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Dr. Richardson named associate dean at AU/UGA Medical Partnership

Dr. Scott Richardson, an internist and nationally recognized expert in evidence-based medicine, has been named campus associate dean for curriculum for the Augusta University/University of Georgia Medical Partnership in Athens.

 Dr. Richardson comes to AU from Wright State University in Dayton Ohio, where he was a professor of medicine and director of the medical school's internal medicine clerkship and Principles of Evidence Based Clinical Decision Making course. His research focuses on integrating research evidence to improve clinical practice, identifying clinicians' medical knowledge needs, medical education and continuing professional development.

 "Dr. Richardson's working knowledge of evidence-based practice and medical school curriculum will be invaluable as we work through this important time of transition," says Dr. Barbara Schuster, campus dean.

 "Medical education is a serious endeavor," adds Dr. D. Douglas Miller, dean of the AU School of Medicine and senior vice president for health affairs. "It is both extraordinarily complex and highly regulated. We are pleased to have someone with Dr. Richardson's experience to help guide the design and implementation of the Athens campus curriculum."

 "Dr. Richardson brings a wealth of expertise to the AU/UGA Medical Partnership," says Dr. Arnett C. Mace Jr., UGA senior vice president for academic affairs and provost. "His addition to our growing faculty is an indication of the quality of educators that we are recruiting to shape the next generation of physicians for Georgia."

 "I am excited to be part of this dynamic partnership," Dr. Richardson says. "I see the Athens and Augusta campuses as two seeds from the same tree - they share the same heritage even if they grow differently. I'm looking forward to the challenge of figuring out how to take Augusta's successes in medical education and adapt them for Athens."

 For example, he says, smaller class sizes could lead to more use of small group learning and fewer lectures.

 "Campus leaders are assembling a group of excellent educators," he says. "Each of those people will bring the best practices and ideas from their former institutions to this campus. I envision the Athens curriculum as a hybrid - one that is not a rejection of what already works in Augusta, but one that takes those successes and implements them in a realistic way for Athens."

 Dr. Richardson is co-author of Evidence-Based Medicine: How to Practice and Teach EBM, a book widely-used by academic physicians across the country. He is a member of the Evidence-Based Medicine Working Group and the Society of General Internal Medicine. He is associate editor of the American College of Physicians Journal Club and has served as deputy editor of the Journal of General Internal Medicine.

 Dr. Richardson earned a medical degree from Georgetown University and completed a residency in internal medicine at the University of Rochester Medical Center, including a year as chief resident from 1982-83. He completed a Kaiser Fellowship in General Internal Medicine there in 1985.

The Athens campus plans to enroll its first students in fall 2010 as part of the School of Medicine's plan to increase its size 60 percent to a total enrollment of 1,200 by 2020 and help meet Georgia's need for physicians. Recruiting is still under way for additional faculty for the Athens campus.