Ronald A. Arky, MD
Ronald A. Arky, M.D., is the Daniel D. Federman Distinguished Professor of Medicine and Medical Education at the Harvard Medical School and Advisory Dean and Director of the Francis Weld Peabody Society at that School. He is a Board-certified internist with specialty training in Endocrinology and Diabetes. His career has been devoted to medical education at the undergraduate, post-graduate and continuing education levels. For 23 years he served as Chairman of the Department of Medicine at Mount Auburn Hospital in Cambridge, MA and simultaneously as the residency training director in Internal Medicine at that Hospital. Nationally, Dr. Arky has been president of the American Diabetes Association and of the Association of the Program Directors in Internal Medicine. He is a Master of the American College of Physicians and has served on the editorial boards of the New England Journal of Medicine and American Journal of Medicine. He has served as chair of both Massachusetts Medical Society’s Committee on Education, Committee on Publications and Committee on Ethics and Grievances. For his many years of devoted service Dr. Arky received ‘The Award for Health Education’ that was presented to him by the AMA in 2000 and the ‘Robert Glaser Award’ presented by the American Association of Medical Colleges in 2009.
For the last 25 years, Dr. Arky has been involved in medical student education. He has contributed to the design of both pre-clinical and clinical curricula and in particular, played an instrumental role in the creation of the Cambridge Integrated Clerkship. He also played a key role in the development of combined degree programs, such as the MD/MBA program, and continues to monitor their progress. In his role as Advisory Dean and Director of the Peabody Society at Harvard, he oversees the academic and professional development of a cadre of medical students throughout their stay at the School. He is involved in career counseling and in the assessment of the School’s graduates during their post-graduate training and later in their careers.
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