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MEDICAL SCHOOLS: Changing role of the dean

The medical school dean is evolving from the medieval guild master to a system executive.  In this contemporary version of the dean’s role, the dean is a major player in setting organizational direction for the medical school within the mission and vision of a larger system of care.”

This is a great article for anyone researching the historical role of the medical school dean and how this role may evolve in the near future.  It is informative in its content as well as providing extensive footnotes for further study.  The roles described include:

  • Medical guild master
  • Dean-CEOs, dean-presidents
  • System dean

A key feature of the next iteration, which the authors feel will be the system dean, the dean will be less the “quasi-autonomous CEO” and more a member of “a broader leadership team.”

Source: Schieffler, D.A., and others. (2017). The evolution of the medical school deanship: From patriarch to CEO to system dean. The Permanente Journal, 21(16-069). Click here: http://www.thepermanentejournal.org/files/2017/16-069.pdf  Posted by AHA Resource Center (312) 422-2050, rc@aha.org

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