July 25, 2022

U-M Family Medicine Professor Michael D. Fetters receives honor for his humanism in medicine

The Leonard Tow Humanism in Medicine Award recognizes faculty members and graduating medical students who practice humanism in patient care.

Michael D. Fetters, MD, M.P.H., M.A., professor and director of the Mixed Methods Program at the University of Michigan’s Department of Family Medicine, has recently received the Leonard Tow Humanism in Medicine Award, presented by The Arnold P. Gold Foundation.

Professor Michael D. Fetters, MD, MPH, MA

The award recognizes faculty members and graduating medical students who are exemplars of humanism in patient care. Fetters is also director of Education and Research with U-M Family Medicine’s Japanese Family Health Program.

“I enjoy teaching Michigan medical students because of the depth and talent they bring into clinical care given their diverse and multifaceted backgrounds,” said Fetters. “I am very pleased to receive this award, named after Dr. Leonard Tow, who is known for his caring nature and strong advocacy of humanism in medicine.”

Participating medical schools select one graduating medical student and faculty member each year for the Leonard Tow Humanism in Medicine Award. The award includes a certificate and check for up to $500. Recipients also are inducted as lifelong members of the Gold Humanism Honor Society.

The Gold Foundation, based in New Jersey, launched the Humanism in Medicine award in 1991 at Columbia University College of Physicians & Surgeons. In 2003, through to a donation from The Tow Foundation, the awards became solely sponsored and administered by The Gold Foundation. The foundation champions humanism in healthcare, which members define as compassionate, collaborative and scientifically excellent care.