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Pamela Derstine, PhD, MHPE

Dr. Derstine joined the ACGME in 2005 and is the Executive Director for the Review Committees for Colon and Rectal Surgery, Neurological Surgery, Orthopaedic Surgery, and Otolaryngology. She previously served as Executive Director for the Review Committees for Medical Genetics and Psychiatry, and as a Senior Project Manager in the Department of Accreditation Committees (now the Department of Accreditation Services) and in the former Department of Education and Research. Prior to joining the ACGME, Dr. Derstine was director of curriculum and faculty development at Loyola University Medical Center, and a researcher at the University of Chicago, Argonne National Laboratory, and Loyola University Medical Center. Her past experience also includes two years as an ASCP-certified medical technologist. She was the ACGME Portfolio Director between April 2007 and June 2009, and Chair of the Requirements Development Committee between 2009 and 2011. She is the staff author of the Program Director Guide to the Common Program Requirements, developed the Review Committee Citation Resource for the Common Program Requirements, Citation Glossaries for all core specialty Program Requirements, and developed the Notable Practices resource. Dr. Derstine earned an MHPE from the University of Illinois Chicago with a research project to assess the measurement characteristics of a multi-program online evaluation system. She earned her PhD in molecular genetics from Northwestern University and her BS in medical technology from Northern Illinois University.

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