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Vice Dean of University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine Named Editor of Academic Medicine by AAMC


The Association of American Medical Colleges (AAMC) has chosen Steven L. Kanter, M.D., vice dean of the University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine, as the new editor-in-chief of its monthly, peer-reviewed journal, Academic Medicine. Dr. Kanter will become editor of the journal on Jan. 1, 2008, while maintaining his current position at the university, where he oversees the School of Medicine’s faculty affairs and all academic programs.

“Dr. Kanter’s understanding of the challenges facing medical schools and teaching hospitals, his breadth of experience in medical education and his outstanding reputation as a thoughtful leader who builds consensus made him the ideal choice for this position,” said AAMC President Darrell G. Kirch, M.D. “We are very confident that the journal, under Dr. Kanter, will become an even more valuable resource on the issues and challenges facing the leaders of academic medicine.”

Dr. Kanter served on the editorial board of Academic Medicine since 2005. His diverse medical background includes experience in clinical medicine, medical informatics, medical education and medical school administration.

“I am honored to be entrusted with the responsibilities of editor-in-chief of Academic Medicine,” said Dr. Kanter. “I’m enthusiastic about the journal’s potential to advance our thinking as we address the pressing issues of the day, and I am very excited about the recognition this will bring to our school of medicine, our university and UPMC.”

Dr. Kanter was recruited to the University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine in 1991 to develop and serve as founding director of its office of medical education. In 1997, he was appointed associate dean of medical education and guided the implementation of a new medical student curriculum, which blended a rigorous biomedical science education with active learning, critical thinking and the humanity of medicine.

Since being named vice dean in 2002, Dr. Kanter has led the office in revising guidelines for the appointment and promotion of faculty, extending the maximum pre-tenure period for clinical faculty from seven to 10 years, and developing “promotion pathways,” a system that provides an explicit framework for career development.

After earning his medical degree from the University of Texas Medical School at San Antonio, Dr. Kanter completed a neurosurgery residency at the University of Florida Health System. In addition, he completed a National Library of Medicine fellowship in medical informatics at the University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine.


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