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HM11 PREVIEW: Teacher As Student

From: The Hospitalist, April 2011

HM11’s visiting professor to serve as mentor, stimulate discussion

by Richard Quinn

Dr. Cox
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The position of visiting professor is a bit amorphous at the SHM annual meeting. The honoree presides over the best of the Research, Innovations, and Clinical Vignettes (RIV) presentations and leads rounds of the RIV poster sessions. They can serve as an informal mentor to early-career physicians and be a sounding board for seasoned practitioners.

This year, the visiting professor will be as much a student as a teacher.

“I always think when I go to educate others … the best way of doing that is to have a bidirectional kind of interchange,” says Malcolm Cox, MD, chief academic affiliations officer for the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs in Washington, D.C., and an adjunct professor of medicine at the University of Pennsylvania in Philadelphia. “I inevitably learn more from my ‘students’ than I think I ever provide to my students, in any teaching opportunity. That’s just a philosophy I’ve had for 40 years.”

Dr. Cox, a kidney specialist and career academician, was invited to be the visiting professor by SHM President Jeff Wiese, MD, FACP, SFHM. Dr. Cox views his role as that of an “interrogative fly on the wall,” and he hopes to stimulate discussions about HM’s role in the broader medical landscape.

“How hospitalists can work with their other colleagues to enhance continuity,” he says, “and, in particular, within that more narrow frame, an even more narrow frame is how they would relate to and work with primary-care folks in the aftercare environment to enhance continuity of care.” HM11

Richard Quinn is a freelance writer based in New Jersey.

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