Mary Klingensmith, MD, the Mary Culver Distinguished Professor and vice chair for education in the Department of Surgery at Washington University School of Medicine, was installed as president of the Association for Surgical Education (ASE) at the organization’s annual meeting April 23-25 in Seattle.
KIingensmith has served as vice chair for education since 2011 and was program director of the general surgery residency from 2001-12. She is vice president and chair of the planning committee for the Surgical Council on Resident Education (SCORE), a consortium of six organizations with responsibility for resident education in surgery and a goal of improving surgical training. Klingensmith also is a director of the American Board of Surgery and of the American Board of Thoracic Surgery.
Klingensmith was awarded an ASE Outstanding Teacher Award in 2005 and an Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Education (ACGME) Parker J. Palmer Courage to Teach Award in 2012.
The ASE, formed in 1980, has 850 members who represent more than 190 medical schools and institutions throughout the United States and Canada. Its mission is to promote, recognize and reward excellence, innovation and scholarship in surgical education.