Thursday, November 06, 2008
E. Albert Reece, MD, PhD, MBA, vice president for Medical Affairs, University of Maryland, and John Z. and Akiko K. Bowers Distinguished Professor and dean, School of Medicine, has been named chair of the Association of American Medical Colleges (AAMC) National Council of Deans for 2008-2009. Dr. Reece began his one-year term at the association's 119th annual meeting in San Antonio, Texas, Oct. 31 to Nov. 5.
The AAMC Council of Deans strives for the continuing improvement of the nation’s medical schools. As an association of medical school deans, the council identifies issues affecting academic medicine and develops strategies to achieve the various missions of medical schools across the United States.
As chair of the Council of Deans, Dr. Reece will be an advocate for the AAMC and the nation’s medical schools, promote the advancement of institutional management, and support fellow deans in guiding individual schools toward excellence in medical education, research, and patient care.
During his tenure as chair, Dr. Reece plans to take an active role in the national health care debate. Dr. Reece says funding for research is even more important during tough economic times. “Biomedical research is a proven economic engine, and investment in this sector needs to be part of any economic stimulus package,” says Dr. Reece. Another priority will be to make the AAMC the nation’s authority on medical-school rankings.
The Association of American Medical Colleges is a not-for-profit association representing all 130 accredited U.S. and 17 accredited Canadian medical schools; nearly 400 major teaching hospitals and health systems, including 68 Department of Veterans Affairs medical centers; and nearly 90 academic and scientific societies. Through these institutions and organizations, the AAMC represents 125,000 faculty members, 70,000 medical students, and 104,000 resident physicians. Additional information about the AAMC and U.S. medical schools and teaching hospitals is available at www.aamc.org/newsroom.
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