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Slovis lauded by academic emergency medicine peers

Apr. 6, 2022, 2:12 PM

Corey Slovis, MD, recently received the Lifetime Service Award from the Association of Academic Chairs of Emergency Medicine.
Corey Slovis, MD, recently received the Lifetime Service Award from the Association of Academic Chairs of Emergency Medicine. (photo by Susan Urmy)

by Kristin Smart

Corey Slovis, MD, professor and founding chair of Emergency Medicine at Vanderbilt University Medical Center, has received the Lifetime Service Award from the Association of Academic Chairs of Emergency Medicine (AACEM).

The award, created in 2016, is given to an AACEM member who has contributed to the advancement of academic chairs and made outstanding, nationally recognized contributions to the AACEM over the course of his or her career.

Nominated by his peers and selected by the executive committee of the AACEM, Slovis received the honor on March 22 during the organization’s annual retreat in Puerto Rico.

“It was very humbling to be acknowledged by the chairs of the other academic departments in emergency medicine,” said Slovis.

“This award is a tribute to Dr. Slovis’ contribution to the development of current and future leaders of emergency medicine and the substantial impact he has made on improving the health and well-being of our patients,” said Deborah Diercks, MD, MSc, president of AACEM and professor and chair of Emergency Medicine at UT Southwestern Medical Center in Dallas.

Serving as chair of VUMC Emergency Medicine from July 1992 until July 2020, Slovis spent his career teaching emergency medicine. He was one of the first Vanderbilt faculty members to be named a Master Clinical Teacher and has been selected as Best Clinical Professor by the graduating medical school classes at every institution where he has taught, having won this award seven times in his career.

“I have always loved teaching, and as my career begins to wind down, I treasure the opportunity to teach even more,” said Slovis. “I was so lucky to find emergency medicine as it was first becoming a specialty and doubly lucky to have had an entire career doing the two things I loved most in medicine — treating emergencies and getting to teach others about them.”

Slovis still teaches residents and medical students at Vanderbilt University School of Medicine and is currently the medical director for the Nashville Fire Department and the Nashville International Airport.

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