Alan J. Lesse, MD, vice chair for education, is responsible for the organization and delivery of the educational product of the department. This includes educational aspects for medical students, residents and fellows.
To accomplish these goals, he coordinates the varied teaching activities of the department and ensures that the department provides the best training possible for learners of all levels. The efforts are directed at, but not limited to:
- Providing oversight and direction for all aspects of education (medical student, resident, fellow) in the Department of Medicine.
- Working closely with the vice chair for faculty development to provide assistance and instruction for faculty teaching activities.
- Creating innovative programs for faculty development as master clinicians and education researchers.
- Working with voluntary faculty to improve and facilitate teaching.
- Continuing to improve the teaching of medical students in coordination with the medicine clerkship coordinator.
- Planning, coordinating, and implementing the three weekly conferences in the department, including board review conferences and grand rounds.
- Coordinating the yearly faculty development conference which invites nationally recognized faculty to provide state of the art sessions aimed at faculty development.
Lesse facilitates these duties as senior associate dean for medical curriculum at the Jacobs School of Medicine and Biomedical Sciences. He coordinates medical student educational experiences and optimizes the learning environment for the students. Having been an active researcher and lecturer, Lesse brings a broad range of academic experience to the position.