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Dr. Richard Valachovic Receives Special Recognition Award From AAMC

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Dr. V AAMC Solo PhotoRichard 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. 

IPEC Group AAMC 2019Dr. 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

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