Med school faculty member to receive award for teaching

KellyMelvinDr. Kelly E. Melvin, an assistant professor in the department of psychiatry and behavioral medicine at the Joan C. Edwards School of Medicine, has been selected to receive an Association for Academic Psychiatry (AAP) Early Career Development Award.

The AAP says the annual award involves a competitive process and was created to facilitate career development and recognize young faculty who are innovative in their teaching techniques and skills.

Melvin was nominated by Dr. Suzanne Holroyd, chair of the department.

“Dr. Melvin is a fantastic clinician and dedicated teacher,” Holroyd said. “His passion for psychiatry shines while teaching our students, which has had a very positive effect on the students’ interest in psychiatry. He is an ideal academic faculty member and I am fortunate he is in our department. I am thrilled he was chosen for this national recognition, which he most certainly deserves.”

Melvin is a 2005 graduate of the Joan C. Edwards School of Medicine.  He completed a residency in general adult psychiatry as well as a child psychiatry fellowship at Vanderbilt University and joined Marshall’s School of Medicine in November, 2012.

“Receiving this award is a huge honor,” Melvin said.  “It’s very humbling that Dr. Holroyd nominated me and multiple students wrote letters on my behalf.  I love teaching.  It gives me the opportunity to make students excited about caring for patients who have mental health conditions.”

Melvin will receive the award at a meeting later this month in Portland, Oregon.