In 1979, Sidney S. Pearl, MD, alumnus of the class of 1932, established an award for inspirational teaching to be chosen by the medical school graduating class, from among the clinical faculty. The award was presented to Dr. Escota at the MD Commencement Recognition Ceremony 2020 by Dr. Brian Hickman, medical education representative and member of the class of 2020. “Dr. Escota helped guide us to be more independent, and prepare us for the responsibilities of being physicians. As director of internal medicine clerkship, he has positively impacted the education of all Washington University medical students. Dr. Escota maintains an open door policy making sure to reach out to every med student in the clerkship to ensure they are all feeling well supported. He enthusiastically celebrates their successes. All of his teaching is done with a signature of warmth and kindness. Considering he also won the 2019 Clinical teaching faculty of the year award for both general internal medicine and infectious diseases, it seems they have all come to a consensus of Dr. Escota. MD Commencement Recognition Ceremony 2020 Presentation and acceptance.