Thursday, May 8, 2008
MCS Names Amy Burkert New Assistant Dean for the Health Professions Program and Educational Initiatives
Amy Burkert has been named assistant dean of MCS for the Health Professions Program (HPP) and Educational Initiatives.
Since 1994, under Burkert’s leadership, the HPP has supported and encouraged thousands of students who are interested in medicine, dentistry, veterinary medicine and other health-related professions. Burkert has initiated a variety of opportunities to help students explore their interests, including an off-campus research program for HPP students at the Pittsburgh Tissue Engineering Initiative and clinical applied research opportunities at UPMC. She also developed an HPP interview system with prospective medical, dental and veterinary school candidates to fully prepare students for the real interview.
In addition to her work with HPP, Burkert has been instrumental in the development of a variety of academic programs and classes, including a unified double major in Biological Sciences and Psychology, a minor in Health Care Policy and Management with the Heinz School of Public Policy and Management, and the Science and Humanities Scholars Program. She worked with the MCS Committee on Undergraduate Affairs to develop EUREKA!, an MCS first-year seminar, as well as an interdisciplinary first-year laboratory course. Most recently, Bukert took the lead in creating a new global science course entitled Biotechnology Impacting Ourselves, Society and Sphere.
Burkert is the President of the Northeast Association of Advisors for the Health Professions. She has been awarded the university’s Academic Advising Award and the Julius Ashkin Award from MCS. She holds a B.A. degree in biology from Washington and Jefferson College and a doctorate in biological sciences from Carnegie Mellon.