Virginia U. Collier, MD, MACP, FRCP graduated in 1972 from Sweet Briar College summa cum laude with highest honors in Chemistry. She received her Doctor of Medicine degree from the Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine in 1976, where she was chosen as the outstanding clinician of her graduating class, and she completed her internal medicine residency training and nephrology fellowship at Johns Hopkins Hospital from 1976 – 1980. After 8 years in private practice, in 1989 she joined the staff of the Medical Center of Delaware (now Christiana Care Health System – the 2 hospital 1200 bed tertiary care health care system in Delaware and the largest teaching affiliate of Jefferson Medicine College) as the director of the Fourth Year Medical Student Program. Thereafter, she served as Internal Medicine Residency Program Director from 1991 – 2005, as Vice Chair of Education (responsible for medical student and residency education) from 2005-2006, and as the Hugh R. Sharp, Jr. Chair of Medicine from 2006 until her retirement in 2017. Among her important responsibilities as chair, she was accountable for the quality and safety of the patient care provided by the 400+ general and subspecialty internists in her department and for internal medicine inpatient and outpatient operations and outcomes. She is an Honorary Professor of Medicine at Sidney Kimmel Medical College of Jefferson Medical College and is now Chair Emeritus of the Department.
Dr. Collier devoted a substantial portion of her career to enhancing the education and curricula of medical students and residents. In addition, she conducted regional and national presentations and workshops on mentoring, coaching, and leadership development. Under her leadership, the CCHS residency programs were recognized for their success in accreditation, in recruiting and retaining outstanding residents, and in curricular innovation. Among her numerous national activities, she served for 3 years as an elected member of the Council of the Association of Program Directors in Internal Medicine (APDIM), and in 2002 , she was an inaugural recipient of the ACGME’s Parker J. Palmer “Courage to Teach” Award as one of ten outstanding program directors in the country. She has also received several teaching awards from Jefferson Medical College, including the Leon A. Peris Memorial Award for excellence in clinical teaching and superior patient care. She is a member of the Jefferson Academy of Distinguished Educators.
Dr. Collier was Governor of the Delaware Chapter of the American College of Physicians and completed two 3 year terms on the Board of Regents of the (national) American College of Physicians, the organization which represents over 120,000 internists in the United States. She has also served as an associate editor and editor for several of ACP’s Medical Knowledge Self Assessment Programs (MKSAP) and is the author of numerous articles on medical education.
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