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IL: CCOM Names New Associate Deans

December 01, 2008

by Jill Blair-Smith

Midwestern University recently appointed three new associate deans to help guide the Chicago College of Osteopathic Medicine (CCOM) through a new period of growth.

Naperville resident Rita Getz , Ph.D., was named Associate Dean of Academic Affairs and has been a member of the anatomy faculty since 1999. Thomas Boyle, D.O., ACEP, of Elmhurst, was named Associate Dean of Clinical Sciences. Dr. Boyle has been a part of the CCOM emergency medicine clinical faculty for 16 years. In addition, Chicago resident Isaac Kirstein, D.O., was named Associate Dean of Post-Doctoral Education and continues in his role as Director of Medical Education and Associate Professor of Internal Medicine. He has been with the college since 2006.

"The associate deans will be part of the administrative team that has joint responsibility for the operations of CCOM," said Karen J. Nichols, D.O., FACOI, CCOM Dean and Professor of Internal Medicine. "They are all highly qualified and recognized in their fields. All three will help CCOM broaden its horizons," Dr. Nichols added.

The new associate deans will help CCOM prepare for an increase in its class size to 200 new medical students in the fall 2009. Founded in 1900, CCOM has graduated more than 5,000 osteopathic physicians (D.O.s), who have served in hospitals, medical schools, private practices, and government facilities across the country.

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