Ralph H. Johnson VA Medical Center
VA research scientist awarded
Michelle Woodbury, a research health scientist with the Ralph H. Johnson VA Medical Center and an associate professor at the Medical University of South Carolina, was recently presented with an MUSC Foundation Teaching Excellence Award.
Woodbury is the 2014 recipient of the college’s Educator-Mentor award in the Scholarship-Academic category. She joins three other educators who received recognition in different categories.
According to the nomination form, the specific award is given for “teaching excellence in non-traditional roles with individuals or small groups, specifically those who teach, mentor, or serve as role models for students in their scholarly or academic development.”
Woodbury explains that her educational philosophy is heavily influenced by her years of clinical experience.
“I desire that my students gain technical skills, but more importantly come to realize the enormous responsibility and privilege of treating someone’s loved one,” she said.
Her students have responded well to Woodbury’s teaching methods - typically giving her glowing feedback on evaluations.
“Dr. Michelle Woodbury is an outstanding teacher who is truly passionate about her subject matter and her students,” said one of her MUSC students.
In addition to her role as an educator in the Department of Health Sciences and Research and Division of Occupational Therapy at MUSC, Woodbury also functions as an investigator for the Charleston VA. Her primary focus is researching stroke recovery, and she is making great strides in discovering how to improve movement and hasten results for patients through occupational therapy trials.