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Eric Wallen, MD, FACS, professor and vice chair of education in the UNC Department of Urology, has been elected chair of the ACGME Review Committee for Urology, effective July 1.

The Department of Urology extends its heartfelt congratulations to Dr. Eric Wallen on his recent election to Chair of the Accreditation Council of Graduate Medical Education (ACGME) Review Committee for Urology effective July 1st, 2020.

Dr. Wallen first started serving as a Review Committee Member in 2017 and his appointment as Chair of this committee only further highlights his devotion to advancing urology graduate medical education.

In addition to his appointment to the Review Committee for Urology, Dr. Wallen also served on the ACGME Milestones 2.0 project which focused on designing and updating the metrics for assessing urology residents as they progress during their training. The new milestones go into effect on July 1, 2020. Dr. Wallen was also elected to serve on the American Urological Association (AUA) Education Council.

A longstanding passionate advocate for resident education and professional development, Dr. Wallen received the AUA’s Teacher of the Year award in 2012, which recognizes outstanding urology educators who have dedicated a portion of their career to teaching residents and advancing urology graduate medical education. Wallen serves as Residency Program Director and Vice-Chair for Education in the Department of Urology at UNC.

“Dr. Wallen is an exemplary teacher, mentor and advocate for innovation and improvement in our approach to education,” said Matthew Nielsen, Interim Chair of Urology. “Our own department has benefited immeasurably from his leadership, and we are proud to have his vision driving enhancements in urology education on the national level.”