Carol Aschenbrener, M.D., brings new perspectives to medical education through her creative approach to helping professional associations build better strategies and develop more effective medical curricula. A fascination with how things work is an undercurrent in Dr. Carol Aschenbrener's career. It underlies her professional interests and expertise in such areas as curriculum development, program evaluation, epidemiology and treatment of brain tumors, organizational culture, leadership development, and management of change.
Dr. Aschenbrener's executive experience includes nine years in various deans' office positions at The University of Iowa College of Medicine and several years as chancellor of the University of Nebraska Medical Center. As chancellor, she was responsible for four health colleges. She has considerable experience in strategic and capital planning, faculty recruiting, conflict management, leadership development, and general administration.
She has served on a variety of professional and civic boards and governmental task forces and has held elected positions in organized medicine at the state and national level, including chair of the Iowa Medical Society and member of the American Medical Association's Council on Medical Education. She also served on the Liaison Committee on Medical Education, the Accreditation Committee for Continuing Medical Education, the Accreditation Committee for Graduate Medical Education, and the Board of Directors of the Association of Academic Health Centers. In 1995 she served on the Institute of Medicine Task Force on Research in Women's Health, and from 1995 to 1998 she was on the National Institutes of Health's Advisory Committee on Research in Women's Health. In 1999 she was elected to her first two-year term as chair of the National Board of Medical Examiners.
Her numerous honors and awards include an honorary doctor of humanities degree from Clarke College, outstanding alumna awards from the University of North Carolina and the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill School of Medicine, as well as the Association of American Medical Colleges' leadership award for women in academic medicine. Her many academic and professional presentations focus on changes in the health care environment, transformational leadership, conflict management, the implications of generational differences, the relationship of organizational culture to leadership, and the management of change. She has been a member of the faculty for the Association of American Medical Colleges Professional Development Seminars for Women in Academic Medicine since 1987. While chancellor at the University of Nebraska Medical Center, she instituted an in-house leadership development program for faculty and professional managers.
In 1997, Dr. Aschenbrener spent eight months as senior scholar in residence at the Association of Academic Health Centers. She formed her own consulting practice in July 1999, specializing in the design of strategy and development of human resources. Her work for academic health center, higher education, foundation and professional association clients includes strategy development, conflict management, leadership development, change management, and executive coaching. She is also a clinical professor of pathology at the George Washington School of Medicine and Health Sciences.