SMHS Clinical Preceptor Recognition Scholarship

About the awards:
May 2022 will see the awarding of the inaugural clinical preceptor recognition scholarship. Each year, the UND fourth-year medical students will choose a clinical preceptor from across the state, who has been the best teacher and had the most impact on their students. About 70% of North Dakotan physicians teach at least one of our students. At graduation the following spring, we will then award a scholarship to the rising third-year student with the highest preclinical GPA. 

An anonymous donor has created an endowment which provides $3,750 annually for this scholarship. We are hoping to increase this dramatically through additional donations from UND alumni and friends.

2021 preceptor of the year, Dr. Mannuru

About Dr. Mannuru

Dr. Devendranath Mannuru has been a full-time hospitalist physician at Sanford Health since 2013. In 2014, he began as Clinical Assistant Professor in the Department of Internal Medicine at the UND School of Medicine and Health Sciences and was promoted to Clinical Associate Professor in 2017. He has been Core Faculty for the Internal Medicine and Transitional Year residency programs since 2015. He was named the statewide Internal Medicine Clerkship Director in 2018. In 2020, he was named Associate Program Director for the Internal Medicine Residency Program.

Dr. Mannuru is enthusiastic about teaching medical students and residents. He has received numerous awards for teaching including: Outstanding Teacher of the Year Award for Southeast Campus in 2020, Alpha Omega Alpha Volunteer Clinical Faculty Award in 2018, and Internal Medicine Clerkship Teacher of the Year Award in 2017. He has been twice awarded the Golden Stethoscope Award at Sanford Health in 2016 and 2020.

Dr. Mannuru completed a one-year Global Clinical Scholars Research Training Program (GCSRT) at Harvard Medical School in 2020. The GCSRT program provides advanced training in health care research and methods. He has a strong interest in quality improvement and has an ongoing longitudinal project focused on clinical documentation integrity. He is a physician champion for improving clinical documentation at Sanford Health since 2021.

Student scholarship will be awarded in spring of 2022.

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