work now will benefit people for years to come
...David N. Bailey is assistant dean at the Joan C. Edwards School of Medicine Continuing Medical Education.HUNTINGTON -- David Bailey is not a physician, but he makes sure the doctors in the state are licensed.
"I can physically see my work here," Bailey
said."I,m not just sitting around wasting my time."Bailey is the first African-American assistant at Marshall University,s school of medicine.He has served in the position since 1999. Bailey
said the medical field is constantly changing because of findings from research.He
said a lot of organizations like the United States Department of Agriculture
often affect the way medicine is being taught.
"When I became assistant dean in 1999, the medical school was in a transition year," Bailey
said."The medical school had just moved to a new site at Cabell Huntington Hospital
and enormous changes were being made in national policy toward medical education." Dr. James Schneider, dean of the medical school and vice president of the health science division, said Bailey is responsible for making sure the physicians at Cabell Huntington and others in the private sector, keep their accreditation.
...Bailey said he has always had an interest in working in the medical field.He
would have gone to medical school, but wasn,t fortunate enough to get in.He
found another way to get involved in the field he
had an interest in.
"When I found out it was more to the medical field than just seeing patients, I started looking into other areas," Bailey
said."Now, I am doing something in the field that I enjoy a lot."Bailey
, who has been with the school of medicine since 1983, said he
enjoys working with his
colleagues in the school of medicine."Longevity in my position is proof of my acceptance," Bailey
said."I was promoted to assistant dean in July 1999."Bailey
said the medical school currently has three African Americans enrolled and another two have been accepted for the fall.Of those five students, Bailey
recruited two of them.He
said over a four-year period, classes in the medical school usually have 48 students.
"I feel that I have been a pioneer for those to come," Bailey
said."My philosophy throughout my life has been ,Performance is the bridge to acceptance in any arena., "
Schneider said Bailey
is great to work with.
does a wonderful job," Schneider said.
said there aren,t enough African Americans attending medical schools throughout the United States.
"The competition for qualified African American students is very high on a national level," Bailey
With a busy schedule, Bailey
still keeps a close relationship with his
has been married to his
wife, Pamela, who is the principal of Spring Hill Elementary School
, for 22-years.He
said they have two sons and somehow, always make time for each other.
"I tutor students at her
school and I see her
said."I help some of the students with math and science."
Pamela said she
is very supportive of her
husband and is proud of what he