Dr. David Satin Inducted into 2021 Academy for Excellence in the Scholarship of Teaching and Learning

Congratulations to Department of Family Medicine and Community Health faculty David Satin, MD, who was inducted into the 2021 Academy for Excellence in the Scholarship of Teaching and Learning!

Dr. Satin has worked to change the face of medical education for the better, creating a reputation as a formidable leader, mentor, researcher, and teacher on the regional, national, and international levels. For the past decade, he has co-directed the largest course in the Medical School, Essentials in Clinical Medicine. He has taught more than 2,000 University of Minnesota medical students, spending an average of 80 hours per year in class with them. He mentors over 120 students per year.

Dr. Satin continually involves students in his research projects to ensure they gain knowledge and experience. More than half of his publications include students as authors. These factors led to his receiving the Professional Student Government's 2017 Outstanding Advising and Mentoring Award and the Medical School's 2020 John Song Distinguished Mentoring Award.

He has cultivated a reputation as a path-forging and collaborative researcher and educator whose work, particularly in health systems science and ethics, is well-regarded worldwide. Due to his passion for ensuring safe care for Minnesotans, he serves as a board member for the Minnesota Alliance for Patient Safety (MAPS), a nonprofit 501(c)3 organization that broadly represents Minnesota's healthcare community.

A true interprofessional educator, he has taught residents about informed consent in family medicine, OB/GYN, internal medicine, orthodontics, and other specialties and fields. In October 2021, Dr. Satin became the first faculty from the University of Minnesota Medical School to be selected for the highly competitive AMA Health Systems Sciences Scholars Program.

Another demonstrable talent and strength of Dr. Satin's concerns his curriculum development. He has designed and delivered more than a dozen different courses over the past 17 years for medical students and residents. His groundbreaking work and resulting curriculum on race, ethnicity, and genetic ancestry—based on research showing that race is not biological but rather a social construct—received national attention via PBS Nightly News. Today, his curriculum has an accepted place in medical education.

"Every day Dr. Satin sets an admirable example by going out of his way to include learners in every facet of his work," says Department Head Jim Pacala, MD, MS. "His inimitable passion for breaking new ground in healthcare ethics, his selfless devotion to his mentees and learners, and his astounding knowledge make him a multitalented clinician-educator."

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