News : 2016 : April

Alumni Spotlight: Amar R. Deshpande, M.D. ’02

1) Please tell us a little about your educational history with the University of Miami.

I am actually a quintuple ‘Cane. I did my undergraduate degree, medical school, residency, and fellowship here and am now a member of the faculty.

2) As a former resident, how important do you think residency programs are to UM/JMH?

We need to do a better job of making residents and fellows feel more a part of the UM family. The training programs are an integral component of the clinical care and education we provide, as well as the scholarly work we pursue.

3) Your thoughts on serving as the faculty medical advisor for the Mitchell Wolfson Sr. Department of Community Service (DOCS)?

I was honored to follow in Dr. Mark O’Connell’s footsteps as faculty advisor for DOCS. Giving back to the underserved sector of our community has been very important to me since my time as a medical student, and UM has indeed fostered that attitude. Though very big shoes to fill, I am enjoying the opportunity to augment my contribution to this wonderfully philanthropic aspect of our medical school.

4) You are also Assistant Dean for Medical Education and Competency Assessment. Please tell us a little about your goals serving in that post.

As I worked in the educational trenches with pre-clerkship and clerkship medical students, residents, and subspecialty fellows, it became clear to me that the way we in medicine evaluate our students and trainees is far less structured than in other fields with an artificial fragmentation of education between medical school and residency. I very much appreciate that Dr. Laurence B. Gardner, the Executive Dean for Education and Policy at the Miller School of Medicine, has afforded me the opportunity to implement some of the strategies I hope will allow us to better assess our learners and provide for a smoother transition from medical school to residency.

5) Please tell us about any articles, publications, or awards you’ve received or taken part in.

Most of my clinical care and research is in the field of inflammatory bowel disease (IBD). At our Crohn’s and Colitis Center at the University of Miami, we have a great team that allows us to take care of the most complex cases in the region, pursue research in IBD, which has led to publications in top tier journals, and provides education in IBD to colleagues at the national and international level. I have also been very fortunate to build meaningful relationships with students, residents, and fellows in my roles in education and with DOCS that has led to institutional awards for teaching and mentoring.

6) Your thoughts on how well the MSOM prepared you for a medical career?

UM provided a tremendous foundation for my current career in patient care, education, scholarly work, and commitment to service to our community. Moreover, I marvel at the incredible positions and accomplishments nationwide of my classmates and contemporaries that are certainly ground in large part in the preparation we received in medical school.

7) What do you like to do in your spare time?

I love anything related to sports. With each passing year, the ratio of watching sports to playing sports gets closer to infinity.