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MU Associate Dean is New Regional Leader for National Education Group

Group advances medical education and represents interests of schools and students

Rachel Brown, MD, associate dean for student programs and professional development at the University of Missouri School of Medicine, is the new chair for the central region's Group on Student Affairs (GSA). The professional advisory group is part of the Association of American Medical Colleges (AAMC).

Dr. Brown
Brown has served as a member of the regional group's steering committee for the last two years, and she will serve a year in her new position as chair. The GSA seeks to advance medical education and, specifically, to represent the interests of medical schools and medical students in the areas of admissions, student affairs, financial aid, minority affairs and student records.

The four GSA regional groups provide a means for medical school representatives to communicate and interact with the AAMC as a whole. As a leader of the central leadership group and a member of the GSA national steering committee, Brown will help analyze projects, develop programs and gather data about emerging trends to help the association anticipate and respond to changes as they affect medical education, medical schools and medical students.

Brown came to MU in 2006 from Mercer University School of Medicine in Macon, Ga., where she served as assistant dean for student affairs and acting assistant dean for admissions. She arrived at Mercer in 1998 as an associate professor and became full professor in 2002. In addition to her role as assistant dean, Brown served Mercer as the medical school's director of admissions and student development, medical director of psychiatry for Mercer Health Systems, and vice chair and interim chair of the Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Science. She was involved in a number of innovative educational programs for medical students and residents.

A native of the United Kingdom, Brown received a medical degree in 1980 at the University of London. She completed a year of residency in pediatrics at St. Albans City Hospital, a residency in psychiatry at Bethlem Royal and Maudsley Hospital in London, and fellowships in child and adolescent psychiatry at the London hospital as well as the University of Alabama Children's Hospital in Birmingham. She currently serves on national advisory committees for the American Academy of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry.

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