Deborah Powell



Dr. Powell is dean emerita of the University of Minnesota Medical School and professor in the Department of Laboratory Medicine and Pathology at the University of Minnesota Medical School, where she coordinates the medical school pathology curriculum. At the University of Minnesota, Dr. Powell instituted the medical school's Flexible M.D. program, an individualized model of medical education designed to be more adaptable to students' career and learning goals. Dr. Powell served as chair of the AAMC Board of Directors from 2009-10 and was the first female chair of the AAMC Council of Deans in 2004. She was the AAMC 2013 Abraham Flexner Distinguished Service to Medical Education Award. She is currently working on a pilot study of a new model for training medical students who want to go into pediatrics in a competency-based model that combines UME and GME. It is being tested in four US medical schools including the University of Minnesota currently. Dr. Powell was elected to the Institute of Medicine, now the National Academy of Medicine, in 2000.

Research Summary


  • Powell DE and Carraccio C. Becoming a Physician: Toward Competency-Based Medical Education. N Engl J Med 2018, 378:5-7
    Powell, DE and Wallschlaeger, A Making sense of the milestones: Entrustable professional activities for pathology. Human Pathology (2017) 62, 8-12.
  • Powell, DE: Certification of pathologists-the next step. Hum. Pathology, 37:8, 922, August 2006.
  • Powell, DE: On being a pathologist-full circle. Hum. Pathology, 41:6, 773, June 2010.
  • Powell, DE, Carraccio, C, Aschenbrener, CA: Pediatrics Redesign Project: A Pilot Implementing Competency-Based Education Across the Continuum. Acad. Medicine, 86:11, e13, November 2011.



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