Paul Mazmanian, PhD
The award is named for Dr. Paul Mazmanian (1948-2021) who, at the time of his death, was Professor Emeritus at Virginia Commonwealth University. Paul
was an accomplished scholar and educator as well as a beloved friend, colleague, and mentor. It is this last role which the Mazmanian Research Fellowship Award for early career investigators honors.
Paul graduated from Wayne State University with a degree in Speech Education and earned a Masters’ Degree from Michigan State University in Educational Administration before pursuing a PhD in Adult and Continuing Education, from the University of Michigan.
He had a long and distinguished career at the Virginia Commonwealth University School of Medicine, including oversight of the MPH Curriculum Committee, directing research in continuing education, serving as Director of the Office of Continuing Education in Medicine and the Allied Health Professions, Associate Dean for Continuing Professional Development and Evaluation Studies, and Associate Dean for Assessment and Evaluation Studies. He rose to the rank of Professor in the Departments of Family Medicine and Epidemiology and Community Health and held faculty appointments in the VCU School of Allied Health Professions.
Paul was lead or co-author on many of the seminal papers in continuing medical education/continuing professional development, including studies on learning and change in physician performance, the effectiveness of CME, evaluation, commitment to change and changing practice, and physician self-assessment.
From 2000 to 2010, he served as editor of the Journal of Continuing Education in the Health Professions (JCEHP). He also served on several Agency for Health Care Research and Policy and Institute of Medicine (National Academy of Medicine) panels, consulted for the National Cancer Institute on translating knowledge into clinical practice, and participated in the Josiah Macy Jr. Foundation conference on Continuing Education in the Health Professions (November, 2007).
On November 18, 2021 SACME hosted a memorial tribute to reminisce and honor his memory of which you can now view the full slideshow. Additionally, the SACME Board of Directors and the Scholarship Committee is pleased to announce a new grant opportunity in memory of Paul Mazmanian. The SACME Board of Directors is finalizing the criteria of the grant, but expect to make the announcement in 2022.
The SACME Tribute also coincided with the moon plunging into a beautiful full eclipse. Thank you Paul!