Dr. Osborne receives AAMC GSA Exemplary Service Award

November 13, 2013

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Molly Osborne, M.D. R '83, Ph.D., has been selected to receive this year's AAMC Group on Student Affairs (GSA) Exemplary Service Award. Dr. Osborne, the School of Medicine's associate dean of student affairs since 1997, will receive the award at the GSA Awards Ceremony on Friday, Nov. 1, during the AAMC Annual Meeting.

The Exemplary Service Award honors significant and sustained leadership, expertise, and/or creativity in addressing an issue or issues of importance to the GSA. "Dr. Osborne has been a mentor to thousands of students and also a generous advisor to those of us who have followed in her footsteps at the GSA," said Donna Elliott, M.D., Ed.D., associate dean for student affairs at the Keck School of Medicine, University of Southern California, in her nomination letter. "As an educator, administrator and mentor, Dr. Osborne is nothing short of exemplary."

Dr. Osborne has been active in the AAMC since she was a medical student at Colorado Health Sciences Center and served on the AAMC's Organization of Student Representatives from 1976 to 1979. "I was, and continue to be, interested in education and ethics, in improving support for students in medical school and being a voice for students," said Dr. Osborne. "The 1970s were an exciting time, especially with development of the NRMP. I even set a goal when I was a second-year medical student to become a dean of student affairs."

Dr. Osborne completed her training in internal medicine and pulmonary and critical care at OHSU. She conducted NIH-funded research in asthma epidemiology and continued her passion for ethics and palliative care as an attending in the Medical Intensive Care Unit for 25 years. She has published more than 50 papers. She has served on the FDA's Pulmonary-Allergy Drug Advisory Committee and continues to teach at every opportunity.

As associate dean for student affairs, Dr. Osborne has focused on a variety of issues: M.D. student career advising, residency choices, supporting the voice of students, balancing academics with minority/student affairs, student abuse policy, transition to residency, student enrichment programs, leadership and much more.