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Executive Updates

Executive Updates from
Dr. Byington

August 2018: Strategic Update

Colleagues,

Welcome to the 2018-2019 academic year. This summer was productive for our college. I appreciate everyone’s hard work over the last few months to move our priorities and vision forward.

First, I would like to thank Dr. Amy Waer, the LCME Task Force, the LCME Steering Committee, and everyone who has dedicated their time to subcommittees. The hard work of these individuals is guiding us through the process of reaccreditation. We celebrated the kick-off of the LCME Reaccreditation process on July 20th. I hope that you were able to attend. You can stay up to date with the latest news on the accreditation process and where we stand in the reaccreditation timeline on the website at: medicine.tamhsc.edu/accreditation/.

Reaccreditation is an ideal time to reevaluate how we work toward better systems and processes across our institution. Reaccreditation is more than a year and a half long process, it should be a continuous evolution and dedication to quality improvement. Over the next few months, we will welcome new leaders and establish new roles to help support our goals to be a sustainable, accredited college, offering the highest quality education for our students. The following is a summary of recent leadership additions and changes:

  • On July 2, William (Bill) Pieratt, DO, officially stepped into the role a Bryan-College Station Associate Campus Dean. Dr. Pieratt has served the college as a faculty member since 2010, most recently as the director of the A&M Integrated Medicine (AIM) program at the Bryan-College Station campus. We appreciate his continued service to the college in this new capacity. I also thank Dr. Jeremy Gibson for serving as the interim Associate Campus Dean. Dr. Gibson continues to lead Academic Affairs for the Office of Medical Education.
  • I am honored to welcome Israel Liberzon, MD. Dr. Liberzon has joined the college as the Department Head of Psychiatry. Dr. Liberzon brings with him a wealth of experience in post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), comorbidity of depression and anxiety, neurobiology of trauma and stress related disorders, and neuroanatomy and neuroimaging of emotions. Dr. Liberzon has rich clinical and research experience with PTSD most notably from his position at the University of Michigan and Veterans Administration Ann Arbor Medical Center, a role he has cultivated since the 1980s. Much of his work centers on how experiences are translated into biology, and how those biological changes can lead to psychological symptoms and behavior changes. Dr. Liberzon will lead the new Department of Psychiatry, as well as an upcoming clinical component to our college, fulfilling a desperate need for psychiatric clinical treatment and support in Bryan-College Station and surrounding areas.
  • I am pleased to announce the development of our new Department of Medical Education, which has officially opened as of August 1.  Dr. Amy Waer will be the Interim Department Head. The mission of the department is to serve as a centralized source to develop and promote our key/core faculty medical educators by providing professional mentoring, career development, and collaborative scholarly research opportunities.  The department will be instrumental in its role in the education of our medical students as well as helping us to meet our goals of excellence around our college’s mission and vision and ongoinig full LCME accreditation. It is anticipated that the department will have full faculty members as well as joint appointments.
  • Finally, I am excited to welcome Teresa Isbell, PhD, to the newly formed position of Assistant Dean of Educational Continuous Quality Improvement. She will start on Monday, August 13. This new role within the Office of Medical Education section will be responsible for leading, planning, implementing, advancing and monitoring the accreditation and quality improvement process as it pertains to the strategic plan and the LCME reaccreditation. Dr. Isbell comes to us from El Centro College where she served as Dean of Planning, Research and Institutional Effectiveness.

In closing, thank you for your commitment to this college. Your dedication gives me confidence in the reaccreditation process and the LCME site visit in 2020. Thank you for all you do.

With gratitude,
Carrie L. Byington, MD