The winner of the annual Patricia “Pat” Fedeles Award for Compassion in Physical Diagnosis was presented to Jeffrey Cannon on March 21, 2017.  In its eleventh year, this award is presented to the second-year medical student who portrays ongoing compassion, friendliness and an overall caring attitude toward patients, peers, faculty and staff.

Pat Fedeles served as coordinator for the West Virginia University School of Medicine Introduction to Clinical Medicine and Physical Diagnosis courses from 1992 until 2006 when she retired while battling with cancer. She passed away in January 2007. Mrs. Fedeles gave unconditionally to everyone who came in contact with her. She always treated people fairly and with a caring attitude. Pat truly enjoyed working with the students and strived to make each one feel special and confident in achieving his/her goals.

It was important to Pat that students learned the proper "bedside manner” of patient care. She emphasized that each patient should be treated as a human being and not just a number, and that is exactly how Pat treated her students, with unconditional compassion and understanding.  

Jeffrey portrays all of the above characteristics and was nominated by his peers. He was presented with an award certificate and a WVU Bookstore gift certificate.

Photos: (1) Jeffrey Cannon pictured with members of the Pat Fedeles family; (2) Award nominees (L to R) Mary Noonan, Britney Harris, Donald Brubaker, Tyler Overholt, Jeffrey Cannon, Kylie Fuller, Jeffrey Holmes, Brock Karolcik, Alexandra Mientus, and Michael Niemann.