Richard Valachovic, D.M.D.,
M.P.H., ADEA President Emeritus, was recently honored by the Association of
American Medical Colleges (AAMC) with the presentation of the AAMC Special
Recognition Award. The awards
ceremony occurred on Nov. 10, 2019 during the Learn Serve Lead 2019
AAMC Annual Meeting in Phoenix. AAMC Special Recognition Awards are presented
to individuals whose support for our nation’s medical schools and teaching
hospitals has been significant throughout a career of accomplishment.
During the awards ceremony,
Dr. Valachovic was described as an ardent champion of interprofessional
education who provided exemplary service to its advancement throughout his
career. It was noted that his understanding that oral and medical health are
intrinsically linked caused him to pursue many strategic alliances and
partnerships to enhance collaboration across the health and dental sciences.
Dr. Valachovic was central to the creation of the Interprofessional Education
Collaborative (IPEC), serving as IPEC President and subsequently Chair
of the IPEC Board. Under his leadership, IPEC has grown from the original six
member associations, which included ADEA, to the current 21 associations of
schools of the health professions.
Dr. Valachovic was also
recognized as an early supporter of making the building that currently houses
ADEA headquarters into an urban health professions education campus where
dentistry, medicine, nursing, physician assistant and veterinary medicine
education associations all reside. Dr. Valachovic was also cited for his role
partnering with AAMC to create a collection of peer-reviewed, dental education
publications and resources within MedEdPORTAL®, which
are recognized as vital educational resources across the health professions.
As the first person from the
dental profession to receive this prestigious award, ADEA joins AAMC in
congratulating Dr. Valachovic for his outstanding career of accomplishment of
service to dental and health professions education.
Published on Jan. 8, 2020