Described by her peers in glowing terms, Gudrun Kungys was honored with the UC Davis School of Medicine 2008 House Staff Professionalism Award. Kungys, who is chief resident in Anesthesiology, "is a bright, hard-working resident," says Shirley Bishop-Wong, assistant residency program coordinator. "She demonstrates a high ethical standard in her leadership as chief."
Indeed, Kungys has been a strong advocate for patient safety, according to Brian Pitts, assistant clinical professor in the Department of Anesthesiology and Pain Medicine. He points to her successful proposal to purchase new video airway devices used for patients undergoing general anesthesia.
"Dr. Kungys has exhibited compassion for her patients, respect for her teachers and peers, and integrity to do the right thing," says Pitts.
Originally from Germany, Kungys received her medical degree from the Julius Maximilians University of Wuerzburg in 2002. She came to UC Davis in June 2004 for an internship in general surgery, and in June 2005 began her residency in anesthesiology. While working on her medical training, Kungys also started a family. She now has three children, ages 5, 2, and 5 months. She'll complete her residency in December, and then hopes to teach and become a fellow in cardiothoracic anesthesiology in 2009.
The award recognizes residents who exemplify the attributes of a professional, which is defined as one who "aspires to altruism, accountability, excellence, duty, service, honor, integrity, and respect for others." Kungys says she's very honored to receive the award, yet she also views it as a challenge to be worthy of it.