LCME Recognizes Dr. Reichgott's Contributions to Medical Education

Dr. Michael Reichgott (Einstein class of 1965)
Dr. Michael Reichgott (Einstein class of 1965)

Dr. Michael Reichgott has been awarded the 2014 Liaison Committee on Medical Education (LCME) Distinguished Service Award, which recognizes individuals whose work has a concrete impact on the quality of medical education in North America.

The LCME grants and reviews the accreditation status of medical schools in both the United States and Canada. The accreditation is dependent on a lengthy peer-review process, which requires the efforts of individuals like Dr. Reichgott. The committee established the award in 2012; Dr. Reichgott is its third recipient. His honor was recently celebrated at the LCME Leadership Luncheon and Awards Ceremony, held during the Association of American Medical Colleges annual meeting, which took place in Chicago during the first week of November.

“Mike Reichgott has contributed to medical education in so many ways and this honor recognizes both his leadership and the respect that colleagues from throughout the nation have for the work he has done,” said Dr. Allen M. Spiegel, the Marilyn and Stanley M. Katz Dean at Einstein. “We are proud and pleased for Mike receiving this most-deserved honor.”

As chair of Einstein’s conflict of interest committee and of the Einstein-Montefiore institutional review board, Dr. Reichgott is currently responsible for Conflict of Interest oversight and for Human Subjects Protection at the College of Medicine. He also is professor of medicine.

A 1965 Einstein graduate, he trained in internal medicine at UC San Francisco Medical Center, where he completed a fellowship in clinical pharmacology and earned a doctoral degree in pharmacology. He joined the faculty of the University of Pennsylvania in 1972, conducting clinical research in hypertension and clinical pharmacology.

A founding member of Penn’s Section on General Internal Medicine, Dr. Reichgott became director of ambulatory care and clinical practice programs for the department of internal medicine. In 1980, he was appointed chief of the Section of General Internal Medicine and associate chief of staff for ambulatory care at the Philadelphia VA Med Center.

Dr. Reichgott returned to Einstein in 1984 as medical director of Bronx Municipal Hospital Center. He was appointed as Einstein’s associate dean for students and its first associate dean for graduate medical education in 1989; he transitioned to associate dean for clinical affairs in 1999, while continuing to serve as designated institutional official for Einstein’s ACGME-accredited programs. He was appointed to his current position in 2010. His contributions to medical education at the medical school were recognized the following year when he was awarded Einstein’s Lifetime Achievement Award for Excellence in Teaching.

With regard to his service within the AAMC, Dr. Reichgott was a member of the governing council of the Group on Educational Affairs (GEA), and a founding member of the Section on Resident Education and the Group on Resident Affairs. He also was the organizing chair of the GEA Section on Graduate Medical Education. As an AAMC appointee, he was a founding member of the ACGME Institutional Review Committee from 1996 to 2002, and continues to serve on the ACGME’s Standing Appeals Panel.

His involvement with the American Medical Association (AMA) includes serving as past chair of the governing council of the Section on Medical Schools and as the section’s delegate to the House of Delegates. He also was an AMA appointee to the LCME, where he served as chair of the Subcommittee on Standards from 2005 to 2008, and as co-chair of the LCME from 2008 to 2009. In 2011, Dr. Reichgott was appointed as AMA co-chair of an ad hoc task force established to evaluate the organizational structure and scope of responsibility of the LCME. He now serves on the LCME Council. Since 1997, Dr. Reichgott has participated in 25 LCME survey visits.

Additionally, Dr. Reichgott is past chair of the medical education committee of the Associated Medical Schools of New York (AMSNY), convener of the AMSNY-led Consortium on Medical Workforce and chair of the planning committee for the implementation of a state-wide Institute for Faculty Development. He was appointed to the State Board for Professional Medical Conduct in 2009. In 2011, he was appointed to the State Department of Education Advisory Committee on Long Term Clinical Clerkships.


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