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Executive Updates

Executive Updates
from Dr. Byington

December 2018: IPER and CLRC Leadership


It gives me great pleasure to share with you that Regina Bentley, EdD, RN, CNE, who serves as the assistant vice chancellor for health with a focus on education, for The Texas A&M University System, has assumed additional leadership responsibilities, effective November 1, 2018. Dr. Bentley has now taken on leadership roles for both the Office of Interprofessional Education and Research (IPER) and the Clinical Learning Resource Center (CLRC).

Dr. Bentley's guidance in these new areas of oversight will help broaden our student learning experiences, through collaborative education across health care disciplines and through the continued training of fundamental clinical skills in a controlled, simulated environment. Additionally, as part of her System role, Dr. Bentley will also be a champion for interprofessional education (IPE) statewide.

I appreciate the work of current IPER director, Christine Kaunas, as well as assistant director Kim Zemanek, whose dedication and effort over the last two years has created a culture of collaboration among the health care professions in the Health Science Center. Similarly, I am grateful for the work of Dr. Benny Holland, Laura Livingston and others in our CLRCs across the state. These individuals provide a first-class standardized curriculum and standardized patient program that allows future health care professionals to work with individuals who portray patients from infancy through retirement.

Working together with Dr. Bentley, the future of IPE and the CLRC at the Health Science Center, and across the System, is bright.

Thank you,
Carrie L. Byington, MD