The Roland “Red” Hiss Lectureship

Roland Hiss

The Roland "Red" Hiss Lectureship was established in 2017 in honor of Roland “Red” Hiss, M.D. (1932 - 2016). Dr. Hiss was a Professor of Internal Medicine, Professor and Chair of Medical Education (now the Department of Learning Health Sciences), and Director of Extramural Education in the University of Michigan Medical School. The annual lectureship invites a leader in medical education to give a lecture and interact with faculty at Michigan Medicine, including faculty of the Medical Education Scholars Program (MESP). In honor of Dr. Hiss’ passion for continuing medical education, the Hiss Memorial Lectureship is intended to share innovations in medical education, provide MESP participants with an opportunity to discuss their work and interests with a national expert, and enable faculty to share advances taking place at Michigan Medicine with the visiting scholars.

The Roland "Red" Hiss Lecture

The next Roland "Red" Hiss Lecture will be held on Tuesday, June 2, 2020 at the Michigan League with keynote speaker Dr. Fred Hafferty. Register Here. 
This year's event will be held in conjunction with the MESP (Medical Education Scholars Program) Poster Session to showcase the scholars projects and celebrate their graduation from the program. The schedule is as follows: 
1:30 - 3:00pm: MESP Research Symposium
3:00 - 4:30pm: Hiss Lecture - Dr. Fred Hafferty as Keynote Speaker 

Frederic W. Hafferty is Professor of Medical Education, Associate Director of the Program for Professionalism & Values, and Associate Dean for Professionalism, College of Medicine at the Mayo Clinic.  He received his undergraduate degree in Social Relations from Harvard in 1969 and his Ph.D. in Medical Sociology from Yale in 1976.  He is the author of  "Into the Valley:  Death and the Socialization of Medical Students" (Yale University Press); "The Changing Medical Profession:  An International Perspective" (Oxford University Press), with John McKinlay; “Sociology and Complexity Science: A New Field of Inquiry” (Springer) with Brian Castellani, “The Hidden Curriculum in Health Professions Education" (Dartmouth College Press) with Joseph O'Donnell, "Understanding Professionalism" (Lange) with Wendy Levinson, Katherine Lucy, and Shiphra Ginsburg and “Place and Health as Complex Systems: A Case study and Empirical Test “ (Springer) with Brian Castellani, Rajeev Rajaram, J. Galen Buckwalter and Michael Ball.  He is past chair of the Medical Sociology Section of the American Sociological Association. He currently sits on the American Board of Medical Specialties (ABMS) standing committee on Ethics and Professionalism, the ABMS’ Stakeholder Council, and on the editorial board of Academic Medicine.  Research focuses on the evolution of medicine’s’ professionalism movement, mapping social networks within medical education, the application of complexity theory to medical training, issues of medical socialization, and disability studies.


About Roland "Red" Hiss, M.D.

Roland "Red" Hiss attended the University of Michigan, where he received both his B.S. and M.D. degrees in 1955 and 1957, respectively. Following an internship at Philadelphia General Hospital (1957-58), service in the US Air Force (1958-61), and a residency (1961-64) and hematology fellowship (1964-65) at the University of Michigan, he became an assistant professor of internal medicine at the University of Michigan in 1966. From there he became an assistant professor in the Department of Postgraduate Medicine and Health Professions Education (renamed Medical Education in 1995 and Learning Health Sciences in 2013) and later served as Department Chair and Professor of Medical Education until retiring in 2003. As Chair of the Department of Medical Education, he strived to make continuing medical education of healthcare professionals as systematic and effective as classroom and clinical training of students and residents. In 2002, the University of Michigan Medical School awarded him the Lifetime Achievement in Medical Education Award. 

Along with practicing hematology, Hiss was passionate about improving diabetes care by translating research findings into community-based care for diabetes. He served as Chief of the Demonstration and Education Division and Director of the Continuing Education and Outreach Core at the Michigan Diabetes Research and Training Center. At the national level, for the National Institutes of Health, he served  on the Steering Committees of the National Diabetes Advisory Board for Patient Education Initiatives and the National Diabetes Education Program. 


Donations can be made toward the The Roland "Red" Hiss Lectureship Fund here



The inaugural Roland "Red" Hiss Lecture took place on October 4, 2018. 

Keynote speaker: David G. Marerro, PhD

Director, University of Arizona Center for Health Disparities Research
Professor of Health Promotion Science, Mel and Enid Zuckerman College of Public Health
Professor of Endocrinology, College of Medicine-Tucson 
University of Arizona Health Sciences
Lecture Title: A lecture in two parts: Roland Hiss; friend and Mentor & Addressing Diabetes Disparities in Hispanic Populations

The Inaugural Hiss Lecture was given by David G. Marrero, PhD, Director of the University of Arizona's Center for Health Disparities Research. The Center for Health Disparities Research works to develop programs and strategies to improve health and wellbeing along the U.S.-Mexico border and across the greater Southwest. Dr. Marrero, whose research has focused on medication adherence, community health programs, early diabetes intervention and translational medicine, also is professor of public health at the UA Mel and Enid Zuckerman College of Public Health, Department of Health Promotion Sciences, and professor in the UA College of Medicine – Tucson, Department of Medicine, Division of Endocrinology. Dr. Marrero joined the UA Health Sciences after 20 years at Indiana University, where he served as director of its Diabetes Translational Research Center and the J.O. Ritchey Professor of Medicine.  In 2016, he served as the president for health care and education of the American Diabetes Association. His research interests also include strategies for promoting diabetes prevention, improving diabetes care practices used by primary care providers and the use of technology to facilitate care and education. His clinical interests include diabetes, obesity and coping. 

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