May 4, 2017 — Maureen Novak, M.D., was honored May 3 by the UF College of Medicine class of 2017 with this year’s esteemed Hippocratic Award.
Established by the class of 1969, the award is presented to a UF College of Medicine faculty member who embodies humanism, professionalism and teaching prowess. The Hippocratic Award is widely considered one of the highest honors a graduating class bestows on one of its teachers. Novak, associate dean for medical education, also received the award in 2011.
During a ceremony held at UF’s Wilmot Gardens, associate dean for student affairs Patrick Duff, M.D., explained that the “small, respectable tree” standing near the plaque honoring past Hippocratic Award recipients bears roots from the same tree under which Hippocrates taught his students medicine in ancient Greece. The tree was a gift from the Greek minister of agriculture.
Fourth-year medical student Christian Reintgen outlined why Novak was chosen for the second time.
“She represents respect, mindfulness and humanism,” he said. “She’s acted as guide, advocate, teacher and friend to all of us students.”
Jeremy Collado, also a fourth-year medical student, called Novak an advocate for her students.
“She’s one of the most caring, compassionate and responsive educators out there,” he said. “Any time you need advice or help, even after-hours, within minutes she will respond and solve your problems or offer advice. She’s the first person the students turn to.”
UF College of Medicine Dean Michael L. Good, M.D., said Novak serves as a role model for her students.
“This is the most highly coveted award by the faculty,” he said. “To be recognized by your students is indeed what it’s all about.”