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Dr. Errol D. Crook chairs the Department of Medicine and is the Abraham Mitchell Endowed Chair and Professor of Medicine at the University of South Alabama College of Medicine in Mobile. He recently moved to the University of South Alabama from Wayne State University School of Medicine.
Crook received his medical degree from the Columbia College of Physicians and Surgeons in New York and completed his subsequent training in internal medicine and nephrology at the University of Alabama at Birmingham. He joined the faculty of the University of Mississippi Medical Center as an assistant professor and was appointed associate professor prior to joining Wayne State University.
He is a member of the American Federation of Medical Research (AFMR), where he served as president from 2003 until this year.
JIM: You have recently relocated to the University of South Alabama (USA) College of Medicine after 4 years as a faculty member in the Internal Medicine Department at Wayne State University. You are moving from a position as acting chairman at Wayne State to head of the Department of Internal Medicine at USA. What opportunities and challenges did you encounter during your time at Wayne State, and what challenges await you at USA?
Dr. Crook: The similarities between Wayne State University School of Medicine and the University of South Alabama College of Medicine are many. At first glance, one would tend to look at the differences in both institutions, such as size, maturity of established programs, institutional infrastructure, numbers of centers and institutes, and operation of the clinical enterprise. However, when one examines the core missions of each institution and their partners in fulfilling these missions, there are many more similarities than there are differences. Both institutions serve a very important role in their community of providing a “safety net” …
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