Aquifer Announces Inaugural Consortium President

May 31, 2022
Dr. Stephen Scott, MD, MPH

After an extensive national search, Aquifer is pleased to announce the appointment of long-standing Aquifer Consortium member, Stephen Scott, MD, MPH, as Aquifer’s inaugural Consortium President, effective July 1, 2022.

In this important new position, Steve will serve as a key member of Aquifer’s executive team and lead all aspects of the Aquifer Consortium’s membership and engagement strategy in support of Aquifer’s non-profit mission, vision and values. A highly collaborative, inclusive and thoughtful leader, Steve will leverage his dedication and passion for Aquifer’s mission, and the unique and vital role of its Consortium and academic partnerships, to successfully lead the Consortium through its next phase of growth, innovation and transformation.

Steve has an extraordinary track record of distinguished leadership and service excellence. He has been a core member of Aquifer since 2007 when he became involved in the initial development and launch of the fmCASES course (now Aquifer Family Medicine) as an original case author and fmCASES editorial board member. As Aquifer evolved, Steve served progressively as a teaching and learning lead, Academic Director for Engagement, and most recently as a member of the Aquifer Strategic Leadership Council. During his tenure as Academic Director for Engagement Steve worked with Dr. Katherine Chretien to lead a team of medical students in The Aquifer Student Engagement: Race and Culture project, which led to a presentation at the AAMC Learn, Serve, Lead Conference, publication of a student-led article in Academic Medicine on guidelines for revising teaching cases to address race and culture issues, and the student-led review and development of recommendations to address race and culture in Aquifer cases.

Currently a Professor in the Department of Medical Education and Advisor to the Dean for Accreditation and Clinical Affiliations at the Texas Christian University School of Medicine, Steve has been instrumental in the development of two emerging medical schools. He arrived at Weill Cornell Medicine in Qatar as they were graduating their first class of medical students and served in a variety of roles, including Assistant Dean of Clinical Curriculum and Assistant Dean of Medical Education, working to enhance the curriculum and foster student success, and Associate Dean of Student Affairs where he loved building academic and career advising and mentoring programs to support learners. In 2018 Steve joined the emerging Texas Christian University School of Medicine, a year and a half before they launched their inaugural class. He served as Chairman of the Department of Medical Education, Director of the Longitudinal Integrated Clerkship, and Senior Associate Dean for Educational Affairs and Accreditation, responsible for leading, developing and delivering the medical education program. Steve proudly shares that TCU School of Medicine will be graduating their first class in May of 2023.

A recurring theme throughout Steve’s career is his deeply-rooted passion for supporting the development of empathy, listening and communication skills in learners, and fostering inclusion and diversity. As Consortium President, he is excited for the opportunity to vitalize and amplify the power and beauty of the Aquifer consortium and extended contributor base. In his own words, “Over the past 15 years, Aquifer has connected me with some of the best educators – and people – I know. I continue to be inspired by their brilliance, sense of purpose, and care for learners. While many have designated professional roles as educators, they often take on and give to this work with a dedication that exceeds any formal recognition, fiscal or otherwise. It’s an honor to walk and work alongside them, and I look forward to serving our educators and learners, both within the consortium and beyond, as we seek to make teaching and learning ever more effective, efficient, and accessible.”

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