MU-COM Announces New VP of Health Professions and Dean
On February 4, Marian University announced that Donald Sefcik, DO, MBA, (at left) will serve as the Vice President of Health Professions and Dean of the Marian University College of Osteopathic Medicine (MU-COM), effective March 1, 2016. Dr. Sefcik will succeed Paul Evans, DO, Vice President and Founding Dean of MU-COM, who helped launch MU-COM in 2013.
Dr. Sefcik and Dr. Evans are expected to work together during a transitional period until Dr. Evans' planned retirement in May 2017 after the COM’s inaugural class of students graduates.
Dr. Sefcik arrives at Marian University from Michigan State University, where he served as Senior Associate Dean for the Michigan State University College of Osteopathic Medicine (MSUCOM). Dr. Sefcik began his academic career as an adjunct faculty member at Marian College's Department of Nursing. He has also previously held faculty positions with Chicago College of Osteopathic Medicine of Midwestern University (CCOM/MWU), Chicago College of Health Sciences of Midwestern University, Chicago College of Pharmacy of Midwestern University, and Butler University's College of Pharmacy.
New Dean Assumes Role at TUNCOM
Effective February 1, 2016, John Dougherty, DO, assumed the role of Dean of Touro University Nevada College of Osteopathic Medicine (TUNCOM), following the retirement of Mitchell Forman, DO, Founding Dean of TUNCOM.
Overseeing the new osteopathic medical school was only part of Dr. Forman's work in Southern Nevada over the past decade. He has been a vocal advocate for medical education, patient education, and community outreach and served Southern Nevada's medical community as an officer or board member of several medical organizations and societies.
Dr. Dougherty comes to TUNCOM from Kansas City University-College of Osteopathic Medicine (KCU-COM), where he served as Senior Associate Dean for Clinical Affairs and Graduate Medical Education. He is the former Chief Academic Officer of the KCU Graduate Medical Education (GME) Consortium and chairs the Osteopathic Postdoctoral Training Institute’s Osteopathic GME Committee. He previously served as Acting Dean at KCU-COM and as the Chair of the Department of Family Medicine.
Dr. Dougherty is a national leader in the osteopathic medical profession, serving as an inspector for the American Osteopathic Academy of Sports Medicine (AOASM), the American College of Osteopathic Family Physicians (ACOFP), the Council on Postdoctoral Training (COPT) and the Commission on Osteopathic College Accreditation (COCA). He is a member of the Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Education (ACGME) Osteopathic Principles Committee, American Osteopathic Association (AOA) Circle of Leaders, Editorial Board of the Journal of the American Osteopathic Association (JAOA), Association of Osteopathic Directors and Medical Educators (AODME) Board of Directors, AOA Bureau of Osteopathic Clinical Education and Research, and Chair for the AOA Musculoskeletal Injuries and Prevention Task Force.
In addition to his many qualifications and notable history, Dr. Dougherty was selected for the inaugural ACOFP Physician Leadership Institute in the Administration Track, earning him the designation of Fellow and Certified Physician Leader in Administration, has completed the AOA National Health Policy Fellowship, and was the Missouri Society of the ACOFP Family Physician of the Year for 2014.