Dr. Wiegman and a professional staff of 80 (including 11 assistant/associate deans) are responsible for the academic programs (including accreditation, recruitment, admissions, financial aid, student affairs, counseling, curriculum, standardized patients, human simulation, faculty affairs, rural and minority affairs, regional campuses, international programs, and affirmative action) of the School of Medicine and for coordination of the academic programs of the Health Sciences Center (Schools of Dentistry, Medicine, Nursing, and Public Health).
Dr. Wiegman is currently the recipient of a Commonwealth of Kentucky Grant focused on rural medicine through the Trover Campus Program with a total value of almost $12,000,000. He is also the recipient of a $941,000 stimulus grant from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services to create a broadcast center for medical education throughout the state. In addition, he has recently been the co-recipient of two Robert Wood Johnson Foundation Grants for medical education ($500,000). At present, Dr. Wiegman's educational research interests include: comparative international medical education, curriculum development, and the assessment of educational outcomes.
At an earlier time in his career as a full-time scientist with research interests in the microcirculation, hypertension, and exercise physiology, Dr. Wiegman authored/coauthored over 100 publications including 30 full-length research papers and sections of two medical textbooks. He was Principal Investigator/Co-Investigator on ten research grants funded at a total of $1,000,000.
Dr. Wiegman has remained very active within the Department of Physiology. He serves as an examiner for Masters and Ph.D. Qualifying Exams. He teaches in the Medical Physiology course and several advanced physiology courses.
At the School wide level, Dr. Wiegman always makes time for meeting with and counseling/advising undergraduate, graduate and professional students and also faculty at all levels in their efforts for educational and career development. advancement.