Dr. Dobesh honored with pharmacy teaching award

by Chuck Brown, UNMC public affairs | October 26, 2007

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From left: Paul Dobesh, Pharm.D., the recipient of the College of Pharmacy's 2007 Distinguished Teacher Award, with Charles Krobot, Pharm.D., the college's associate dean for academic affairs.
Watching their professor struggle for words after being presented a teaching award was enough to draw endearing laughs from students at the recent College of Pharmacy Fall Convocation.

"This doesn't happen very often," said Paul Dobesh, Pharm.D., associate professor in the pharmacy practice department, as he recovered from his speechless moment to accept the College of Pharmacy's 2007 Distinguished Teacher Award.

After a few seconds, Dr. Dobesh composed himself and went on to say it was working with those same giggling students that made his job so worthwhile.

"I love what I do and it's because I get to interact with these students," Dr. Dobesh said. "They constantly challenge and invigorate me with their energy and their enthusiasm."

Dr. Dobesh was selected for the award by the Dean's Student Advisory Council, which is composed of the presidents of each class and student organization and the college's elected UNMC Student Senate representative.

In nominating him for the award, students said Dr. Dobesh is able to take difficult subject matter and make it understandable and, better yet, interesting.

Dr. Dobesh, who joined the UNMC faculty in 2005, coordinates the cardiology section of the pharmacotherapy course taken by third-year students. He also acts as a preceptor to fourth-year students who do cardiology clerkships.

"He teaches a very complex subject and it's a credit to him that his students enjoy his teaching so much," said Charles Krobot, Pharm.D., associate dean for academic affairs in the College of Pharmacy.

As a past recipient of the teaching award, Dr. Krobot said he understood exactly what Dr. Dobesh was feeling when he was left speechless by the award.

"This award is from the students and so it's incredibly validating to have them recognize you," Dr. Krobot said. "It makes you realize that what you're doing is really having an impact."