Shoumita Dasgupta, PhD, associate professor of medicine, was recently elected president-elect of the Association of Professors of Human and Medical Genetics (APHMG). Dr. Dasgupta, who also serves as assistant dean of admissions, will serve as president-elect from 2018-2020 and president from 2020-2022.
The mission of the APHMG is to advance education in human and medical genetics among medical students, residents, lab directors and providers. During her time in office, Dasgupta hopes to engage inter-professional communities in this mission. “I also hope to further expand the scope of our work in helping to advocate for engaging genomic medicine curricula through projects bridging the National Human Genome Research Institute (NHGRI) and the Association of American Medical Colleges,” said Dr. Dasgupta.
Dr. Dasgupta is the past chair of the Medical Genetics Course Directors Special Interest Group of the APHMG. In this position she directed national initiatives of significance for educators of medical genetics in North America. She is also an affiliate scientist of the American College of Medical Genetics, has implemented educational initiatives at the American Society of Human Genetics’ 2016 international meeting and serves on the National Institutes of Health’s (NIH) Inter-Society Coordinating Committee for Practitioner Education in Genomics and the NHGRI’s Genomic Literacy, Education and Engagement Initiative.
The Association of Professors was incorporated in 1995 to promote human and medical genetics educational programs of human and medical genetics in North American medical and graduate schools.