Dr. Thompson honored by AAMC for contributions to medical education
AUGUSTA, Ga. th Dr. James N. Thompson, interim president of the Medical College of Georgia, has received one of three Special Recognition Awards from the Board of Directors of the Association of American Medical Colleges for his exceptional leadership to improve medical care through a focus on quality and safety.
(Media-Newswire.com) - AUGUSTA, Ga. – Dr. James N. Thompson, interim president of the Medical College of Georgia, has received one of three Special Recognition Awards from the Board of Directors of the Association of American Medical Colleges for his exceptional leadership to improve medical care through a focus on quality and safety.
Dr. Thompson, an otolaryngologist and former medical school dean who served as president and chief executive officer of the Federation of State Medical Boards, was honored during the AAMC's Annual Meeting Nov. 6-11 in Boston.
The AAMC Board of Directors confers the award on individuals with a long-standing commitment to academic medicine as evidenced by exemplary service to, or collaboration with, the AAMC or its members. Other 2009 recipients include Dr. Elias Zerhouni, the 15th director of the National Institutes of Health, and Dr. James A. Hallock, President Emeritus of the Educational Commission for Foreign Medical Graduates.
Dr. Thompson served from 2003-08 as president and chief executive officer of FSMB, a national non-profit association representing the 70-member allopathic and osteopathic state medical licensing and regulatory boards in the United States and its territories. He was the organization's official spokesman, representing the nation's medical boards in public forums related to health regulatory policy.
Dr. Thompson, who assumed the interim presidency of MCG Oct. 26, is a frequent speaker on the topics of health and medical education policy, professional behavior of physicians and the role of regulatory authorities in preserving the integrity of the medical profession.
Prior to joining the FSMB, Dr. Thompson was on the faculty of the Wake Forest University School of Medicine, in Winston-Salem, N.C. He served as dean of the School of Medicine from 1994-2001 and Wake Forest University Vice President from 1997-2001. He was named Dean Emeritus in 2002.
Dr. Thompson represented the American Medical Association on the Executive Committee of the Liaison Committee on Medical Education, the accrediting authority for medical education programs that lead to an M.D. degree in U.S. and Canadian medical schools. He is past chair of the Governing Council of the AMA's Section on Medical Schools and served as director of the American Board of Otolaryngology in 1997.
Dr. Thompson has received numerous awards from universities and associations related to his work, including the 2009 Distinguished Service Award from the National Board of Medical Examiners, the Harris Mosher Award for Excellence in Clinical Research from the American Laryngological, Rhinological and Otological Society for research on corrosive esophageal injuries, the 2006 Distinguished Alumni Achievement Award from DePauw University, the 2006 Alumni Achievement Award from The Ohio State University College of Medicine and the 2007 American Academy of Otolaryngology-Head and Neck Surgery Presidential Citation.
Dr. Thompson earned a medical degree at The Ohio State University, Columbus, Ohio, completed an otolaryngology residency at Mercy Hospital in Pittsburgh and an otolaryngology fellowship at the University of California, Irvine.
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