Amy Fleming, MD, Associate Professor of Pediatrics at Vanderbilt, has been selected to be the new Vanderbilt University School of Medicine Associate Dean for Medical Student Affairs. Dr. Fleming will succeed Dr. Scott Rodgers, who has held this position since 2005. The Associate Dean for Medical Student Affairs is responsible for programs that serve the needs of individual medical students at Vanderbilt University School of Medicine and serves as VUSM’s primary student advocate. Associate Vice Chancellor for Health Affairs and Senior Associate Dean for Health Sciences Education Bonnie Miller, MD, made the announcement on Friday, October 17th.
Dr. Fleming has been a clinician-educator in the Department of Pediatrics since 2007. She is a founding VUSM College Mentor; she has served as Pediatrics Clerkship Director since 2009 and as a Master Clinical Teacher since 2010. Over the past few years Dr. Fleming has had a prominent role in the implementation of Curriculum 2.0. Specifically, she leads the development of the new learning portfolio process and serves as phase team leader for the Foundations of Clinical Care Phase. VUSM students recognized Dr. Fleming’s role as teacher and mentor when they presented her with the Shovel Award in 2011. Dr. Fleming serves on the VUSM admissions committee and has held leadership roles in a number of national medical education organizations.
In her announcement, Dean Miller commented, “We are delighted to have Amy taking on this role. Her deep expertise as a mentor, a teacher and a leader will be tremendous assets to her. Many talented candidates submitted applications and this indicates a gratifying depth of interest in the professional growth and well-being of our medical students. The faculty and students who served on the selection committee had a difficult job, and I am grateful for their service and for Dr. Paul Sternberg's leadership in the process.”
Dr. Fleming’s official start date will be announced in coming weeks. Dean Rodgers will remain in the role until the end of November.