By Bill Bruton
Published January 6, 2023
John C. Panepinto, PhD, senior associate dean for biomedical education and professor of microbiology and immunology, has been elected to the Association of American Medical Colleges (AAMC) Group on Research, Education and Training (GREAT) Graduate Training Steering Committee.
The three-year post became effective on Oct. 1, 2022.
“I’ll have an opportunity to bring to the AAMC GREAT group current challenges in graduate education and training, engage with the larger graduate education community at medical schools across the U.S., and assure that our own training programs are at the forefront of education, training and the learning environment,” Panepinto says.
Panepinto first engaged with the GREAT group in 2018 when he assumed the role of director of admissions for the PhD Program in Biomedical Sciences at the Jacobs School of Medicine and Biomedical Sciences.
“That engagement was instrumental in bringing holistic admissions to our PhD program. In addition, it was very assuring to connect with people who are facing similar challenges and creating solutions in the graduate education space,” Panepinto says. “It’s a chance for us to bring our successes and our challenges to our peers so that together we can work for positive change in graduate education.”
Panepinto received his doctoral degree in pathobiology and molecular medicine from the University of Cincinnati College of Medicine and completed a postdoctoral fellowship in infectious diseases at the University of Illinois at Chicago. He earned bachelor’s degrees in biochemistry and biology from Virginia Tech.