Former associate dean honored as a leader in medical education learning communities

Former associate dean Louise Arnold, Ph.D., accepted the Learning Communities Institutue's 2014 Ron Arky Award with a video acceptance speech.
Former associate dean Louise Arnold, Ph.D., accepted the Learning Communities Institutue’s 2014 Ron Arky Award with a video acceptance speech.

Former associate dean of medical research Louise Arnold, Ph.D., who retired from her post at the School of Medicine more than two years ago, continues to receive accolades for her long-time role as national leader in medical education.

The Learning Communities Institute, a national group that promotes and supports learning communities based in health professions schools, honored Arnold with its Ron Arky Award during its annual meetings in Nashville, Tennessee, last September. The group presents the award each year to an individual whom it recognizes for having made significant contributions to the development of learning communities in medical education.

Arnold served at the School of Medicine from 1971 through 2012. As director of the Office of Medical Education and Research, she championed on a national stage the school’s docent system and the large role it played as a learning community within the school’s combined B.A./M.D. program. Arnold served as the founding chair of the Association of American Medical Colleges’ Group on Combined Baccalaureate-MD Programs in 2002. That group has now grown to represent more than 100 medical schools across the country. Brenda Rogers, M.D. ’90, associate dean for student affairs, chaired the national group in 2013.

The Arky Award is named for Ron Arky, M.D., professor of medicine at Harvard Medical School, a leading supporter of medical school learning communities and a leader in creating the Learning Communities Institute. Arnold was unable to attend the group’s national meeting last September at Vanderbilt University School of Medicine to receive the award in person but accepted through a brief video produced at the UMKC School of Medicine.