Dr. Arch G. Mainous III, the chair of the University of Florida College of Public Health and Health Professions’ department of health services research, management and policy and the Florida Blue endowed chair of health administration, received the Distinguished Mentor Award from the North American Primary Care Research Group at a ceremony held November 15 during the group’s annual meeting in Colorado Springs.
[Photo: Dr. Arch G. Mainous III]
The award recognizes outstanding mentorship of a North American Primary Care Research Group member over the course of his or her career. Dr. Mainous was nominated by Dr. Robert Post, who started working with Dr. Mainous when both were at the Medical University of South Carolina. Dr. Mainous provided research mentorship to Dr. Post as part of MUSC’s department of family medicine faculty development program and continues to offer advice.
Dr. Mainous was always available to talk, taking time to hash out questions on the whiteboard in his office, said Dr. Post, now the research director for the family medicine residency program and the chair of family medicine at Virtua Health in Voorhees, NJ.
“He helps to mold your ideas into something novel and worthwhile,” Dr. Post said. “He definitely saved me a lot of time not chasing down the rabbit hole of a project that really has no impact in the end. He taught me how to do research the right way: no shortcuts, and to keep in mind the end goal of advancing knowledge.”
Dr. Mainous has mentored a broad range of students, including high school students from minority groups, undergraduates, medical students and graduate students. He has also mentored junior faculty members at his own institution as well as at other universities.
“It is very gratifying to see folks develop and become confident in their ability to conceptualize research questions and turn them into studies,” Dr. Mainous said. “I especially like the look on their face when they get their first publication and the anticipation of showing it to their parents.”