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Anne Larkin named senior associate dean for educational affairs

  Anne C. Larkin, MD

Anne C. Larkin, MD

Anne C. Larkin, MD, has been appointed senior associate dean for educational affairs, according to an announcement by Terence R. Flotte, MD, the Celia and Isaac Haidak Professor in Medicine, executive deputy chancellor, provost and dean of the School of Medicine.

Dr. Flotte said the post is one of the most important in the educational enterprise at UMass Medical School, with responsibilities including oversight of the overall education mission of the School of Medicine and for institutional resources supporting our educational activities. Michele P. Pugnaire, MD, served in this role with great distinction for more than a decade before stepping down last year.

“Dr. Larkin has been an exceptionally engaged, committed and visionary interim in this position for the past nine months and I have tremendous confidence for her success in this role,” Flotte said. “Her many years of experience in both undergraduate and graduate medical education, her personal experience as an LCME site visitor, and her leadership of efforts to eliminate learner mistreatment all speak to her outstanding suitability for this critical role.”

Specific responsibilities of the senior associate dean include all aspects of the educational program for the School of Medicine, including the selection of medical students (through the admissions committee), the curriculum of the MD degree, and those aspects of student affairs that fall exclusively within the School of Medicine. Direct reports include the associate dean for admissions; the associate dean for undergraduate medical education; the director of institutional research, evaluation and assessment; the director of the library; and the associate dean for continuing medical education. Larkin will also assume responsibility for developing and implementing a strategic vision for the Office of Educational Affairs. 

Larkin is vice chair and associate professor of surgery. She served as assistant dean for graduate medical education until 2017, and since 2016, as director of the School of Medicine’s LCME accreditation process, which is now dedicated to continuous quality improvement of the MD program.

“Her commitment to teaching, training and professional development, including a number of roles in her department and in regional and national organizations, along with her deep familiarity with UMass Medical School and UMass Memorial Medical Center, where she has served as an attending surgeon with distinction since 2001, has informed and shaped her vision of our educational activities and I have no doubt that the faculty will find her a thoughtful, active and nuanced leader,” Flotte said.