Family and community medicine chairman to lead GME Work Group
A nationally known educator and administrator, Alan K. David, MD, Chairman and Professor of Family and Community Medicine at the Medical College of Wisconsin, has been appointed faculty leader for the community medical education program’s Graduate Medical Education (GME) Work Group.
Dr. David will maintain responsibility for graduate medical education in relation to the community medical education program. He will work in partnership with program leaders and the regional campus deans as well as with the associate dean for graduate medical education and executive director of Medical College of Wisconsin Affiliated Hospitals to develop GME programs in communities where MCW’s regional campuses are based.
He and the work group seek to develop a strategy to ensure the availability of fully accredited residency programs in internal medicine, family medicine, general surgery and psychiatry in these regions. The Wisconsin state budget includes nearly $2.3 million for expansion of family medicine residency training over the next two years.
The work group will also focus on strategies to retain regional campus students in local GME tracks, to recruit and retain faculty leaders dedicated to educating students and residents who seek careers in rural medicine, and to progress toward the goal of becoming a nationally recognized program for the development of rural physicians.
Dr. David joined MCW as chairman in 1998. A Diplomate of the American Board of Family Practice, he cares for patients of all ages and has clinical and teaching interests in the doctor-patient relationship, anemia, depression and asthma.
Dr. David serves on the Board of Directors for the American Board of Family Medicine and is a past president of the Society of Teachers of Family Medicine. Under his leadership, faculty in MCW’s Department of Family and Community Medicine now care for more than 28,000 patients per year. Since its inception in 1975, the department has produced more than 900 family physicians through its residency programs and educated more than 5,800 medical students.