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UM SOM Emergency Medicine Physician Dr. Joseph Martinez Appointed Assistant Dean for Clinical Medical Education and Residency Programs Liaison

March 16, 2016 | David Kohn

Joseph P. Martinez, MD

Appointment Strengthens School’s Commitment to Excellent Medical Education

University of Maryland School of Medicine (UM SOM) Senior Associate Dean of Academic Affairs James B. Kaper, PhD, along with Dean E. Albert Reece, MD, PhD, MBA, announced today that Joseph P. Martinez, MD, Associate Professor in the Departments of Emergency Medicine and Internal Medicine, has been appointed Assistant Dean for Clinical Medical Education, and Residency Programs Liaison. In this new capacity, Dr. Martinez will continue with his prior duties, and will also maintain his current title, of Assistant Dean of Student Affairs.

Dr. Martinez received an MD degree from UM SOM, and then completed his combined residency in emergency medicine and internal medicine at the University of Maryland Medical Center (UMMC). He joined the UM SOM faculty after that, in 2003.

“Over his years at Maryland, Dr. Martinez has focused enormous energy and effort on improving the learning environment for our medical students,” said Dean Reece, who is also the vice president for Medical Affairs, University of Maryland, and the John Z. and Akiko K. Bowers Distinguished Professor. “His dedicated work in this area has led to important advancements in how we educate students. I know that in his new expanded role, he will continue to provide innovative leadership that will move our pedagogy forward in exciting ways.”

While Dr. Martinez’s responsibilities as an emergency medicine physician will continue, in his new position, he will be fully engaged in all aspects of the Office of Medical Education, including the Liaison Committee on Medical Education accreditation process. He is also charged with optimizing medical students’ learning environment in all clinical areas. To accomplish this, he will:

  • Work with the UMMC chief medical officer to participate on hospital committees where undergraduate medical education interfaces with broader hospital processes and policies;
  • Help to enhance the quality of the learning environment—including attention to campus safety, access to clinical areas, and shared workspace—for all students who rotate at UMMC;
  • Collaborate with the Designated Institutional Officer and Residency Program Directors to optimize medical students’ learning experiences during clinical rotations; develop innovative approaches to teaching by faculty, fellows, and residents in each department; create or refine an explicit evaluation and feedback tool to evaluate teaching by faculty, fellows, and residents; and develop tools to enhance the students’ future roles as teachers of their patients, families, and peers.

Dr. Martinez has helped develop and edit several books related to teaching in the clinical arena. His clinical research interests include mesenteric ischemia. He has contributed to many peer-reviewed journals including Medical Teacher, Journal of Emergency Medicine, Emergency Medicine Clinics of North America and Medical Clinics of North America.

About the University of Maryland School of Medicine

The University of Maryland School of Medicine was chartered in 1807 and is the first public medical school in the United States and continues today as an innovative leader in accelerating innovation and discovery in medicine. The School of Medicine is the founding school of the University of Maryland and is an integral part of the 11-campus University System of Maryland. Located on the University of Maryland’s Baltimore campus, the School of Medicine works closely with the University of Maryland Medical Center and Medical System to provide a research-intensive, academic and clinically based education. With 43 academic departments, centers and institutes and a faculty of more than 3,000 physicians and research scientists plus more than $400 million in extramural funding, the School is regarded as one of the leading biomedical research institutions in the U.S. with top-tier faculty and programs in cancer, brain science, surgery and transplantation, trauma and emergency medicine, vaccine development and human genomics, among other centers of excellence. The School is not only concerned with the health of the citizens of Maryland and the nation, but also has a global presence, with research and treatment facilities in more than 35 countries around the world.


David Kohn
Director of Medicine and Science Communications
University of Maryland School of Medicine
Office of Public Affairs
(410) 706-7590

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