Former Meharry Medical School Dean Wins Nickens Award - Higher Education
Higher Education News and Jobs

Former Meharry Medical School Dean Wins Nickens Award

Email




by Black Issues

Former Meharry Medical School Dean Wins Nickens Award

WASHINGTON
A former dean of the school of medicine at Meharry Medical College in Nashville, Tenn., has been named the most recent recipient of the Association of American Medical Colleges’ (AAMC) prestigious Herbert W. Nickens, M.D., Award.
Dr. Anna Cherrie Epps, who now serves as senior adviser to the president and dean emeritus of Meharry’s school of medicine, received the award last month during the AAMC’s 114th Annual Meeting in Washington.
The Nickens award is named for the AAMC’s former vice president of the Division of Community and Minority Programs, and is presented to an individual who has made outstanding contributions to promote justice in medical education and health care.
A pioneer in meeting the needs of minority physicians, Epps has made contributions to the recruitment, education and retention of minority and disadvantaged students in the field of medicine.
In 1969, she became director of the Medical Education Reinforcement and Enrichment Program (MEdREP) for minority and disadvantaged students and the Health Career Opportunity Program (HCOP) at Tulane University Health Sciences Center. She designed MEdREP to identify, counsel, motivate, recruit, retain and graduate an increased number of pre-professional undergraduate and post-baccalaureate minority students from rural or disadvantaged backgrounds. As a result of this program, which ended in 1997, more than 1,200 minority rural or disadvantaged students are either practicing physicians or are currently enrolled in medical school.
Epps began her association with Meharry Medical College in 1994, when president Dr. John E. Maupin Jr. sought her expertise in designing and implementing medical education programs. Under her leadership, first as a consultant, then as acting vice president for academic affairs, and later as dean of the school from 1997 to 2002, the faculty has instituted an integrated curriculum, and expanded and enhanced pre-clinical and clinical learning experiences, resulting in improved student performance.
Epps received a bachelor’s degree in zoology from Howard University, a master’s degree in biological studies from Loyola University and a Ph.D. in zoology from Howard University in 1966.
Other Nickens award recipients include: former Surgeon General Dr. David Satcher, former University of Michigan President Lee Bollinger and University of Maryland Medical School Dean Dr. Donald Wilson.

Related:  Women Missing In Top Ranks of SIU Carbondale



© Copyright 2005 by DiverseEducation.com

RELATED ARTICLES >>
Gates Foundation gives $279M to University of Washington SEATTLE — The Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation is awarding $279 million to the University of Washington to expand its work in improving global population health, the largest private donation to the university, officials said Wednesday. The grant ...
St. Joseph’s College Gets $1.5M to Address Nursing Shortage STANDISH, Maine — The Harold Alfond Foundation is providing $1.5 million to Saint Joseph's College to help create an academic center to address shortages in Maine's nursing workforce. The foundation is concerned because nearly three-fourths of Mai...
School of Mines’ Wilson Nominated as Air Force Secretary RAPID CITY, S.D. — President Donald Trump is planning to nominate Heather Wilson as secretary of the Air Force. A White House statement said Monday that Wilson, a former New Mexico congresswoman and president of the South Dakota School of Mines &a...
University of Louisville Board Appoints New Interim School President LOUISVILLE, Ky. — The University of Louisville’s board of trustees elected a new chairman and appointed an interim school president Saturday, during its first meeting since being formed by Gov. Matt Bevin. Media reports say the board appointed Dr....
Semantic Tags:

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *