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Abigail Klemsz and Michael McKenna have been given new educational appointments

Nov. 21, 2013

Abigail Klemsz, M.D., Ph.D.

Abigail Klemsz, M.D., Ph.D.

Abigail Klemsz, M.D., Ph.D., associate professor of clinical pediatrics at the IU School of Medicine, has been named the inaugural Assistant Dean for Academic Advising and Career Mentoring in the Office of Medical Student Affairs by the IU School of Medicine Dean's Office of Educational Affairs.

In this role, Dr. Klemsz will develop, implement and oversee a longitudinal program for academic advising and career mentoring for students across the nine campuses of the IU School of Medicine. This includes designing and implementing professional development activities for faculty selected to serve as advisors and for faculty who will serve as career mentors as well developing programming for all students to assist them in navigating their academic careers. Advisors will serve as advocates for students, monitor the academic progress of their advisees and importantly, promote the academic success and well-being of the students. 

Dr. Klemsz is a clinician at Riley Hospital for Children at IU Health, where she provides care for children as a member of the Section of Developmental Pediatrics and director of the Complex Care Inpatient Service. Her previous service at the IU School of Medicine includes positions as associate program director of the Pediatrics Residency Program, chair of the Teacher Learner Advocacy Committee and editor of Mindfulness in Medicine.

A graduate of the M.D./Ph.D. program at the IU School of Medicine with a doctorate in microbiology and immunology, Dr. Klemsz has served as an advisor and mentor to students since 2005. She is also a graduate of the IU School of Medicine's Executive Leadership in Academic Medicine Program.

Michael McKenna, M.D.

Michael McKenna, M.D.

Michael McKenna, M.D., will join the Office of Medical Student Affairs to serve as the director of career mentoring. Dr. McKenna will work closely with Dr. Klemsz and have the responsibility to work with departments to identify discipline specific career mentors to ensure all students receive effective counseling in navigating the career decision making process and related to graduate medical education and training. He will also help to create sessions for faculty mentors to prepare them for their role in working with students. 

Dr. McKenna is a graduate of IU School of Medicine, where he also completed a pediatric residency. He is a former Chief Resident and currently holds an appointment as an Assistant Professor in the Department of Pediatrics and serves as an Associate Program Director for the pediatric residency program. Dr. McKenna is a general pediatrician and has a scholarly interest in social media and its use in education and practice. He teaches students and residents and has primary responsibility for mentoring chief residents in pediatrics. 

Drs. Klemsz and McKenna will begin their work to design these new programs for students in January 2014. 

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