Thursday, May 9, 2013 - 12:00pm to 1:00pm
Dr. Kirch also will serve as keynote speaker for the University of Arizona College of Medicine - Tucson convocation, Thursday, May 9, 6 to 8 p.m., at Centennial Hall, 1020 E. University Blvd.
Darrell G. Kirch, MD, president and CEO of the Association of American Medical Colleges (AAMC), which represents the nation’s medical schools, teaching hospitals and academic societies, will give the lecture, “Will the University of Arizona Lead Us to a New Excellence in Healthcare?,” Thursday, May 9, noon to 1 p.m., at The University of Arizona Medical Center – University Campus, DuVal Auditorium, 1501 N. Campbell Ave, Tucson. The lecture is for health professionals only.
A distinguished physician, educator and medical scientist, Dr. Kirch speaks and publishes widely on the need for transformation in the nation’s health-care system and how academic medicine can lead that change across medical education, medical research and patient care.
Prior to becoming AAMC president in 2006, Dr. Kirch served as the dean and academic health system leader of two institutions, the Medical College of Georgia and the Penn State Milton S. Hershey Medical Center.
He has co-chaired the Liaison Committee on Medical Education, the accrediting body for U.S. medical schools, and now serves as a member-at-large of the National Board of Medical Examiners and as chair of the Department of Veterans Affairs Special Medical Advisory Group. Dr. Kirch also is a member of the Institute of Medicine of the National Academies. A psychiatrist and clinical neuroscientist by training, Dr. Kirch began his career at the National Institute of Mental Health, becoming the acting scientific director in 1993 and receiving the Outstanding Service Medal of the United States Public Health Service.