Interdisciplinary Trainee Spotlight - Natasha Bhuyan Receives Leonard Tow Humanism in Medicine Award

Sonoran UCEDD Update
July 2012

UCEDD Trainee, Spring 2009 Cohort

Natasha Bhuyan, MD, UA College of Medicine Class of 2012 and former Sonoran UCEDD Trainee, was awarded the Leonard Tow Humanism in Medicine Award at the College of Medicine senior breakfast on May 10th. The Arnold P. Gold Foundation allocates the award to “the student and faculty member who best demonstrate the Foundation's ideals of outstanding compassion in the delivery of care, respect for patients, their families and health-care colleagues, as well as demonstrated clinical excellence.”  She was nominated and selected by members of the Class of 2012 to receive this accolade.

Dr. Bhuyan was part of the very first cohort of the Sonoran UCEDD’s Interdisciplinary Training Program.  During her traineeship, she worked with UCEDD faculty, Dr. Lynne Tomasa, on the Aging and Transitions Project, as well as on a research project that assessed the attitudes healthcare providers and clinic staff at the UMC at South Campus Family Clinic have regarding patients with developmental disabilities.  In catching up with her, we learned she is currently completing a residency in family medicine at Banner Good Samaritan Medical Center in Phoenix.  “Since graduation, I have just been busy with residency. I continue to volunteer in the community whenever I can. I also enjoy spending time with my senior mentor from the UA COM Senior Mentor Program. The Sonoran UCEDD trainee program has had a huge impact in how I practice medicine in residency. My interprofessional teams aim for open and frequent communication and we keep quality patient-centered care at the forefront of our priorities. I am forever thankful that I graduated from a medical school that values humanism in medicine!  Mentors like Dr. Gonzales are an inspiration – they model the qualities that make a great physician both professionally and personally.”

Dr. Natasha Bhuyan & Dr. Carlos GonzalesWe couldn’t be more proud of Dr. Bhuyan’s accomplishments.   

Dr. Carlos Gonzales, associate professor at the UA Dept. of Family & Community Medicine (Sonoran UCEDD home dept.), is the faculty recipient of the Leonard Tow Humanism in Medicine Award.  Congratulations to Drs. Bhuyan and Gonzales!

For more information about the Sonoran UCEDD Interdisciplinary Training Program and to meet all our trainees, visit Interdisciplinary Program Page.