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William R Galey


William (Bill) Galey is Director of Graduate and Medical Education Programs at Howard Hughes Medical Institute. As such he is responsible for all of HHMI's programs to enhance graduate biomedical science education and scientific training of medical trainees. Bill directs efforts to enhance the development of future physician-scientists through the HHMI Research Fellowships for Medical Students Program, and HHMI's Physician Scientist Early Career Award Program. He was intimately involved in conceiving and developing the HHMI-AAMC partnership known as Scientific Foundations of Future Physicians which focused on defining the scientific competencies needed by graduating physicians. Recently Bill's group developed a program to support exceptionally talented foreign students pursuing biomedically-related Ph.D. degrees at US institutions through a program known as HHMI International Student Research Fellowships. During his tenure at HHMI the institute has created two programs known as the Interfaces Initiative and the Med into Grad Initiative to enhance the training of Ph.Ds. at the border between biological sciences and physical sciences and biology and medicine respectively.

Dr Galey, holds a PhD from the University of Oregon Medical School, and was a fellow of Harvard University. After a period in the pharmaceutical industry, he joined the University of New Mexico School of Medicine where he conducted research in cellular and gastrointestinal physiology; taught physiology to medical, graduate and allied health students; and held various administrative positions including Associate Dean for Graduate Studies and Interim Dean for Research before retiring in 2002 to take his current position.

As an educator Bill has been involved in the development and dissemination of problem-based learning in medical education, the use of inquiry-based learning by primary and secondary school teachers and has directed PhD and MD/PhD programs in the biomedical sciences. He has also been active in professional organizations to improve science education and has been associated with IAMSE activities for many years.



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