Dr. Robert Cloutier named assistant dean for Undergraduate Medical Education

August 8, 2017

Dr. Robert CloutierTracy Bumsted, M.D., associate dean for Undergraduate Medical Education, OHSU School of Medicine, has appointed Robert Cloutier, M.D., M.C.R., as the new assistant dean for admissions, succeeding Cindy Morris, Ph.D., M.P.H.

Dr. Cloutier's appointment is effective immediately, and he will assist by announcing the 160 names of the medical student Class of 2021 during the White Coat Ceremony Aug. 11 at the Oregon Convention Center.

"Dr. Cloutier is extremely well qualified to build on the work of Dr. Morris as we continuously work to admit an outstanding mix of highly qualified medical students with the diversity of interests and backgrounds to challenge, enrich and learn from their faculty and peers and to serve our state and beyond," said Dr. Bumsted. "He will begin at the White Coat Ceremony by recognizing by name the largest entering class in OHSU history and will take up his leadership of our admissions process as slots at OHSU become ever more sought after."

Dr. Cloutier, associate professor in emergency medicine and pediatrics and a member of the OHSU graduate school faculty, has been involved with the OHSU admissions process since coming to OHSU in 2002 as an assistant professor. He started as an applicant screener and went on to sit on the admissions committee for nine years, the maximum allowed, and was later invited back to chair the committee for the last two years. During that time, applicants to the medical school have reached nearly 7,000. 

Dr. Cloutier also worked with Dr. Morris on the development and implementation of the multiple mini-interviews (MMI) process and has also served as an academic coach and a member of the Medical Student Progress Board.

"I am thrilled to accept this appointment and to bring my deep experience and knowledge about the admissions process and my exposure to the YOUR M.D. curriculum and students' experiences with it to help lead our admissions work," Dr. Cloutier said. "OHSU has grown its robust commitment to diversity and to admitting Oregonians and students from diverse backgrounds with the greatest promise of success not only in medicine but with the experiential learning approach that our new curriculum embraces."

Dr. Cloutier received his M.D. from the University of Vermont, College of Medicine in 1995, interned and did his residency in emergency medicine at Medical College of Pennsylvania and a fellowship in pediatric emergency medicine at The Children's Hospital of Philadelphia. He earned a Master of Clinical Research at OHSU in 2012.