A "transformative hire" for the Hematology and Oncology Fellowship. An "asset to any unit." A "proactive, facile learner."
Those are just some of the many accolades used to describe Laura Wang, August's Employee of the Month. Laura was honored by the Department of Medicine during a recent ceremony with colleagues, hosted by Thomas McGrath, MBA, vice chair of the Department of Medicine.
Laura is the fellowship coordinator for the Hematology and Oncology Fellowship Program, where she acts as a liaison between program directors and fellows, creating rotation schedules, organizing programs and forums, and assisting with programmatic needs.
Laura began her career at Stanford as a registrar for the Business School. She later left this position and contracted in Biochemistry, working in administration and grant assistance. She returned to Stanford in 2013, joining the Division of Oncology/Hematology as fellowship coordinator.
Jason Gotlib, MD and director of the Hematology Fellowship Program, said Laura's exceptional performance was the "driving force" behind the Division's successful recruitment of fellows in 2013.
"The execution of successful training programs requires a nuanced messenger who can both support the needs of fellows, while reinforcing expectations and educational imperatives. On our behalf, Laura has been able to successfully navigate a culture of respect, optimism, and re-dedication of purpose between trainee and faculty, a trait that is difficult if not impossible to teach." Gotlib wrote in a letter nominating her for the award.
"One of the greatest assets that Laura has brought to her position as a fellowship coordinator is a rekindling of an ethos of trust, responsibility, and fair-mindedness."
Sarah Lai, a division manager at the Division of Hematology, echoed these sentiments: "Laura takes initiative, follows through, and communicates results as well as a plan for next steps. Our faculty and fellows enjoy working with Laura and more importantly, they respect the work that she does for them and on their behalf."