PNWU-COM Faculty Member and Graduating Fourth-Year Medical Student Awarded Leonard Tow Humanism in Medicine Awards

On May 18, 2018, the Pacific Northwest University of Health Sciences, College of Osteopathic Medicine (PNWU-COM) Chapter of the Gold Humanism Honor Society (GHHS) presented The Leonard Tow Humanism in Medicine Awards, sponsored by The Arnold P. Gold Foundation, to Dr. Joseph Salinas and TaReva Warrick-Stone.

Each year, the Leonard Tow Humanism in Medicine Awards recognize one graduating fourth-year medical student and one PNWU-affiliated MD or DO faculty member who demonstrate both clinical excellence and outstanding compassion in the delivery of care and who show respect for patients, their families, and healthcare colleagues. As part of the the PNWU-COM awards ceremony, Kim Ha Wadsworth, GHHS-PNWU chapter president, presented the inaugural awards to the two recipients in front of faculty, staff, graduating fourth-year medical students, and their family members and friends.

Joseph Salinas, MD is an expert in the clinical practice, business management and teaching of evidence-based, relationship-centered Primary Care Medicine. In addition to his current role as managing partner of his multispecialty clinical practice, he is Assistant Professor of Clinical Medicine at PNWU-COM, co-Chapter Advisor of GHHS-PNWU, and preceptor for Internal Medicine clerkships. He has also served on several medical center and University committees, as Chief of Medicine for Kadlec Medical Center and Medical Director of their anticoagulation clinic, as Medical Director of Northeast Community Clinic, a non-profit medical clinic serving medically indigent patients in east Los Angeles, and as CEO/Medical Director of Internal Medicine Associates of Richland.

Dr. Salinas’ philosophy as a physician is to help his patients enjoy every day of their lives as fully as possible, for as long as possible. He excels at the ‘art of Medicine’ by respecting the patients’ views and dignity, helping them recognize the particular realities of their lives, and partnering with them for prevention and wellness. He asks the right questions in a culturally sensitive and respectful manner while taking the time to listen to the answers. Dr. Salinas is committed to lifelong learning and maintains knowledge of the latest advances. He skillfully guides his patients within the complex medical system, including providing sound advice on all of their options to empower patients to make informed choices. Dr. Salinas sets a high bar for humanism and clinical excellence in medicine. “He has been a tremendous role model for the inaugural GHHS-PNWU cohort as well as the PNWU community and beyond,” comments Wadsworth.

TaReva Warrick-Stone graduated from the University of Puget Sound in 2009 with a Bachelor’s of Science in Molecular and Cellular Biology and Minor in Religious Studies. Active in the campus community, she coordinated student programming about sexuality issues, gender, LGBTQ rights, and healthy relationships. Between undergrad and entering medical school in 2014, TaReva received a fellowship from Princeton in Asia to work in Thailand. Teaching English for a year at a government boarding school for orphaned and vulnerable children led to a year of developing child-centered health and education programs for a regional nonprofit. After returning to the US, she worked as a staff member, then as a program manager, at an emergency shelter, supportive housing, and homeless resource nonprofit in Colorado. Having entered PNWU with an interest in primary care, she continued to reach out to underserved communities in Yakima, WA as a frequent volunteer, and developed an interest in family medicine. During her second year, TaReva served as president of PNWU’s chapter of the American College of Osteopathic Family Physicians, followed by serving as a student trustee for the board of the Washington Academy of Family Physicians during her third year. As a Gold Humanism Honor Society member, she is advocating for comprehensive wellness and advising support for PNWU students. Clerkships in Walla Walla, WA reinforced TaReva’s commitment to primary care and developed parallel interests in emergency and addiction medicine. She will be continuing her medical training at a combined family medicine / emergency medicine residency program in Philadelphia, PA.

TaReva is truly an exemplar of humanism and clinical excellence in medicine. Her clerkship preceptors praised her medical knowledge, inquisitive mind and eagerness to learn, stating that she was already functioning at the level of an intern as a third-year medical student. They also highlighted her pleasant demeanor, professionalism, interpersonal skills, and ability to easily connect and engender trust with patients, families, and staff. “She leads by example and is well respected by her peers, faculty and staff alike,” adds Wadsworth.

Congratulations to the inaugural recipients of the Leonard Tow Humanism in Medicine Awards!

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