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The Deans’ Assistants of the California Medical Schools first began meeting as a group about 1990 to share information, programs, policies, and procedures.

In the spring of 1992, this group decided to become a national group and invited the deans’ assistants from the western and mid-western medical schools to discuss the feasibility and advisability of forming a national group.

In April of 1993, the first national meeting of the deans’ assistants was held in Tucson, Ariz. At this meeting, the mission statement and the name of the organization as the Deans’ Assistants Group were adopted by the founding members.

It was decided that the group would hold two meetings each year, one in conjunction with the annual fall meeting of the AAMC and a spring business meeting. The site of the spring meeting would be chosen at the discretion of the membership.

At the November 1993 fall meeting, an ad hoc task force was formed to develop a presentation to the Council of Deans (COD) of the AAMC at its spring meeting. The presentation included the history of the Group and its mission statement. This was brought forward to the COD by its chair and co-chair (the deans at Northwestern University School of Medicine and the University of Texas Health System in Galveston).

At the spring business meeting in April of 1994 at Palm Beach, Fla., the bylaws and constitution were adopted. The Deans’ Assistants Group was granted a non-profit status from the Internal Revenue Service in July of 1995. And at the spring meeting held at Charleston, S. C. in April of 1996, the responsibilities of the officers, Board, and Advisory Council, were adopted.

The purpose of the Deans’ Assistants Group as stated in the mission statement is:

to be a national forum for the exchange of information and ideas among the dean’s offices of schools of medicine and to foster interrelationships and to discuss programs, policies and procedures, organizational structures and issues of common interest as determined by participants.

Through Lynn Milas from the AAMC, a listserv was developed for the deans’ assistants to share such information. The Deans’ Assistants Group is not a supported entity of the AAMC. Membership is open to anyone who provides day-to-day assistance to the deans of medical schools of the AAMC.

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Celeste Gray