Clare named associate dean


C. Nanette Clare, MD, has been named associate dean for academic affairs in the Medical School.

James J. Young, PhD, Medical School dean, said, "I know of no better person than Dr. Nan Clare to meet the challenges of medical student education in the context of a rapidly changing health care environment. She brings to her tasks a deep commitment to students; exceptional academic skills; the respect and recognition of her colleagues; a profound understanding of the roles, challenges and needs of faculty; and an abounding enthusiasm for implementing and leading our curriculum change."

"Students and student performance are very important to me," said Dr. Clare. "Teaching medical students to be good physicians is my personal priority."

Dr. Clare, a 1975 Health Science Center Medical School graduate, completed an internship in pathology in 1976 and a residency in pathology in 1979, both at University Hospital (then called Bexar County Hospital). She has been a staff pathologist of the South Texas Veterans Health Care System since 1980; is currently professor in the department of pathology and is director of the medical students' second-year pathology course; is previous co-director and now director of the pathology departmentís bone marrow cytogenetics laboratory; and was director of the Health Science Center's pathology residency training program from 1986 to 1991. Currently, she is chair of the pathology test development committee for the United States Medical Licensing Exam (USMLE) and is a member of the USMLE Step 1 committee.

As associate dean, Dr. Clare said her primary goal will be to put the new direction of the curriculum in place. The new curriculum plan, the work of a task force, calls for changes for second-year medical students. Some changes will take place during the freshman year.

"The plan is to have an integrated curriculum, instead of independent courses with little correlation," Dr. Clare said. "For example, we'll have a cardiovascular module where pediatrics will present information about a cyanotic newborn, which means he probably has congenital heart disease, and pathology will teach the pathologic basis of congenital heart diseases and have actual specimens that students can examine. Then surgery will explain correction techniques for congenital heart disease and pharmacology will discuss medications."

In addition to curriculum changes, Dr. Clare will maintain the function of the office which handles numerous student issues.


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