Michael T. Compton, MD, MPH, assistant professor in the Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences and the Department of Family and Preventive Medicine at the Emory University School of Medicine, is the recipient of the 2006 William Kane Rising Star Award. The award honors a member of the American College of Preventive Medicine (ACPM) who shows a commitment to preventive medicine and the potential to make a substantial impact and significant contributions to the field of preventive medicine and its organizations.
Dr. Compton will receive the award during the American College of Preventive Medicine's annual meeting in Reno/Tahoe, Nevada on Feb. 25.
"This award is especially meaningful to me, as well as to Emory, given the fact that just last year one of our graduating preventive medicine residents won this same award and that Dr. Erica Frank, a former senior preventive medicine physician at Emory, has also received this award," says Dr. Compton, who is double-boarded in psychiatry and preventive medicine. "It's an honor to be recognized, particularly because I'm in a niche trying to combine my two interests in both mental health and prevention."
Dr. Compton was chosen to receive the award based on his involvement with the American College of Preventive Medicine. He serves on the Prevention Practice Committee, which reviews and writes position statements for the ACPM, and was recently appointed to the Core Examination Committee of the American Board of Preventive Medicine. Dr. Compton currently serves as the acting director of the Preventive Medicine Residency Program at the Emory University School of Medicine.
Preventive medicine is a relatively small, mostly non-clinical medical specialty. Preventive medicine physicians concentrate their efforts in health promotion and disease prevention, administration, health policy, and population-based research rather than providing clinical services to individual patients.