September 13, 2017

Goepfert named associate dean for Graduate Medical Education

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alice goepfertAlice R. Goepfert, M.D., professor in the Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology’s Division of Maternal-Fetal Medicine, has been named associate dean for Graduate Medical Education in the UAB School of Medicine and Designated Institutional Official for UAB Hospital.

In this role, Goepfert will contribute as a member of the School of Medicine Medical Education leadership team; function as Chair of the Dean’s Council for Graduate Medical Education and serve on Patient Safety Committee, Quality Council and others; serve as liaison with the ACGME as the Designated Institutional Official and assure compliance with ACGME Common and Institutional requirements; and oversee the ACGME accreditation process and all UAB postgraduate training programs in collaboration with clinical departments and individual program directors. Goepfert will also work collaboratively with hospital leadership to integrate the overlapping education and clinical missions as they relate to the GME clinical learning environment; direct engagement with relevant graduate medical education personnel at UAB-affiliated hospitals and UAB Regional Medical Campuses; and participate in the LCME accreditation process as it relates to graduate medical educational programs. Her appointment is effective Oct. 1, 2017.

She will replace Gustavo Heudebert, M.D., who will be stepping back from the Associate Dean for Graduate Medical Education role to lead the Montgomery Regional Medical Campus as its interim dean beginning Oct. 1.

“It is a tremendous honor to be named the next Associate Dean for Graduate Medical Education and Designated Institutional Official for UAB Medicine. I have had the good fortune to serve as residency program director under Dr. Gustavo Heudebert’s exceptional leadership— he has been a wonderful mentor and role model to me as well as countless other program directors, faculty, fellows and residents. I am committed to building on the strong foundation he has created. Dr. Heudebert’s hard work, vision and expertise have raised the already high standard for graduate medical education at UAB Medicine,” Goepfert said. “I look forward to working with UAB Medicine leadership and our outstanding GME Office staff, program directors and program coordinators in continuing to provide the highest quality clinical training in a supportive learning environment for our future generation of physician leaders.”

Goepfert previously served as Obstetrics and Gynecology clerkship director, clinical co-director for the Reproductive Systems Module, and director for the Patient, Doctor, and Society Module. She has served as the director of education in the Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology and director of the Obstetrics and Gynecology Residency Program since 2009. She’s also been an active member of the Dean’s Council for Graduate Medical Education (DCGME) since 2011, and serving on the council’s executive committee since 2014. She currently serves on the ACGME Review Committee for Obstetrics and Gynecology. As associate dean for Graduate Medical Education/DIO, she will report jointly to Craig Hoesley, M.D., senior associate dean for Medical Education, and Anthony Patterson, senior vice president for Inpatient Services at UAB Hospital.

Goepfert joined the UAB School of Medicine as a resident in 1991, followed by fellowship training in 1995. She joined the faculty in 1997 as an assistant professor, rising quickly through the ranks to be named a professor in the Department’s Division of Maternal-Fetal Medicine in 2011.
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