2013 O. Max Gardner Award Winner
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ON THE AIR
"N.C. Now" on UNC-TV will air a profile of Sears at 7:30 p.m. April 15.
His students appreciate Sears’ realistic approach to very practical situations they will be dealing with as professionals and leaders.
“Dr. Sears teaches his students to understand that new technologies are not something to cower from,” said doctoral student Kate Cutitta, “but to embrace and understand completely. Without patient psychological security and acceptance of medical devices, hard work of the medical team is futile.”
Cutitta, who plans to pursue a career working with young adults with congenital heart diseases, said learning from someone of Sears’ caliber is a statement to the quality of opportunity at ECU. “ECU may often be overlooked, but it is a powerhouse of resources that cannot be reckoned with,” she said. “ECU has an obligation to make a name for itself, and Dr. Sears is paving the way.”
Doctoral student Kevin Woodrow said both the passion and sense of inclusion Sears uses in his teaching engages students to be confident in patient care. “He provides opportunity for student input and discussion, making learning much more collaborative,” Woodrow said.
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