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College of Medicine Ombudsman

COM Ombudsman

Texas A&M College of Medicine is committed to cultivating a safe and effective learning environment on all of our campuses, at all of our sites and for all of our constituents (faculty, staff, and students). To aid in cultivating the learning environment for faculty and staff, the College of Medicine, with input from the University Faculty Ombuds Officer created the role of the College of Medicine Faculty and Staff Ombudsman in fall 2018 within the Office of Medical Education.

The role of the College of Medicine Faculty and Staff Ombudsman is to serve as a confidential, impartial and neutral sounding board regarding any faculty or staff concerns within our learning environment. The College of Medicine faculty and staff ombudsman is aware of college and Texas A&M policies and procedures and can provide information on appropriate pathways to resolve issues related to the learning environment. The College of Medicine Faculty and Staff Ombudsman does not provide advice (legal or otherwise), replace a university official, determine responsibility, assign sanctions or get involved in official College of Medicine grievances.

The duties of the College of Medicine Faculty and Staff Ombudsman include, but are not limited to:

  • Serving as a confidential outlet if a College of Medicine faculty or staff person needs to verbally process an issue
  • Being available within a timely manner to meet one-on-one with College of Medicine faculty and staff
  • Interfacing with the Texas A&M Faculty Ombudsman where appropriate/indicated
  • Participating in the monthly Learning Environment Enrichment Committee meetings
  • Working collaboratively with the College of Medicine Faculty Ombudsman to address learning environment concerns
  • Being familiar with the College of Medicine and Texas A&M policies (such as Title IX) and procedures

The College of Medicine Faculty and Staff Ombudsman are guided and informed by the Code of Ethics and Standards of Practice of the International Ombudsman Association.

Erin Herbrich, Staff Ombudsman

Prior to beginning her career with the College of Medicine, Erin obtained a Bachelor of Science in bioenvironmental sciences from Texas A&M University, followed by a Masters of Public Health in health policy and management from the Texas A&M School of Public Health. She began her career with the College of Medicine in 2011 as a medical education program coordinator and now serves as a program manager in Academic Affairs working specifically with the clinical curriculum.

Erin's role as the Staff Ombudsman is to serve as a confidential, impartial, and neutral sounding board regarding any staff concerns within our learning environment.

Erin Herbrich

Erin M. Herbrich, MPH
979.436.0105
COM-Ombuds@tamhsc.edu

Bobbie Ann "BA" Adair White, Faculty Ombudsman

Bobbie Ann “BA” Adair White, EdD, MA is a medical educator with expertise in the areas of educational leadership, organizational psychology, and medical education. Her formal education consists of a Bachelor of Arts in Psychology with a minor in Sociology, a Master of Arts in Industrial and Organizational Psychology, and a Doctorate in Educational Administration (leadership) with a dissertation entitled “Conflict Management Education as a tool for Leadership Development in the Intensive Care Unit”. She’s served as faculty and/or staff in medical education for over 14 years, as well as served as a career coach and consultant in the areas of conflict management, leadership, education, and research. She currently serves in both faculty and staff roles at Texas A&M University, College of Medicine in the Department of Humanities and Office of Medical Education.  She also serves as a term faculty member for Massachusetts General Hospital’s Institute of Health Professions.

BA’s role as the Faculty Ombudsman is to serve as a confidential, impartial, and neutral sounding board regarding any faculty concerns within our learning environment.

Bobbie Ann White

Bobbie Ann Adair White, EdD, MA
979.436.0105
COM-Ombuds@tamhsc.edu