Los Angeles, CA – Charles R. Drew University of Medicine and Science (CDU) announced the appointment of Jimmy Hara, M.D. as the interim associate dean for its College of Medicine Graduate Medical Education (GME) program.
An expert in both family medicine and GME programs, Dr. Hara will serve as the Designated Institutional Officer (DIO) for the Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Education (ACGME) and oversee the administration of ACGME-accredited programs at the CDU College of Medicine and its affiliated training sites. In addition, he will be charged with establishing and enforcing policy and procedures related to the educational and work environment of residents of GME programs, ensuring compliance with ACGME institutional requirements.
“I look forward to Dr. Hara’s leadership, creativity and guidance as he works with us to rebuild our GME programs at CDU,” said Daphne Calmes, M.D., interim dean of the CDU College of Medicine.
Dr. Hara currently serves as the At-Large Director of the American Board of Family Medicine. He is Professor of Clinical Family Medicine at the David Geffen School of Medicine at University of California, Los Angeles and Family Medicine Program Director Emeritus for the Kaiser Permanente Los Angeles Center for Medical Education.
Dr. Hara has dedicated himself to a number of medical organizations throughout the state and nation. He is founding director of the Los Angeles Albert Schweitzer Fellowship Program and serves on their National Board of Directors. In addition, he is Board Advisor for the Board of Trustees of the Health Professions Education Foundation for the Office of Statewide Health Planning and Development, where he previously served on their Healthcare Workforce Policy Commission. He is Fellow of the American Academy of Family Physicians. In 2009, the Medical Board of California recognized Dr. Hara as Physician Humanitarian of the Year.
As part of the University’s effort to rebuild its GME program, Dr. Hara will collaborate with other associate and assistant deans to align resident programs with the mission of CDU, develop long range strategic plans for academic initiatives and to secure sufficient institutional resources for the design and implementation of GME program in compliance with ACGME standards. Additionally, he will represent the CDU College of Medicine during review of training programs by the ACGME, authorizing the release by program directors of information that pertains to program citations and requests or changes that would have significant impact on GME programs or the institution to the ACGME.
“Dr. Hara will play a pivotal role in the facilitation of the professional development and resource allocation of GME program directors,” said President and CEO of CDU David M. Carlisle, M.D., Ph.D. “He will also monitor their performance and compliance with the general ACGME standards along with their corresponding Resident Review Committee (RRC) requirements.”
The interim associate dean also serves as the chair of the Graduate Medical Education Council (GMEC) and as chief liaison to the major participating Joint Commission on the Accreditation of Healthcare Organizations (JCAHO) and /or Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) accredited hospitals in which GME programs are conducted. The dean also assesses and reports annually on the status of GME programs with special attention to resident supervision, responsibilities and evaluation and compliance of affiliated hospitals and programs with duty-hour standards and other ACGME institutional requirements.
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