ROANOKE, Va., May 27, 2011 – The International Association of Medical Science Educators (IAMSE) has elected Richard C. Vari to its board of directors.
Vari is the associate dean for medical education and chair of the Department of Interprofessionalism at the Virginia Tech Carilion School of Medicine.
“I am proud and honored to have been nominated and now elected to the board,” said Vari. “Serving on the board at this level will allow me to give back and to share my experience in developing and implementing medical education curricula.” Vari will serve a three-year term, beginning June 1.
Vari has been a member of IAMSE since the organization was founded in 1997. In February, he was featured in an IAMSE webinar series called, “New Places, New Opportunities, New Ideas in Medical Education” where Vari was able to explain the unique curricular elements at the Virginia Tech Carilion School of Medicine to hundreds of IAMSE members and guests.
He spoke about the school’s admissions process, which features the multiple mini interview as a method to select students who are team players with critical thinking skills and empathy, and who will be able to rise to the challenge of 21st century medicine. In addition, he explained how problem-based learning is utilized in small groups to increase active learning instead of requiring a large number of lectures. Finally, Vari edified why the Virginia Tech Carilion School of Medicine included a research project as a requirement of the curriculum and how the school is integrating interprofessionalism studies with other health professions across the four year curriculum. (Watch the presentation.)