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Dean Hedges is re-elected to national leadership role on the AAMC Council of (medical school) Deans
Pictured: Dean Jerris Hedges with other Deans with backgrounds in Emergency Medicine, at the 2017 Council of Deans meeting.
The Deans of all 147 accredited medical schools in the U.S. (and 17 in Canada) serve on the Council of Deans. The Administrative Board is a more select group, consisting of three officers, six members serving three-year terms, and three at-large members serving one-year terms. The Council of Deans works to identify issues affecting academic medicine and develop strategies to achieve the various medical school missions.
During the Council of Deans meeting, Dean Hedges found himself surrounded by fellow deans whose own specialty is Emergency Medicine. In the photo at the top of this story, the group includes Arthur Kellermann, Dean of the Uniformed Services University of the Health Sciences, at the F. Edward Hebert School of Medicine; Charles Cairns, Dean of the University of Arizona College of Medicine at Tucson; Dr. Hedges; LouAnn Woodward, Dean of the University of Mississippi School of Medicine; and John Prescott, Chief Academic Officer of the AAMC, and Former Dean of the West Virginia School of Medicine.
In the photo below, Dr. Hedges is pictured with Vincent Verdile, Dean of Albany Medical College; Arthur Kellermann, Dean of the Uniformed Services University of the Health Sciences at the F. Edward Hebert School of Medicine; John Prescott, Chief Academic Officer for the AAMC and former Dean of the West Virginia School of Medicine, and Charles Cairns, Dean of the University of Arizona College of Medicine at Tucson.
About Dean Hedges
From his modest roots, Dr. Jerris Hedges personally understands how important it is that Hawaiʻi’s young people have opportunities to succeed, and how critical is the need to provide physicians and other health care workers in our rural, under-served communities. Dean Hedges and colleagues are expanding the medical school’s research focus on addressing disparities in both access to care and treatment outcomes that disproportionately affect Hawaiʻi’s citizens from certain cultural and ethnic backgrounds, especially the rural, the poor and those of Native Hawaiian, other Pacific Island and Filipino ancestry.
Dr. Hedges earned his bachelor’s degree in aeronautics and astronautics, his master’s degree in chemical engineering, and his medical degree at the University of Washington. He completed his residency at the Medical College of Pennsylvania and served on the faculty of the University of Cincinnati School of Medicine before joining the Oregon Health Sciences University. Dr. Hedges also holds a Master of Medical Management from the University of Southern California. Read more about the Dean.
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