Ackerman promoted to assistant dean, rural programs

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Gerald Ackerman

Gerald Ackerman, assistant dean for rural programs at the School of Medicine.

Longtime rural advocate Gerald Ackerman has been named assistant dean, rural programs for the University of Nevada School of Medicine effective April 1, 2016.

"I'm quite excited for the opportunity to continue to emphasis the importance of our rural partners and address the huge need for health care workforce in rural communities," Ackerman said.

He added that he wants to make more linkages with the medical school and its rural constituency through programs including the new physician assistant program, telemedicine, residency training programs, adding teaching clinic opportunities for rural Nevada and partnering with interdisciplinary professions such as public health and nursing.

The assistant dean, rural programs is responsible for rural health programming of the School of Medicine and serves as the director of the Nevada Area Health Education Centers Program and the Nevada Office of Rural Health. The position provides policy and strategic analysis of the rural healthcare environment in the state, the region, and nationally, to medical school leadership and oversees targeted programming to enhance access to care in rural and underserved areas as well as build workforce pipelines and expand training opportunities for medical students, residents and fellows.

In this position, Ackerman will continue to serve as a liaison from the School of Medicine to local, state, regional, and national health organizations on issues relevant to rural and underserved communities.

Most recently he served as director of the Nevada State Office of Rural Health and director, Office of Statewide Initiatives at the School of Medicine. An Elko resident for more than 25 years, Ackerman has been with the medical school in increasingly responsible positions relating to its presence in rural Nevada for the majority of his career. He has served as center director, co-deputy director and director of the Nevada Area Health Education Centers, and was deputy director for the Center for Education and Health Service Outreach at the School of Medicine from 1998 until 2011.


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