I am a retired physician with 18 years of clinical and educational experience mentoring and teaching medical students, interns, residents and fellows interested in Psychiatry . Providing patient care was certainly rewarding, but my real passion was sharing my knowledge and experience with others who were eager to learn.
And so, after leaving clinical medicine, I decided to teach and tutor post-secondary students interested in pursuing a career in healthcare. I thoroughly enjoy watching students mature as they work toward their goals. Even though "Knowledge is Power", it is the experience of using it wisely that is ultimately the best teacher.
Subjects I have tutored include General Biology, Microbiology, Cell Biology (Histology),Pathology, Pharmacology, Anatomy/Physiology and Medical Terminology. Other topics of personal interest include medical ethics, the sociological impact of trauma and psychology (all topics)
I received my Bachelors of Science degree in Biology from the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee and my M.D. from the Medical College of Wisconsin. I completed my post-graduate training in Psychiatry in the U.S. Air Force serving military personnel and their families at Wilford Hall Medical Center in Texas. I then went on to complete a fellowship in HIV/AIDS psychiatry in New York City. While practicing in various clinical and educational settings around the country, I have had many opportunities to observe, understand and embrace people from a variety of cultural backgrounds. It always amazes me when students come from abroad, knowing little about our culture, how determined they are to o achieve their goals..and are willing to learn two new languages: English and that of medicine itself.
My teaching philosophy is that ANYONE can learn ANYTHING if they have the determination, the tools and willingness to do so. Because every person is unique, I teach based on the individual needs and goals of my students. Therefore, knowing a bit about a student's life, both in and outside the classroom, is essential for me in order to create a unique learning plan. I teach students how to think, rather than just what to think. . Asking Alexa, GOOGLE, and/or social media is only effective as a supplement to quality teaching.
Being able to explain a complicated topic using everyday life examples, is one of my favorite methods of teaching. I strongly encourage all students to be curious, ask questions and then challenge them with more questions. Ask me anything. I'll know the answer 75% of the time; the rest we find out together. That is the basis for innovation. I learn from my students as much as I hope they learn from me.
During my free time, I enjoy the solitude of a walk by the lake, reading a fascinating murder/horror mystery, watching vintage films, and spending time with my young adult child.Taki, my cat. However, my favorite thing in life is humor. And, when appropriate, I interweave it into my teaching as a way to show that laughter really is the best medicine!
Education & Certification
Undergraduate Degree: University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee - Bachelor of Science, Biology, General
Graduate Degree: Medical College of Wisconsin - Doctor of Medicine, Anatomy
Walking the trails along Lake Michigan (only steps from my apartment) Reading well-written Horror/Murder Mystery novels (Dean Koontz, Jeffrey Deaver) Singing, playing keyboards and simply going to a good concert Playing and tending to my newly adopted child....Taki, my cat. Spending time in good conversation with good friends. Volunteering at a local dog shelter on the weekends