Elections will be held at the Annual Meeting of the House of Delegates on June 14, 2022.

Officers and four councils are elected by the American Medical Association House of Delegates (HOD) at the Annual Meeting. The elections are by secret ballot and are conducted under the supervision of the Committee on Rules and Credentials and the chief teller, who are appointed by the speaker and vice speaker, who are responsible for overall administration of the elections.

Daniel L. Dent, MD, FACS




Daniel L. Dent, MD, FACS, recognizes that medical education is not a point in time; rather, medical education reflects progression across medical school, residency and practice so that every physician can realize the fullest potential to help patients. His perspective has been shaped by frontline experiences at UT Health San Antonio (UTHSA), where he has received 12 teaching awards and national leadership positions across specialties. He is professor of surgery and medical education, department vice chair for education and director of competency assessment for the surgical specialties at UTHSA. He has been a surgical residency program director, president of the Association of Program Directors in Surgery (APDS) and member of our AMA’s Reference Committee C (N-21).  

Further, he has served on the ACS Board of Governors as education pillar lead, secretary and vice chair. Last year, he was a panelist for two AMA Ambassador events on preparing for the match and the match interview. Currently, he is an Executive Committee member of the Organization of Program Director Associations and a councilor of the American Board of Surgery where he was recently selected to be the next chair of the General Surgery Board.

Daniel L. Dent, MD, teaching

Dr. Dent is an active clinician who takes a full complement of in-house trauma call. Dr. Dent understands needs across the lifecycle of medical education, such as medical student loan debt, balance between resident education and service, and relevant continuing professional education. He also knows that our profession has opportunities for improvement in diversity, equity and inclusion (DEI): He has worked as an ally for those underrepresented in medicine and initiated the DEI Committee in APDS.

He is one of three diversity champions selected by APDS to participate in the ACGME/CMSS “Diversity Matters” program. He is an active researcher in medical education and contributing author to the ACS “Optimal Resources for Surgical Education and Training” textbook, and has published over 20 original medical education papers.

Daniel L. Dent, MD, award recipient

“As I have worked to improve the medical education experience for students, residents, and colleagues, I have recognized the need to address issues common to all specialties. I want to continue our AMA’s work toward a sustainable medical education system, to include innovation in medical education curricula, a viable physician workforce, and training for physician-led team-based care. Looking forward, we have opportunities to address the financing of medical education and reduce burdensome education requirements for practicing physicians. I am committed to giving our AMA members diverse voices in the leadership of Boards and Residency Review Committees. I ask for your vote so that, together, we can shape the future of medical education that achieves the best patient outcomes while enhancing professional well-being.”

Daniel L. Dent, MD, advocate
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