Donald E. Wilson, M.D., M.A.C.P., vice president for medical affairs and dean, University of Maryland School of Medicine, has been named chair of the Council of Deans of the Association of American Medical Colleges (AAMC). As chairman, Dr. Wilson will be an advocate for the nation's medical schools and will testify before Congress on issues affecting medical education, research and patient care. He assumed the council chairmanship on October 27th at the AAMC's annual meeting in Chicago.
Dr. Wilson was also the recipient of the first Herbert W. Nickens, M.D., Award, and gave the Nickens Memorial Lecture on October 30 at the annual meeting. His lecture, entitled "Diversity: The Need, the Challenge, the Promise," focused on the importance of ethnic diversity, not only in the delivery of culturally competent health care, but also in setting agendas for clinical research.
The Herbert W. Nickens, M.D., Award honors the tireless work of the late Dr. Herbert Nickens in addressing the educational, societal, and health care needs of minorities. This award is given to an individual who has made outstanding contributions to promoting justice in medical education and health care.
"Dr. Wilson received this award because of his tireless commitment to increasing opportunities for minorities in health care, and for his innovation in medical education at the undergraduate and graduate levels," said Claudia Baquet, M.D., M.P.H., associate dean for Policy and Planning at the University of Maryland School of Medicine. "Dr. Wilson is an academician of the first order, a proven administrator, a risk-taker with a strong work ethic, a widely respected internist, a man of integrity and a demonstrated leader."
Calia Receives Distinguished Teaching Award
Frank M. Calia, M.D., M.A.C.P., vice dean & senior associate dean for Academic Administration, received the AAMC's Alpha Omega Alpha Robert J. Glaser Distinguished Teaching Award, which recognizes the significant contributions to medical education made by gifted teachers. The award was presented to Dr. Calia at this year's AAMC annual meeting.
Dr. Calia, who joined the faculty in 1969, rose through the ranks to professor, Departments of Medicine and Microbiology and Immunology and Chief of Medical Service at the Baltimore VA Medical Center. Dr. Calia has been a role model to thousands of medical students and house officers at the School of Medicine and the University of Maryland Medical Center.
"With no exaggeration it can be said that just about every senior medical student talks with Dr. Calia about his or her future, and seeks a letter of recommendation from him," commented Donald E. Wilson, M.D., M.A.C.P. "This is not because of his position; it is because of the role that he has played in their educational experience. He is the one they seek out."
Public Affairs Department Receives Award of Excellence
The School of Medicine's joint media relations program with the University of Maryland Medical System has won an Award of Excellence - a first place honor - from the AAMC. The award recognizes the media relations program as a national model that has achieved success at every level.
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