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Physician Mentor of the Year 2018

Physician Mentor of the Year, Dr. Finnell with his student mentees and Dr. Abby Klemsz

During Michael Adjei’s first year of medical school, he found himself in an operating room watching his physician mentor John Dahl, MD, PhD, MBA, perform a tonsillectomy. The procedure was routine for Dr. Dahl, a pediatric otolaryngologist, but opened up a whole new way for Adjei to learn. By quizzing Adjei on the different muscles involved in the procedure, Dr. Dahl uniquely prepared Adjei to study for an upcoming anatomy exam.

“Dr. Dahl has gone above and beyond to mentor me, and his pieces of advice are what have made me successful up to this point of my academic career,” Adjei said.

The Physician Mentor Program began in 2015 as a way to connect medical students with a positive role model who supports them through medical school, provides one-on-one mentoring and a social connection to IU School of Medicine. All IU School of Medicine medical students are assigned to a physician mentor during their first year and connect with their physician mentor during all four years of medical training. Apply to become a physician mentor today.

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