BCM co-hosts regional conference on educational affairs

May 1, 2011

Dr. Klotman
Dr. Klotman spoke at the Association of American Medical College’s Regional Conference.

Baylor College of Medicine , the University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston and the University of Texas Medical Branch at Galveston, along with the other five medical schools in Texas, hosted the Association of American Medical College’s Regional Conference of the Southern Group on Educational Affairs from April 14-16 at Hotel ZaZa in Houston.

The southern region consists of more than 40 medical schools, the largest number of medical schools in any region. With the theme of the conference as "Leadership and Advocacy in Medicine," its purpose is to foster medical education and for faculty to learn from each other’s work. It allows deans and course leaders from the medical schools to network and collaborate.

Special guest speakers included Dr. Paul E. Klotman, president and CEO of Baylor College of Medicine, Dr. Bryant Boutwell, professor of Oslerian medicine at the University of Texas at Houston, Dr. Nancy W. Dickey, president of the Texas A&M Health Science Center and vice chancellor for health affairs for the Texas A&M System, and Dr. Kenneth I. Shine, executive vice chancellor for health affairs for The University of Texas System.

Klotman emphasized the importance of being advocates for improving global health as leaders in academic medicine, and said this is a priority for BCM.

Dr. Elizabeth Nelson, senior associate dean at BCM, and Dr. Nancy Searle, director of faculty development and recognition at BCM, acted as program chairs for the conference.

"Overall, the conference was a great success and co-hosting it enabled us to collaborate with the other medical schools in Texas," said Nelson. "It gave us a greater sense of community within the state."