Aber awarded mastership in the American College of Physicians

May 13, 2004

Robert C. Aber, professor and interim chair of the Department of Medicine, and former vice dean for the educational affairs, Penn State College of Medicine, Penn State Milton S. Hershey Medical Center, has been awarded Master status from the American College of Physicians (ACP).

Masters comprise a small group of very highly distinguished physicians, selected from ACP Fellows, who have achieved recognition in medicine by exhibiting preeminence in practice or medical research, holding positions of high honor, or making significant contributions to medical science or the art of medicine.

Aber joined the medical center more than 25 years ago. During nearly three decades, Aber has led the Division of Infectious Diseases and Epidemiology; directed the internal medicine residency training program; served as senior associate dean for medical education; continued to educate the medical students and residents as a professor of medicine; and most recently was appointed to vice dean for educational affairs in 2001 and interim chair for the Department of Medicine in 2002.

"Those of us who have been privileged to work closely with Dr. Aber see his inclusion in this elite group of the nation's best physicians as a fitting tribute to his exceptional accomplishments," said Darrell G. Kirch, Penn State's senior vice president for health affairs, dean of the College of Medicine and chief executive officer of the medical center. "He is an extraordinarily skilled and wonderfully compassionate clinician. We are honored to be his colleagues."

He has received numerous teaching awards from students, residents and peers. Aber is a Fellow of the Infectious Diseases Society of America and president of the Pennsylvania Society of Infectious Diseases. He served as ACP governor from 1996 to 2000, and as interim governor of the Eastern Pennsylvania Chapter from 2002 to 2003. He served as a member of the Governor's Council from 1994 to 1996, and again from 2000 to 2004.

Mastership is considered a special class of membership. Those who are recognized as masters are authorized to use the letters MACP (Master of the American College of Physicians) in connection with their professional activities for as long as their membership remains current. Currently, the ACP has 519 masters among a total membership of about 114,000.

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