Wednesday, June 18, 2014

Salazar Named to National Board of Medical Examiners

AUGUSTA, GA (PR) – Dr. William H. Salazar, internist and psychiatrist at the Medical College of Georgia at Georgia Regents University, has been appointed to the new National Board of Medical Examiners Communications Task Force.

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The 12-member task force will help develop methods for assessing future physicians’ communication and interpersonal skills and professionalism for the United States Medical Licensing Examination, or USMLE, and the NBME.

Salazar has received a concurrent appointment to the USMLE 2014 Test Material Development Committee.

A recent comprehensive review of the three-step physician licensing exam has shown competencies in communication, interpersonal skills, and professionalism are underrepresented on USMLE Step 2, typically taken during the senior year of medical school, and Step 3, typically taken during residency.  The NBME Communications Task Force will meet for the first time in June, twice in 2015, and may become a permanent committee.

Salazar is a National Facilitator for Faculty Development for the American Academy on Health Care Communications. From 2001-11, he helped the American Board of Internal Medicine develop Communication Skills Modules. He has served previous terms as a member of the NBME Behavioral Sciences Test Committee and USMLE Step 1 Behavioral Sciences Test Material Development Committee.

Salazar is a member of the Society of General Internal Medicine’s Committee of Medicine and Psychiatry Interest Group, Doctors of Color, Diversity Interest Group, Committee for Psychosocial and Behavioral Medicine, and Medical Humanities and Ethics Workshop Selection Committees. He is President of the Asociacion Latina de Servicios of the Central Savannah River Area and Medical Director of Clinica Latina, a free primary- and acute-care clinic.
He earned his medical degree from the Universidad Nacional de Colombia and completed an internal medicine residency at St. Mary’s Hospital, an affiliate of the University of Rochester in New York. He completed psychiatry training at New York University Medical Center/Bellevue Medical Center in New York where he also completed a fellowship in general medicine with an emphasis in adult education and psychosocial medicine. He was also a Research Fellow in the Department of Psychiatry of Manhattan Veterans Affairs Medical Center in New York.

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