Bertsch Appointed Associate Dean for Clinical Education
- By Carole L. Whitaker
University of Vermont (UVM) College of Medicine Dean Frederick C. Morin III, M.D., has announced the appointment of Tania Bertsch, M.D., associate professor of medicine, as associate dean for clinical education in the Office of Medical Student Education. In this role, Bertsch will provide supervision of the clinical training program for medical students across the four years of the Vermont Integrated Curriculum (VIC), as well as leadership for the UVM College of Medicine’s clinical training sites in Connecticut, Florida and Maine.
After earning her medical from Michigan State University and completing a residency in Internal Medicine at St. Joseph Mercy Hospital in Ann Arbor, Bertsch joined UVM/Fletcher Allen in 1988 in primary care internal medicine. Since then, along with caring for patients at Given Health Care Center in Essex, she has been actively engaged in the education of our students and the development of our nationally-recognized curriculum. She has published and presented widely on medical education and received grant funding to incorporate palliative care teaching for medical students.
Bertsch served as the Internal Medicine clerkship director for 19 years, and added the responsibilities of director of the Clinical Clerkship level of the VIC in 2000, and was appointed director of clinical education and assessment in 2008. She has also served the College as chair of the Fitness Committee since 1996. In recognition of her achievements as a caring clinician, teacher and role model, she received the College’s Humanism in Medicine award in 2000, and was the national nominee from Vermont in 2006. She has also been the councilor of the Vermont Chapter of the Gold Honor Society since 2004.
Over the last two years, Bertsch has been integral to the UVM College of Medicine’s efforts to reorganize the Clinical Clerkship year for our students at our primary teaching hospital partner Fletcher Allen, and in developing corresponding clerkship programs for our students rotating at clinical sites outside Vermont. As a result, successful clerkship rotations were established in 2011 at Danbury Hospital in Conn., St. Mary’s Medical Center in West Palm Beach, Fla., and Eastern Maine Medical Center in Bangor.
In her new position, Bertsch will continue to supervise the administration of clerkship training at all sites and lead the regular evaluation and iterative improvement of the clinical curriculum. She will also have responsibility for working closely with the Western Connecticut Health Network as the College explores the possibility of adding the organization as a branch campus.