UM President Jay Perman Featured on Maryland Public Television 'State Circle' Program
Jay A. Perman, MD, president of the Baltimore campus of the University of Maryland, was a featured guest on 'State Circle' on Maryland Public Television Sept. 24. Responding to questions from anchor Jeff Salkin, the president discussed issues ranging from childhood obesity to bringing the University of Maryland professional schools closer together to "create a sense of university."
Perman was asked about the series of monthly Town Hall meetings he has instituted across the campus and whether he will resume his medical practice, as he did when he was the head of pediatrics at the University of Maryland School of Medicine. Perman left the School to become the dean and vice president for clinical affairs at the University of Kentucky College of Medicine from 2004 to 2010. He held monthly clinics where he practiced medicine there and he plans to do the same thing here.
The president said that he will resume his practice "within the limitations of time" so that he could "stay current" and use it as an opportunity to bring students from all of the schools together "to learn how to work together."
Perman cites childhood obesity as an example of the kind of problem that all of the schools can address from the "scientists studying at the molecular level to the School of Law addressing public policy." He notes that as many as one-third of American children are overweight and the problem is very complex and needs to be addressed at many levels.
The entire interview on Maryland Public Television 'State Circle' can be viewed here: