Encore Magazine May 2021

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Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion in Medical Education and Healthcare Delivery From the beginning, WMed has aimed to create a welcoming environment to learn and work that embodies the medical school’s values of inclusiveness. The medical school has also drawn on the diversity of the Kalamazoo community to attract and retain students, residents, faculty, fellows, and staff underrepresented in medicine. During its first decade, this commitment has been evident in the development of a master’s degree program in Biomedical Sciences that helps aspir-

ing physicians underrepresented in medicine to successfully transition from undergraduate education to medical school. Preferred relationship programs with other educational institutions, intentional recruitment of faculty and students, and student scholarship programs have contributed to the diversity of WMed. Additionally, the Early Introduction to Health Careers pipeline program and the new Student Athlete to Medical Careers pipeline program will enhance the diversity and

inclusiveness of the medical school community. Creating programs that demonstrate the core values of diversity, equity, and inclusion are critical in preparing medical students to meet the needs of an increasingly diverse patient population and helping to eliminate health disparities within our national healthcare system. Much important work remains to be done.

Founding Dean Dr. Hal B. Jenson to Retire After a Decade of Success It’s fitting that one of Dr. Hal B. Jenson’s favorite pastimes is mountain climbing, because his career at WMed has been about striving for and leading the medical school to achieve new heights of success. Dr. Jenson was appointed founding dean in early 2011 and has spearheaded the medical school’s development and outstanding achievements over the past ten years. In addition to being the founding dean, Jenson is a professor in the Department of Pediatric and Adolescent Medicine.

“It has been an honor and a privilege to serve as the founding dean of WMed,” Dr. Jenson says. “Together we have accomplished significant milestones as a new medical school and I want to thank everyone for the privilege of being able to serve as this medical school’s founding dean. The opportunity to work with and lead such a talented group of faculty, researchers, residents, staff, and students has been the honor of a lifetime.“ “At the core of our collective success has been the unwavering involvement and financial support from our community and donors. Without the active involvement, vision, and generous contributions from our community benefactors, WMed could have never accomplished all that it has in our first decade,” said Dr. Jenson. “Kalamazoo is an extraordinary community.”

New Dean Dr. Paula Termuhlen Brings Wealth of Experience Dr. Paula M. Termuhlen takes over as the new dean of WMed on May 1. Her selection follows an extensive national search to find a successor for Dr. Hal B. Jenson, who is retiring after 10 years as founding dean. “We are confident Dr. Termuhlen will be an exceptional leader for WMed,” said WMU President Dr. Edward Montgomery, who chairs the WMed Board of Directors and led the search committee to hire the medical school’s new dean. “She is a brilliant surgeon and academic leader who will deliver the quality of medical education that is needed to take WMed to new levels of national distinction.” "I am truly honored to have been selected to serve as the next dean," Termuhlen said. "I’ve greatly enjoyed working with Dr. Jenson and the faculty and staff in preparation for the beginning of my work as WMed’s new dean. My first task will be to launch a listening tour to gather feedback, input, and suggestions from all of WMed’s key stakeholder groups. I believe this process will help to guide and inform my understanding of the medical school’s tremendous potential for the future.

Dr. Termuhlen is a graduate of the St. Louis University School of Medicine and completed her general surgery training at the University of Texas Health Science Center and a surgical oncology fellowship at MD Anderson Cancer Center in Houston. She is widely published in surgical oncology and surgical education. Prior to coming to WMed, Dr. Termuhlen has been the regional dean for the Duluth Campus at the University of Minnesota Medical School since 2015. Prior to that, she was a member of the faculty at the University of Nebraska Medical Center, Wright State University Boonshoft School of Medicine, and the Medical College of Wisconsin. She served as a general surgery residency program director at Wright State University and at the Medical College of Wisconsin. She was also vice-chair of the Department of Surgery at Wright State University. WMED SPECIAL SECTION 2021 21