AAMC Humanism in Medicine Nomination Goes to Dr Eric Coris

For a second time in two years, Associate Professor, Eric Coris, MD, has been nominated for the prestigious Humanism in Medicine Award by the American Association of Medical Colleges (AAMC). Students from the USF College of Medicine overwhelmingly voted for Coris and his nomination has now moved forward in the awards process earning him a spot among 45 finalists & nominees selected from across the U.S. The official announcement from the AAMC came on September 10th.

The award winner of the national 2008 Humanism in Medicine Award will be announced during the November 1, 2008 AAMC Awards Dinner of the Annual Meeting in San Antonio, Texas. For Coris this is the second time students have chosen him for the Humanism in Medicine Award nomination – also nominated in 2006.

USF medical students on the Organization of Student Representatives for the USF College of Medicine based their nomination of Coris on five defining characteristics:
– positive mentoring skills
– compassion and sensitivity
– collaboration
– community service activity
– observance of professional ethics

In addition to his role as an Assistant Professor in Family Medicine & Sports Medicine, Dr. Coris is the Director of Primary Care Sports Medicine for USF, the Head Medical Team Physician for USF Athletics and the Assistant Director of USF Sports Medicine Fellowship.

The data collected by Dr. Eric Coris, Director of Primary Care Sports Medicine, University of South Florida, is used to prevent potentially life-threatening heat illness in student athletes.

At left, Doug Woolard, USF Athletic Director, joins Coris and the team for a morning of practice. Woolard noting that the university is proud to be part of a research study that can benefit the entire community.

The AAMC, with the support of the Pfizer Medical Humanities Initiative (PMHI), honors “humanistic” physicians nationwide. The goal of the award is to advance the ideals of humanism in medicine, including compassion, understanding and partnership.

Congratulations to Dr. Eric Coris!

Other links:

Coris’ Biographical Sketch

Coris’ Heat Pill Study w/USF Bulls

2006 AAMC Humanism in Medicine Nominee Ceremony

2007 AAMC Humanism in Medicine Nominee Ceremony – Dr. Jose Lezama, Internal Medicine

Newsbrief by Lissette Campos, Photography by Eric Coris – USF Health Communications