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June 14, 2011

SIU Med School Announces Annual Humanism, Teaching Awards

Several honors have been announced this spring at Southern Illinois University School of Medicine in Springfield.

A faculty member and graduating senior were named recipients of the 2010 Leonard Tow Humanism in Medicine Award presented during commencement ceremonies.  Dr. Susan T. Hingle, associate professor of internal medicine, and Dr. Erin DuMontier were recognized as individuals who demonstrate compassion, respect for patients and families, and clinical excellence.  The award is sponsored by the Arnold P. Gold Foundation.

The students who nominated her for the award noted Dr. Hingle’s commitment to her patients and the encouragement that she gives to everyone around her including residents and students.  “She consistently demonstrates compassion and empathy in the delivery of care to her patients…. Dr. Hingle doesn’t just join in on our volunteer efforts, she often functions as the leader….She adheres to professional and ethical standards and is personally committed to reflection and objective self-evaluation of her own skills….She is an excellent physician, role model, community volunteer and scholar.”

In addition to her practice of medicine, Hingle serves as the clerkship director and associate residency program director for her department and associate director of the Doctoring Curriculum for medical students.  She is the governor of the Downstate Illinois American College of Physicians (ACP) section and a member of the executive committee of ACP’s Board of Governors.  She joined SIU’s faculty in 1998.  [Note – more bio is below.]

The classmates who nominated Dr. Erin DuMontier said “Erin has helped implement a health clinic for the homeless in Springfield and has also been paramount in organizing health fairs at local elementary and middle schools.  She helped to organize outreach programs for medical students to speak at various community schools….She has also been involved in other community activities including volunteering at the Sojourn Women’s Shelter and as a mentor for underprivileged children….She has maintained a quiet and compassionate stance towards all of her patients….She is unassuming, hard working, and dedicated to both her professional and personal life.”

DuMontier will begin an obstetrics and gynecology residency training program in July at George Washington University (WU) in Washington, D.C.  The daughter of Dr. Charles and Kathleen DuMontier of Belleville, she is a graduate of Nerinx Hall High School (2002) and WU where she earned her bachelor’s degree (2006).

Dr. Brian E. Moore, clinical assistant professor of pathology and neurology, received the Golden Apple Award for outstanding teaching from the graduating class.  A volunteer faculty member at SIU since 2006, Moore is the unit director for the students’ second-year neuromuscular and behavioral course at the medical school.  He also is a member of the medical school’s Admissions Committee and Year 2 Curriculum Committee.

Moore is affiliated with Pathology Associates Central Illinois.  He completed his neuropathology fellowship at Brown University (2006) and his anatomic pathology residency at the University of Massachusetts Medical Center and Brown University (2004).  He received his medical degree from the University of Massachusetts School of Medicine (1999), a masters’ degree in education from Harvard University 1990, and a bachelor’s degree from Dartmouth College (1986). 

The graduates also honored two faculty members with roles during the commencement ceremony.  Dr. Erik J. Constance, associate dean of student affairs and associate professor of internal medicine, read the Hippocratic Oath.  Dr. B. Rock Oh, professor of obstetrics and gynecology, hooded the graduates.

The class previously honored Robert Columbo, Ph.D., previously an instructor in anatomy, as the Carbondale Teacher of the Year for his efforts during their first year.

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Dr. Susan T. Hingle joined the SIU faculty in 1998.  She completed a residency in internal medicine at Georgetown University Medical Center in Washington, D.C. (1997).  She earned her medical degree at Rush Medical College (1993) and her bachelor’s degree at Miami University (1989).  Hingle is board certified in internal medicine.