Eric Ayers, M.D., F.A.C.P., F.A.A.P., has joined the Gold Humanism Honor Society’s national advisory council.
Eric Ayers, M.D., F.A.C.P., F.A.A.P., has joined the Gold Humanism Honor Society as a national advisory council member and will serve on the council for three years.
“I applied due to the need for humanism to be implemented into medical curriculums (because of) the ever-changing landscape of medicine,” said Dr. Ayers, assistant professor, section chief and medical residency program director of Internal Medicine/Pediatrics at the Wayne State University School of Medicine. “Medical education is evolving into two main areas – training and the business. Issues of being humanistic are not stressed except through student organizations like the Gold Humanism Honor Society and through medical school endeavors that revolve around community.”
The GHHS honors medical students, residents and role-model physician teachers, often faculty like Dr. Ayers, who demonstrate excellence in clinical care, leadership, compassion and dedication to service. It was founded 10 years ago to elevate the values of humanism and professionalism in the field of medicine.
Although this is his first role in the society at the national level, Dr. Ayers was nominated into the Wayne State University chapter in 2005, its initial year. He has since served as a keynote speaker at GHHS events, served on the member selection committee and advocated for the organization at the School of Medicine.
He was initially nominated for the national position by Chih Chuang, M.D., a Class of 2006 graduate, Internal Medicine residency graduate and now assistant professor in the Department of Student and Academic Programs.
Dr. Ayers, who practices Internal Medicine in Detroit with the Wayne State University Physician Group, will learn more of his specific duties at a meeting of advisory council members Oct. 3-4 in Chicago, prior to the National Gold Humanism Honor Society annual meeting Oct. 4-6.
“I hope to be able to expand the concept of humanism so that it is included in residency education,” he said. “The importance of this hopefully will enhance communication among physicians and patients, along with providing an avenue of advocacy that may become part of a bigger curriculum in the practice of medicine and may become part of the deliverables each resident must have and exhibit before graduation from residency, and possibly medical school.”
Being recognized as a community physician and faculty member is nothing new to Dr. Ayers. He was appointed in June to the Board of Directors of Black Family Development Inc., a private, non-profit family counseling agency created by the Detroit Chapter of the National Association of Black Social Workers. In 2009, he was named the Detroit area’s favorite family-friendly pediatrician in a voter contest conducted by ParentsConnect.com, the parenting website for television channel Nickelodeon. He received the WSU Department of Internal Medicine’s first John O’Connell Diversity Award in 2011.
“I have always and will always advocate in my role as a physician for the patients that I serve. Humanism is more than a word. It involves education, awareness, proactive thought and caring for your fellow brother and sister beyond the letters behind your name or the title that you may hold,” he said.