The new WIMS award was presented as a surprise by Christine Daley, PhD, MA, SM, the 2014-15 WIMS President, to Dr. Drees at the WIMS Annual Dinner on August 21, 2014.
Betty M. Drees, M.D., F.A.C.P., after 12 years as dean of the UMKC School of Medicine, will leave the dean's position this fall. She said after transitioning from the dean's position she plans to work on patient safety and health policy programs as well as teaching and community service. In announcing her decision she said, "In fact, Dr. Dimond's (founder of the UMKC School of Medicine) practice of changing professionally and personally every 10 years went through my mind as I made this decision. It is healthy for the individual and the institution."
Since graduating from the University of Kansas School of Medicine in 1984, alumna Betty Drees has devoted herself to providing quality health care, research, dedication to academic medicine, and training others. Drees' leadership has provided tremendous benefit for students, their families and their patients as they become physicians, said UMKC Provost Gail Hackett.
UMKC School of Medicine's accomplishments during Drees' deanship have included fiscal strength, collaboration, student success, new education programs, and research.
The Betty M. Drees Distinguished Alumnae Award was presented as a surprise at the Annual WIMS Dinner, August 21, 2014. in honor of Betty M. Drees, MD, FACP. The women of WIMS express their gratitude to Dr. Drees for her continued involvement and support of our members, our leaders and the mission of our organization and her lifelong achievement of supporting a legacy of influential women.
Betty M. Drees, MD, FACP, Dean, School of Medicine, University of Missouri-Kansas City (UMKC)
To acknowledge alumnae who represent the best of our alumnae from the School of Medicine, School of Nursing or School of Health Professions whose efforts reflect a lifelong achievement of supporting a legacy of influential women,
Female alumnae from the KU School of Medicine, School of Nursing, or School of Health Professions who completed their training at least 10 years prior to being nominated.
The WIMS Leadership Committee will select nominees based on the award criteria. The call for nominations will be announced each year in May. The nomination may be submitted in the form of a letter to Deborah Brogden from anyone who can provide examples and evidence of achievements explained in the criteria of this award.
The award winner will be a guest at the annual WIMS Awards Dinner in August, to receive her award.
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