Wednesday, April 18 | 8:00-9:00am | Auditorium, 2nd floor (Main Hospital)
Title: Beyond Flexner: Social Mission in Medical Education
Fitzhugh Mullan, MD, Professor of Health Policy Management and of Pediatrics, Co-Director of the George Washington University Health Workforce Institute
Dr. Fitzhugh Mullan is Professor of Health Policy at the Milken Institute School of Public Health at George Washington and Professor of Pediatrics at the George Washington University School of Medicine. He is a graduate of Harvard University and the University of Chicago Medical School and is board certified in pediatrics. He served 23 years in the United States Public Health Service, starting as a physician in the National Health Service Corps and later as director of the program. He subsequently, directed the Bureau of Health Professions, and attained the rank of Assistant Surgeon General. In 1996, he retired from the Public Health Service and joined the staff of the journal Health Affairs as a Contributing Editor and the Founding Editor of the Narrative Matters section. He joined the faculty at George Washington University on a part time basis in 1997 and full time in 2005. In recent years, his research and policy work have focused on US and international health workforce issues, especially equity in health professions education. He is the Director of the Atlantic Philanthropies funded Leaders for Health Equity initiative, the co-Director of the GW Health Workforce Institute, and principal investigator of the RWJF/HRSA funded Social Mission Metrics Study.
Dr. Mullan has written widely for professional and general audiences on medical and health policy topics. His books include White Coat Clenched Fist: The Political Education of an American Physician (1977), Vital Signs: A Young Doctor’s Struggle with Cancer (1983), and Plagues and Politics: The Story of the United States Public Health Service (1989). He is the senior editor of Healers Abroad: Americans Responding to Human Resource Crisis in the HIV/AIDS (National Academy Press, 2005).
Dr. Mullan is the Founding President of the National Coalition for Cancer Survivorship, the Founding Board Chair of Seed Global Health, the Founding Board Chair of the Beyond Flexner Alliance, and a member of the National Academy of Medicine of the National Academy of Sciences.