Dayton, Ohio-For much of the year, Roger Pacholka, a 1987 graduate of the Wright State University School of Medicine, practices the art of medicine in the emergency room at Miami Valley Hospital, Dayton's busiest ER. The rest of the year he, along with his family, lives and practices
medicine on the other side of the globe in rural Swaziland or Mozambique on the continent of Africa.
In recognition of his humanitarian efforts, Pacholka was nominated by the entire student body of Wright State University Boonshoft School of Medicine and was selected as a distinguished finalist for the annual Association of American Medical Colleges (AAMC) Humanism in Medicine Award.
At their graduation on May 30, the Boonshoft School of Medicine graduating Class of 2008 presented Dr. Pacholka with a plaque in recognition of his dedication to others.
Pacholka's selection was based on five characteristics that comprise humanism in medicine and in medical education. They are positive mentoring skills, community service, compassion, sensitivity and professional ethics.
"This award recognizes the human qualities that make him both an outstanding teacher and an outstanding physician," said Bryan Jewell, a graduating medical student. "It is through the stellar example of mentors like Dr. Pacholka that the next generation of physicians will learn how to practice compassionate medicine."
The annual AAMC Humanism in Medicine Award is sponsored by the Pfizer Medical Humanities Initiative. Pacholka is one of the honorees from across the nation who were nominated by the Organization of Student Representatives.
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