Director's Note by Cynthia Robinson
Congratulations Dr. Richard J. Simons!
Dr. Simons has been named Dartmouth Medical Schools Senior Associate Dean for Medical Education and Associate Vice President for Health Affairs at Dartmouth.
After receiving his medical degree here at the Penn State College of Medicine in May 1981, Dr. Simons completed his residency in Internal Medicine at the University of Michigan Hospital in June 1984. He subsequently served as Chief Resident and Instructor in the Department of Medicine at Penn State Milton S. Hershey Medical Center. He also completed a Geriatrics Fellowship at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, NC. While Dr. Simons' clinical role is general internal medicine, his major focus has been on medical education, having served as a Clerkship Director and Director of the Internal Medicine Residency Program here at Penn State Milton S. Hershey Medical Center.
Dr. Simons was instrumental in establishing the College of Medicine's formal system for clinical skills evaluation by developing the standardized patient program and objective structured clinical examinations. In his role of Vice Dean for Educational Affairs here at Penn State, he organized and developed novel approaches for teaching the Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Education core competencies, initiated the Clinical Skills and Advisory Program for the College of Medicine, and led several major curricular changes for the College of Medicine. He also coordinated the medical school's self study for the Liaison Committee on Medical Education (LCME) accreditation process that resulted in a very favorable LCME report and final 8-year accreditation.
The George T. Harrell Health Sciences Library has reported to Dr. Simons since my arrival here at Penn State Hershey in 2007. He has been both an advocate and strong supporter of the library as an integral component of a successful College of Medicine. It’s been a pleasure working with him. Everyone here in the library wishes him well as he embarks on his new venture. Good luck and success!