June 30, 2006

Students tap Miller for CANDLE Award

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Robert Miller, M.D.

Students tap Miller for CANDLE Award

Robert Miller, M.D., an attending physician in Pulmonology/Critical Care, was recently chosen by Vanderbilt University School of Medicine to receive the CANDLE (Caring, Advocating, Nurturing, Determination, Leadership and Empathy) Award.

The honor is given to individuals who have devoted themselves to teaching and mentoring.

Recipients are nominated and chosen based upon their positive impact on the lives of physicians-in-training, and are recognized by their students as examples of excellence in medical education.

“Dr. Miller acted as a superb role model for the medical students and residents on the team,” one of his nominators wrote. “He took extra time with our patients to answer their questions and understand them as people. As an example, he personally advocated for several patients who did not have the financial resources to fill prescription medicines following discharge from the hospital, getting them the resources they needed.

“As a teacher, he took the time to explain in detail why the decisions the team made were important to a patient's care.”

Another nominator wrote, “Dr. Miller has gone above and beyond the call of duty in every sense by stepping up to serve as medical director of the Shade Tree Family Clinic. He has given countless hours to helping teach students the basics of medicine and showing compassion to people who don't have any other access to health care.

“Dr. Miller helps students learn physical diagnosis skills, history taking and details about many different disease entities. He does this purely from his desire to help students learn and to help the community.”