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Dr. Steyer selected as founding clinical sciences chair

Dr. Terrence E. Steyer, associate professor of family medicine at the Medical University of South Carolina and a national leader in medical education, has been named founding chair of the Department of Clinical Sciences at the Augusta University/University of Georgia Medical Partnership in Athens.

Dr. Steyer, who assumes the role Nov. 1, will be responsible for building a collaborative, interdisciplinary clinical-science department and supporting the development of a contemporary clinical curriculum. He will also oversee clinical research at the new campus whose inaugural class of 40 students will matriculate in the fall of 2010.

The Athens campus is part of the Augusta University School of Medicine's expansion to increase physicians in Georgia.  The goal is for class size to increase from 190 to 240 in Augusta and from 40 to 60 in Athens by 2020. AU also is working to expand postgraduate education opportunities in the state.

"I am honored to be named the founding chair of clinical sciences for the AU/UGA Medical Partnership," Dr. Steyer says. "I look forward to working with the medical community, both in Northeast Georgia and Augusta, and to developing collaborative relationships that will allow us to educate the next generation of physicians for the state."

Dr. Steyer is president of the Society of Teachers of Family Medicine and chair of the society's Leadership Development Special Workgroup. He has served as a member of the society's Special Task Force for Implementation of the Future of Family Medicine and co-chairs its Providing a Sufficient Family Medicine Workforce Workgroup. He served as the society's liaison to the American Academy of Family Physicians Commission on Government Affairs from 2004-08 during which time he also served as convener of the Academic Family Medicine Advocacy Committee. Dr. Steyer was a member of the United States Secretary of Health and Human Services Advisory Committee on Training in Primary Care and Dentistry and a member of the Advisory Committee to the Promoting, Reinforcing and Improving Medical Education Project from 1999-2004.

At MUSC, he is founding director of the transitional year residency, a joint program with Charleston's Trident Medical Center, and director of continuing medical education for the Department of Family Medicine.  He is vice-chair of graduate medical education and chair of continuing medical education at Trident.

Dr. Steyer is a 1994 graduate of Case Western University School of Medicine and completed family medicine training at Wake Forest University Baptist Medical Center followed by a Robert Wood Johnson Clinical Scholarship at the University of Michigan School of Medicine.