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Mentor – Dr. Benjamin Wessler, M08

Dr. Benjamin Wessler, M08, chief resident in medicine at Tufts Medical Center, this past spring received the Arnold P. Gold Foundation’s Humanism and Excellence in Teaching Award, an honor third-year students at the School of Medicine bestowed on him for his strong teaching skills. “Every day he sets aside 10 minutes at the beginning of rounds to teach a topic, to offer a pearl of wisdom,” the nominating statement declared. “A day never passes without time dedicated to learning.” When he was a medical student at Tufts, Wessler said, he benefited from a number of things: the redesigned library, the TUSK database, a research fellowship—, and, especially, from mentors throughout his academic career who stressed a doctor’s responsibility to teach. “They took that very seriously, and I have tried to pass my knowledge on to my own students,” he said.