There will be a symposium on Tuesday, October 9, 2012 to honor the life and work of DR. JAMES FINDLAY WALLACE, who was director of our Internal Medicine Residency Program for 30 years. The symposium, “The Findlay Wallace Symposium: The Future of Graduate Medical Education” will be held from 1-5pm, in the Hogness Auditorium, with a reception to follow in the lobby. Moderated by Dr. William Bremner, Chair of the Department of Medicine, speakers include Dr. Paul Ramsey, CEO, UW Medicine and dean of the School of Medicine, Dr. Ken Steinberg, Internal Medicine Residency program director, Dr. Henry Schultz, professor, Mayo Clinic and former chair of the Internal Medicine Residency Review Committee, Dr. Eric Holmboe, CMO and senior vice president, American Board of Internal Medicine, Dr. Laurence Altman, medical columnist for the New York Times, and Dr. Findlay Wallace. The symposium will also discuss the future of residency and fellowship training programs at the University of Washington and nationally, the ACGME’s New Accreditations System (NAS), and the WWAMI program.
Dr. Wallace has had a distinguished career at the University of Washington. Trained in infectious diseases, he joined the Department of Medicine faculty in 1968 as an assistant professor in the division of Allergy and Infectious Diseases. In 1970, his focus shifted to internal medicine and he became the founding head of the division of Ambulatory Medicine, which became the division of General Internal Medicine in 1986. He also played a crucial role in the development of the clinical phase of the WWAMI program at the UW.
Dr. Wallace’s contributions to the UW include serving as assistant and associate physician-in-chief of UWMC for 35 years, chairing the Department of Medicine Appointments and Promotions committee for 25 years, the Intern Selection committee for 35 years, and serving as department coordinator of the WWAMI program for 23 years. He received numerous honors including being listed in The Best Doctors in America every year from 1993-2010. He was elected to Mastership, American College of Physicians, in 2001 and received a Laureate Award from the Washington State Chapter of the ACP in 2005. Nationally, he was very involved with the Association of Program Directors in Internal Medicine (1977-2007), and served as chief proctor, certifying and subspecialty examinations, for the American Board of Internal Medicine from 1975-1998.
Of his many accomplishments, Dr. Wallace is best known for his work with the residency program. Himself a former UW resident and chief medical resident, he served as director of the Medicine Residency Program from 1977 to 2007, leading the program to national prominence. During that time the number of women and underrepresented minorities in the program nearly doubled. The UW residency program under Dr. Wallace was also one of the first to offer both traditional and primary care tracks. The program is still thriving today, with record numbers of high caliber applicants.
Dr. Wallace stepped down as residency director in 2007 but continued his work assisting with the resident application, interview, and selection process. He was appointed emeritus professor in 2010. Please save the date to join us in celebrating Dr. Wallace’s long-standing and exceptional contributions to the Department of Medicine, School of Medicine, and the University.