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Internal Medicine’s Dr. Asa Oxner is the Florida Chapter, American College of Physicians Outstanding Teacher of the Year


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One of the goals of the Florida Chapter, American College of Physicians (ACP) is to “recognize excellence and distinguished contributions to internal medicine.” The Florida Chapter’s Outstanding Teacher of the Year award goes to a physician who has demonstrated outstanding leadership and dedication to medical education. This year, that teacher is USF Health’s very own, Asa Oxner, MD, FACP, vice chair, associate professor and associate residency program director for the USF Health Morsani College of Medicine (MCOM) Department of Internal Medicine. She is also a faculty advisor for USF Health Tampa Bay Street Medicine, a student-run service organization providing medical care to underserved populations, and she most recently became one of the operations directors for the COVID Confirmed Clinic (CoCo Clinic), a virtual outpatient clinic that provides follow-up services to COVID-19 patients discharged from Tampa Bay area hospitals.

Dr. Asa Oxner (left) and Lucy Guerra (right), COCO Clinic co-coordinators, were presented with USF Health culture coins by Dr. Mark Moseley, USF Health chief medical officer, for leading efforts to get the virtual clinic up and running.


“We are so proud of Asa and she was very deserving of being honored as the American College of Physicians Teacher of the Year for the state of Florida,” said Jose Lezama, MD, FACP, vice chair, professor, and associate program director for the USF Health MCOM Department of Internal Medicine. “She has shown such a passion for teaching medical students and residents throughout her career, especially in the CoCo Clinic where she has pushed her teaching ability to the next level this year with the complexity in the transition of care of patients discharged with Covid-19 Disease.”

The CoCo Clinic has helped and continues to help keep patients with COVID-19 safe and, when possible, out of the hospital, but when the virtual clinic first launched in early April, it also provided resident physicians and senior medical, nurse practitioner, physician assistant, PharmD, social work and behavioral health students, with a place to complete their clinical rotations. In mid-March, the Association of American Medical Colleges (AAMC) issued new guidance for medical student clinical rotations during the coronavirus which stated that it, “strongly supports medical schools pausing all student clinical rotations, effective immediately, until at least March 31,” due to concerns about the availability of personal protective equipment (PPE) and to give time for appropriate educational strategies and alternative clinical experiences to be developed and implemented.

USF Health is proud to have Dr. Oxner as part of our team, educating our future health care professionals.

Dr. Asa Oxner is a faculty advisor for Tampa Bay Street Medicine. Starting in December, the student-run organization will help run Florida’s second needle exchange program.