The Association of American Medical Colleges (AAMC) at its recent annual meeting honored Peter Buckley, MD, chancellor of the University of Tennessee Health Science Center, with the distinguished service membership for his exemplary service to academic medicine, AAMC, and its Council of Deans.
According to David J. Skorton, MD, AAMC president and chief executive officer, Chancellor Buckley has made truly extraordinary contributions to advance the organization’s mission.
While originally beginning as a Council of Deans Fellow in 2007 and 2008, Dr. Buckley later served as a member of the Council of Deans Fellowship committee and then as its chair from 2014 to 2019, working with the AAMC leadership team to increase the diversity and representation of women among medical school deans. Chancellor Buckley joined the Council of Deans Administrative Board in 2014, also serving as its chair from 2019 to 2022.
The Council of Deans played a major coordinating role across U.S. medical schools in supporting the powerful response of academic medicine to the COVID-19 crisis. From 2018 to 2022, Dr. Buckley served on the AAMC Board of Directors, the organization’s governing body, working alongside Dr. Skorton and the AAMC leadership team to develop the association’s strategic plan that addresses contemporary challenges in academic medicine and its commitment to excellence in medical education, research, and patient care.
The AAMC is a nonprofit organization based in Washington, D.C., that aims to improve the health of people everywhere by leading and serving the academic medicine community. It includes 170 accredited U.S. and Canadian medical schools, more than 400 teaching hospitals and health systems, and more than 70 faculty and academic societies.
Chancellor Buckley has also been chosen to serve on the Journal Oversight Committee of the AAMC’s journal, Academic Medicine. The primary duty of the committee is to evaluate the performance of the journal and its editor-in-chief. Academic Medicine is a leading, international peer-reviewed journal (impact score of 8.034, 2021) from AAMC and published monthly by Lippincott Williams & Wilkins.