The Path Forward in GME: An AAMC Crisis Leadership Panel Discussion - June 5

The AAMC invites the graduate medical education community to join a one-hour crisis leadership panel discussion. 

Our featured speakers from across the nation will share their experiences in navigating the complexities of the COVID-19 crisis, its impact on our community, and how critical lessons learned will inform our path forward.

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Woodson "Scott" Jones, MD (Moderator)

Vice Dean for GME and DIO, Professor of Pediatrics, UT Health San Antonio Long School of Medicine

Woodson "Scott" Jones, M.D. is the Vice Dean for GME and DIO in the Long School of Medicine. He is board certified in Pediatrics and a Professor in the Department of Pediatrics. The Office of Graduate Medical Education provides oversight for over 50 ACGME-accredited residency and fellowship programs, nearly 30 non-ACGME fellowship programs, with more than 800 residents who work and learn in San Antonio and its surrounding areas. Prior to joining the LSOM, Dr. Jones served as the Dean, DIO and CEO of the San Antonio Uniformed Services Health Education Consortium with 33 ACGME accredited training programs with approximately 600 interns, residents, and fellows.

Dr. Jones also oversaw more than 20 graduate-level allied health training programs with approximately 100 trainees. Dr. Jones successfully completed the AAMC GME Leadership Development Course in May 2011. He remains active in the AAMC Group on Resident Affairs on the Steering Committee and invited faculty for the GME Leadership Certificate Program. Previous positions include: Associate Dean of GME, SAUSHEC; Pediatric Residency Program Director, SAUSHEC; Chief of Pediatrics, Craig Joint Theater Hospital, Bagram AB, Afghanistan; Pediatric Clerkship Director, Uniformed Services University, Bethesda, MD; Maternal/Child Flight Commander, 31st Medical Group, Aviano AB, Italy; and Chief of Residents, Department of Pediatrics, Wilford Hall Medical Center. Dr. Jones completed his Pediatric Residency at WHMC in 1993. He graduated Alpha Omega Alpha in 1990 from the University of Texas Medical Branch, Galveston, and earned a BA in Biology from Baylor University in 1986.

Dr. Jones’ honors include multiple research, clinical and teaching awards, to include the William P. Clement, Jr. Award for Excellence in Education from the USU Class 0f 2006, awarded to the uniformed faculty educator who exemplifies the principles of excellence in education by personal example and performance. In 2012, he was selected as an honorary member of the Order of Military Medical Merit for his contributions to the U.S. Army Medical Department. Dr. Jones’ has numerous published articles, book chapters, abstracts, and national/international presentations. While in the Air Force, his awards included the Legion of Merit Medal, the Joint Service and Air Force Meritorious Service Medals, two NATO medals, and an Afghanistan Campaign Medal. 

Jacqueline Levesque, AED

Associate Dean for Graduate Medical Education and Faculty Affairs, University of Houston – College of Medicine

Jacqueline (Jac) E. Levesque, A.Ed., is the Associate Dean for Graduate Medical Education and Faculty Affairs for the University of Houston College of Medicine. Dr. Levesque is responsible for supporting the residency and fellowship programs sponsored by HCA, as well as managing faculty development and onboarding.

Dr. Levesque serves as the AAMC Group on Residency Affairs Leadership Course Director and speaks nationally on issues related to GME. Her research focus is the application of corporate business techniques to the administration and management of graduate medical education programs, along with GME finance.

She is currently focused on the creation of onboarding and development programs for both full-time UHCOM faculty, as well as the numerous voluntary clinical faculty in the community. In addition, she supports the HCA team in their work to develop GME programs in the region hosting over 400 trainees.

Dr. Levesque earned a B.A. in Government from the University of Texas at Austin. She completed her masters and doctorate degrees at the University of Houston.

Ronald G. Amedee MD, FACS

Dean of Medical Education & Head of Clinical School, DIO GME, University of Queensland-Ochsner Clinical School, Ochsner Health System

Dr. Amedee earned his medical degree in 1981 from LSU School of Medicine in New Orleans, LA. In 1986 he completed his residency in Otolaryngology at LSU School of Medicine in New Orleans. Dr. Amedee is certified by the American Board of Otolaryngology and has been on staff at Ochsner since October 2007.  In October of 2009 he became the Designated Institutional Official at Ochsner overseeing the activities in the Graduate Medical Education Office.  In July 2013 he was appointed to the ACGME Institutional Review Committee and in April of 2017 was elected Vice Chair, successfully completing both terms in 2019. He is a past-president of the Alliance of Independent Academic Medical Centers and remains actively engaged in the planning and execution of the Alliance’s National Initiatives. In May of 2018 he was appointed the Dean of Medical Education for Ochsner Health System and was named Head of School for the University of Queensland-Ochsner Clinical School in New Orleans. He is extensively published in the peer-reviewed literature and has given over 200 scientific presentations and invited lectureships in 15 countries. He serves on the editorial boards of 13 specialty-related journals and was named the Editor-in-Chief of the Ochsner Journal in February of 2015. Dr. Amedee is the recipient of numerous academic awards from the American Academy of Otolaryngology-Head and Neck Surgery, the American Medical Association, Alpha Omega Alpha, and is also a Fulbright Scholar. In 2009 he was the recipient of the Ochsner Health System “Spirit of Leadership -- Teacher of the Year” Award.  In March of 2019 he received the Parker J. Palmer Award from the ACGME for the Courage to Lead, and in that same year was elected Honorary Alumnus of the Ochsner Alumni Association.

