University of Pittsburgh

Dr. Paul L. Rogers Honored with National Recognition as a Medical Educator

Dr. Paul L. Rogers Receives 2008 Alpha Omega Alpha Robert J. Glaser Distinguished Teacher Award from the Association of American Medical Colleges.

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.

He is one of the most creative teachers in the School of Medicine“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.

His critical care medicine class has the highest enrollment of any elective course at the School of Medicine and he has won many accolades from both his students and his peers at the university.

As director of the MCCTP, Dr. Rogers revamped a program for fellows in internal medicine, surgery, anesthesiology and critical care medicine to include problem-solving workshops and online self- assessments.

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.

The University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine is one of the nation’s leading medical schools, renowned for its curriculum that emphasizes both the science and humanity of medicine and its remarkable growth in National Institutes of Health (NIH) grant support, which has more than doubled since 1998. For fiscal year 2006, the University ranked sixth out of more than 3,000 entities receiving NIH support with respect to the research grants awarded to its faculty. As one of the university’s six Schools of the Health Sciences, the School of Medicine is the academic partner to the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center. Their combined mission is to train tomorrow’s health care specialists and biomedical scientists, engage in groundbreaking research that will advance understanding of the causes and treatments of disease and participate in the delivery of outstanding patient care.