Drs. Aram Kim and Supattriya Chutinan, instructors in Restorative Dentistry and Biomaterials Sciences, were recently recognized for their work as teachers and mentors. Kim and Chutinan received this year's Young Mentor Award, an award that recognizes Harvard School of Dental Medicine and Harvard Medical School faculty in the early stages of their career, who devote their time to mentoring others.
Kim, who also serves as a senior tutor for the Peabody Society, always has an open door for her students, providing helpful advice and guidance, and taking the time to thoughtfully review patient treatment plans one-on-one with students.
“Dr. Kim is a conductor, a catalyst, the epitome of an individual whose actions speak volumes of her love and dedication to those around her,” said her nominators. “She’s so much more than her brilliant mind, her for eye for detail, her balancing act of clinical and academic responsibilities, and her willingness to share her wealth of experiences as a skilled clinician.”
Chutinan, who was also recently recognized by the graduating DMD Class of 2018 with an Outstanding Faculty Teaching Award, is known for her patience and kindness, and willingness to take time to help students with procedures and learn the skills and fundamentals of dentistry.
“Dr. Chutinan stands apart as a beacon of inspiration – personal and professional – she reminds her students of the excellence we can achieve, and inspires us to find joy in mentoring the classes that follow,” said her nominators. “Dr. Chutinan is more than a dentist – she is an inspiration and a representation of the incredible gift a true mentor can be.”