Dr. Gary Rosenfeld accepted the Merrell Flair Award in Medical Education in November.

Dr. Gary Rosenfeld, professor of pharmacology and associate dean of Medical Education in the Department of Integrative Biology and Pharmacology, received the Merrell Flair Award in Medical Education last month at the Association of American Medical Colleges (AAMC) Annual Meeting in Boston.

Rosenfeld, who has served for the past 20 years as assistant dean and associate dean for educational programs, received the award at Learn Serve Lead: The AAMC Annual Meeting, held Nov. 3 to 7. The event attracted more than 4,500 attendees and offered more than 120 education sessions and networking events for educators, researchers, patient care providers, administrators, and other health system leaders. The Merrell Flair Award honors an individual “who has made a major contribution over a significant time period to the process or administration or transmission of information regarding medical education in North America.”

To be eligible for the award, the awardee must be or have been active in the Group on Educational Affairs and have been recognized by peers for a leadership role in the field of medical education as well as in the group on Educational Affairs. Contributions made by the awardee to medical education should have a “strong positive impact on the education, administrative process, or public image of the Group on Educational Affairs as an organization and the membership of the GEA.”

Rosenfeld has served in numerous positions at McGovern Medical School, and is co-principal investigator for the National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive Kidney Diseases (NIDDK) short-term research training grant that supports the McGovern Medical Student Summer Research Program that he also directs. Earlier this year, he received the 2017 Southern Group on Educational Affairs (SGEA) Career Educator Award, part of the Group on Educational Affairs (GEA) – a subset of the Association of American Medical Colleges. The award is the highest honor given by the SGEA and recognizes an active SGEA participant of ongoing educational leadership with sustained and compelling record of educational scholarship with strong professionalism values.

Dr. Patricia Butler, vice dean for Educational Programs at McGovern Medical School and professor in the Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences, praised Rosenfeld for his work in medical education.

“It is a great honor for Dr. Rosenfeld to receive the Merrell Flair Award, a prestigious national award for education,” Butler said. “He is very deserving of this recognition, having made significant contributions to the education and research interests of our medical students over many years.  The medical school should be very proud of his accomplishment.”

He also served as chair of the McGovern Medical School’s “Vision Committee” and is the founding chair of the Academy of Master Educators and is the founding director of the Scholarly Concentrations Program.

He is also an elected charter member of the UT System Academy of Health Science Educators and is the founding chairman of the American Society of Pharmacology and Experimental Therapeutics (ASPT), Division for Pharmacology Education (DPE), and is chairman of the Public Affairs Committee for the International Association of Medical Science Educators.