November 16, 2023

Professor Rossi receives inaugural Jerry Yee Mentorship Award from American College of Physicians Michigan chapter

Noreen Rossi, M.D., left, receives the Jerry Yee Mentorship Award from Michigan ACP chapter Governor Sarah Hartley, M.D., M.H.P.E.

Noreen Rossi, M.D., a professor in the Wayne State University School of Medicine's Department of Physiology, has received the inaugural Jerry Yee Mentorship Award from the Michigan Chapter of the American College of Physicians.

Nominees for the Jerry Yee Mentorship Award should be internal medicine physicians (general or specialty practice) with a “demonstrated commitment to supporting the scholarly and professional advancement of their students, trainees and junior colleagues. They should demonstrate consistent and high-quality mentoring in clinical research, post-graduate scholarship or professional development.”

They also must serve as role models of communication and relationship management, demonstrate a commitment to the professional growth and psychological well-being of mentees, and the principles of diversity, equity and inclusion in supporting mentees.

“I knew Dr. Yee, who was a national figure in renal education and mentoring,” Dr. Rossi said. “Receiving an award in his name is, therefore, particularly meaningful to me as a clinician, educator and nephrologist. To receive it from Dr. Hartley, the governor of the Michigan ACP, added even more poignancy to the recognition as she was one of my residents years ago, a testament to the excellent education and mentoring we provide at Wayne State.”

Dr. Rossi, who has a secondary appointment in the Department of Internal Medicine, researches the integrated neural, cardiovascular and renal mechanisms in normal and disease states. A recipient of the Wayne State University President's Award in Teaching in 2010, she teaches in two main areas - renal physiology and pathophysiology, and clinical nephrology. In addition she teaches graduate physiology students advanced renal physiology and cardiovascular physiology. Her teaching career began at the School of Medicine in 1985.

Jerry Yee, M.D., was the division head of Nephrology and Hypertension at Henry Ford Hospital and chief medical officer of Greenfield Health Systems. He was a clinical professor at the School of Medicine. In the field of Nephrology, Dr. Yee was considered a master clinician who devoted his career to educating and mentoring students and nephrologists. He died in 2022.

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