Joan St. Onge MD, MPH, FACP

Associate Professor of Clinical Medicine, Sr. Associate Dean for GME, DIO University of Miami Miller School of Medicine, Jackson Memorial Hospital

Dr. Joan St. Onge is a graduate of Catholic University and Georgetown School of Medicine. After graduating from the School of Medicine, Dr. St. Onge pursued Internal Medicine residency training at Georgetown, followed by a chief residency year. Her clinical focus has focused on the care of complex adult patients in the inpatient and outpatient setting, hypertension management, and women’s health. 

Dr. St. Onge’s academic focus has been on medical education in both undergraduate and graduate medical education. She has served as ambulatory education director for internal medicine residents, Associate Program Director of the Georgetown University Transitional Residency Program, Associate Program Director and Program Director in the Georgetown University Internal Medicine Residency Program, and as the Program Director at George Washington University Internal Medicine Residency Program. She is currently the Senior Associate Dean for Graduate Medical Education at the University of Miami Miller School of Medicine, and Designated Institutional Official for the UMMSM Regional Campus. In this role, her efforts have focused on guiding the programs through the development of evaluation tools for milestone implementation, and development of faculty skills in assessment of the milestones. In addition, she has overseen the development of new residency programs within the institution, and with the UMMSM affiliated hospitals. 

In undergraduate medical education, Dr. St. Onge has served as internal medicine clerkship director at the University of Miami Miller School of Medicine Regional Campus, and as Assistant Regional Dean for clinical curriculum. Her duties focused on the development of the integrated clerkships in medicine and in surgery on the regional campus, faculty development of the community physicians and preceptors focused on assessment, evaluation and feedback. 

Throughout her career, she has participated in institutional-based curriculum committees and graduate medical education committees. Dr. St. Onge has also been a member of national committees in the Association of Program Directors of Internal Medicine and the Clerkship Directors of Internal Medicine. She is a member of the NBME Women’s Health Test Material Development Committee, and the NMBE Standard Setting Committee for the Clinical Skills Examination. 

Dr. St. Onge’s research interests focus on the development of new curricula in undergraduate education, the assessment of residents’ skills in internal medicine. In addition, she has focused on programs that teach and reinforce the cross specialty competencies of professionalism, communication, patient safety and quality improvement, and teaching skills for residents, as well as maintaining wellness in residency.

Yolanda Wimberly, MD

Assoc. Dean of Clinical Affairs, Prof of Clin. Pediatrics, ACGME Designated Institutional Official Morehouse School of Medicine

Dr. Yolanda Wimberly is the Associate Dean for Clinical Affairs, Grady Campus, Associate Dean of Graduate Medical Education and Designated Institutional Official for the Graduate Medical Education Office at Morehouse School of Medicine. and Professor of Clinical Pediatric at Morehouse School of Medicine. She is double boarded in Adolescent Medicine and Pediatrics. Dr. Wimberly practices at several Adolescent/Young Adult health centers located in the Atlanta area. She directs a teen center at Morehouse Medical Associates and is a staff doctor at Student Health Services at Clark Atlanta University and Morehouse College.Originally from Nashville, TN, Dr. Wimberly completed her medical training at Meharry Medical College, her residency at Northwestern Children's Memorial Hospital and an adolescent medicine fellowship at Cincinnati Children's Hospital. She is the past president of the Georgia Chapter of the Society for Adolescent Medicine and is very active in her community. She is a member of numerous professional organizations and also serves on several national advisory committees. She served as a member of the ACGME Pediatric Residency Review Committee for 2 terms (6 years) and is also an ACGME volunteer CLER site visitor. In addition, she is a member of the American Board of Pediatrics Program Director Advisory Group. She is committed to medical education and the enhancement of the resident education process to produce excellent physicians who provide primary care and advocacy services to the community. She completed a comprehensive Sexually Transmitted Disease Curriculum (STIKR), with a grant from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, for implementation into medical schools nationally. She has provided quality health care to her patients and her community her entire career and was awarded the Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Humanitarian Award at Cincinnati Children's Hospital for her efforts, the prestigious Dean's Award at MSM.

David Kountz, MD, MBA, FACP

Associate Dean & Co-Chief Academic Officer, Hackensack Meridian School of Medicine at Seton Hall University

David S. Kountz, MD, MBA, FACP is Co-Chief Academic Officer and Vice President for Academic Diversity at Hackensack Meridian Health (HMH) and Professor of Medicine and Founding Associate Dean for Diversity and Equity at the Hackensack Meridian School of Medicine at Seton Hall University.   A graduate of Princeton University (AB), SUNY/Buffalo School of Medicine (MD) and Georgian Court University (MBA), Dr. Kountz holds state and national leadership roles in medical education, including appointment by Governor Christie to the Accreditation Graduate Medical Education Council of New Jersey in 2016 and current Chair for the Group on Resident Affairs of the Association of American Medical Colleges.  A practicing general internist at Jersey Shore University Medical Center, Dr. Kountz‘s research and educational interests include pipeline programs for students underrepresented in medicine; graduate medical education; leadership development; and hypertension and related disorders in underserved populations. Dr. Kountz has authored more than 100 peer-reviewed publications, book chapters, editorials and abstracts, as well as serving as an investigator on more than 20 grants, including a current grant to assess the value of social networks to help clinicians with safe opioid prescribing. Dr. Kountz is also involved in community outreach activities, having run annual “mini-medical school” programs for high school students in Monmouth and Ocean Counties.  In 2014, the New Jersey School Board Association awarded the program its School Leader Award, which recognizes creative classroom and extracurricular programs in New Jersey's public schools.    Dr. Kountz is the 2019 recipient of the Verice M. Mason Community Service Leader Award from the Edward J. Ill Excellence in Medicine Foundation.

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