David M. Stern, MD, Robert Kaplan Executive Dean of the University of Tennessee Health Science Center (UTHSC) College of Medicine, has announced the appointment of Clint W. Snyder, PhD, MBA, as the senior associate dean and chair for the new Department of Medical Education in the UTHSC College of Medicine. Dr. Snyder joined UTHSC on October 1.
In his new role as senior associate dean, Dr. Snyder oversees the Office of Medical Education, which is responsible for undergraduate medical education. He will oversee curriculum planning, evaluation and management for the four-year medical program, as well as accreditation requirements and processes for the College of Medicine. As chair of the Department of Medical Education, Dr. Snyder will recruit, provide guidance, and promote faculty development in teaching and educational research. UTHSC is poised to bolster its curriculum integration and active learning while increasing emphasis on its service-learning activities and required research initiatives.
“By consolidating the leadership of our education enterprise under this newly created position, Dr. Snyder will serve as the central source at UTHSC for matters related to medical education. The extensive experience and professionalism he brings to this role will serve to complement and support the team we already have in place,” Dean Stern said. The senior associate dean and chair will report directly to Dr. Stern in his role as executive dean for all four UTHSC College of Medicine locations – Memphis, Knoxville, Chattanooga and Nashville.
Before joining UTHSC, Dr. Snyder spent more than 22 years in academic medicine at several prominent Ohio universities. Most recently, he was with Case Western Reserve University in the Department of Family Medicine and Community Health, where he served as interim chair, professor and vice chair. Among his other positions at Case Western, he previously worked for four years as interim vice dean for Education and Academic Affairs in the School of Medicine. Prior to joining Case Western, Dr. Snyder was with Northeastern Ohio Universities College of Medicine. While there, he served three years as associate dean for Medical Education; four years as associate dean for Health Professions Education; and six years as professor for Behavioral and Community Health Sciences. Dr. Snyder has also held various teaching positions at Kent State University, including adjunct professor of sociology, adjunct assistant professor and instructor.
After earning a Bachelor of Science from Youngstown State University with a double major in combined science and sociology, Dr. Snyder went on to obtain his MA and PhD in medical sociology from Kent State University. In 2011, he earned an MBA from the University of Akron with a dual focus in health care management, and management and personnel.
Having published or contributed to some 25 manuscripts, book chapters or book reviews, and having provided presentations at more than 45 scholarly meetings, Dr. Snyder has received several honors and awards for his work as an administrator and instructor. He has also garnered more than $10 million in grant funding, contributed extensively as a reviewer to various medical education journals, and led some 20 workshops and invited lectures.