Paz named chair-elect of AAMC Council of Deans

Harold L. Paz, chief executive officer, Penn State Hershey Medical Center; senior vice president for health affairs, Penn State; and dean, Penn State College of Medicine; has been named to a leadership position on the Council of Deans of the Association of American Medical Colleges (AAMC). Paz will serve one year as chair-elect of the council followed by one year as its chair. The appointment includes a concurrent two-year term on the AAMC’s 17-member board of directors.

The Council of Deans provides a venue for deans of the nation’s medical schools to address the concerns of their constituents, including medical students, graduate students, physicians, scientists and physicians-in-training. Among the issues awaiting the council’s action in the coming year are proposed changes to the Medical College Admission Test (MCAT), a standardized exam taken by prospective medical students.

The not-for-profit AAMC represents more than 150 accredited medical schools across the United States and Canada, 400 major teaching hospitals and health systems and more than 90 academic and scientific societies.

Paz has served as CEO, senior vice president for health affairs and dean since joining Penn State Hershey in April 2006. During his tenure, Paz has initiated the formation of the Penn State Hershey Health System, which includes four hospitals, 58 ambulatory care practices, and eight affiliated hospitals. He has spearheaded the creation of Penn State Hershey Rehabilitation Hospital, Pennsylvania Psychiatric Institute, and Penn State Hershey Medical Group, and has overseen a major 1.5 million-square-foot expansion of the Penn State Milton S. Hershey Medical Center campus.

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Last Updated December 01, 2011