Wil Baker, PhD, serves as Associate Dean of Clinical Resources for ACOM. Dr. Baker received his Ed.D. in Research and Psychology from the New Orleans Baptist Theological Seminary in 1973. He also holds an Ed.S. Specialist in Education from the New Orleans Baptist Theological Seminary (1971), an M.S. from the University of Southern Mississippi (1967), a Th.M. from the New Orleans Baptist Theological Seminary (1967), and a B.A. from Samford University (1956). Dr. Baker served in the United States Marine Corps, active duty, for 4.5 years as an Aviator and continued his service in the Marine Reserves, Air National Guard, and Army National Guard as a pilot and service member of the Medical Service Corps (retired, 1994).
Dr. Baker served in the Department of Family Practice at the University of South Alabama, College of Medicine from 1975-1996 as an Assistant, Associate, and Full Professor of Behavioral Medicine. During that tenure he also served as the Coordinator of Rural Family Practice Programs, Assistant to the Vice President of Medical Affairs, and Assistant Dean for Continuing Medical Education. Following retirement from the University of South Alabama, Dr. Baker became the Project Director for the Alabama Southern Rural Access Program from 1999-2005. Currently, he serves as the Executive Director for the Alabama Medical Education Consortium (AMEC).
As the Executive Director of AMEC, Dr. Baker has developed an extensive network of clinical training sites throughout the state of Alabama. These clinical clerkships are filled with students from seven different osteopathic medical colleges located throughout the United States. The success of AMEC drives the developmental vision of the proposed ACOM as they fulfill their own mission “To establish and maintain an osteopathic primary care physician pipeline for rural and underserved Alabama.”