Vol. 12 No. 4 - November, 2009

Fischer named Associate Dean for Undergraduate Medical Education

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Melissa Fischer, MD, MEd, is the new associate dean for undergraduate medical education.

Melissa A. Fischer, MD, MEd, associate professor of medicine, was appointed to the position of Associate Dean for Undergraduate Medical Education following a national search. Dr. Fischer will be responsible for academic administration and leadership of the School of Medicine curriculum, including design, management and implementation; student performance assessment; and scholarship and research in medical education.

The creation of this position coincides with the reorganization of the Office of Medical Education (OME). All undergraduate programs and curriculum oversight formerly within the OME will now be managed through the newly named Office of Undergraduate Medical Education under Fischer’s direction. She will assume programmatic oversight of the following curricular initiatives and programs: LInC Curriculum Redesign; End of Third Year Assessment; Physician, Patient & Society (PPS) 1 and 2 Courses; Interclerkship Program; Optional Enrichment Elective Courses; Fourth Year Miniselectives; International Medical Education Program; Senior Scholars Program; Summer Research Fellowship Program; Generalist Physician Program; Community Service Assistantship Program; and Curriculum Development Funds Program.

Fischer is known widely in the UMass Medical School–UMass Memorial educational community as an outstanding teacher, accomplished leader and nationally recognized scholar in medical education. She joined UMMS in 2002 and most recently served as the internal medicine clerkship director and as chair of the UMMS Learner-centered Integrated Curriculum (LInC) Redesign Trustees. Fischer is a general internist who completed a fellowship in ambulatory care and a master’s in education at Stanford University, where she also completed her internal medicine residency training. She received her MD from New York University.

Fischer’s research interests include using educational theory and research to inform medical education; integration of educational goals across the continuum of medical education; using reflection in learning settings; assessment of educational interventions; and medical errors. Additionally she conducts research with members of the Meyer’s Primary Care Institute and UMass Medical School faculty. Her recent publications have appeared in the Journal of General Internal Medicine, Teaching and Learning in Medicine, Patient Education and Counseling, Communication in Healthcare, the American Journal of Medicine, Academic Medicine and the Journal of the American Medical Association.

Fischer was the recipient of the first Sarah L. Stone Endowed Fellowship in Medical Education at UMMS (2006-2008), and has received numerous awards for teaching throughout her career. In 2008 she was selected to participate in the AAMC Early Women’s Faculty Career Development Program.