Dr. Darrell G. Kirch, president and CEO of the Association of American Medical Colleges, will speak at Baylor College of Medicine as a part of the 2010 Whitmore Presidential Lectures.

Kirch's lecture, Driving Change in Academic Medicine, will be held on Thursday, Feb. 25, at 4 p.m. in BCM's Cullen Auditorium. Dr. Charles Hatem, the Harold Amos Professor of Medicine at Harvard Medical School, will also speak as a part of the lecture series on Friday, Feb. 26, at noon in BCM's DeBakey Building, M112.

Kirch, a psychiatrist and neuroscientist, received his undergraduate and medical degrees from the University of Colorado and went on to work in all aspects of academic medicine, including leadership positions at two medical schools and teaching hospitals and at the National Institutes of Health. He has published more than 100 articles and book chapters and made presentations to numerous medical, educational, scientific and advocacy organizations.

The Association of American Medical Colleges is a non-profit association representing all 131 accredited U.S. and 17 accredited Canadian medical schools. It represents 125,000 faculty members, 70,000 medical students and 104,000 resident physicians.

Hatem's lecture is entitled Teaching as a Performing Art. He received his medical degree from Harvard Medical School and has been a primary care physician with an active clinical practice at Mt. Auburn Hospital in Massachusetts since 1971. Hatem has had a long interest in the application of educational theory to medical training of practicing physicians and hospital staff. He was selected as the first recipient of the NBI Healthcare Foundation Humanism in Medicine Award by the Harvard Medical School Class of 1998.

The John E. Whitmore Endowed Lectureship was established by Mrs. Clara Whitmore in 1987 as a perpetual tribute to the lifetime accomplishments of her late husband, John E. Whitmore, a trustee of BCM. The fund is used to sponsor distinguished visiting lectures at BCM, which may be selected from any basic science or clinical area of medicine. Previous lecturers have presented current scientific topics in molecular biology, cell biology, gene therapy, neuroscience, psychiatry, aging and medicine.