Dr. Dan Hunt’s medical school accreditation knowledge is only exceeded by his experience in designing innovative medical education programs.
While serving for nine years in the Co-Secretary role for the Liaison Committee on Medical Education (LCME), he visited and advised the large majority of the now close to 30 new medical schools created in the past 15 years.
Before that and immediately after, he was the founding academic dean for two of these new schools, one in Canada and one in the United States. Both of these new schools enjoy innovative curriculum and have achieved accreditation with the LCME. His most recent school, the New York University Long Island School of Medicine, was the first school that will graduate all students in three years. Before overseeing the LCME, his work at the Northern Ontario School of Medicine created the most community-engaged school in the U.S. and Canada.
Over the past 20 years, he has worked in 12 countries assisting in the creation or improvement of their medical education accreditation systems. He has been involved in over 45 accreditation visits to medical schools in the United States, Canada, and Saudi Arabia. These experiences contribute to his understanding of how to design innovative educational programs that build upon accreditation requirements.
Earning his medical degree from Cornell University Medical College, he then completed a psychiatry residency at the University of Pennsylvania. While serving as chief resident, he was a Robert Wood Johnson Clinical Scholar and earned a master’s degree in business administration from the Wharton School of Business.
After his residency training, Hunt joined the faculty at the University of Washington School of Medicine (UWSOM), where he achieved the rank of tenured professor. For 17 of his 27 years at UWSOM, he was the Associate Dean for Academic Affairs. He oversaw the five-state medical education consortium known as “WWAMI” that serves Washington, Wyoming, Alaska, Montana, and Idaho for physician training. While there, he was the founding Principal Investigator for the Native American Center of Excellence and the Robert Wood Johnson Minority Medical Education Program and was Principal Investigator for over 14 million dollars in grants designed to increase underrepresented minorities in medicine.
Hunt has over 50 peer-reviewed publications in topics of medical education, accreditation, and psychiatry. He is co-editor of the book describing the creation of the Northern Ontario School of Medicine and a co-editor with Ronald Harden and John Dent for the fifth and sixth editions of A Practical Guide for Medical Teachers.
Hunt is a member of the Alpha Omega Alpha honorary society and was awarded the “Golden Apple” award for teaching by UWSOM physician assistance students and was honored with the Margaret B. Anderson Award for showing “exceptional concern for, and support of, medical students,” by a UWSOM graduating class. In 2015, he was honored with the inaugural Distinguished Service Award from the Association of American Medical Colleges’ Group on Regional Medical Campuses.