As the nation faces an anticipated physician shortage, many medical schools have elected to expand class size. Much of the expansion has been accomplished through the growth of regional medical campuses – campuses geographically separate from the medical school’s main campus.
Craig Cheifetz, M.D., associate dean for medical education in the VCU School of Medicine, has overseen the development of the school’s Inova Campus from its earliest stages. Since 2005, Cheifetz has supervised the training of third- and fourth-year medical students at Inova Fairfax Hospital, where the students benefit from the hospital’s diverse patient population and state-of-the-art facilities.
Cheifetz has also served as a leader on the national front, and now has been honored by the Association of American Medical Colleges for his exemplary service in fostering information sharing, communication and discussion of key issues among administrators, staff and faculty of regional medical campuses.
He accepted the Distinguished Service Award from the AAMC Group on Regional Medical Campuses at the AAMC Annual Meeting in Boston on Nov. 3, 2017.
“Regional campuses have been a key component as we look to address the physician shortage, and Dr. Cheifetz has been a national leader in their development and success,” says Peter F. Buckley, M.D., dean of the School of Medicine. “He’s universally known for his willingness to serve as a mentor – whether you’re a medical student or a peer at another school. I greatly admire his generosity in sharing from his experiences and wisdom.”
Cheifetz has served as chair of both the GRMC Steering Committee and the GRMC Program Planning Committee. He is credited for leadership that led to a marked increase in energy, productivity and visibility for the GRMC. In addition, his published scholarship on regional campuses has helped academic medicine better define and understand the many roles and value of regional medical campuses.
VCU and its faculty played a prominent role at the AAMC’s 2017 annual meeting. Vice President for Health Sciences Marsha D. Rappley, M.D., who also serves as chief executive officer of the VCU Health System, gave a plenary address on Nov. 5 and was honored for her role as chair of the AAMC board of directors. An alumni reception on Nov. 4 celebrated Rappley’s tenure as board chair as well as VCU Health’s selection as a 2017 Baldwin Awardee for its exemplary graduate medical education program.
By Erin Lucero