Dean’s Office announces two key SOM appointments

The Dean’s Office is pleased to announce two key appointments that will take place immediately, R. Stephen Griffith, M.D., as the Rural Health Director, and Alison Roberg as the new executive staff assistant to the Council on Curriculum.

R. Stephen Griffith, M.D.

Griffith, who served for nine years as the chairman of the Department of Family and Community, has a long-standing commitment to rural health within Missouri. In this new role, he will develop the School’s rural track as well as initiatives to attract a greater number of students from rural Missouri communities to the School.

Griffith will also be the new course director for the Family Medicine Preceptorship, a popular one-month experience that is required for all medical students. Diane Carter will also join the School of Medicine as the new rural outreach program coordinator to assist Griffith in these duties.

Griffith received his medical degree from the University of Missouri–Columbia and his bachelor’s degree in Biology from Washington University. Dr. Griffith has held prominent leadership positions at UMKC, Truman Medical Centers, and University Physicians Associates. He currently serves as the chairman of the School of Medicine’s Council on Selection.

Alison Roberg

Roberg has been with the School of Medicine as administrative assistant for the Council on Curriculum since November of 2009. In her new role as executive staff assistant, she will report directly to Stefanie Ellison, M.D., associate dean for curriculum, and will manage many of the day-to-day operational responsibilities that the curriculum council office undertakes.

Roberg has taken an active leadership role in supporting clerkship coordinators and directors and students who have begun using the ClexJournal software during the past year. She received her BA in English from Brigham Young University in 2007 and has completed all of her coursework for a Master’s degree in English literature at BYU. Regular viewers of the television game show, Jeopardy, will remember that Roberg was also a 2010 three-time Jeopardy champion.

For help with Curriculum Council issues, contact Roberg by phone at 816-235-1852 or by email at:

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