Parry elected chair of AMA Governing Council for Medical Schools

Parry elected chair of AMA Governing Council for Medical Schools
Dr. Rodney R. Parry, M.D., dean of the Sanford School of Medicine at The University of South Dakota, has been chosen as chair-elect of the 2006-2007 governing council of the Section for Medical Schools of the American Medical Association (AMA).

Parry was selected at the section's annual meeting on June 9-11 in Chicago, IL.

The Section for Medical Schools serves as a forum for discussing and disseminating information and it provides all U.S. medical schools with an opportunity to participate in the formulation of policy and to express section opinions through debate and a vote in the AMA's House of Delegates. It also continues to assume an increasing role in the development of AMA policy of concern to medical schools, including education, patient care and clinical research.

As a member of the medical school faculty since 1976, Parry has served in many capacities for the school including student advisor, section head and professor of pulmonary medicine, transitional residency program director, campus dean and executive dean.

Always an advocate of education, Parry has research interests in occupational lung disease associated with farming and the genetics of asthma. As a physician he practices pulmonary medicine with University Physicians and has a unique clinical interest in the care of adult patients with cystic fibrosis.

Parry said he is honored to serve on the influential and prestigious governing body.

"The contributions made to medical education by the American Medical Association are highly important to every student and graduate of the Sanford School of Medicine. The AMA defines professionalism through the work done in ethics, assists in residency and medical licensure issues and promotes educational standards by being a partner in the accreditation process of medical schools. Perhaps most importantly, the AMA provides our students an opportunity to develop medical leadership skills at both the state and national level," Parry said.

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