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Coates Receives Ad Astra Award for Teaching
Surgeon, Scott Coates, MD
Surgeon, Scott Coates, MD received notice that he will be honored with the Ad Astra Award from the University of Kansas Medical Center at an awards ceremony on January 19 in Kansas City.  Annually, KU third-year medical students nominate a preceptor who “exemplifies the attributes of excellence and professionalism in medicine.”


“Because it’s a student-led award, it’s all the more gratifying and humbling,” Coates said in a Chanute Tribune story.


Dr. Coates has participated in the KU Med surgical clerkship introducing students to rural surgical care.  Every other month, third- and fourth-year surgical residents do a month-long rotation with Dr. Coates at Neosho Memorial.  They also travel with him twice a week to Burlington.  Dr. Coates has participated in the program for over 10 years.


Dr. Coates acknowledged part of his inspiration to take part in the program was due to Dr. Cathy Taylor hosting OB/GYN students.


“We are proud of the exemplary learning experience the physicians of Neosho Memorial provide to medical students,” Dennis Franks, CEO, said.  “It is one of the reasons we have a reputation of quality and patient focus. Teaching others these principles enhances the student’s life and our patient’s care.”