The Elson S. Floyd College of Medicine at Washington State University has added three new administrators.
Ann Poznanski is the college’s new associate dean of curriculum. Ralitsa Akins takes over as associate dean of faculty talent, recognition and enhancement. Dawn Cooper has become the interim assistant dean of medical student scholarship.
Poznanski and Akins both come to WSU from the California Northstate University College of Medicine in Elk Grove, near Sacramento.
In California Ann Poznanski says she helped her medical school develop an innovative curriculum and gain preliminary accreditation. She’s in a similar situation at WSU.
“I was intrigued by the opportunity to join a strong group with a vision to create a curriculum that integrates clinical and basic sciences,” Poznanski said. “I also want to prepare students to be leaders in interprofessional teams of healthcare providers, especially in primary and rural care settings.”
Poznanski enjoys exploring outdoors with her husband and dogs, reading, cooking and music.
Ralitsa Akins says her job will be to help clinical faculty members improve their teaching and to develop ways to recognize them for their accomplishments. She grew up in Bulgaria and worked to reform that nation’s medical education system before coming to the U.S., where she has worked in health sciences positions at several universities.
“It’s a wonderful opportunity to be on the ground floor in creating a new medical school,” Akins said. “Most of all I love working with the people here.”
Akins enjoys being outside, including horseback riding, as well participating in gym classes, training dogs and ballroom dancing.
Dawn Cooper comes from the University of British Columbia’s M.D. undergraduate program, where in addition to teaching histology, pathology and physiology, she also directed a new scholarship course aimed at improving learning opportunities for students. Her role at WSU will be very similar, to develop ways to assess and support medical students’ scholarly work.
She is also a researcher who enjoys finding new ways to integrate foundational scientific knowledge into a clinical context.
“I’m excited to work with people who are so committed to education, collaboration and innovation,” Cooper said.
Cooper is Canadian. She enjoys cycling, hiking and playing ice hockey. She says she looks forward to cross country and downhill skiing now that she lives in Spokane.
“These deans haven’t been with us very long, but they’re already making important contributions to the Elson S. Floyd College of Medicine,” said Founding Dean John Tomkowiak. “I think they all recognize, as I do, how exciting it is to have the opportunity to build a new medical school from the ground up.”