February 5, 2016

Dr. Kamat elected vice chair of ACGME's Pediatric Residency Review Committee

Deepak Kamat, M.D., Ph.D., F.A.A.P., professor of Pediatrics for the Wayne State University School of Medicine, has been elected vice chair of the Pediatric Residency Review Committee of the Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Education.

The committee is responsible for the accreditation of approximately 9,500 residency and fellowship programs and approximately 700 institutions that sponsor these programs in the United States. Residency and fellowship programs educate more than 120,000 resident physicians in 130 specialties and subspecialties.

"I am honored that my colleagues on the committee, who are nationally renowned educators from across the country, demonstrated their confidence in me by nominating and electing me for this position," said Dr. Kamat, who is now serving his fifth year on the committee. He will serve two years as vice chair.

The Pediatric Residency Review Committee consists of 15 members appointed to six-year terms. The chair and vice chair are elected by the committee. Members are nationally recognized for their contributions in education.

"This is a really big deal … well deserved … and great for Children's Hospital of Michigan, the Detroit Medical Center and Wayne State University," said Steven Lipshultz, M.D., chair of WSU Pediatrics and pediatrician-in-chief for Children's Hospital of Michigan. "Dr. Kamat's multiple teaching awards and this recognition support what a nationally recognized leader he is for pediatric medical education."

Dr. Kamat received the 2010 American Academy of Pediatrics Education Award. The award recognizes an academy member whose career encompasses educational contributions that have had a "broad and positive impact" on the health and well-being of infants, children, adolescents and young adults.

He also received the 2012 President's Award for Excellence in Teaching from Wayne State University. The award recognizes faculty who have made outstanding contributions to teaching. Winners demonstrate, to an exceptionally high degree, comprehensive knowledge of their subject, superior classroom performance and high educational standards. They generate enthusiasm and respect for learning, motivate students to excel and are accessible to students.

Dr. Kamat has served as editor in chief of the Pediatric Care Online Quick Reference, a first of its kind in pediatric medicine. The reference is an integrated point of care service available on handheld devices that can be used by physicians at patient bedside. His contributions to that project helped earn him the 2009 Wayne State University Board of Governors Faculty Recognition Award.

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