George, who joined MD Anderson in 2008, is the department’s director of inpatient education. This entails overseeing the program for third- and fourth-year Texas A&M medical students and Baylor-MD Anderson internal medicine residency trainees in our hospitalist teaching service. She also serves as a preceptor to physician assistant (PA) students and medical observers.
“My education philosophy is to learn and teach in a continuous cycle," George says. "Not only to our students and trainees, but also to our patients to empower them. We strive for excellence in everything we do at MD Anderson, and it is clear that we learn, teach and repeat.”
A nominator says of George, “She leads this large group with dedication and enthusiasm, motivating students and trainees to learn evidence-based medicine. In addition, she mentors and teaches them how to write abstracts and case reports and has had several students present work at medical meetings.”
George is driven by an interest in improving patient care. “She and our faculty, trainees and students continue to grow due to the educational value of her work,” a nominator says. “Dr. George has integrated her passion for improved communications with the development of a decision-aid prototype for end-of-life conversations in hospitalized patients with advanced cancer. She has continued to educate her patients, trainees, students and colleagues regarding the importance of this often-neglected topic.”
A committed team player, George “instills in her trainees and students the importance of high-quality care by utilizing best practices and knowledge, integrating and coordinating care, and setting standards for ideal communication skills between providers, patients and their families,” a nominator says. “She not only represents the educational values of the institution, but she also instills the importance of sharing her knowledge with her colleagues, trainees and students.”
George is a second-time recipient of the Faculty Educator of the Month honor, having received it previously in 2014. She was a selected applicant for the Association of American Medical Colleges Early Career Women Faculty Development Seminar in 2012. In 2011, she was recognized as Educator of the Year in General Internal Medicine.
After receiving her medical degree, George completed an internal medicine residency at St. Vincent's Medical Center (Columbia University College of Physicians and Surgeons) in Bridgeport, Conn., in 2004. She served as the lead hospitalist in the Department of Medicine at Roswell Park Cancer Institute, University at Buffalo, The State University of New York, from 2005 to 2008.
The MD Anderson Faculty Educator of the Month program, sponsored by Education & Training, recognizes faculty members who demonstrate excellence and innovation in teaching.