Zehle Appointed College of Medicine Associate Dean for Student Affairs
- By Jennifer Nachbur
University of Vermont College of Medicine Dean Frederick C. Morin III, M.D., and Senior Associate Dean for Medical Education William B. Jeffries, Ph.D., have announced the appointment of Christa Zehle, M.D., associate professor of pediatrics and pediatric hospitalist at Fletcher Allen Health Care, as associate dean for student affairs, effective July 1, 2012. Zehle will succeed G. Scott Waterman, M.D., who is retiring from the faculty and will continue in an advisory role to the Office of Medical Student Education for the next year.
A 1999 alumna of the UVM College of Medicine, Zehle joined UVM/Fletcher Allen in 2003 as assistant professor of pediatrics and was promoted to associate professor in 2011. She successfully launched the Pediatric Hospitalist Program at Fletcher Allen, and will continue to have a clinical role at Vermont Children’s Hospital along with her responsibilities as Associate Dean.
Inducted into the Alpha Omega Alpha Honor Medical Society in 2008, Zehle is a sought-after mentor by medical students and residents, and has received numerous awards for teaching. She has been honored twice by residents as Clinical Attending of the Year and was nominated for the award five more times, garnering runner-up honors in her first year at UVM/Fletcher Allen. Recently, she was also runner up for the Clinical Attending of the Year selected by medical students. Zehle has served as a small group leader for medical students across the Vermont Integrated Curriculum, including in the Medical Student Leadership Groups (now Professionalism, Communication and Reflection) and Attacks and Defenses. She has also been a physician mentor for the Public Health Projects, the UVM Pre-medical Enhancement Program, the AHEC MedQuest program and Community Rounds.
A full member of the Admissions Committee since 2007, Zehle is co-director for the Pediatric Student Interest Group, advising medical students who have matched in or have an interest in pediatrics. She also formally advises a number of senior medical students pursuing a career in pediatrics or other specialties, as well as pediatric interns, and informally advises the 18 pediatrics residents. At Vermont Children’s Hospital, she serves on the Residency Education Committee, the Integrated Quality Program Committee and is a member of the Fletcher Allen Child Abuse Task Force.
After earning a B.S. in neuroscience from Trinity College in Hartford, Ct., and a medical degree here at UVM, Zehle completed a residency in pediatrics at the University of Rochester (N.Y.) and served as chief resident prior to joining UVM/Fletcher Allen. She is a fellow of the American Academy of Pediatrics, a member of the Vermont Chapter of Academic Pediatric Association (APA), and was honored as an APA Educational Scholar in 2009, receiving a grant to pursue a scholarly project in medical education.