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2 COMMUNIQU SUMMER 2016 FOUR MSUCOM FACULTY SHARE A BUSHEL OF GOLDEN APPLES FOR THEIR TEACHING They may teach vastly different subjects but they all care for their students and want them to learn and think critically about their lessons. Outstanding educators also have another key trait most of them have been inspired by special teachers in their pasts. MSUCOM is home to numerous classroom instructors who work hard to prepare their students for the future. To feature all of them would require many more pages than this magazine holds so for this issue we are focusing on four individuals who have been honored by recent graduating classes. Peter Gulick TEACHES DIAGNOSTICS BY GETTING UNDER THE HOOD by Pat Grauer To use an automotive analogy Peter Gulick is not a teacher who simply wants his students to know how to turn the key and hit the gas. He wants them to understand what happens under the hood so they can diagnose and troubleshoot with expertise. Its a conviction born of his decades spent caring for thousands of persons with HIVAIDS when his patients loss of immunity requires he be able to understand the vast array of diseases to which they might fall prey. An associate professor of osteopathic medical specialties hes board-certied in internal medicine infectious diseases medical oncology and HIV medicine. And hes recognized by his students year after year for his instruction. They have to know the basic principles he says repeatedly the basic concepts from the basic sciences. These underpin all clinical decision-making. How does the disease present What tests should we use How do we interpret the tests What is the diagnosis And nally what treatments should we choose For example how do antibiotics work What are their consequences side effects and pharmacology I dont want students just to memorize he said. I want them to be able to give the concepts and to understand how the tests they will order work. Gulick is the course coordinator for the Hematopoietic System offered in the second year and he includes in the course HIV infection and oncology related to primary care. He brings in basic science faculty members to work with him. He teaches the principles offers cases and then asks students to apply the principles to diagnose them. Even the exams themselves become teaching tools. My greatest satisfaction is when I see students as residents and attendings and they thank me for my teaching and say they still use it now. Thats the best reward to know Ive turned out good diagnosticians into the community he said. HIGHLIGHTS Peter Gulick stresses basic principles and concepts so students can integrate and use what they learn to be excellent diagnosticians.