Knoch receives Dean’s Teaching Award

Daniel Knoch, MD, recently received a UW School of Medicine and Public Health Dean’s Teaching Award for 2013. Dr. Knoch is director of Medical Student Education in the Department of Ophthalmology and Visual Sciences.

The Dean’s Teaching Award celebrates physicians who have careers distinguished by creativity and innovation. Dr. Knoch directed a clerkship during which third-and fourth-year medical students spent a week working in the clinic and operating room along with preparing case presentations. Now he has evolved the medical student training to suit new parameters teaching second-year students.

Dr. Knoch also teaches the second year medical students how to conduct an eye exam, preparing them for the clinical practice they will receive during their third and fourth years.

Sarah Nehls, MD, vice chair for Education and Faculty Development, says Dr. Knoch’s teaching style is “organized and highly personable.” Medical students have responded well to this mix, giving him overwhelmingly positive evaluations.

This is not Dr. Knoch’s first award for teaching excellence. He received the Medical Alumni teaching award in 2008 and the Class of 2011 teaching award. Dr. Knoch also works closely with ophthalmology residents and he received the ophthalmology residents’ clinical teaching award in 2009 and 2012.