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Nov. 28, 2006

Kirch Talk To Highlight Medical Education At Iowa Event Nov. 30

Darrell G. Kirch, M.D., president of the Association of American Medical Colleges (AAMC), will give the keynote address Nov. 30 as part of the daylong celebration "Leading the Way: Medical Education at Iowa," hosted by the University of Iowa Roy J. and Lucille A. Carver College of Medicine.

Kirch will present "When Innovation Meets Tradition: Dynamic Change in the Culture of Academic Medicine" at 1 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 30, in the Dr. Prem Sahai Auditorium (room 1110A) in the Medical Education and Research Facility (MERF).

Prior to Kirch's talk, an open house and a poster session highlighting UI innovations in medical education and curriculum will be held from 10:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. in the MERF atrium.

A panel discussion, "Stepping (Jumping?) Forward: Evolution or Revolution?" will begin at 2:15 p.m. in the Sahai Auditorium following Kirch's lecture. Panelists will include Kirch; Gerard Clancy, M.D., a former UI medical faculty member who is president of the University of Oklahoma-Tulsa and dean of the University of Oklahoma-Tulsa College of Medicine; Chris Cooper, M.D., associate dean for student affairs and curriculum in the UI Carver College of Medicine; Kristi Ferguson, Ph.D., director of the UI Office of Consultation and Research in Medical Education; Joel Gordon, M.D., professor of internal medicine and the Sahai Family Professor of Medical Education at the UI; Steve Craig, M.D., UI adjunct clinical professor of internal medicine; and Terri Nordin, a fourth-year medical student at the UI. Peter Densen, M.D., executive associate dean in the UI Carver College of Medicine, will moderate the discussion.

A reception will follow at 3:30 p.m. in the MERF atrium. All events listed above are free and open to the public.

A distinguished medical scientist, educator, physician and authority on organization and management issues at academic medical centers, Kirch became the fourth president of the AAMC July 1. His career spans all aspects of academic medicine and includes leadership positions at two medical schools and teaching hospitals, as well as at the National Institutes of Health.

Before becoming the AAMC president, Kirch was selected to be chair-elect of the association and served as the co-chair of the Liaison Committee on Medical Education and as a member-at-large of the National Board of Medical Examiners. He also has served as chair of the AAMC's Council of Deans Administrative Board and as chair of the American Medical Association's Section on Medical Schools.

Kirch came to the AAMC after six years as Pennsylvania State University's senior vice president for health affairs, dean of the Penn State College of Medicine and CEO of the Milton S. Hershey Medical Center, where he and his leadership team are credited with revitalizing the institution and guiding it through a period of major expansion.

Before coming to Penn State, Kirch served as dean of the school of medicine at the Medical College of Georgia from 1994 to 2000. In 1995 he also became the dean of the school of graduate studies, and in 1998, he took on the additional role of senior vice president for clinical activities, a newly created position overseeing the hospitals and clinical practices of the institution. Earlier in his career, Kirch served in a number of leadership positions at the National Institute of Mental Health (NIMH) in Bethesda, Md., including as medical director of the Neuropsychiatric Research Hospital. He became acting scientific director of the NIMH in 1993.

Kirch is a graduate of the University of Colorado School of Medicine, where he also completed his residency training in psychiatry.

STORY SOURCE: University of Iowa Health Science Relations, 5139 Westlawn, Iowa City, Iowa 52242-1178

MEDIA CONTACT: David Pedersen, 319-335-8032, Writer: Andrea Schreiber.