Ashley Bean, M.D., an associate professor in the College of Medicine Department of Emergency Medicine at the University of Arkansas for Medical Science (UAMS) has received the Amin Kazzi International Emergency Medicine Leadership Award from the American Academy of Emergency Medicine. The annual award was presented at the 24th Annual AAEM Scientific Assembly in San Diego, California, in early April.
The award, established in 2001, recognizes an individual who has made an exceptional, longstanding and profound contribution to the international development of emergency medicine or advancing education of it. The award is named in honor of Amin Antoine Nabih Kazzi, M.D., who has played an exceptional leadership role in the specialty’s efforts internationally.
UAMS is the state’s only health sciences university, with colleges of Medicine, Nursing, Pharmacy, Health Professions and Public Health; a graduate school; hospital; northwest Arkansas regional campus; statewide network of regional centers; and seven institutes: the Winthrop P. Rockefeller Cancer Institute, Jackson T. Stephens Spine & Neurosciences Institute, Myeloma Institute, Harvey & Bernice Jones Eye Institute, Psychiatric Research Institute, Donald W. Reynolds Institute on Aging and Translational Research Institute.
It is the only adult Level 1 trauma center in the state. UAMS has 2,834 students, 822 medical residents and six dental residents. It is the state’s largest public employer with more than 10,000 employees, including 1,200 physicians who provide care to patients at UAMS, its regional campuses throughout the state, Arkansas Children’s Hospital, the VA Medical Center and Baptist Health.
Bean, who graduated from Hendrix College and attended graduate school at Brown University before returning to Arkansas to complete medical school, was recognized for her outstanding dedication to global education and improving the quality of emergency and acute care globally for more than a decade. She has presented more than 75 lectures and workshops spanning five continents and has served on the scientific committee or as conference co-chair in several countries. She serves as chair of the AAEM International Committee.
“I am incredibly honored to be selected by the American Academy of Emergency Medicine for this prestigious award,” said Bean, director of the global health and international EM resident tract. The office provides an interprofessional connection for the medically related colleges at UAMS, and its global health accreditation committee.
“Several members including Joe Lex, Terry Mulligan, Haywood Hall and Lisa Moreno-Walton nurtured my interest in international emergency medicine and were instrumental in creating opportunities for my growth in the field,” said Bean. “I consider receiving this recognition by my mentors and peers to be the highest possible compliment.”