Diachun appointed acting associate dean for educational affairs

Carol Ann Diachun, MD, MSEd, a University of Florida professor of anesthesiology, has been appointed acting associate dean for educational affairs for the UF College of Medicine – Jacksonville. In addition to her new appointment, she will continue to serve as associate chair for education and director of faculty development for the department of anesthesiology, as well as program director of the anesthesiology residency program.

In the associate dean role, Diachun will help provide oversight of the accreditation process for the college’s residency and fellowship programs. In addition, she will oversee the college’s quality and safety learning initiatives and serve as an educational liaison to UF Health Jacksonville’s Center for Healthy Minds and Practice and Employee Wellness offices.

"I am very excited that Dr. Diachun has agreed to serve as acting associate dean for educational affairs,” said Elisa Zenni, MD, the college’s interim senior associate dean for educational affairs. “Given her extensive experience as a residency program director and her national involvement in advancing medical education, I am confident that she will be a tremendous asset to our training programs."

Diachun completed her undergraduate studies in health sciences at the State University of New York at Buffalo, medical school at Stanford University and anesthesia residency at the University of Pennsylvania and Stanford University. She pursued additional education training as the Lowell A. Glasgow Dean’s Teaching Fellow and completed a master of science in health professions education from the University of Rochester. After 14 years as chief of vascular anesthesia and associate program director at the University of Rochester, she was recruited to UF in 2014.

Diachun has been involved in anesthesia education at the national level through numerous presentations in the Society for Education in Anesthesia, or SEA, and the American Society of Anesthesiology. She served as chair of the SEA Educational Meetings Committee, has been program director for three SEA national meetings and currently serves as secretary of the society. Diachun also served as an invited education study section grant reviewer for the Foundation for Anesthesia Education and Research. She helped to establish and continues to serve on the editorial board for Anesthesia Toolbox, a collaborative effort by 90 anesthesia programs to design and implement an international online anesthesia residency curriculum. In 2020, Diachun was recognized for her contributions to medical education by the UF College of Medicine when she was inducted into the Society of Teaching Scholars.

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