Jules L. Dienstag, MD, Dean for Medical Education

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Jules L. Dienstag is the Dean for Medical Education and the Carl W. Walter Professor of Medicine at Harvard Medical School.

Jules L. Dienstag, M.D. is the Dean for Medical Education and the Carl W. Walter Professor of Medicine at Harvard Medical School.

Dr. Dienstag received his BA degree from Columbia College in 1968 and his MD degree from the Columbia College of Physicians and Surgeons in 1972. After 2 years of medical internship and residency at the University of Chicago, Dr. Dienstag joined the U.S. Public Health Service as a Research Associate in the Laboratory of Infectious Diseases, National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, NIH, Bethesda MD. In 1976, Dr. Dienstag came to Boston for a gastroenterology fellowship at Massachusetts General Hospital. He has been on the staff there, currently as Physician, and a member of the HMS faculty since.

Between 1983 and 1998, he was Medical Director for Liver Transplantation at the MGH. Between 1989 and 2005, he served as Executive Director of the MGH Liver- Biliary-Pancreas Center, and in 1993, he established the MGH Liver Evaluation Clinic. He has been chairman of the MGH General Clinical Research Center Advisory Committee since 1999 and, since 2008, has been chairman of its successor, the Harvard Medical School-wide Catalyst Human Research Center Advisory Committee (Clinical Translational Science Center, CTSC).

Jules L. Dienstag, M.D. is the Dean for Medical Education and the Carl W. Walter Professor of Medicine at Harvard Medical School.

Dr. Dienstag received his BA degree from Columbia College in 1968 and his MD degree from the Columbia College of Physicians and Surgeons in 1972. After 2 years of medical internship and residency at the University of Chicago, Dr. Dienstag joined the U.S. Public Health Service as a Research Associate in the Laboratory of Infectious Diseases, National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, NIH, Bethesda MD. In 1976, Dr. Dienstag came to Boston for a gastroenterology fellowship at Massachusetts General Hospital. He has been on the staff there, currently as Physician, and a member of the HMS faculty since.

Between 1983 and 1998, he was Medical Director for Liver Transplantation at the MGH. Between 1989 and 2005, he served as Executive Director of the MGH Liver- Biliary-Pancreas Center, and in 1993, he established the MGH Liver Evaluation Clinic. He has been chairman of the MGH General Clinical Research Center Advisory Committee since 1999 and, since 2008, has been chairman of its successor, the Harvard Medical School-wide Catalyst Human Research Center Advisory Committee (Clinical Translational Science Center, CTSC).

In 1984, Dr. Dienstag was appointed to the Committee on Admissions, and in 1994, he assumed the chairmanship of Subcommittee I of the Committee on Admissions. He became Faculty Associate Dean for Admissions and Chairman of the Committee on Admissions in July, 1998. In 2003, Dr. Dienstag became Associate Dean for Academic and Clinical Programs at HMS, in early 2005, he assumed the position of Associate Dean for Academic Programs and Medical Education, and on May 1, 2005, he was appointed Dean for Medical Education.  As Dean for Medical Education, he has overseen the 2003-2006 medical education reform initiative that culminated in the introduction of a new, more integrated curriculum in 2006; a revision of curriculum governance; a new compensation program for faculty who teach medical students; the creation of a faculty development center for education (the Academy Center for Teaching and Learning); preparation for an in-depth, faculty-mentored, scholarly project as a graduation requirement; charging of task forces to reevaluate teaching clinical skills and approaches to classroom learning; the  HMS institutional self-study preparation for the 2011 reaccreditation of HMS by the Liaison Committee on Medical Education; and a new round of curriculum reform, beginning in 2012, initiated through a Task Force on Redesign of the Preclerkship Curriculum.

In 1984, Dr. Dienstag was appointed to the Committee on Admissions, and in 1994, he assumed the chairmanship of Subcommittee I of the Committee on Admissions. He became Faculty Associate Dean for Admissions and Chairman of the Committee on Admissions in July, 1998. In 2003, Dr. Dienstag became Associate Dean for Academic and Clinical Programs at HMS, in early 2005, he assumed the position of Associate Dean for Academic Programs and Medical Education, and on May 1, 2005, he was appointed Dean for Medical Education.  As Dean for Medical Education, he has overseen the 2003-2006 medical education reform initiative that culminated in the introduction of a new, more integrated curriculum in 2006; a revision of curriculum governance; a new compensation program for faculty who teach medical students; the creation of a faculty development center for education (the Academy Center for Teaching and Learning); preparation for an in-depth, faculty-mentored, scholarly project as a graduation requirement; charging of task forces to reevaluate teaching clinical skills and approaches to classroom learning; the  HMS institutional self-study preparation for the 2011 reaccreditation of HMS by the Liaison Committee on Medical Education; and a new round of curriculum reform, beginning in 2012, initiated through a Task Force on Redesign of the Preclerkship Curriculum.

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