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Robert Wood Johnson
appointment as an associate dean came
shortly later.
"I guess people noticed," she says--
and indeed they did: in addition to her
appointment, she received the Picker
Institute/Gold Foundation Award for
graduate medical education curricu-
lum development in the humanities,
by developing a curriculum in anesthe-
siology to teach humanism in the peri-
operative setting, as well as a UCI Grad-
uate Medical Education Outstanding
Service Award. She has also worked
with PM&R colleagues to develop a
novel online curriculum focused on
developing competency in research
skills. It is now widely used by the
national PM&R graduate medical
education community.
Dr. Perret was the third in her family
to graduate from Rutgers, The State
University of New Jersey, where she
majored in English, biological sciences,
and molecular biology and biochem-
istry. She put her love of writing and
her strong communication skills to
work as lead author of The Pain Center
, completed while she was
rebuilding the pain management pro-
gram at UCI. The manual, a concise
reference guide originally destined for
UCI trainees, proved so successful at all
levels that it was published a year later
and is now used nationwide.
Throughout her tenure as fellowship
director, Dr. Perret was UCI's assistant
dean for resident affairs, with responsi-
bilities including service as the school's
liaison to the ACGME's Clinical Learn-
ing Environment Review (CLER) pro-
gram, preparing the institution and its
graduate medical education programs
for a CLER assessment. To achieve this
goal, she had a dual charge: to engage
residents in quality and safety at both
the program level and the institutional
level, and to interact on resident affairs
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