AUC Strengthens Clinical Leadership with Expanded Appointments

July 11, 2017

AUC is pleased to announce the expanded roles of two clinical sciences leaders. Professor Stephen Ash, MRCP, FRCP, has been promoted from Clinical Dean to Associate Clinical Dean for the United Kingdom (UK) and Derek Anderson, MD, FAAFP has been appointed to the new position of Lead Clinical Chair.

Left to Right: Professor Stephen Ash, MRCP, FRCP and Derek Anderson, MD, FAAFP

Professor Ash, who has worked with AUC since 1995, originally as a Clerkship Director and a Site Director, will be expanding his role with AUC as Associate Clinical Dean for the UK. This increased capacity will help to maximize the university’s UK clinical program and support growth at our affiliated UK hospital sites.
Professor Ash was first appointed to the position of Clinical Dean for the UK in 2012. As a key member of the clinical leadership team, he has enhanced the offerings of AUC’s UK clinical program and expanded our clinical site network. He has also played a large role organizing and managing AUC’s annual UK Symposium, an intensive multi-day event that showcases the work and research of students and consultants in the UK.
In his expanded role, Professor Ash will be responsible for maintaining all aspects of an accredited and high quality educational experience for medical students at AUC’s affiliated UK hospital sites. He will manage programs to support the transition and preparedness of medical sciences students both to and from clinical sites in the UK and he will be increasingly involved in both student recruitment to and faculty development within the UK. To align educational programs, share best practices, and implement accreditation strategies, his responsibilities will require close collaboration with the Sint Maarten campus, our UK hospital sites, and Dean Robert Hecht, his counterpart for our US sites.
Additionally, Dr. Derek Anderson has an expanded role with AUC as Lead Clinical Chair. Dr. Anderson has served as AUC’s Clinical Chair of Family Medicine since January 2015 while maintaining an active private practice and working as a team physician for the Louisiana State University athletic department in Baton Rouge. He will continue on in his clinical chair role for his specialty. 
As Lead Clinical Chair, Dr. Anderson is now also responsible for supervising AUC’s clinical chairs in internal medicine, general surgery, pediatrics, obstetrics and gynecology, and psychiatry. This team of six clinical chairs is central to AUC’s continuous curriculum improvement initiative. His leadership will further support efforts to update, centralize, and integrate AUC’s clinical sciences curriculum, both horizontally and vertically, in a state of the art Learning Management System.
In his new role, Dr. Anderson will also contribute to AUC’s various initiatives to improve students’ comfort with and performance on USMLE Step 2. As an example, he has already begun work to expand the USMLE Step 2 Clinical Skills Assessment (CSA) program, which is offered to AUC students to strengthen their preparation for the Step 2 Clinical Skills (CS) examination.
Both of these leaders will continue to report to Dr. Julie Taylor, Senior Associate Dean of Academic and Student Affairs. Appointments for Professor Ash and Dr. Anderson were effective July 1, 2017.