October 19, 2016
The University of New England College of Osteopathic Medicine Alumni Association awarded Douglas Wood, D.O., Ph.D., FACOI, dean of the College of Osteopathic Medicine, the status of honorary alumnus at a ceremony on October 7, 2016.
Wood will be stepping down from his position in November 2016. He was named dean in 2012. Since then he has overseen major transitions in the college that took effect just before he came to UNE COM, including a class-size increase and a radical top-to-bottom curricular change.
Before coming to UNE, Wood spent a decade as president of the American Association of Colleges of Osteopathic Medicine and launched the A.T. Still School of Osteopathic Medicine in Arizona. He received numerous professional awards and honors, including the Great Pioneer in Osteopathic Medicine Award from the American Osteopathic Association.
At UNE, Wood burnished his resume further, coauthoring the definitive work on the evolution of osteopathic medicine in the United States, a book titled Medical School Expansion in the 21st Century: Colleges of Osteopathic Medicine. He was also instrumental in helping UNE secure a $600,000 grant from the Josiah Macy Jr. Foundation to support interprofessional education, making UNE the first osteopathic medical school in the country to receive funding from the Macy Foundation. The grant will help ensure that all health care professionals who graduate from UNE are equipped with the necessary team-based skills to provide high-quality patient care, while allowing UNE to address shortages of health care professionals in rural Maine.
“As we added students, faculty, and staff, while enhancing our facilities and technology, Doug ensured that we never lost focus on maintaining our reputation for excellence,” said President Danielle Ripich. “Today, we are widely recognized as one of the finest colleges of osteopathic medicine in the United States. UNE COM has made major strides under Doug’s stewardship and for that we are grateful.”
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