Larkin appointed assistant dean for GME

By Mark Shelton

UMass Medical School Communications

May 27, 2011

Anne Campbell Larkin, MD, associate professor of surgery, and a residency director known for her commitment to excellence in surgical education, has been appointed assistant dean for Graduate Medical Education (GME). 

“Dr. Larkin has a strong interest in curriculum development and clearly has a focused professional goal of educational leadership and research. Having served as surgery clerkship director for several years and now as program director for the general surgery residency, she is uniquely positioned to address the challenges of a competency-based educational curriculum for our residents, as well as capitalize on opportunities for education at the intersection of undergraduate and graduate medical education,” said Terence R. Flotte, MD, the Celia and Isaac Haidak Professor of Medical Education, executive deputy chancellor, provost and dean of the School of Medicine.  

Larkin joined the faculty at UMMS in 2001 after surgical residency training at Columbia-Presbyterian Hospital and two years of active duty in the United States Navy. Larkin is a member of the Association of Program Directors in Surgery and the Association of Surgical Education, where she serves on the Graduate Medical Education Committee. She is chair of the Young Surgeons Committee for the Massachusetts Chapter of the American College of Surgeons and also serves as a councilor in that organization. She has recently been named to the executive committee of the New England Surgical Society as the Massachusetts representative. 

“Dr. Larkin’s published work in how human factors training can influence surgical education has been presented nationally and internationally and continues to be her educational research focus,” said Deborah M. DeMarco, MD, professor of medicine, senior associate dean for clinical affairs and associate dean for GME. “She will be a great addition to the Office of Graduate Medical Education as we move toward competency-based training and the development of training milestones.” 

In addition to her strong commitment to excellence in surgical education, Larkin’s clinical interests include endocrine surgery, breast surgery and breast cancer risk assessment.