Daniel M. Lichtstein, M.D., Honored as ‘Hero in Medicine’ for Education

Daniel M. Lichtstein, M.D., professor of medicine and regional dean for medical education who has shaped medical education in Palm Beach County for the past six years, is the 2012 recipient of the Palm Beach County Medical Society’s Excellence in Medical Education Award.

One of the architects of the innovative curriculum at the Miller School’s regional campus, Lichtstein was honored this month at the society’s 2012 Heroes in Medicine Awards luncheon for his dedication to ensuring that medical students and residents in Palm Beach County receive the best training possible.

“I share this honor with my colleagues on the Miller School faculty, as well as with the dedicated community preceptors and hospital and health department partners, without whom our program would not be so successful,” said Lichtstein, who joined the UM faculty in 1996 after 18 years in private practice in Palm Beach County.

As the award program noted, “There is no more fundamental aspect of the health care system than the training of the professionals who carry out its functions,” and Lichtstein is “unparalleled when it comes to helping students move beyond mere regurgitation of information to truly understanding concepts.”

Indeed, Lichtstein’s signature “take-home points,” in which he encourages learners to each articulate a key point or concept before leaving a session, ensure they truly have assimilated the material. Outside the classroom, Lichtstein is a highly respected mentor and role model known for demonstrating an incomparable bedside manner and professionalism during teaching rounds at JFK Medical Center and the West Palm Beach VA Medical Center.

Though Lichtstein’s work is local, the society noted, its ripple effects extend way beyond Palm Beach County, as his protégés endeavor to emulate his compassion and skill as they embark on their own medical careers. “His dedication has had and will continue to have a tremendous impact on the future of medicine in Palm Beach County,’’ the society said.

The awards ceremony was held May 9 at the Kravis Center for the Performing Arts in West Palm Beach.

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