From extending his clinic day to provide hands-on teaching to pioneering the use of simulation techniques that walk critical care students through challenging scenarios, Paul L. Rogers, M.D., tenured professor in the University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine Department of Critical Care Medicine and director of the Multidisciplinary Critical Care Training Program (MCCTP), sets the standard for dedicated teachers.
In honor of his exceptional work in medical student education, Dr. Rogers has been named one of four recipients of the Robert J. Glaser Distinguished Teacher Award, which is jointly sponsored by the Association of American Medical Colleges and Alpha Omega Alpha. The national recognition will be bestowed at an awards dinner on Nov. 1 in San Antonio, Tex., during the Association's annual meeting.
"Dr. Rogers is one of our most highly regarded faculty members," said Arthur S. Levine, M.D., senior vice chancellor for the health sciences and dean of the University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine. "He is one of the most creative teachers in the School of Medicine and is highly skilled at engaging the medical students in the critical thinking process."
Before and after bedside teaching rounds, Dr. Rogers meets with fourth-year medical students for hands-on lessons. He made critical care medicine simulation technology a required component of the education of third-year medical students, giving them an opportunity they otherwise might not have had until residency training.
In addition to his teaching responsibilities, Dr. Rogers also is vice president of the VA Pittsburgh Health Care System, director of the surgical intensive care unit at the Veterans Affairs Medical Center and an intensivist at UPMC Presbyterian. He is a founding member of the School of Medicine's Academy of Master Educators.
Dr. Rogers joined the University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine in 1987 after a fellowship in critical care medicine at the National Institutes of Health. He completed residency training at the University of Virginia School of Medicine in Charlottesville, and received his medical degree in 1982 from the University of Arkansas. He also has a bachelor's degree in science from Centenary College in Shreveport, La.