School of Medicine appoints assistant dean for health career pathways

Charles N. Collier, Jr.
Charles N. Collier, Jr.

Jan. 7, 2013 - Charles N. Collier, Jr. has been appointed assistant dean for health career pathways of the Frank H. Netter MD School of Medicine.

Collier is working with several university and community-based partners to establish a pipeline to health professions, supporting the interest and efforts of students from the elementary educational level through the development of a pre-matriculation program for entering medical students. He is also responsible for assisting in the recruitment of students seeking admission to the Frank H. Netter MD School of Medicine.

"I am very pleased to have Charles as a member of the school's leadership team," said Dr. Bruce Koeppen, founding dean of the Frank H. Netter MD School of Medicine. "He brings extensive experience in developing and running pre-professional programs, and is active in national organizations that work toward increasing diversity in the health professions. I cannot think of a better person to lead the school's efforts in this important area."

Collier comes to Quinnipiac from Emory University, where he served as director of pre-professional services. Through Emory University's Career Center, Collier was responsible for the career development and advisement of matriculating pre-health students. He oversaw a credentialing service for those seeking entry into professional programs after graduation. In addition, Collier established and coordinated a program where students had to opportunity to explore and observe health professionals in their day to day roles, resulting in a culture of mentoring.

In October 2012, the Liaison Committee on Medical Education granted preliminary accreditation and Connecticut's State Board of Education approved the Frank H. Netter MD School of Medicine, which is located on Quinnipiac's North Haven Campus.

The medical school, which will open in the Fall of 2013, will train primary care physicians. The school is aiming to become a national model of interprofessional health professions education and improve the way health care is delivered.

The medical school has named St. Vincent's Medical Center of Bridgeport as its primary clinical partner. It also has affiliations with MidState Medical Center of Meriden and Middlesex Hospital of Middletown.