Patrick McManus, MD, of Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, the PAFP’s 2014 Exemplary Teacher of the Year, studied at the University of Notre Dame, where he earned his degree in English. He attended medical school at the Medical University of South Carolina and completed his family medicine residency at the Thomas Jefferson University Hospital in Philadelphia.
Between 1993 and 1994, McManus served as Thomas Jefferson University Hospital’s chief resident; he was awarded the university hospital’s Faculty Development Fellowship, Family Medicine in 1994. McManus has held numerous faculty appointments, including the Pennsylvania Academy of Family Physicians’ Assembly of Program Directors and Chairs as chairman between 2010 and 2012; he currently also holds roles of program director of the Jefferson Medical College Urban Underserved Program and faculty director of the Move4Health exercise and education program, among others.
McManus serves as the program director of the Jefferson Medical College Family and Community Medicine Residency.
Those who know McManus praise him for his caring nature, his clinical acumen, and his ability to make each person he’s talking to feel like the most important person in the room.
“He is an astute clinician, a gifted teacher, and an incredible listener, said Nicholas Shungu, MD, Chief Resident at the Thomas Jefferson University Family Medicine Residency, "while maintaining a humility and joy that makes others at ease to approach him.
“Dr. McManus is a physician whose example will guide my clinical approach for the rest of my career,” Shungu continued. ”I aspire to empower patients, student, and residents, much in the same way that he has empowered me.”
One student had never heard of family medicine before she met Dr. McManus at a family medicine conference.
“During my residency interviews, when the inevitable ‘Why family medicine?’ question is asked, I need to constantly stifle my immediate response of ‘Because I want to be like Dr. McManus,’” said Danielle Dang, fourth-year student at Jefferson Medical College. “I’m sure [McManus] would advise me [that] is not quite the answer that program directors are looking for. I can say with absolute certainty that any success I may hopefully accomplish in the field of family medicine has been directly due to his guidance and support.”
“Sir Isaac Newtown once said, ‘If I have seen further, it is by standing on the shoulders of giants,’” said Roma Amin, a third-year medical student. “Dr. McManus is my giant. He saw my potential and understood my passion even before I did, as he does with so many of his students.
“He teaches us to be compassionate, genuine, and dedicated physicians through his own actions and is without a doubt the most influential person that I have encountered in my life,” Amin said. I aspire to embody his contagious charisma throughout the rest of my career and know that no matter where my career takes me, he will always be there for me.”
Congratulations, Dr. Patrick McManus, for earning the PAFP’s 2014 Exemplary Teacher of the Year Award!