The UGA Premedical Studies Program is implementing changes beginning with the hiring of an interim director.
The changes have been initiated following the departure of former director Alan Langford, who, after developing a strong foundation for the program for the past 16 years, has returned to teaching in the College of Pharmacy.
Joe Crim, former UGA associate vice president for instruction and former department head of cellular biology, will lead the Premedical Studies Program during the fall term. Crim is currently professor emeritus in cellular biology.
As interim director, Crim will assist staff of the Premedical Studies Program to guide undergraduates in establishing a robust academic portfolio competitive with the applicant pool. Crim also will serve as a liaison with other stakeholders whose mission is to foster the progress of students towards matriculation into medical school.
“Dr. Crim brings a deep well of knowledge and experience and will help identify areas of improvement to align our Premedical Studies Program with other top programs nationally,” said Ronald Cervero, associate vice president for instruction.
While a search for a permanent director is being conducted, the Office of the Vice President for Instruction is consulting with the National Association of Advisors for the Health Professions and with other large universities to identify ways to strengthen the Premedical Studies Program.