Michigan State University College of Human Medicine Department of Family Medicine

Posted in Teaching

The Department of Family Medicine has given out Community Faculty Awards to congratulate and honor dedicated family physicians and their offices across the great State of Michigan. The UP  community gave the award to David Kass, MD, of the Upper Great Lakes/UP Health Systems Portage.

Dr. Kass’ nomination letter was written by a 4th year medical student:

To Whom it May Concern:

I would like to nominate Dr. David Kass of Upper Great Lakes/UP Health Systems Portage for Family Medicine Clerkship Community Faculty Member of the Year. Dr. Kass is not only an exemplary physician who treats every patient with dignity and compassion, he is also an excellent teacher who goes out of his way to create learning opportunities for the students who work with him.

As a physician, Dr. Kass not only sees a full schedule of patients in clinic, but he also completes cardiac stress tests and nursing home rounds in the morning prior to seeing patients. He is very busy and sacrifices much of his personal time to provide care for his patients in each of these settings. He is one of the most personable and compassionate physicians I’ve had the privilege of working with.

As a teacher, Dr. Kass went above and beyond to make sure that I was learning new things. He invited me to observe stress tests in the morning and went over each test with me individually. He encouraged me to look at the studies myself beforehand and come up with a result prior to discussing it with him.

Dr. Kass has been one of the most influential preceptors I have had the privilege of working with, and firmly re-established my decision to go into family medicine. He is very deserving of recognition for his outstanding dedication to both his students and to the practice of family medicine.


Valerie Taglione, MS4

Click here to read the entire letter.