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Two professors receive Transformation Through Teaching awards

The Transformation Through Teaching program honors faculty members across the university for their transformative influence on the lives of their students inside and outside of the classroom. This year, Michael Nair-Collins, assistant professor of behavioral science and social medicine, was selected by Samantha Mahon for helping to spark her passion for bioethics. 

“Not only has Dr. Nair-Collins’ mentorship made me realize my passion for bioethics," said the first-year student, "he has also helped me grow as an individual. Dr. Nair-Collins makes me want to be a better person, a better student and a better future physician. He embodies bioethics in every way, looking out for others, especially those who don’t have a voice; minimizing harm, which is as simple to him as being kind; being open-minded to others, so he can truly listen to every perspective.”

Honorees are nominated by their students for their dedication to helping students find their authentic selves and pursue their dreams.

Mahsheed Khajavi, assistant professor of clinical medicine, was also nominated by Alexandra Lackey for going out of her way to help motivate and teach students.

“It’s easy to forget that our purpose in medical school is to dedicate ourselves to the service of others," said Lackey, a second-year student, "but Dr. Khajavi always brings our focus back to eventually being able to touch others’ lives. She gets to know her students on a personal level, and always generously spends extra time to make sure we are doing okay both academically and personally. FSU COM is all about treating patients using a biopsychosocial model, and Dr. Khajavi treats us with the love and compassion we hope to be able to give our future patients.”

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