Oct 3 2013
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RWJF Harold Amos Program Celebrates 30th Anniversary

At its annual meeting and reunion this week in Atlanta, one of the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation’s (RWJF) long-running and highly successful programs is celebrating a milestone: its 30th anniversary.

Harold Amos meeting speed mentoring Speed mentoring at the Harold Amos meeting

The Harold Amos Medical Faculty Development Program, formerly known as the Minority Medical Faculty Development Program, works to foster diversity among U.S. medical school faculty. In 2011 it expanded its scope to do the same among dental school faculty.

Risa at the Harold Amos meeting 2013 RWJF President and CEO Risa Lavizzo-Mourey

The program opened its doors in 1983 to its first cohort of eight physicians. That was the beginning of a three-decade commitment to preparing and mentoring individuals underrepresented in academic medicine and science to help them become leaders in those fields.

Today, 200 esteemed alumni later, the program has graduates who are full professors, chairs of departments, leaders of institutes within the National Institutes of Health, and scholars who are known nationally and internationally for their enormously valuable contributions to the fields of biomedical research, clinical investigation, and health services research.

The scholars’ dedication to their work is “inspiring—not only to me and to everyone at the Foundation, but also to the succeeding classes of physicians and dentists [they are] mentoring,” said RWJF President and CEO Risa Lavizzo-Mourey, MD, MBA. Their “unflagging commitment to fostering the development of young medical and dental students keeps this program strong. It creates a next generation of outstanding young physicians and dentists with the skills, the confidence, and the sense of mission to excel and to inspire others in turn.”

Jim at Harold Amos James R. Gavin III

Those alumni are gathering in Atlanta, beginning today, for a reunion filled with plenary sessions, panel discussions, and networking. During the meeting, they will also honor James R. Gavin III, MD, PhD, who is stepping down after serving as the national program director for 20 years.

Learn more about the Harold Amos Medical Faculty Development Program.

Tags: Dental schools, Diversity, Harold Amos Medical Faculty Development Program, Human Capital, Medical schools, Scholars and fellows