Grand Rounds : Archive, 2003-2013

Dr. Michael Whitcomb

Michael E. Whitcomb, M.D., received his undergraduate degree from The Ohio State University (1961), his M.D. from the University of Cincinnati (1965), and completed an internal medicine residency and a fellowship in pulmonary medicine at Walter Reed General Hospital (1970). He served as chief of the pulmonary disease services at Tripler Army Hospital and Walter Reed General Hospital before leaving the Army Medical Corps with the rank of Lieutenant Colonel in 1974. From 1974 to 1977 he was a member of the pulmonary disease division at Boston University. From 1977 to 1982 he was chief of the pulmonary disease division at The Ohio State University. During that time he also served as associate chair of the department of medicine.

In 1981 Dr. Whitcomb was appointed associate dean for clinical affairs, The Ohio State University College of Medicine, and medical director of the University Hospitals, positions he held until 1984. During the academic year 1984-85 Dr. Whitcomb was a Robert Wood Johnson Health Policy Fellow of the Institute of Medicine (Congressional Fellowship Program). He returned to Ohio State in 1985 as assistant vice president for health services before serving as dean of the schools of medicine at the University of Missouri-Columbia (1986-88) and the University of Washington (1988-90).

In January 1994 Dr. Whitcomb joined the American Medical Association as the first director of the division of graduate medical education. On 1 March 1995 he moved to the Association of American Medical Colleges as senior vice president for medical education and director of the division of medical education. In November 2001 he became editor-in-chief of Academic Medicine and in July 2004 was also appointed as the director of the AAMC Institute for Improving Medical Education.

Dr. Whitcomb has published over 100 papers covering a wide range of topics (clinical medicine, medical education, and health policy issues) and writes a monthly editorial for Academic Medicine. In addition to teaching and conducting scholarly work in clinical medicine, he has held faculty appointments in the health care management departments of two universities and has taught health policy in the graduate programs conducted by those departments.