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Schwartzstein Becomes Director of HMS Academy

BIDMC physician to be key adviser on the broader aspects of medical education

BOSTON - Richard Schwartzstein, MD, Vice President of Education and Associate Division Chief of Pulmonary and Critical Care Medicine at Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center, has been named director of the Harvard Medical School Academy.

Schwartzstein succeeds George Thibault, MD, who left HMS last year to become president of the Macy Foundation.

In his new position, Schwartzstein will hold the Ellen and Melvin Gordon Chair for Medical Education and will be a key adviser on the broader aspects of education at HMS. He will work with the school's current educational leadership, including Jules Dienstag, Dean for Medical Education, and David Golan, Dean for Graduate Education, as well as other HMS leaders in graduate medical education and continuing medical education.

Schwartzstein has been an active clinical educator and researcher since he came onto the HMS faculty over 20 years ago. He is an HMS Professor of Medicine and a senior physician in the Department of Medicine at BIDMC, where he has been involved in laboratory and clinical studies of the physiology of dyspnea, or shortness of breath. He sees patients as a practicing pulmonologist and critical care physician.

Schwartzstein is Course Director of Integrated Human Physiology in the first-year New Pathway curriculum, and he developed the Principal Clinical Experience program at BIDMC for third-year students. He is Co-Chair of the Year 1 Fundamentals of Medicine Committee and serves as the Executive Director of the Carl J. Shapiro Institute for Education and Research. In addition to many awards and honors for his teaching at HMS and Beth Israel Deaconess, Schwartzstein has received prestigious national teaching awards, including the Robert J. Glaser Distinguished Teaching Award from the Association of American Medical Colleges.

Schwartzstein assumes the leadership during a time of transformation for the Academy. In response to recommendations from the Strategic Advisory Group on Education, the Academy will be reborn as the HMS Academy for Teaching Excellence and Educational Innovation.

The new HMS Academy will work with educators across the curriculum on innovative methods and technologies to enhance learning and assessment of medical students and graduate students, as well as postgraduate clinical and research trainees, and will provide support for faculty members engaged in educational research. Current activities of the Academy will continue under the leadership of Charles Hatem, the Harold Amos Academy professor at HMS and BIDMC and an HMS Professor of Medicine at Mt. Auburn Hospital.

The new HMS Academy will also work with the HMS teaching hospitals to enhance the educational mission across the entire Harvard Medical School community.