(COLLEGE STATION, TX) — Ed W. Childs, M.D., recently was appointed assistant dean for Faculty Development for the Texas A&M Health Science Center College of Medicine by Christopher C. Colenda, M.D., M.P.H., Jean and Thomas McMullin Dean of the HSC-COM.

Dr. Childs, a 1989 graduate of the HSC-COM, is an associate professor of surgery at Scott & White in Temple. He also is director of its Division of Trauma and Critical Care.

“I would like to thank Dr. Colenda for the opportunity to serve as assistant dean of Faculty Development,” Dr. Childs said. “I am of the opinion that the strength of an academic institution lies in the development of a strong faculty and the ability to recruit the best students.”

In his new role, Dr. Childs will work in Academic Affairs, including the Office of Educational Development. He will have leadership responsibilities with programs focusing on accountability measures for faculty, curriculum development and teaching portfolios for all faculty. He also will be liaison to Scott & White, HSC central administration, and the HSC-COM on matters relating to HSC faculty development.

Dr. Childs will continue in his role as a member of the Prairie View Undergraduate Medical Academy team, serving as the primary dean’s office liaison for the Student National Medical Association and recruitment efforts for underrepresented minority students.

“Dr. Childs in an outstanding trauma surgeon, a valued friend and alumnus of the college,” Dr. Colenda said. “I am delighted that he has agreed to serve through building our faculty development initiatives. The modern medical school must ensure that faculty will build competencies in teaching skills and methods, evaluation, and interpersonal development. Ed is ideally suited for this job and brings great enthusiasm to the position.”

Dr. Childs received his bachelor’s degree from The University of Texas at Dallas in 1985 and his M.D. from Texas A&M University College of Medicine in 1989. He completed a general surgery internship from 1989-90 and residency from 1990-94, both at the University of Kansas Medical Center in Kansas City. He then completed a trauma/critical care surgery fellowship at the University of California-Davis from 1994-95 before joining the Scott & White faculty in 2001.

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