November 2, 2001

Chapman selected as distinguished member of AAMC

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Dr. John Tarpley addressed the crowd at last week’s Pastoral Care seminar. (photo by Dana Johnson)

Chapman selected as distinguished member of AAMC

Dr. John E. Chapman, associate vice chancellor for Medical Alumni Affairs, will become a Distinguished Service Member of the American Association of Medical Colleges at the group’s November meeting.

Chapman joins an elite group of 47 Distinguished Service members who must be voted into the group by the association’s executive council.

“Given your outstanding contributions to academic medicine and your dedication and service to AAMC and the Council of Deans (COD), this is an honor you richly deserve,” said Dr. Jordan J. Cohen, president of the AAMC’s Executive Council, in a letter to Chapman informing him of the designation. He will be honored at the COD luncheon on Nov. 5.

“The distinguished service membership is a status that permits and encourages continuing participation in matters of interest to the AAMC,” Chapman said. “I’m pleased to have a continuing relationship to the AAMC and its programs.”

Chapman, who stepped down as Dean of VUSM last year after 25 years, has been active in the AAMC since 1961. He has been both a member and a chair of various committees in the organization, including serving on the Council of Deans, an association of deans of medical schools that identifies issues affecting academic medicine and develops strategies to achieve the various missions of medical schools.

The AAMC is a non-profit organization founded in 1876 to work for reform in medical education. Originally representing only medical schools, the association now comprises the 125 accredited United States medical schools, 400 major teaching hospitals and health systems, 90 academic and professional societies representing nearly 100,000 faculty members and the nation’s medical students and residents.