||Described as a “living legend” by his students, Dr. George Kondos, professor of medicine and vice chair for the department of medicine, was awarded the UIC Award for Excellence in Teaching.
Dr. Kondos has been an outstanding educator at UIC for over 30 years. In recognition of his teaching effectiveness, Dr. Kondos is a seven-time recipient of the Department of Medicine Excellence in Teaching Award. He was selected by the internal medicine residents as among the top 10% of teaching physician faculty. Responding to literature stating that primary care physicians can correctly identify only a small fraction of common heart sounds and murmurs, Dr. Kondos developed a plan that would address an immense area of need in medical education. For the past 20 years, Dr. Kondos has trained students utilizing “Harvey,” a life-size mannequin able to simulate 27 different kinds of cardiac diseases.
Dr. Kondos often works late into the evening to give students individual attention, and they are grateful not only for his time, but also for his sage wisdom in the practice of cardiac evaluation.
Dr. Kondos has personally trained over 2,000 of UIC College of Medicine medical students in the art of the cardiovascular physical exam using Harvey, and has helped to expand the medical knowledge of the UIC community writ large. On behalf of the Department of Medicine, congratulations on an award well deserved!