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Catherine Lucey, MD, Named Chair-Elect of ABIM's Board of Directors

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Philadelphia, PA, July 1, 2010 – Catherine Lucey, MD, Vice Dean for Education at the Ohio State University (OSU) College of Medicine and Associate Vice President for Health Sciences Education at the OSU Office of Health Sciences, has been named Chair-Elect of the American Board of Internal Medicine (ABIM) Board of Directors. She continues to serve as a member of the Board and its Executive Committee.

ABIM sets the standards and certifies physicians practicing in internal medicine and its subspecialties which possess the knowledge, skills and attitudes required to provide high quality care.

The Board of Directors, comprised of physicians who are board certified in internal medicine or one of its subspecialties, guides ABIM's overall mission and direction as it works to improve health care quality. All ABIM Directors participate in ABIM's Maintenance of Certification (MOC) program. MOC recognizes that what was standard treatment a decade ago may have changed, and that the public needs a process to know if their physicians have kept up-to-date in their field. Dr. Lucey is certified in both internal medicine and geriatric medicine, and renewed her geriatric medicine certificate in 2005.

“Catherine's vision and experience will help guide this Board in its efforts to bridge innovation in internal medicine training and board certification,” said Christine K. Cassel, MD, President and CEO of the American Board of Internal Medicine.

Dr. Lucey has a national reputation as an innovative educator. She has developed new programs to teach physicians how to detect and prevent medical error, and new strategies to help physicians master the cognitive skills needed to provide high quality patient care. Her major areas of interest include the teaching and assessment of clinical decision-making; analysis of medical errors using the principles of cognitive psychology and the development of strategies to teach and evaluate professionalism.

She directs the OSU Office for Geriatrics and Gerentology and the OSU Area Health Education Consortium. Dr. Lucey previously was a Clinical Instructor at Harvard University School of Medicine, Assistant Professor of Medicine at the University of Texas, San Antonio and Associate Professor of Medicine at the George Washington University School of Medicine.

Dr. Lucey has been an invited lecturer at multiple institutions across the country as well as at national meetings of the Association of Program Directors in Internal Medicine, the American College of Physicians, the Society of General Internal Medicine and the Association of Professors of Medicine. She has been the recipient of teaching awards at each of the institutions with which she has been associated. In 2004, Dr. Lucey was awarded a Master Teacher Award by the Ohio Chapter of the ACP.

For media inquiries, contact Lorie Slass at 215-399-4005 or press@abim.org.

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