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Evidence-based medicine expert named associate dean for MCG/UGA Medical Partnership Campus

Dr. Scott Richardson, an internist and nationally recognized expert in evidence-based medicine, has been named campus associate dean for curriculum for the Medical College of Georgia/University of Georgia Medical Partnership in Athens.

Richardson comes from Wright State University in Dayton, Ohio, where he was a professor of medicine and director of the medical school’s internal medicine clerkship and taught the “Principles of Evidence-Based Clinical Decision Making” course. His research focuses on integrating research evidence to improve clinical practice, identifying clinicians’ medical knowledge needs, medical education and continuing professional

“Dr. Richardson’s working knowledge of evidence-based practice and medical school curriculum will be invaluable as we work through this important time of transition,” said Dr. Barbara Schuster, campus dean.

“I am excited to be part of this dynamic partnership,” Richardson said. “I see the Athens and Augusta campuses as two seeds from the same tree-they share the same heritage even if they grow differently. I’m looking forward to the challenge of figuring out how to take Augusta’s successes in medical education and adapt them for Athens.”

For example, he said, smaller class sizes could lead to more use of small group learning and fewer lectures.

Richardson is co-author of Evidence-Based Medicine: How to Practice and Teach EBM, a book widely used by academic physicians across the country. He is a member of the Evidence-Based Medicine Working Group and the Society of General Internal Medicine. He is associate editor of the American College of Physicians Journal Club and has served as deputy editor of the Journal of General Internal Medicine.

Richardson earned a medical degree from Georgetown University and completed a residency in internal medicine at the University of Rochester Medical Center, including a year as chief resident from 1982-83. He completed a Kaiser Fellowship in General Internal Medicine there in 1985.