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Alison J. Whelan, MD

Chief Medical Education Officer

Alison J. Whelan, MD
Alison J. Whelan, MD, leads the AAMC’s initiatives to transform medical education and workforce preparation across the full continuum of medical education.

Alison J. Whelan, MD, leads AAMC initiatives to transform the current models of education and workforce preparation across the full continuum of medical education. She also directs AAMC efforts that support medical education officers, regional campuses, education researchers, students, and residents.

Prior to joining the association in 2016, Dr. Whelan had been a member of the faculty at Washington University School of Medicine since 1994. In 1997, she was appointed associate dean for medical student education and in 2009 was appointed senior associate dean for education. During her tenure, Dr. Whelan coordinated the creation of the Practice of Medicine curriculum, led the planning for the school’s new education building, and the creation of the Center for Interprofessional Education.

Dr. Whelan received her bachelor’s degree from Carleton College in 1981. She earned her medical degree from Washington University in 1986 and completed her postgraduate work and residency at the former Barnes Hospital, now Barnes-Jewish Hospital.

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Alison J. Whelan, MD, Chief Medical Education Officer
If we can’t understand the circumstances of our patients’ lives, including the social inequities they face, we cannot effectively treat them.
September 25, 2019
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