Chelminski, Meltzer-Brody named first Sanders Clinician Scholars

As the first two Sanders Clinician Scholars, Paul Chelminski, MD, MPH, and Samantha Meltzer-Brody, MD, MPH, will develop educational efforts to enhance supportive direct personal contact in the daily care of patients, and to teach others to do the same.

Chelminski, Meltzer-Brody named first Sanders Clinician Scholars click to enlarge Samantha Meltzer-Brody
Chelminski, Meltzer-Brody named first Sanders Clinician Scholars click to enlarge Paul Chelminski

Wednesday, May 16

CHAPEL HILL, N.C. - As the first two Sanders Clinician Scholars, Paul Chelminski, MD, MPH, and Samantha Meltzer-Brody, MD, MPH, will develop educational efforts to enhance supportive direct personal contact to the daily care of patients, and to teach others to do the same.

William L. Roper, MD, MPH, Dean of the UNC School of Medicine, announced the appointment of Drs. Chelminski and Meltzer-Brody as the first two Sanders Clinicians Scholars effective July 1, 2012. “The appointments are based upon Drs. Chelminski and Meltzer-Brody’s outstanding records in clinical practice, teaching and mentoring, and advancing the effectiveness of their personal and professional interactions with patients and other professionals,” said Dr. Roper. “The appointments were granted based on the specific proposals of Drs. Chelminski and Meltzer-Brody to devote their tenure of the Sanders Clinician Scholarships to strengthening the quality of direct personal medical practice within their own departments and when practicing throughout the UNC Health Care System.”

The award includes a stipend of $25,000 per year for four years to be used each year to protect the recipients’ time for mentoring, teaching and the development of program elements.

Dr. Charles Sanders and Mrs. Ann Sanders established the Sanders Clinician Scholars Program to enhance the effectiveness of direct personal clinical practice and to strengthen doctor-patient interaction. It was their belief that that in the current clinical setting, doctor-patient relations and bedside diagnostics, education and personal support have been attenuated by financial pressures, technology and other factors.

“The Sanders have provided a remarkable gift to the School of Medicine,” said Dr. Roper. “This award provides valuable time to Drs. Meltzer-Brody and Chelminski so that they can teach others how to relate to patients in a more compassionate and productive way.”

Dr. Samantha Meltzer-Brody
Dr. Samantha Meltzer-Brody is an Associate Professor in the Department of Psychiatry. She also serves as Director of the Perinatal Psychiatry Program at the UNC Center for Women’s Mood Disorders. With the support of the Sanders Clinician Scholars Program, Dr. Meltzer-Brody proposes to provide additional training opportunities in the screening and treatment of Perinatal Psychiatry for residents and attending physicians in Obstetrics and Gynecology, Family Medicine, Internal Medicine and Pediatrics at UNC. She plans to develop a web-based Perinatal Psychiatry Training Program to educate physicians throughout the state and nation. This award also will allow Dr. Meltzer-Brody to expand her “Taking Care of our Own” pilot program, which emphasizes mental health programs for physicians, to reach residents and faculty in all UNC clinical departments.

Dr. Paul Chelminski
Dr. Paul Chelminski is an Associate Professor in the Department of Medicine and Associate Residency Program Director for Ambulatory Medicine. Dr. Chelminski is known for blending the humanities into medical education. He plans to create a comprehensive multimedia curriculum that emphasizes the synergy of science and the humanities. The curriculum will draw from the work of people like Anton Chekhov, George Orwell, Louis Armstrong, Robert Frost, and journalistic reportage from the South Pacific in World War II. In addition, with a dedicated mentoring practice, Dr. Chelminski will share with students and colleagues the rewards of the home visit and the power of electronic medicine in strengthening the doctor/patient relationship.

Dr. Charles Sanders
Charles A. Sanders, MD, is the former chair of the UNC Health Care System Board of Directors. Dr. Sanders was chair and CEO of Glaxo Inc., as well as a former member of the board of Glaxo plc. Before joining Glaxo Inc., Dr. Sanders spent eight years with Squibb Corp., where he held a number of posts, including the position of vice chair.

Previously Dr. Sanders was general director of Massachusetts General Hospital and professor of medicine at Harvard Medical School.  A native of Dallas, he is a graduate of Southwestern Medical College of the University of Texas.

Dr. Sanders is past-chair of the New York Academy of Sciences, The Commonwealth Fund, and the Overseers Committee to Visit the Harvard Medical School, and a past member of the President’s Committee of Advisors on Science and Technology. He is currently a member of the Institute of Medicine of the National Academy of Sciences, a member of the CSIS Board of Trustees, chair of Project HOPE, and chair of the Foundation for the National Institutes of Health.

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