Harold Amos Medical Faculty Development Program: Going Strong at 30 Years
The Harold Amos Medical Faculty Development Program (AMFDP) observed its 30th anniversary in 2013. Formerly known as the Minority Medical Faculty Development Program, AMFDP was created to increase the number of faculty from historically disadvantaged backgrounds who can achieve senior rank in academic medicine or dentistry, and who will foster the development of succeeding classes of such physicians and dentists.
Since AMFDP opened its doors in 1983, approximately 250 scholars have completed the four-year fellowship, many going on to make significant contributions to medical science and advancing to leadership positions at major medical institutions across the country.
The program has grown and prospered under the exemplary leadership of Harold Amos, PhD, and James R. Gavin III, MD, PhD. Dr. Gavin formally stepped down in 2013 after serving as the national program director for 20 years. He "passes the torch" to David S. Wilkes, MD, a Harold Amos program alumnus (1991) and executive associate dean for research affairs and August M. Watanabe Professor of Medical Research at the Indiana University School of Medicine.