Larrabee to lead WVU Graduate Medical Education

Ferrari to head department and begin term on accreditation body’s board

MORGANTOWN, W.Va. – In anticipation of her July 1 starting date, West Virginia University School of Medicine associate professor and Department of Emergency Medicine residency program director Hollynn Larrabee, M.D., is preparing to assume the duties of the School’s Designated Institutional Official (DIO) and assistant dean for graduate medical education (GME).

In that role, she will be responsible for the training programs that prepare medical school graduates for their chosen medical specialties.

“I am incredibly excited about my new role, especially given the challenges of recent changes in resident and fellow education.  I hope to help our institution by increasing interdepartmental educational tools that will benefit all graduate medical programs,” Larrabee said.
Dr. Larrabee’s new role completes recent efforts to reorganize the School’s Department of Medical Education, vice dean for Education and Academic Affairs and professor and chair of the Department of Medical Education Norman D. Ferrari, M.D., said.

“This is really recognition of Dr. Larrabee’s outstanding leadership abilities and the excellent job she has done leading the emergency medicine residency program,” Dr. Ferrari said. “It’s a natural progression, leading the emergency medicine residency program and chairing our GME committee.”

Since 2004, Ferrari has headed GME, which, along with undergraduate medical education and continuing medical education, comprises the Department of Medical Education. In July, as the national Accreditation Council of Graduate Medical Education (ACGME) implements a new accreditation system, Ferrari begins his term on the accrediting body’s board of directors.

Larrabee, who has served as the assistant DIO under Ferrari since 2011, is an associate professor with dual appointments in the Departments of Emergency Medicine and Medical Education. She earned her medical degree from the University of Pittsburgh in 2001 and subsequently completed an emergency medicine residency at the University of Cincinnati in 2005.

Since her arrival at WVU in 2008, Larrabee has been actively involved in the daily education of medical students, residents, fellows and flight personnel in her roles of vice chair of education and residency program director for Emergency Medicine and as a medical director for HealthNet aeromedical services. Larrabee has received several teaching awards including the Dean’s Award for Excellence in Education and was an inaugural member of the WVU Academy of Excellence in Teaching and Learning in 2009.  

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