Introducing the Medical School's 'Dream Team'
Aug 16, 2012 1:00 PM
Dr. Carrie L. Byington joined the University faculty in 1995 and is a highly regarded clinician, teacher, mentor, and researcher. In her new role as vice dean for academic affairs and faculty development she will oversee academic and faculty issues that include:
- Retention, promotion, and tenure of faculty
- Faculty skill development and leadership programs
- Mentoring and the Office of Faculty Mentoring
- Faculty development programs, including a junior faculty/scholars in clinical and translational research program and one to aid mid-career scientists in their research and in mentoring younger faculty
- An academy of medical educators to support the development of faculty who teach medical students, residents, fellows and others
Over the last five years, Dr. Byington has served as the vice chair for the Department of Pediatrics with oversight of the research enterprise and as the associate director for the Center for Clinical and Translational Science. In these roles she has directed several successful research career development and training programs. She has devoted much of her career to mentoring and has supported the careers of more than 100 trainees and junior faculty, the majority being women and minorities. She was the recipient of the Gary C. Schoenwolf Mentoring Award in 2011 and the Linda K. Amos award for service to women in 2012. She has also worked for many years as a physician at the Salt Lake Valley Health Department’s South Main Clinic, which treats minority and underserved women and children.
Her research is focused on viral and bacterial infections in infants and children—particularly influenza, and the bacteria that can lead to pneumonia and meningitis—as well as improving health services, including public health, through accurate diagnostics. She is the principal investigator on several federal grants from the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality, National Institutes of Health and Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
In this new role, Dr. Byington will be leading one of the most important initiatives of our administration--helping to develop the careers of our faculty members in the School of Medicine, across all tracks. The leadership and track record of success she brings to this mission promises a bright future for the enterprise, and I am grateful that she is taking on this new responsibility.
Joining Dr. Byington in this important effort are Dr. Harriet Hopf, professor of anesthesiology, who will serve as the associate dean for academic affairs and Dr. Wendy Hobson-Rohrer, associate professor of pediatrics, who will serve as the assistant dean for faculty development.
Dr. Hopf is nationally recognized for her work in mentoring and faculty development. She was the first Director of Faculty Mentoring at the University of Utah and in that role created programs to enhance faculty recruitment and retention, and developed mentoring programs and resources for faculty. She is a 2009 graduate of the Executive Leadership in Academic Medicine program and serves as the Utah representative to the AAMC Group on Faculty Affairs. In 2011 she was elected to the Foundation for Anesthesia Education and Research (FAER) Academy of Research Mentors in Anesthesiology.
Dr. Wendy Hobson-Rohrer helped to establish and now directs the Academy of Pediatric Education and Leadership, a novel faculty development program that supports clinician-educators. She completed the Academic Pediatric Association’s Educational Scholar Program in 2009 and now serves as a faculty mentor and team leader for the national program.
The team will be supported by a strong staff including Ms. Piikea Akimseu who will serve as the Director of Academic Affairs and Ms. Rebecca Childs who will serve as the Manager for Faculty Development. The expertise and passion that these talented individuals bring to our renewed efforts in academic affairs and faculty development will help support new programs and tools designed to ensure faculty members excel and succeed in academic medicine.
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