Louis Binder, MD, GME Physician Leader
Current position(s) and title(s)
Associate Program Director and Director of Education
Department of Medical Education, MetroHealth Medical Center
Professor of Emergency Medicine, Case Western Reserve University
- Masters in Medical Education, John Carroll University and Case Western Reserve University, 2002-2007 (anticipated)
- Emergency medicine residency, University of Missouri at Kansas City - Truman Medical Center, 1981-1983
- Transitional year, Hennepin County Medical Center, Minneapolis, 1980-1981
- MD, University of Minnesota Medical School, Minneapolis, 1980
- BS, Biochemistry, University of Minnesota College of Biological Sciences, Minneapolis, 1976
Special area(s) of clinical/research/educational interest
Mentoring and advising, bedside teaching, clinical skills development, accreditation issues and processes, organizational leadership.
Current and prior organizational involvements
- ACGME Residency Review Committee for Emergency Medicine
- Council of Emergency Medicine Residency Directors, Board of Directors
- AMA Section on Medical Schools, Case Western Reserve University representative
- Chair, Glaxo and Duke Pathway Evaluation Program National Advisory Board
- National Youth Leadership Forum on Medicine, Board of Advisors
- AAMC Groups on Educational Affairs and Student Affairs
- Liaison Committee on Medical Education, Faculty Fellow
- Harvard Macy Scholars Institute, Program for Physician Educators
- Society for Academic Emergency Medicine, President and Board of Directors
- American Board of Emergency Medicine, Oral Examiner
Why are you a program director/DIO/leader in GME?
I enjoy the opportunity to mentor and help others with overcoming the same issues and transitions that I struggled with, and am extremely gratified by guiding students’ and residents’ career development and watching them mature in their careers. I also enjoy the challenge and stimulation of dealing with both “31,000-foot” visionary issues and specific problems that arise within medical education.
What are the most important issues today in GME?
- Maintaining quality teaching and mentoring of our learners in the setting of cost containment for institutions and productivity pressures affecting faculty
- Ensuring that accreditation standards at all levels of medical education are appropriate and meaningful to the development of quality education programs and graduates, while minimizing the resource intensity and “hassle factor” on learners and programs in their implementation
If you only had a minute, what advice would you give to a physician in training?
Maintain a positive attitude and dedication to excellence in your training, despite the long hours and intense work. What you are doing is not easy, and not everyone can do it--it is to your credit that you are one of the few individuals with the energy, dedication, compassion and intelligence to be successful and develop within a rigorous training program. Those of you who undertake these rigors on a day-to-day basis and go on to be productive, professional, and compassionate physicians have my utmost respect.
What advice do you have for aspiring GME leaders?
The rewards and opportunities of leadership opportunities are immense and numerous--being at the forefront of issues, devising and implementing solutions to problems that are regional/national in scope, the intellectual stimulation, the challenge to keep pace with your colleagues (with resultant growth) and the networking opportunities. I would do this career over again in a heartbeat!
AMA member since
Married (Nancy D. Binder), 19 years; two lovely dogs – Phelps (Scottish Terrier) and Thorpe (West Highland Terrior), extended family, travel, music, swimming.