Jennie Q. Lou, M.D., M.Sc., joined Khalifa University in September 2019 as the Founding Assistant Dean for Medical Education where she helps develop and implement the 4 year medical curriculum at College of Medicine and Health Sciences (CMHS). The CMHS is distinguished as the first four-year, post college M.D. program in the UAE and the first medical school in the capital city of Abu Dhabi. The CMHS follows the model of accredited medical schools in the North America.
Leading the faculty and staff in the Office of Medical Education, Dr. Lou supports the Associate Dean of Academic Affairs in providing oeverall administrative leadership, policy development, and implementation of programs in the areas of curriculum, student assessment and evaluation, and student academic support. She is responsible for providing leadership for the ongoing development and implementation of the college’s medical education program; assuring preparation of the medical school graduates for clinical practice and medical scholarship; and serving as a liaison between the medical school, the clinical affiliate faculty, and the hospitals and educational leadership.
Before joining KU’s CMHS, Dr. Lou was the founding curriculum dean for a new MD school in USA where she contributed significantly to the successful Liaison Committee on Medical Education (LCME) accreditation of the MD program. Dr. Lou was a professor of medicine, biomedical informatics, public health and internal medicine in different medical schools in the USA.
Among her many other contributions in medical education, Dr. Lou founded an innovative biomedical informatics program, one of the premium programs in the US, evidenced by its consistent top 10 ranking in the nation by multiple agencies.
Dr. Lou received her Doctor of Medicine degree from Shanghai Medical College, Fudan University in China, and completed her post-graduate research and clinical training in the fields of biomedical sciences, neuroscience, and rehabilitation science at McMaster University in Canada. In 1999, Dr. Lou participated in the National Institutes of Health’s Human Genome Project and was awarded an epidemiology certificate from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. She has also acquired the fellowship from the American College of Epidemiology.
Dr. Lou has extensive bench and clinical research experiences. Throughout her career, she has established a solid track record securing external research funding and being published in scholarly publications. She has served as an editor and editorial review board member for many peer-reviewed journals and is a scientist reviewer for Patient-Centered Outcomes Research Institute (PCORI) and the Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA).