Gary L. LeRoy, M.D., associate professor of family medicine at Wright State University School of Medicine, was recognized as one of the 47 physicians nationwide selected by medical students for the 2000 Association of American Medical Colleges (AAMC) Humanism in Medicine Award on October 28 in Chicago.
LeRoy, a native Daytonian, received his undergraduate (1982) and M.D. (1988) degrees from Wright State University and completed his residency at Miami Valley Hospital. He completed a fellowship at Michigan State University in 1992 and is currently director of the East Dayton Health Care Center. He participates in several community groups, including Project Alpha and Fathers Working with Fathers.
The AAMC and Pfizer Medical Humanities Initiative sponsor the AAMC Humanism in Medicine Award. It annually honors medical school faculty physicians embodying the finest qualities in a healer who teaches healing.
Students at Wright State University School of Medicine felt Dr. LeRoy was the ideal candidate: "He is a shining example of humanism at its finest to us here in Dayton and to everyone he encounters in all his many endeavors. He truly believes that man is defined by his interaction with the life going on around him, and without that involvement in the collective improvement of his fellow human beings, he does not amount to anything. He's at all times cognizant of the patient as a whole, and addresses his patient care with full knowledge of potential barriers which might impede compliance, including socio-economic constraints or ideological differences."
"This is an important award for the AAMC because it acknowledges the essential role of humanism in medical education, and it entrusts the students themselves with the responsibility of selecting their own role models," states Robert Beran, Ph.D., Vice President Student Affairs and Education Services of the AAMC.
Honorees were nominated by the AAMC Organization of Student Representatives (OSR) nationwide based on five defining characteristics of humanism in medical education: positive mentoring skills, compassion and sensitivity, collaboration, community service activity, and observance of professional ethics.
"Medical students learn by exposure to role-model physicians who are not only scientifically qualified by also exemplify compassion, understanding, and partnership. We are pleased to partner with the AAMC this year again to recognize medical educators who help develop today's medical students into tomorrow's humanistic doctor's," says Mike Magee, M.D., Senior Medical Advisor, Pfizer Inc, and Director of the Pfizer Medical Humanities Initiative. "Dr. LeRoy is such a physician, and the students of the Wright State University School of Medicine, through this award, have expressed their appreciation to him as both a physician and an outstanding human being."
The AAMC is a nonprofit association comprising the 125 accredited U.S. medical schools; the 16 accredited Canadian medical schools; more than 400 major teaching hospitals and health systems, including 70 Department of Veterans Affairs medical centers; nearly 90 academic and professional societies representing 75, 000 faculty members; and the nation's medical students and residents. The AAMC's mission is to improve the health of the public by enhancing the effectiveness of academic medicine.
The Pfizer Medical Humanities Initiative is a research and educational program committed to understanding and strengthening the patient-physician relationship. It is a program of Pfizer Inc. the research-based global pharmaceutical company.