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Radiation oncology association honors Dr. Andre Konski as Educator of the Year

The Association of Radiation Oncology Residents has named Andre Konski, M.D., M.B.A., M.A., F.A.C.R., service chief of Radiation Therapy for the Barbara Ann Karmanos Cancer Institute, an Educator of the Year for 2010.

“I would like to thank the residents for the honor of this award, which I share with the other faculty in the department,” said Dr. Konski, who also serves as professor and chair of the Department of Radiation Oncology at Karmanos and Wayne State University School of Medicine and is a member of the Wayne State University Physician Group

“Resident teaching is a big part of what we do, and I try to strive to provide the residents with the best education possible,” he added.

Dr. Konski, who has been teaching for 22 years, said he includes residents in all decision making in patient care. He also strives to provide evidence behind evidence-based medicine to residents he trains.

“We (the residents) felt that Dr. Konski deserved this recognition for always putting our education at the forefront,” said resident Iftekhar Ahmad, M.D. “He was constantly finding ways to improve the educational component of the residency. He has an open-door policy and he was always open to our suggestions and wanted to work cooperatively with us even though he was the chair and is very established.”

Dr. Iftekhar, a 2010 graduate of the Wayne State University School of Medicine, said the residents also believed Dr. Konski’s attitude directly affected other faculty in the department in improving their educational contribution.

“Despite his busy schedule, Dr. Konski found time to teach us in every situation,” Dr. Iftekhar said. “He would share not only clinical knowledge but also information about health economics and professionalism.”
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