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Memoir

Mel L. Barclay
Regents' Proceedings 236

Mel L. Barclay, M.D., associate professor of obstetrics and gynecology in the Medical School, retired from active faculty status on January 31, 2003.

Dr. Barclay received his B.S. (1965) and M.D. (1967) degrees from Wayne State University. He completed his residency training at Sinai Hospital in Detroit from 1968-71 and served in the U.S. Air Force from 1971-73. He joined the University of Michigan faculty as an instructor in 1973 and was promoted to assistant professor in 1977 and associate professor in 1982.

Dr. Barclay has been responsible for rotational activities and curricular development in the Medical School, and he organized the longitudinal primary care rotation for fourth-year medical students. For his efforts, he received the 1999 Kaiser Permanente Award for Excellence in Teaching in the Clinical Phase. Dr. Barclay has also been involved in institutional medical student activities and served on numerous committees, including the Comprehensive Clinical Assessment Committee, the Medical School Curriculum Evaluation Advisory Committee, and the Medical School's Primary Care Medical Student Education Committee. His teaching efforts have led to the establishment of a website with images of gross pathology and a mock medical malpractice suit to help medical students understand the impact of legal issues on the practice of medicine.

For the past 13 years, Dr. Barclay has directed the MedNet Conference system. He has twice received the Excellence in Teaching Award from the Association of Professors of Gynecology and Obstetrics (APGO) (1992 and 1995); and he served on the APGO Committee on Undergraduate Education, the Task Force on Ethics in Undergraduate Medical Education, and the Testing and Technology Project. Dr. Barclay maintained an active clinical practice and provided outstanding resident teaching, which earned him the department's prestigious Silver Speculum Award three times.

The Regents now salute this accomplished faculty member by naming Mel L. Barclay associate professor emeritus of obstetrics and gynecology.