DAYTON, Ohio-S. Bruce Binder, M.D., Ph.D., a faculty member at the Wright State University Boonshoft School of Medicine, was selected by his students in the class of 2009 to receive the prestigious Leonard Tow Humanism in Medicine award. The award will be presented during the medical school's commencement ceremony at the Schuster Performing Arts Center in downtown Dayton on May 22.
The Arnold P. Gold Foundation sponsors the annual Humanism in Medicine Awards at more than 80 of the nation's medical schools. The foundation's goal is to improve doctor/patient relations and foster health care professionals who exhibit the highest level of respect, sensitivity and cultural competence for the patients and families they serve, and to nurture and perpetuate the tradition of the "caring doctor."
Nominated by students and fellow faculty members, Binder was chosen for the award because he exemplifies the foundation's ideals of outstanding compassion in the delivery of care; respect for patients, their families and health care colleagues; and demonstrated clinical excellence.
A faculty member since 1991, Binder is an associate professor of family medicine with the medical school, as well as an assistant professor of pharmacology and toxicology. Binder is also clinical curriculum coordinator and directs the school's Skills Assessment and Training Center. He earned his M.D. and Ph.D. degrees at the University of Virginia Medical School as part of the National Institutes of Health Medical Scientist Training Program and completed residency in family practice at St. Elizabeth Medical Center in Dayton.
Binder also directs the Introduction to Clinical Medicine courses, which help first- and second-year students hone their clinical skills while striving to build relationships with patients and provide effective, compassionate care. In 2003, he received the annual Teaching Excellence Award presented by first-year students.
The Gold Foundation sponsors a Humanism in Medicine Award for medical students each year as well. The 2009 award will go to graduate Matthew M. Pellerite, M.P.H., who will soon begin a residency in pediatrics at the University of Chicago Medical Center.
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