Des Moines University (DMU) has recently named Ralitsa Akins, MD, PhD, as its new Provost. In this position she will oversee all eight of DMU's academic degree programs, including the doctorate of osteopathic medicine conferred by the Des Moines Universty College of Osteopathic Medicine (DMU-COM). She joins Des Moines after serving as Associate Dean of Faculty Affairs at the Elson S. Floyd College of Medicine in Spokane, WA.
“Since first considering the possibility of joining the campus, I have been very impressed by DMU’s high student outcomes, legacy, and strategic plans for advancement and innovation,” she told the university. “I am very privileged to bring my passion and experience in medicine and higher education to the university and help the faculty, staff, and students fulfill our mission and vision.”
Dr. Akins received her MD from The Medical University of Varna in Varna, Bulgaria. While there, she served as Staff Surgeon, Assistant Professor in Family Medicine, and later as Chief Officer of International Relations. She moved to the United States in 2001 and received her PhD in Educational Administration at Texas A&M University. She then became an associate professor in the medical education, anesthesiology, and pediatric departments at Texas Tech University’s Health Sciences Center.
From 2008 to 2011, she served as Associate Director of the Advanced Teaching and Assessment in Clinical Simulation (ATACS) Center. In 2011, she became Associate Dean at SUNY Upstate Medical University College of Medicine. Two years later, she joined the California Northstate College of Medicine, where she earned the title of Professor and chaired the Committee on the meaning, quality, and integrity of the degrees as part of reaccreditation (WACS/WSCUC). At California Northstate, she also became a Senior Associate Dean of Medical Education and a chair in the medical education department.
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