Dr. Amy Garcia selected to join M.D. program leadership

Dr. Amy Garcia

June 26, 2018

Amy Garcia, M.D., M.S., associate professor of pediatrics, OHSU School of Medicine, has been selected as the new assistant dean for undergraduate medical education student affairs. Dr. Garcia is filling the position vacated by Nicole Deiorio, M.D., who is leaving OHSU to become associate dean for student affairs at Virginia Commonwealth University. Dr. Garcia joins current assistant dean for UME student affairs Ben Schneider, M.D., assistant professor of family medicine.

Dr. Garcia came to OHSU in 2012 and has served on the OHSU Faculty Senate, is a member of the Educators' Collaborative, and holds teaching and educational leadership in the M.D. program. She served for four years as the Hormones and Digestion block co-director in the Foundations of Medicine phase of the YOUR M.D. curriculum and was recognized for Excellence in Teaching at the 2018 Honors and Awards ceremony. A student panel participated in the interview process for the position.

"Dr. Garcia has great experience and passion, and is a dedicated and tireless student advocate," said Tracy Bumsted, M.D., M.P.H., associate dean for undergraduate medical education. "She has been an award-winning and creative educational leader in the M.D. program and is a respected and trusted faculty member for students, staff and faculty alike."

"I am truly honored and thrilled to serve in this new role," said Dr. Garcia. "I'm looking forward to joining this outstanding team and working with and for students."

Dr. Garcia will join Dr. Schneider in student advocacy, creating and implementing policies affecting medical students, advising and counseling individuals and groups of students, serving as role models for medical students and supporting all students through match, or the National Resident Matching Process. Dr. Garcia's duties will focus on the UME Colleges system, the Medical Student Progress Board and as an access liaison. Dr. Schneider will continue to focus on career advising, specialty planning and academic support, including support for the school's efforts to reduce student indebtedness.

Dr. Garcia will join the leadership team in early August, before the M.D. class of 2022 student orientation.