(Philadelphia, PA) - Gail
Morrison, MD, Vice
Dean for Education and Director of the Office of Academic Programs
at the University of Pennsylvania School of
Medicine, is the recipient
of the 2006 Daniel C. Tosteson Award for Leadership in Medical
Education from the Carl J. Shapiro Institute for Education and
Research. The Tosteson Award is presented to an individual whose
leadership has brought about significant innovation or improvement
in undergraduate and/or graduate medical education.
Over the last 20 years, Morrison has been actively involved in
curricular design and implementation at Penn. She developed and
implemented Curriculum 2000® and Virtual Curriculum 2000® --
an innovative, integrated and modular four-year curriculum for
students of the 21st century. Since the implementation, student
performance and recruitment has risen. Additionally, numerous U.S.
and international medical schools have sent delegations to Penn
to learn about the process as part of their own efforts to implement
In addition to her work at Penn, Morrison also plays a key national
leadership role in medical education. She was one of the five founding
members of the Clerkship Directors of Internal Medicine, and was
recently appointed Chair of the AAMC Medical Student Performance
Evaluation Advisory Committee.
Morrison is a graduate of the University of Pennsylvania School
of Medicine. She interned in Internal Medicine at Beth Israel in
Boston and completed her residency at Georgetown Hospital. She
served as a Staff Associate for the Director of the NHLBI, and
then returned to the University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine
where she completed her Nephrology Fellowship and began her life-long
focus on undergraduate medial education.
PENN Medicine is a $2.9 billion enterprise
dedicated to the related missions of medical education, biomedical
research, and high-quality patient care. PENN Medicine consists
of the University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine (founded in
1765 as the nation's first medical school) and the University of
Pennsylvania Health System.
Penn's School of Medicine is ranked #2 in the nation for receipt
of NIH research funds; and ranked #3 in the nation in U.S.News &
World Report's most recent ranking of top research-oriented medical
schools. Supporting 1,400 fulltime faculty and 700 students, the
School of Medicine is recognized worldwide for its superior education
and training of the next generation of physician-scientists and
leaders of academic medicine.
The University of Pennsylvania Health System includes three
hospitals [Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania, which is
consistently ranked one of the nation's few "Honor Roll"
hospitals by U.S.News & World Report; Pennsylvania Hospital,
the nation's first hospital; and Penn Presbyterian Medical Center];
a faculty practice plan; a primary-care provider network; two multispecialty
satellite facilities; and home care and hospice.