Englund

Sloane was awarded the Mentor Award for Lifetime Achievement for the work he does to mentor both students and junior faculty members.

“To me, teaching is all about helping others learn, develop their careers and figure out how to become the people they want to be,” Sloane said. “My mentoring philosophy is centered around helping people achieve their own goals, not mine.”

During more than 35 years on the faculty of the School of Medicine, Sloane said he has developed a pretty keen sense of what it takes to build a successful relationship.

“I like to work with people who like to work,” he said. “If someone expects you to do everything for them, that relationship won’t last very long. But if someone is hard-working and motivated, I am thrilled to work with them. The good thing about being here is that this campus is full of great students.”

Sloane said that he also works quite a bit with junior faculty members, receiving grant funding from the NIH to develop a mentorship program for junior faculty. It’s been very successful. Since 2003, his faculty mentees have won more than 20 national career and project awards.

Again, Sloane touts a selfless approach to these relationships.

Bylerley was recognized with a Distinguished Teaching Award for Post Baccalaureate Teaching and Mentoring. She said that finding ways for students to individualize their educational experience while at the UNC School of Medicine is an important part of her teaching philosophy.

“The medical students that we get to work with are a very mature group of learners who have a desire to use their intellect and talents to help others,” Byerley said. “My goal is to work with them to recognize their unique abilities and help to grow and improve.”

She said that she values the opportunities she has to teach students in a clinical setting.

“When we are working to take care of patients, I get the opportunity to work with students and residents on a more individual level,” she said. “In those cases, we are certainly getting to know the patient, but also learning a lot about each other and the best ways for everyone to work together.”

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