Dr. Urbas selected as Manko Senior Resident in Internal Medicine


Submitted by Lawrence L. Livornese Jr. MD FACP, FIDSA, Dorrance H. Hamilton Chairman, Department of Medicine


I am pleased to announce the selection of Ryan Urbas, DO as the second Michael A. Manko, MD, Senior Resident in Internal Medicine.  In support of our mission to educate and mold the next generation of physician leaders, the Manko Resident award will afford Dr. Urbas and future candidates funding and protected time to participate in teaching programs for medical student and fellow residents as well as to promote the personal development of their own teaching skills.


The Manko Senior Resident, dependent upon yearly funding from the donor, has been established through the generous support of The Campion Family in gratitude to and recognition of the outstanding clinical skills of Michael A. Manko, MD, Chairman of the Department of Medicine at Lankenau Hospital 1979-1997. During his long career at Lankenau Medical Center, Dr. Manko was admired and respected by his colleagues as well as the numerous young physicians who trained in Lankenau’s Internal Medicine Residency program under his leadership. By his personal example, Dr. Manko inspired physicians at every stage of their career to provide the best care possible to patients, and to do so with compassion and understanding.   Prior to becoming Chairman, Dr. Manko served as the Director of Medical Education and the Program Director of the Internal Medicine Residency.


The purpose of the Manko Senior Resident is to inspire and facilitate critical thinking in regard to clinical decision making and promote the development of lifelong teachers in medicine.  Donor funding allows for the purchase of educational materials to support this process as well as to allow the Manko Senior Resident to attend the ACGME Annual Conference and the American College of Physicians Internal Medicine 2015 Conference, which will include special education themed seminars and sessions.  The Manko Senior Resident will also play a pivotal role in the planning and execution of two Michael A. Manko Faculty Development events that will occur this year.  The first event, in December 2014, will be a conference on Teaching in the Inpatient Setting.  The guest speaker will be Dr. Jack Ende, MD, MACP, the Adele and Harold Schaeffer Professor in Medicine and Assistant Dean for Advanced Medical Practice at the Perelman School of Medicine at Penn.  Dr. Ende is also the editor of the Teaching Medicine book series.  In the spring of 2015 we are planning a regional faculty development conference that will focus on trainee observation, feedback, and evaluation.  This event, which is still being planned, will be hosted by Dr. Eric Holmboe, the Senior Vice President for Milestones and Evaluation at the ACGME.  All Philadelphia regional training program will be invited to this seminar.                                                                                                                                                           Dr. Urbas was born in Stratford, New Jersey in 1985.  He received a Bachelor of Science in Biology from Boston College and his Doctor of Osteopathy from the Philadelphia College of Medicine.  Since joining us in 2012, he has emerged as an excellent clinician and educator.  Dr. Urbas has published several peer reviewed papers and abstracts including “The Utility of Heme-Occult Testing Prior to Therapeutic Anticoagulation” in the American Journal of Gastroenterology.  Dr. Urbas is currently pursuing a Fellowship in Gastroenterology.


Please join me in congratulating both Dr. Urbas and Dr. Manko on this honor and in thanking The Campion Family for their continued generosity in the supporting medical education through  this position.


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