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Professor of the Year Award

The Professor of the Year Award has been awarded each year since 1931 by the graduating class of The Ohio State University College of Medicine to a faculty member who has demonstrated excellence and commitment to teaching and in mentoring and serving as a role model to the class. This once-in-a-lifetime award is the highest honor that a faculty member can earn from the graduating class. Portraits of all the past winners are displayed in the west lobby of Meiling Hall.
 The Mary Beth Fontana, MD — Gary Wise, MD Endowment was established in July 2005
by Dr. Mary Beth Fontana to provide an annual award to the faculty member selected as the Professor of the Year by the graduating medical student class.

Professor of the Year 2017

Creagh T. Boulger, MD

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Each year, The Ohio State University College of Medicine (OSUCOM) gives its graduating students the opportunity to nominate a member of the faculty who has significantly impacted their training. The Professor of the Year Award is the highest teaching award given within the College of Medicine and marks a career of excellence in academic medicine.

This year’s Professor of the Year Award recipient is Dr. Creagh T. Boulger. 

Dr. Boulger loves spending time with her family—her supportive husband Nick, who is a medic; and two, in her words, “amazing and wild children,” Turner who is two and Rowan who is six. She grew up on a farm in southern Ohio and enjoys outdoor activities such as horse riding, boating, and hiking. She earned her Bachelor's Degree in Psychology with a minor in Chemistry and Childhood Studies from Case Western Reserve University and continued her education in Dayton, Ohio, earning a medical degree from Wright State’s Boonshoft School of Medicine. She had originally planned on a career in pediatrics but switched to emergency medicine early in her fourth year of medical school. Dr. Boulger completed her medical training and found her home while completing her residency in Emergency Medicine at The Ohio State University Wexner Medical Center. Her greatest interests are ultrasound and education. In addition to joining faculty here, she also serves as Assistant Medical Director for the Paramedic Training Program at Columbus State Community College. 

Dr. Boulger’s tireless dedication to her profession is clear. Her coworkers are pretty sure she never sleeps. In addition to being an outstanding and devoted physician, Dr. Boulger is an excellent teacher and student advocate. While preparing to write this introduction, twelve graduating medical students and I discussed our thoughts on Dr. Boulger’s work. To summarize, we all agreed that Dr. Boulger is a talented educator who shows a special care and concern for each student’s well-being. This is not an easy task on a busy service. She was a remarkable example to us as a physician, and we shared many anecdotes of her extraordinary efforts to develop students both professionally and personally.

Like many of her peers, Dr. Boulger served as a Portfolio Coach, a form of medical mentor, for the Class of 2017 medical students. What follows is an excerpt from one of her many nominations discussing her mentorship, “She is a fantastic mentor. She is the type of person who goes above and beyond for anyone she meets regardless of how long she has known them, who they are, or where they come from. She is extremely kind, empathetic, and supportive. It would be very hard to find someone who can match the positivity that she brings into people’s lives. As a portfolio coach, her students often comment how grateful they are to have her by their side during difficult moments in medical school and in life. She never fails to show genuine interest and compassion towards her students and everyone with whom she works. I have never met someone as dedicated as she who makes an enormous effort to get to know students both at a professional and personal level.” 

Thank you, Dr. Boulger, for all that you have done for our class, our school, and our community. You have helped to define for us what academic physicians should strive to become and what we all hope to incorporate into our future practice. On behalf of the graduating class of The Ohio State University College of Medicine 2017, we are honored to present Dr. Boulger with the 2017 Professor of the Year Award. 

Francisco Manuel Magana
Class of 2017 President, Student Council