July 19, 2012
Dr. Karl Mobbs recently received the Diana K. Quinn Resident Award from the UNM Department of Psychiatry. Dr. Diana Kristine Quinn completed her residency at the University of New Mexico in Psychiatry in 1992 and soon began working for the Department. Among her many accomplishments, Dr. Quinn received the prestigious Khatali Teaching Award from the UNM School of Medicine in 1999. She died in 2002 of complications from acute leukemia.
The annual award, which is announced during the Department’s resident graduation ceremony, commemorates Dr. Quinn’s compassion, service, teaching, good sense of humor and “dancing spirit.”
Dr. Mobbs was nominated this year because of his “professionalism combined with compassion and passion.” He also earned praise for “his interest in -- respect for -- the work of all staff in the University’s Psychiatric Emergency Service,” where he served as chief resident.
Dr. Mobbs is now pursuing a fellowship in Forensic Psychiatry at Case Western Reserve University.
Mary Magnusson, R.N., was also honored at the ceremony with the Diana K. Quinn Staff Award for her work as supervisor at UNM’s Psychiatric Emergency Service. Ms. Magnusson’s empathy, flexibility and focus on patient safety and satisfaction were among the many reasons for her nomination. She was also praised in these words: “She always puts others before herself and strives to do the right thing. And does all this with great lightness and ready laughter.”