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Instituto Tecnológico de Santo Domingo

Outstanding Graduate is recognized with the Golden Apple Award

Ryna Then, a vascular neurologist, received the award in honor of her hard work and dedication in teaching her students at Cooper University Hospital in New Jersey. In 2019 she received the INTEC Outstanding Graduate Award

Outstanding Graduate is recognized with the Golden Apple Award

SANTO DOMINGO. - Dr. Ryna Then Vargas, vascular neurologist, received the Golden Apple Award for Excellent in Teaching, a recognition given by the Golden Apple Foundation to teachers for their hard work and dedication to teaching, as well as exemplary educators who promote educational opportunities for students.

Then Vargas, Outstanding Graduate 2019 of Instituto Tecnológico de Santo Domingo (INTEC), serves as Medical Director of the Cerebral Stroke and Hemorrhage Service for Cooper University Hospital, in New Jersey. She received her Doctor of Medicine degree, Summa Cum Laude, in 2005.

The doctor explained to La Colmena that the awards are made by third and fourth year students who have rotated through the hospital. “For me it has been a great privilege and pride to receive this award because I am a lover of teaching and I consider myself a natural teacher. Over time I have tried to cultivate myself and develop strategies in education that have allowed me to reach different students.”

He said that he does not lose faith in the student, but rather helps them so that they can use their strengths to develop and to work on their weaknesses. “Getting this award reminds me of the principle by which I came to this country. This award reiterates the commitment I have to education and teaching, and shows me in a clear way that the work is done and that it is well done”. 

Regarding her merits to receive this recognition, the neurologist expressed that the human and professional quality and honesty that characterize her help her students feel confident to develop and express themselves without fear of retaliation. “This has been the result of many years of hard work. There is nothing more important for the student and the teacher than to have a comfortable environment to express their ideas and thus create positive feedback in the classroom or in the clinic in front of the patient”, she explained. 

He stressed that it is of utmost importance to create an environment conducive to teaching, open and that the student not only feels that he is going to learn, but that he feels that he can also teach, teach his teacher. "For me it has been a privilege to be able to educate the doctors of the future."

The Golden Apple Foundation focuses on strengthening the tools of teachers in the United States, with the aim that they can increase their capacities to impact the lives of their students. It is headquartered in Chicago, Illinois.

Other acknowledgments

In March 2019, she received the Medal of Merit for Women, awarded by the Executive Power, for her outstanding career abroad and raising the name of the Dominican Republic. She has been chosen as “Top Doctor” in South Jersey, 2018. In 2015, she was awarded Outstanding Hispanic for her work for the Latin American Society in the United States, especially in New Jersey.

In 2012, she was awarded the Leo Davidoff Society Award for her outstanding educational work at Montefiore/Albert Einstein College of Medicine, she was also recognized for her excellent work in the Oral and General Phase Committee of Bio-INTEC in 2005.

Dr. Then, together with a multidisciplinary team, achieved the "Comprehensive Stroke Center" certification granted by the American Heart Association-American Stroke Association, The Joint Commission, which is the most prestigious in United States for the care and management of patients with Cerebral Vascular Accidents (CVA) and intracerebral hemorrhages. She is also a co-investigator of multiple multicenter studies in Neurology and Cardiology.

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