Malathi Srinivasan, associate professor of internal medicine at the UC Davis School of Medicine, has won the "Clinician Educator of the Year" award from the Society of General Internal Medicine for the California/Hawaii region. Srinivasan is known for the tireless energy and enthusiastic approach that she brings to teaching, as well as to her research and clinical care work that includes training and educating medical students and new physicians.
"Dr Srinivasan is passionate about advancing innovative models of health-sciences education as a critical element in the foundation of outstanding clinical care," said Fred Meyers, executive associate dean at UC Davis School of Medicine. "All of us at UC Davis are impressed by her accomplishments and leadership. She truly earned this prestigious recognition."
Srinivasan is highly regarded for her classroom presentations and mentorship. She helps guide students and residents in clinical cases, professional development and research projects. She is known to take trainees on educational trips around the hospital, where she introduces them to the inner workings of diagnostic labs and clinical departments that help provide crucial insights into the complex operations of a major academic medical center.
"She is a dedicated educator who loves clinical medicine, and enjoys imparting that curiosity and joy to her learners," said Richard Kravitz, professor of internal medicine and a long-time colleague at UC Davis School of Medicine. "Not only is Dr. Srinivasan a committed, capable and compassionate clinician, she is a role model for educators everywhere, displaying an indefatigable commitment to learners at all levels."
Srinivasan has been a Robert Wood Johnson Foundation Generalist Physician Faculty Scholar and a U.S. Health and Human Services Public Policy Fellow. She has co-authored medical education grants totaling over $8.1million from the National Institutes of Health and the Centers for Disease Control, and helped develop a web-based, interactive curricula called "eDoctoring" that has been used by more than a 1,000 medical students and residents at all five University of California medical schools. She is the current director of Practice-Based Learning at UC Davis, in which third- and fourth-year medical students learn focused clinical skills for patient care.