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O. Lee Trick, MD, Presented with the Albert Nelson Marquis Lifetime Achievement Award by Marquis Who's Who

    HOT SPRINGS, AR, August 16, 2021 /24-7PressRelease/ -- Marquis Who's Who, the world's premier publisher of biographical profiles, is proud to present O. Lee Trick, MD, with the Albert Nelson Marquis Lifetime Achievement Award. An accomplished listee, Dr. Trick celebrates many years' experience in his professional network, and has been noted for achievements, leadership qualities, and the credentials and successes he has accrued in his field. As in all Marquis Who's Who biographical volumes, individuals profiled are selected on the basis of current reference value. Factors such as position, noteworthy accomplishments, visibility, and prominence in a field are all taken into account during the selection process.

His medical journey began with his attending Anderson College (now Anderson University) from 1950 to 1953 in a pre-medical curriculum during the day and working full time at an automotive lighting factory during the graveyard shift. He continued his studies at Indiana University, entered Medical School there in 1954, and received his Doctor of Medicine degree in 1958. A rotating internship at Blodgett Memorial Hospital in Grand Rapids, Michigan followed from 1958 to 1959. He engaged in the general practice of Medicine, Surgery, and Obstetrics in Durand, Michigan between 1959 and 1964 and completed a residency in Psychiatry at Duke University Medical Center from 1964 to 1967.

He served as an Instructor in the New Mexico University School of Medicine 1967-1968 while filling the role of Chief of the Inpatient Unit of the Albuquerque Veteran's Hospital. In 1968 he was recruited to the West Virginia University School of Medicine's Dept of Behavioral Medicine and Psychiatry as an Assistant Professor (and later an Associate Professor) and, Director of the Department's Inpatient Unit. Important Committees he served on while at West Virginia University School of Medicine included being Chairman of the "Committee to Establish a Family Practice Residency Program at West Virginia University School of Medicine" and the Chairman of the "Governors Committee to Evaluate the Medical Handling of, and Make Recommendations for, the continued use of Medical Induced Abortion in West Virginia". He also served as Assistant Project Director for the "Bureau of Health Manpower Project to Establish an Area Health Education Center at Charleston, West Virginia" as well as serving in numerous positions for the West Virginia District Branch of the American Psychiatric Association. Additionally, he served as president of the Section of Neurology, Neurosurgery, and Psychiatry, West Virginia Medical Association 1973-1974.

He left academics after serving as director of the inpatient unit at the West Virginia University's Charleston Division of the Department of Behavioral Medicine and Psychiatry from 1973 to 1974. From 1974 until retirement he and his wife Reita A. Troum MSW, LCSW were co-directors of Family Institute of the Southwest in Houston, Texas an organization founded to treat patients as members of a family system and teach professionals the process. He began retirement preparation by serving on a part time basis as a Physician Surveyor for the Joint Commission on Healthcare Accreditation in 1990, and then became a full time surveyor in 1995. Looking back he realizes the overwhelming magnitude of difference between improving the care of a hundred or so medical students each year as compared to improving the care that hundreds of hospitals medical and nursing staffs would provide to thousands of patients over the same period of time.
He maintained memberships in multiple professional organizations and was licensed as a physician in Indiana, Michigan, North Carolina, New Mexico, West Virginia, and Texas and contributed numerous scholarly articles to peer-reviewed journals.

Dr. Trick believes that his most important accomplishment was the development of a pragmatic operational approach to psychotherapy which moved the focus of therapy from trying to find the causative factors of the illness to teaching the patient how to relate in such a manner that each interaction with another person left the patient feeling better about his or her self and the person that they were in the process of becoming. Almost invariably, their self image improved as well as their self confidence and, trust in themselves. As their self approval progressed, their symptoms disappeared, while in most cases the important causative factors were discovered, incidentally, along the way.

He celebrated his 90th birthday while the information for this narrative was being completed and is currently writing a book to outline the principles of this therapeutic approach.

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