Fall 2016
Jobe Named 2016 Distinguished Alumnae

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Ann Jobe, M.D.

Photo provided by Ann Jobe.

Story by Dean Schermerhorn, APR

Congratulations to Ann C. Jobe, M.D.'86, MSN, the University of Nevada, Reno School of Medicine's 2016 Distinguished Alumnae of the Year.

"My motivation in applying for medical school was to improve communication between doctors and patients and other professionals," said Jobe.

"That has been a passion throughout my career."

Jobe believes that medical education needs to be more patient centered, primary care focused and community- based and should emphasize collaborative and interdisciplinary teamwork. One of her driving motivations is improving the quality and safety of health care by working to enhance the relationship that patients have with health professionals to result in improved communication and clinical skills.

Her career path has reflected this dedication to patient-centered care. After receiving a master of science degree in nursing from the University of Minnesota, Jobe went on to work as an operating room technician, a staff nurse at a university hospital and she taught nursing at the University of Nevada, Las Vegas.

Living in Las Vegas at the time she applied to medical school, UNR Med was a natural choice based on proximity, but the school also appealed to her on the basis of its primary care focus and because it is a community-based medical school, both of which fit well with her a background as a nurse practitioner generalist.

Jobe earned her medical degree from the School of Medicine in 1986 and completed her residency training in family medicine at Florida Hospital in Orlando, Fla.

In 1989, she joined the Department of Family Medicine at East Carolina University School of Medicine, in Greenville, N.C. In 1990, she was named assistant dean for student affairs. By July 1995 she became senior associate dean and served as chief operating officer of The Brody School of Medicine, at East Carolina University.

In 2001, she was appointed dean and a professor of family medicine at Mercer University School of Medicine in Macon, Ga.

Jobe considers being a dean of a medical school one of the high points of her career because there were few women in such roles 15 years ago. She was also the first dean with a family medicine background.

"I find it a privilege to teach others," Jobe said. Another high point was her selection for Changing the Face of Medicine project, which is dedicated to advancing women in medicine.

UNR Med also ranks among the high points in her career: "Just getting into med school was a highlight," said Jobe, as was her selection as this year's Distinguished Alumnae.

Until September 2013, Jobe was the executive director of the Clinical Skills Evaluation Collaboration in Philadelphia before fully retiring in August 2015. She remains active in health care, teaching CPR and helping with puppet shows on dental care and wellness for children.
In her career, Jobe has seen some progress in making academic health centers more accountable to societal needs, although many medical schools still are largely research based. While some medical schools are driven to research because of the need for funding, she notes that many others are reaching out to their communities.

The physician-patient relationship also has improved throughout her career.

"I am pleased by the focus on communication and quality indicators, and I hope that the new generation will continue this in a positive way," Jobe said.

New methods of reimbursement have made progress in promoting incentives for patient-centered care, Jobe notes, and she hopes that this will be sustained.

"You need the new generation for this kind of medicine," she noted.

Throughout her career, Jobe has displayed a passion for serving others and an appreciation for the privilege of giving back.

"Med school opened many doors, and I am so appreciative of that. It's a privilege to be a physician," said Jobe, who serves on an academic advisory council for UNR Med.

"We should serve others; that is what it is all about."