The School of Medicine has announced the appointment of Christine Sullivan, M.D., F.A.C.E.P., ’85, as associate dean for Graduate Medical Education. Sullivan began assuming her new duties following her appointment in April and will fully transition into the role on July 1.
Sullivan, an associate professor of emergency medicine, has served as program director of the UMKC Emergency Medicine Residency program since 2004. Sullivan said that as associate dean she would serve as an advocate for the more than 500 residents and fellows in the School of Medicine’s 13 core residency and 30 fellowship programs.
“I consider my appointment an honor and a responsibility. I look forward to the challenges,” Sullivan said. “My job is to work for the residents and fellows to make certain they have the most broad and appropriate learning experience possible as they’re transitioning from residents to practicing physicians.”
Sullivan succeeds Jill Moormeier, M.D., professor of medicine, who was recently named chair of the Department of Medicine at the School and Truman Medical Center.
“At UMKC, we are extremely fortunate to have such strong leadership in Graduate Medical Education, as the physicians we train here are the doctors of the future for our community,” said School of Medicine Dean Betty Drees, M.D., F.A.C.P. “Dr. Jill Moormeier leaves a legacy of commitment to the highest standards of medical education. Dr. Christine Sullivan will carry on that commitment to educate and train outstanding physicians who are well prepared clinically and professionally.”
Sullivan said that as residency program director, she had witnessed first-hand the foundation Moormeier has set to enhance the learning environment in the School’s Graduate Medical Education programs and that one of her goals is to continue building on that.
“I think it’s a wonderful time to be residents and fellows in medical education,” Sullivan said. “The focus is on improving the environment for learning and for improving patient care. The focus is not on the service aspect as much, but on the education of the residents and fellows.”
After earning her medical degree from the School of Medicine, Sullivan completed her emergency medicine residency at Truman Medical Center. She worked at Overland Park Regional Medical Center, St. Joseph Medical Center and the University of Kansas Medical Center prior to returning to UMKC in 2003.
She currently serves on the Graduate Medical Education Council, Faculty Development Committee, and the Initial Academic Appointment and Physician Promotion Committee for the School of Medicine and will begin a two-year term as vice chair of the national Residency Review Committee for Emergency Medicine this July.