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Balancing a
Class Act
Valerie J. Pronio-Stelluto, M.D.

May 2006

by Tina Luther

When Valerie J. Pronio-Stelluto, M.D. (1990), attended the Health Science Center, one of the key values she mastered was learning to balance personal life with the challenges of medical school. Today she is the director of medical student education at Mount Auburn Hospital in Cambridge, Mass., where she teaches students from Harvard Medical School and the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (M.I.T.).

"We balance the rigors of medical education while pausing to celebrate the special events in the studentsí lives, and get to know each other on a personal level," Dr. Pronio-Stelluto said. "I want students to have the same approach with their patients - to be not only competent but compassionate."

Her exceptional technique and dedication make her stand out. Not only was she named by the American College of Physicians (ACP) as the 2005 "Massachusetts Internist of the Year," but she also is the first physician to receive both the 2001 Irving M. London Teaching Award and the 2003 Thomas McMahon Mentoring Award, presented at the Harvard-MIT Health Science Technology graduation. In addition, she received the 2002 Harvard Leo Blacklow Award, the Harvard Patient-Doctor II Teaching Award in 1999 and 2004, and the 2005 MIT Graduate Student Council Award. Her clinical teaching has been noted as far away as Munich and in a documentary aired in Tokyo. In addition, Dr. Pronio-Stelluto is an active member of the Governorís Council of the ACP.

But Dr. Pronio-Stellutoís service is not limited to Massachusetts and patient and physician advocacy on Capitol Hill. She was recently elected to the Health Science Center alumni board, where she hopes to involve other alumni and raise funds for the clinical skills center.

"The Health Science Center has so much to be proud of. The faculty and staff are stellar, the clinical teaching facilities are extraordinary and the new clinical skills center is top notch," Dr. Pronio-Stelluto said. "I am very proud to be a Health Science Center alumna and love to brag about my alma mater."



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