Congratulations to Matthew Fischer, MD, recipient of this year's Scott Sprtel Resident Award of Excellence. Dr. Fischer is the 15th recipient of the award that was created in memory of Scott Sprtel, MD, who died in a bicycle accident in 2003. The Sprtel award is presented each year to the resident/fellow who has most closely demonstrated the qualities, characteristics and compassion one would hope to find in the "ideal" physician.
Residents and fellows were nominated based on excellence in areas of teaching, critical thinking, teamwork, communication, professionalism, attitude, integrity, patient care, and compassion. According to Steve Pearson, MD, Internal Medicine Residency program director, "Matt is living proof that communication and relationship skills are foremost in the foundation of a good physician. He genuinely cares about people and this comes through in the friendly caring attitude he displays with his patients and everyone he works with. He is often the first to volunteer or to offer a helping hand, or to say the kind word of encouragement. He is one of those people whose behavior can be inspiring to those around him."
"A review of the comments related to Dr. Fischer's nomination revealed many exemplary attributes. In regards to the Scott Sprtel, MD, Resident Award of Excellence, the comments of note included, 'He takes the initiative to solve problems that may not even be his,' and 'He makes all feel valued.' Thus, he demonstrates the attributes of teamwork and professionalism, which were hallmark attributes of Scott Sprtel, MD," says Gregory P. Thompson, MD, director of Medical Education.
Dr. Fischer obtained his medical degree from the University of North Dakota.
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