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UCR Alum to Speak on Medical Education

UCR Alumnus to Speak on Patient-Centered Approach to Medical Education

In free lecture at UCR, Perry Pugno will address campus’s opportunity to design medical curriculum

(May 8, 2006)

Perry Pugno, an alumnus of UCR and director of the Division of Medical Education of the American Academy of Family Physicians, is the seventh speaker in

Perry Pugno, an alumnus of UCR and director of the Division of Medical Education of the American Academy of Family Physicians, is the seventh speaker in "The Design of New Medical Schools in the 21st Century" seminar series. He will speak at UCR on May 15.

RIVERSIDE, Calif. — UC Riverside alumnus Perry Pugno, director of the Division of Medical Education of the American Academy of Family Physicians, will give a lecture at UC Riverside that focuses on the diversity of forces impacting the current state-of-the-art in medical education.

The lecture by Pugno, M.D., M.P.H., C.E., entitled “Medical education for the 21st century - an evidence-based, patient-centered approach,” is scheduled for 5:30 p.m., Monday, May 15, in room E, UC Riverside Extension, 1200 University Avenue, Riverside, Calif. The presentation is free and open to the public, with seating available on a first-come basis.

“Using an evidence-based approach, can the education of physicians be ‘re-tooled’ to better address what patients want and need from those who will care for them in the future?” Dr. Pugno said. “The answer is yes, but only if we have the courage to take a patient-centered approach to curriculum design. UCR may be the perfect opportunity to do just that.”

A UC Riverside School of Medicine, if approved, would help serve a medically underserved region in California and increase the number of physicians in the state. It will be the first research-based medical school in California in 40 years and the first new public medical school in the western United States this century.

Already, the campus has faculty conducting research in health-related fields, with additional faculty positions in health/biomedical research committed by 2010; furthermore, the UCR/UCLA Thomas Haider Program in Biomedical Sciences provides the first two years of medical school.

Physicians attending Dr. Pugno’s lecture may report one hour of Category 1 credit toward the California Medical Association's Certificate in Continuing Medical Education and the American Medical Association's Physician's Recognition Award. Through the UCR/UCLA Thomas Haider Program in Biomedical Sciences and UC Riverside Extension, UCR provides CMA-accredited continuing medical education to physicians through seminars, conferences and courses.

Nurses attending the lecture may receive California Board of Registered Nursing continuing education credit. The presentation is approved for BRN continuing education credit for one contact hour.

Dr. Pugno’s lecture is presented by UCR’s Health Sciences Initiative under the banner “The Design of New Medical Schools in the 21st Century.” For additional information on the lecture, please call Eppi Azzaretto at 951-827-4334 or email For information on other speakers in the seminar series, visit

More on Perry Pugno:
Dr. Pugno grew up in the Inland Empire of Southern California. A 1970 graduate of the UCR and a 1974 graduate of the University of California at Davis School of Medicine, Dr. Pugno completed his UCLA-affiliated family medicine residency at Ventura General Hospital. Following a tour of duty with the National Health Service Corps in Barstow, Calif., he entered the sphere of graduate medical education as a residency director, and has accumulated more than 20 years of experience in that role. He has worked in programs from California to Connecticut, including public, private and university-sponsored settings.

He is board-certified in both family practice and emergency medicine, and has added experience as the director of a trauma center, hospital chief medical officer, public health officer, and medical director of a health plan. His M.P.H. from Loma Linda University is in multidisciplinary educational administration.

He has served as president of the Association of Family Medicine Residency Directors, president of the University of California Medical Alumni Association, chair of the ACGME Residency Review Committee for Family Medicine, and is the founding chair of the National Institute for Program Director Development. His recent experience in corporate physician leadership and managed care was as the vice-president for Graduate Medical Education and Medical Affairs with Mercy Healthcare Sacramento, a division of Catholic Healthcare West.

Currently, as director of the Division of Medical Education for the American Academy of Family Physicians, Dr. Pugno is responsible for AAFP initiatives related to medical school and residency education, including supervision of the Residency Assistance Program consulting panel and providing staff support for Academy workforce policy and legislative advocacy.

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