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UA College of Medicine appoints vice dean

By Keren G. Raz, the Flinn Foundation

Summary:

University of Arizona College of Medicine has appointed Beth Schermer, a Phoenix attorney who has worked in health care law for more than 25 years, to a one-year appointment as vice dean for administration.

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University of Arizona College of Medicine has appointed Beth Schermer, a Phoenix attorney who has worked in health care law for more than 25 years, to a one-year appointment as vice dean for administration.

Schermer, a partner at Coppersmith, Gordon, Schermer, Owens & Nelson since 1998, will begin her term on Sept. 6. She will take a one-year leave from the firm.

Schermer is charged with leading UA's cooperative effort with Arizona State University to expand the College of Medicine into downtown Phoenix.

"Because the medical-school expansion is extremely fast-paced and complex, we needed someone immediately to help enhance communication and build stronger relationships in Maricopa County," said UA College of Medicine Dean Keith Joiner. "We believe Beth Schermer is the ideal person to serve in this role."

Schermer graduated summa cum laude and Phi Beta Kappa from Yale College in 1977 and received her law degree from Harvard Law School in 1980. She has served as lead counsel to the Arizona Hospital and Healthcare Association, and is a former president of the American Health Lawyers Association. Schermer currently serves on the Flinn Foundation's Translational Research Project Advisory Committee.

The UA College of Medicine plans to begin a national search for a permanent vice dean soon. The downtown campus opening is targeted for July 2006, with the first class of 24 first-year students beginning in July 2007. Once up and running, the campus could graduate as many as 150 physicians per year.