Over the years, I have gotten to meet lots of really inspiring and fun EM faculty across the country through random encounters. Recently, I got to hang out with Dr. Rob Rogers (Univ Maryland), sitting at a beachside bar in Barbados during the Carribean EM Congress. The picture above is what he calls his “Corona commercial” shot. We were both speakers at the conference and couldn’t believe the gorgeous weather in January.
So, I wanted to introduce you to Rob – one of my all-time favorite people.
Rob Rogers, MD
Assistant Professor of Emergency Medicine and Medicine
Director of Undergraduate Medical Education
University of Maryland
Residency training: University of Maryland, Combined EM/IM
Rob, what’s your academic niche?
My academic niche “major” is Teaching. My “minor” is Vascular Emergencies. I have always been interested in vascular emergencies, particularly acute aortic disease and pulmonary embolism-even in medical school. I have always had a passion for teaching and consider that my main niche, if you will. Inspired by my mentor, Amal Mattu and others, I am making teaching emergency medicine my life long focus.
Who has been your mentor and what good advice have you received?
My mentor is Amal Mattu. Best pieces of advice:
- Get a niche
- Don’t underestimate the power of sending an email to volunteer for a project. Most people will be interested in your ideas. All it takes is initiative.
- Be reliable.
- Just show up. Many times “just showing up” makes a tremendous difference.
What are you working on right now?
I’ve got many projects in the works:
- Editor-in-chief, CDEM Medical Student Educators book
- Teaching workshop for a Capetown South Africa conference
- Already working on plans for 2nd edition to Practical Teaching in Emergency Medicine (website with videos of teaching, etc.) – FYI, Rob is the editor-in-chief of this textbook.
What’s else is new with you?
I recently traveled to the Netherlands this month and directed a workshop entitled “Teach the Teachers” (along with Amal) at the 3rd Dutch North Sea Emergency Medicine conference in the Netherlands, June 2009. Before that I gave lectures on vascular emergencies at a conference in Buenos Aires, Argentina, May 2009.
Plans for world domination?
Not sure I have any… yet.