Education leadership transitions

December 11, 2012

gme121112Patrick Brunett and Ron Stock named to leadership positions, Donald Girard stepping down

Donald Girard, M.D., who has served as associate dean for graduate medical education and continuing medical education since 1994, has stepped down from this role.

"Don has provided exceptional leadership in our educational programs for many years, guiding us through an era of significant change, always with a foundational commitment to resident wellness that has helped to create a national reputation for OHSU's programs," said Dean Mark Richardson. "I am grateful for Don's leadership.We are a better institution because of his service and look forward to his continuing contributions at OHSU, in Oregon and nationwide."

Dr. Girard will continue in a leadership role in the School of Medicine as senior consultant. He is also president-elect of the School of Medicine Alumni Association. Dr. Girard also intends to continue his active statewide and national leadership on health care reform, physician workforce issues and graduate medical education reforms. Read more about Dr. Girard's leadership and his many contributions and honors here.

Patrick Brunett, M.D., FACEP, has been appointed associate dean for graduate medical education. In his associate dean role, Dr. Brunett will provide guidance and leadership in all program and policy issues relating to graduate medical education (GME) at OHSU. His appointment is effective retroactively from July 1, 2012, having fulfilled the associate dean role in an interim capacity since that time.

"Dr. Brunett is assuming leadership at a pivotal moment for graduate medical education. His breadth of knowledge of our programs and long experience make him the right person to guide the next evolution of our program," said George Mejicano, M.D., senior associate dean for education.

"I am honored to accept this role, and delighted be in the extraordinary position to build on the tradition of excellence established by Don and other educational leaders," said Dr. Brunett. "I look forward to working with leaders across OHSU as we identify the new educational opportunities inherent in the emerging changes associated with state and national health care reform. This is very exciting time to be involved in health care education."

Most immediately, Dr. Brunett will guide OHSU in the adoption of upcoming changes to national accreditation of GME programs, known as the Next Accreditation System and the associated Milestones Project and the new Clinical Learning Environment Reviews (CLER). "Milestones will provide a reliable framework for evaluation of resident performance across all levels of training. The new accreditation model is also an opportunity to further strengthen the ties between our educational programs and the clinical enterprise," said Dr. Brunett.

Dr. Brunett, associate professor of emergency medicine, has served on the GME Committee since 2003 and GME Executive Committee since 2006. He has chaired the School of Medicine Undergraduate Curriculum Committee since 2008. He received his M.D. from the University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine, and completed his emergency medicine training at the University of California, Irvine Medical Center. He has served on multiple national leadership committees and has been formally recognized with the School of Medicine for excellence in teaching and mentorship.

Dr. StockRon Stock, M.D., has been appointed to the position of director of regional clinical education. Dr. Stock joined the OHSU faculty in 2012 after serving as executive medical director of geriatrics and care coordination services, and medical director of education and research at PeaceHealth Oregon Region. In 2006, Dr. Stock partnered with OHSU to establish the OHSU regional medical student training site in Eugene at Sacred Heart Medical Center. The program in Eugene now has a clinician–educator faculty of over 200, providing about 120 clerkships a year, an equivalent of training 10 full-time third-year students annually.

"In the coming years, statewide, national and regional partnerships will play a larger role in our educational mission as we expand our M.D. class to help meet Oregon's workforce needs. Ron brings a great deal of experience and expertise to help lead us in this initiative," said Dr. Mejicano.

Initially, Dr. Stock will oversee an environmental scan of all OHSU regional educational sites to develop an inventory of challenges and opportunities. Over time, he will oversee the development and support of a sustainable community of regional clinician-educator faculty. Dr. Stock will be involved in ensuring comparability and quality of student experiences at regional educational sites. He will also serve as a liaison to Western University School of Osteopathic Medicine in Lebanon, Ore. to explore potential collaborative educational opportunities.

"There are many talented and passionate community physicians that would like to be engaged in the clinical training of health care professionals and we have an opportunity to tap in to that resource," said Dr. Stock.

Dr. Stock is a geriatrician, clinical health services researcher, and associate professor of family medicine. He is a John Kitzhaber Fellow in Health Policy at The Foundation for Medical Excellence. He received his M.D. from the University of Nebraska College of Medicine and completed his residency and faculty development fellowship in family medicine at the Medical University of South Carolina and University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill.


Pictured: (top from left) Drs. Girard and Brunett; (bottom) Dr. Stock