Subject(s): Sociology, World History, AP World History, Economics, US History, Geography, Psychology, various technology courses, and professional development for educators.
Grade(s): Middle School / 9 / 10 / 11 / 12 / College / Other
Curious human, educator, and creative thinker.
Paul was a classroom educator for a 7 years with a focus on tech-integration and authentic student learning and assessment. He's passionate about taking learning outside the textbook and classroom into the real world (whether that be the digital world or physical one). He has knowledge of many of the social sciences including Sociology, Psychology, and World History. Paul has spoken to a number of audiences about how technology can improve student's learning and experience with education.
Outside of the classroom your most likely to find Paul on a soccer pitch, behind a camera, or glued to his ipad.
I have always had a passion for both medicine and education. I come from a family of educators and I’ve always known that I can combine the two in my professional pursuits. Today, I am both a practicing general surgeon as well as a Professor of Surgery at the Mayo Clinic in Rochester, MN. A few years ago, having taught hundreds of general surgery residents, I realized that I have the opportunity, through online learning, to help my students better prepare for the procedures they would perform the next day. So, I started creating video tutorials and assigned them to my students to review the night before surgery. After producing hundreds of these, several of my students, interns, and fellow Mayo colleagues suggested that there could be a much larger audience for these tutorials. That’s when I got the idea for making my tutorials available for free to the public. Not only could I reach more medical students, beyond my Mayo residents, I could hopefully be reaching people interested in going into the medical field – our doctors and nurses of the future. Most of all, I want to help educate people about common surgical procedures, hopefully making people better health consumers. I was introduced to Sophia in 2012 and that’s when my vision for social education and medicine came together. I’ve made a few of my hundreds of surgical procedures available for free on Sophia to anyone with an interest to learn about them. In the process, my hope is that these tutorials will play some part in getting more people interested in going into medicine and that they help produce not only the best medical professionals in the world but the most trusted caregivers as well. Professional highlights: - Distinguished Educator, Mayo Clinic, 2002 - Program Director, General Surgery Residency, Mayo School of Graduate Medical Education, 1997-2011 Education: - Residency – General Surgery Mayo Clinic in Rochester - Research Fellowship – Endocrinology Mayo Clinic in Rochester - Residency – General Surgery Mayo Clinic in Rochester - M.D. University of Wisconsin, Madison - B.S. University of Wisconsin, Madison