Whether you're a veteran of the Stepping Up to Leadership program, or you're hearing about it for the first time, this is a great time to register! You won't want to miss this: IMQ and the PACE Program at the University of California, San Diego are pleased to welcome keynote speaker Nancy Dickey, MD, family practitioner and the first female president of the American Medical Association.
One of Dr. Dickey's first recommendations as president of the AMA was a proposed patient's bill of rights, not surprising from a physician who spent many years working in family practice medicine, but who also has been deeply involved in redefining and reshaping medical care in the United States. As President and Vice Chancellor for Health Affairs at the Texas A&M Health Science Center, her leadership and commitment to medicine combine with an ability to seek solutions "that fall outside the box."
Growing up on a farm in South Dakota, Nancy Dickey recalled, "I loved science in high school, but the truth is I went into medicine because I like dealing with people. I've delivered over 4000 babies in my career, and that's my greatest thrill."
Dr. Dickey earned her undergraduate degree from Stephen F. Austin State University, and received her M.D., and residency training at the University of Texas Medical School at Houston. She then built and maintained an active family medicine practice and is the past program director of the Family Practice Residency of the Brazos Valley.
Nominated as a Local Legend by Representative John R. Carter (R-TX-31st), Dr. Dickey is known for her commitment to community service and medical leadership. Before her election as president of the AMA, she served as the Chair of the Board of Trustees and headed the AMA's Council on Ethical and Judicial Affairs. She chaired the Texas Medical Association's Patient-Physician Advocacy Committee and is active in both the American and Texas Academy of Family Physicians.
Dr. Dickey is widely published with numerous abstracts, papers, and commentaries, and has appeared before Congress. She was listed in Who's Who in American Colleges and Universities (1975), and is the recipient of numerous citations in The Best Doctors in America and Best Doctors publications. In 2001, she was chosen for membership in the Society for Executive Leadership in Academic Medicine (SELAM). She has received honorary degrees from the University of Massachusetts in Worcester, the Medical College of Pennsylvania, and Florida Atlantic University.