H. Moy, Chair in Medical Education
Richard H. Moy, M.D.,
earned both his bachelor’s and medical degrees
at the University of Chicago, where he also interned
at the University Clinics. After service at the National
Cancer Institute, he returned to finish his residency
in internal medicine, subsequently serving as chief
resident and a U.S. Public Health Service Fellow. By
1969 he had risen to the rank of Associate Professor
in Medicine at the University of Chicago and held several
Dr. Moy was appointed Professor of
Internal Medicine and founding Dean of Southern Illinois
University School of Medicine in January of 1970 and
was, at the time, the country’s youngest dean.
He continued to serve as Dean and Provost (an additional
responsibility added in 1974) for over 23 years until
his retirement in the fall of 1993, which made him the
senior ranking dean among the 126 U.S. medical schools.
His community, state and national positions of leadership are numerous. Some of his national activities in medical education include many with the Association of American Medical Colleges, where he has served on the Administrative Board of the Council of Deans and the Executive Council of the association, as well as a number of task forces. He recently served as the first chairman of the Composite Committee for the U.S. Medical Licensing Examination and on the American Board of Medical Specialists.
Dr. Richard H. Moy has distinguished himself in many ways….as
educator, administrator, civic leader, and humanitarian. The
activity nearest to his heart continues to be the innovative
and pace setting methods of training physicians at Southern
Illinois University School of Medicine. It has become known
as the international model for teaching methods and educational
delivery systems for medical student training. Included in
these are performance-based assessment and problem-based learning,
both of which incorporate the use of persons trained to play
the role of actual patients. Medical education throughout
the United States has advanced because of Dr. Moy’s
encouragement to use such innovative methods.
It is with this medical education heritage begun by Dr. Moy’s
long tenure as Dean and Provost at the SIU School of Medicine,
that an endowed Chair in Medical Education seems a fitting
honor. We feel this immortalizes this very important position
of chair in Medical Education and associates the name of one
of the foremost medical educators with one of the finest training
It is a pleasure to name The Richard H. Moy, M.D. Chair in
Medical Education to honor his noteworthy career in appreciation
for over two decades of distinguished service to Southern
Illinois University School of Medicine and to the careers
of over one thousand physicians trained during his tenure
as Dean and Provost.
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