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Dr. Templeton Receives Lifetime Achievement Award

November 23, 2010

Bryce Templeton, MD, professor in the Department of Psychiatry, has received the Lifetime Achievement Award from the Philadelphia Psychiatric Society. In presenting him with the honor, the society noted Templeton’s lifetime of career activities as an educator, researcher, and published author – all of which have advanced the field of psychiatry.

Hope Selarnick, MD, immediate past president of the Philadelphia Psychiatric Society, praised Templeton’s interviewing skills as one of his greatest contributions to the field. “One does not realize until years later the true value of proper interviewing – without this skill, information gleaned from an interview is tainted and proper diagnosis hampered,” she said. “Many physicians in practice today owe much to Dr. Templeton for his dogged persistence in teaching, writing about and researching this important topic.”

Prior to joining the faculty of Drexel University College of Medicine, Templeton spent 16 years at the National Board of Medical Examiners, where he helped organize both the NBME Part II exam and several special board exams. Earlier in his career, he worked for the Public Health Service at a federal prison in California, and on the consultation service at the University of Pittsburgh.

In addition to his work in the field of psychiatry, Templeton is extremely active in the fight against drunk driving, having lost a son in a crash caused by a drunk driver. He serves as an Advisory Council Chair to the Southeast Region of MADD and is a member of MADD’s National Board of Directors.

Templeton earned his medical degree from Case Western Reserve University and completed his psychiatry residency training at North Carolina Memorial Hospital. He also holds a master’s in education from the University of Illinois. He has received numerous awards throughout his career, including the American Psychiatric Association’s NCA Roeske Certificate of Excellence in Medical Student Education.