DAYTON, OHIO-Barbara L. Schuster, M.D., professor and chair of the Department of Internal Medicine at Wright State University Boonshoft School of Medicine, has been appointed president of the Association of Professors of Medicine (APM). The APM is the national organization of chairs of departments of internal medicine at the 125 U.S. medical schools. She is the first woman to be appointed president since APM's inception in 1954.
Schuster is former president of the Association of Program Directors in Internal Medicine, former chair of the Council of Academic Societies of the Association of American Medical Colleges, and a current member of the APM Board of Directors. She is a recipient of the prestigious Dema C. Daley Founder's award, given annually to recognize national educators, innovators, and leaders of internal medicine, and Schuster was granted Mastership, an honor awarded a small number of physicians who have contributed extensively to the profession by the American College of Physicians. She has previously served as a Regent of the American College of Physicians and chaired its Education Committee.
Schuster has been at the Boonshoft School of Medicine since 1995. Prior to her present position, she served as residency program director for the Primary Care Program in Internal Medicine and the Combined Internal Medicine and Pediatric Program at the University of Rochester School of Medicine & Dentistry. She holds a B.A. in Biology and an M.S. in Education from the University of Pennsylvania, and an M.D. from the University of Rochester School of Medicine & Dentistry, where she also completed postgraduate residency training in internal medicine.
APM's mission is to lead academic internal medicine, specifically in the education, research, and patient care arenas. To meet this mission, the association provides services, training, and educational opportunities for leaders in departments of internal medicine. This focus has allowed APM to take tremendous strides in promoting internal medicine, serving the needs of department chairs, and creating innovative activities, programs, and initiatives.
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