The New York Iota chapter of Alpha Omega Alpha (AOA), the national medical honor society, will welcome Ruth-Marie Fincher, M.D., vice dean for academic affairs emerita, Medical College of Georgia (MCG) Augusta University, as the 60th Annual Saul A. Schwartz, M.D. ’30, Visiting Professor, on Wednesday, March 23 at 5:00 p.m. in Skyline Auditorium. Following Dr. Schafer’s lecture, “A Stethoscope, a Pen, and a Compass,” a dinner and ceremony will be held to induct medical students from the Classes of 2016 and 2017 into AOA. The evening will also honor residents, alumni and faculty with induction into AOA.
Dr. Fincher joined the Georgia Health Sciences University, now Augusta University, in 1984 and served as vice dean for academic affairs from 1994 until her retirement in 2012. Dr. Fincher has been widely recognized for contributions to the field of medical education, including receipt of the Alpha Omega Alpha Robert J. Glaser Distinguished Teacher Award, the Daniel S. Tosteson Award for Leadership in Medical Education, the Merrel D. Flair Award for Medical Education, the American College of Physician’s (ACP) Jane Desforges Distinguished Teacher Award, and the National Board of Medical Examiners (NBME) Edithe Levit Distinguished Service Award.
Understanding the need for a nationally recognized medical education career development track for faculty, and to promote excellence in clinical education, Dr. Fincher co-founded both the Clerkship Directors in Internal Medicine (CDIM) and the Alliance for Clinical Education (ACE). In 2012, Dr. Fincher became the first woman to receive the AAMC’s most prestigious award, the Abraham Flexner Award for Distinguished Service to Medical Education.
Dr. Fincher has held many educational leadership roles, including president of the Clerkship Directors of Internal Medicine, president of the Alpha Omega Alpha National Honor Medical Society, co-chair of the AAMC’s Research in Medical Education Committee, and chair of its Group on Educational Affairs (GEA), and membership on the NBME Executive Board. She is a former governor of the Georgia Chapter of the American College of Physicians (ACP) and is a Master of the American College of Physicians.
Dr. Fincher completed her medical school and residency training in internal medicine at Emory University School of Medicine.