Longtime School of Medicine faculty member Stuart Munro, M.D, who served as chair of psychiatry from 2002 to 2014 and is currently an adjunct professor of medical humanities and social sciences, received the 2016 American Association of Chairs of Departments of Psychiatry Leadership Award. He was honored on Sept. 23 during the organization’s national meeting in Puerto Rico.
The award recognizes Munro’s outstanding service to the association and to the field of psychiatry during his tenure as department chair at the School of Medicine. In addition to his leadership role at the School of Medicine, Munro also served as president of the American Association of Chairs of Departments of Psychiatry from 2010 to 2012.
He joined the School of Medicine in 1985 as a member of the psychiatry faculty and served in numerous administrative roles at the school including interim dean. Munro also served as the first chairman of the school’s Department of Medical Humanities and Social Sciences from 2013 through 2015. As an adjunct professor, he serves as course director for the Behavioral Science courses, as well as the course “Medicine and Music.”
While accepting his award, Munro discussed his most recent efforts at the School of Medicine in a talk titled “Medicine in Balance: Science and the Humanities.” He also made a presentation during a plenary session on “Medicine and Music: An Exercise in Active Learning” during a concurrent meeting of the Association for Academic Psychiatry.
“I am grateful to the School of Medicine for finding a way to keep me active in the classroom, utilizing the humanities to enhance students’ understanding of the science of medicine and, perhaps, enhance their personal career satisfaction as a side-effect,” Munro said.