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Foundation honors professors for teaching excellence

Four faculty members will be honored for teaching excellence at MUSC’s annual Faculty Convocation at the beginning of the 2013-14 academic year at 4:30 p.m., Aug. 20 in the Drug Discovery Building auditorium.

The faculty members are:

  • Sara V. Kraft, DPT, assistant professor, College of Health Professions, Educator-Lecturer;
  • Carrie L. Cormack, R.N., instructor, College of Nursing, Developing Teacher;
  • Shakaib U. Rehman, M.D., professor, College of Medicine, Educator-Mentor/Clinical-Professional; and
  • Dorothea D. Jenkins, M.D., associate professor, College of Medicine, Educator-Mentor/Academic-Scholarship.

Presented for the first time in 1995, these teaching awards were proposed as part of MUSC’s educational strategic plan. In addition to a commemorative medallion, each recipient will receive a cash award from the MUSC Foundation.

Sara Kraft, DPT


A glance at the letters of nomination for Kraft reveals many common threads.

Sara Kraft, DPT

Much of the praise centers on the free, student-run clinic providing preventative and primary care to uninsured patients. Kraft volunteers much of her time to the Community Aid, Relief, Education and Support Clinic, known as CARES. She serves as teacher and mentor to physical and occupational therapy students, and led an effort to increase available space for rehabilitation services, thereby increasing the number of students working at the clinic and the number of patients being served.

She also organizes and coordinates student involvement in other community projects for patients with special needs, such as an adaptive water sports clinic and events benefitting the organization Achieving Wheelchair Equality.

David Morrisette, Ph.D., professor and director of the Division of Physical Therapy, said Kraft is “one of the most outstanding and effective teachers and clinicians that I have had the pleasure to know.”

Carrie Cormack, R.N.

Developing Teacher

Working and studying demands a lot of time. Add teaching and raising a family, and you have Cormack’s life. Her colleagues and students, however, say she excels in all facets.

Carrie Cormack, R.N.

As an instructor in the College of Nursing’s Pediatric Nurse Practitioner program, Cormack works with students in the classroom and online. She earned a Bachelor of Science in nursing degree from Saint Anselm College in Manchester, N.H., and a Master of Science in nursing degree at MUSC.

She is certified by the Pediatric Nursing Certification Board and is a member of the National Association of Pediatric Nurse Practitioners. She is director of nursing at Pattison’s Academy, a school for children with multiple disabilities.

Cormack is also beginning work on her doctorate degree in nursing.

"There is not a person who works harder or is as dedicated as Carrie Cormack,” said one of her colleagues at PACE Charter School. “She has devoted her life to helping educate and assist others.”

Shakaib Rehman, M.D.


Just as a house may only be as sturdy as its foundation, one’s health may depend on a sound doctor-patient relationship. Rehman has devoted much of his professional life to improving this relationship by developing and teaching courses in communication skills for clinicians.

“I have seen him perform firsthand and also know from the comments of mutual colleagues who Dr. Rehman trained, that he is indeed an outstanding bedside clinician,” stated Richard Stark, M.D., director of primary care clinic operations for the Veterans Health Administration. As a testament to Rehman’s mastery of this complex skill, other physicians trust him with their own health care. Perhaps an even better example is that difficult patients being treated by other physicians often wind up in his care.

An acknowledged authority on hypertension, Rehman also serves as program director of continuing medical education for primary care at the Ralph H. Johnson VA Medical Center.

“He is a wonderful doctor,” declared one student. “His patients are happy, and I learned a lot from him.”

Dorothea Jenkins, M.D.


A newborn in the neonatal ICU may seem to be the most helpless of humans, but to Jenkins, associate professor of pediatrics, that infant may be the most effective of teachers.

“Bedside teaching is a personal passion of mine,” she said in her philosophy of education.
Students, residents, fellows and others under her tutelage are often brought to the bedside to address the situation.

Even research trainees come to the unit “to see the infants and how the (research) project relates to their problems.”

Jenkins received her medical degree from MUSC and underwent further training at the University of Colorado Health Sciences Center and the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. She joined the MUSC faculty in 1993.

One former mentee said that Jenkins, by teaming with students, researchers and health care providers representing many disciplines, “redefines the concept of ‘interprofessional collaboration.’”

“Dr. Jenkins has a remarkable ability to surround herself with professionals of myriad abilities,” the mentee added, “as a means to develop the best projects available.”

Editor’s note: For information on the MUSC Foundation, visit

May 16, 2013

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