Meet Our Governor-elect
Congratulations to the Oklahoma Chapter Governor-Elect, Michael S. Bronze, MD, FACP. He will do a year of training as a Governor-elect and then will start his four-year term as Governor in the Spring of 2015. As Governor, Dr. Bronze will serve as the official representative of the College for the Oklahoma Chapter, providing a link between members at the local level and leadership at the national level. In the meantime, Dr. Bronze will be working closely with Dr. Baker (the current Governor) and College staff to learn about the College and his duties as Governor. To learn more about Dr. Bronze, feel free to read his bio below.
Michael S. Bronze, MD, FACP
EDUCATION: University of Tennessee Health Sciences, MD-1982
POST DOCTORAL TRAINING: University of Tennessee—IM residency, Chief Resident and ID fellowship (1982-1988)
CERTIFICATION: ABIM—Internal Medicine, 1985; ABIM—ID, 1988
PRESENT POSITION: David Ross Boyd Professor and Chair Department of Medicine, OU Health Sciences Center, OKC. Stewart G. Wolf Endowed Chair in Internal Medicine
ACP ACTIVITIES: Fellowship (2005); Member of Oklahoma Chapter Council since 2000; State Scientific Program Director ~2002
CHAPTER INVOLVEMENT AND LEADERSHIP ACTIVITIES: See above
HOSPITAL/COMMUNITY SERVICE: OU Medical Center—Chief of Medicine since 2000;
OTHER APPOINTMENTS: Professor of Medicine, OU Health Sciences Center; Past-President, Association of Professors of Medicine and current Chair, Board of Directors, Alliance for Academic Internal Medicine; Member CFAS of AAMC.; Member, test writing committees, Step 3 USMLE
AREAS OF PROFESSIONAL INTEREST AND EXPERTISE: Medical Education; Clinical Infectious Diseases; Research interest in bacterial pathogenesis; Hepatitis C virus.
This is an exciting time for medicine and for internal medicine. Many of the areas that we touch daily are in a state of evolution. Most importantly are the changes that will come with health care reform. The ability to offer health coverage to millions of Americans who currently live without coverage may be a significant change agent as medicine evolves focusing on the patient-centered, cost effective, high quality/high value care. This care requires a vibrant, well-trained, and valued primary care physician workforce and I believe that general internal medicine is well situated to lead this endeavor. Over the next few years we have the ability to chart the future for internal medicine training and for careers in internal medicine, both primary care and subspecialty. I believe our strength lies in our commitment to patient centered care, our commitment to be mentors for the next generation of physicians and our ability to practice evidence-based medicine.