Haist named Associate Dean for UK College of Medicine-Northern Kentucky Campus

On April 3, the UK College of Medicine announced that Steven A. Haist, MD, will rejoin the college to serve as associate dean for the Northern Kentucky Campus. With his strong leadership, focus on education, and passion to serve the Commonwealth of Kentucky, he will lead the charge to establish the regional campus in Northern Kentucky.

Dr. Haist is a well-respected national leader in medical school education and curriculum, as well as a UK College of Medicine alumnus. Over the span of two decades, he held multiple educational roles throughout the college, including course director for pre-clinical introduction to clinical medicine courses, clerkship director for a required ambulatory internal medicine third-year clerkship, and internal medicine residency program director. He also developed the college’s standardized patient program to teach to and assess interviewing and physical examination skills of both medical students and residents. The program was at the forefront of assessment using the standardized patient model.

During his tenure at the College of Medicine, he received the William R. Willard Dean’s Recognition Award – the highest honor for lifetime contributions to the college. In 1998, the Southern Society of General Internal Medicine recognized his commitment with the lifetime achievement award for clinician-educators. To demonstrate our gratitude of his work, the college named the Steven A. Haist Outstanding Academic Performance in Internal Medicine in his honor to distinguish the student with the highest achievement in internal medicine each year.

In 2008, his passion for medical education led him to join the National Board of Medical Examiners (NBME). As the Vice-President of Test Development Services he managed the production of USMLE Step1, Step 2CK, and Step 3 examinations as well as over 125 other examinations including sub-specialty certification, maintenance of certification, in-training examinations, and medical school subject tests and self-assessments. Furthermore, he served as one of the three individuals charged with guiding the planning and implementation of the Comprehensive Review of USMLE (CRU).

Through his previous work and service in Flemingsburg, Hazard, Maysville, and Whitesburg, Dr. Haist understands the challenges across the state related to access to high quality health care and supports the college’s mission to educate more physicians in Kentucky for Kentucky.