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Dr. Lorris Betz, newly named chairman-elect of the Association of American Medical Colleges

AAMC names Betz chair-elect

By Andis Robeznieks
Posted: November 11, 2012 - 12:01 am ET

Dr. A. Lorris Betz, University of Utah senior vice president emeritus of health sciences, has been named chairman-elect of the 17-member Association of American Medical Colleges board of directors.

Betz, who was also the executive dean of the medical school and CEO of University of Utah Health Care from 1999 to 2010, will take over next November, according to a news release.

Taking over now as chairwoman is Valerie Williams, vice provost for academic affairs and faculty development at the University of Oklahoma Health Sciences Center, Oklahoma City.

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Mark Laret, CEO of the University of California San Francisco Medical Center, now serves as immediate past chairman.

The AAMC represents 141 accredited medical schools in the U.S. and 17 in Canada as well as almost 400 teaching hospitals and health systems—including 51 Veterans Affairs department facilities. Altogether, some 128,000 faculty members teach at these institutions, where 75,000 medical students and 110,000 resident physicians are receiving education and training.

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