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Dermatologist Glinert receives UW Med School Clinical Teacher Award

Monday, October 8, 2012

Fort HealthCare dermatologist Robert Glinert, MD has received the University of Wisconsin Department of Family Medicine Clinical Teacher Award. This award recognizes volunteer faculty members practicing at outpatient clinical rotation sites such as Fort Memorial Hospital for their educational and teaching activities. Award recipients are nominated and selected by the UW Family Medicine residents. Glinert has an appointment as Clinical Professor and has been on the faculty since 1990.

Heather Williams, associate education coordinator at the UW Department of Family Medicine’s Residency Program described the significance of this award. “Basically, the residents select one recipient each year from the many faculty preceptors they work with at various sites. It’s a big honor, and clearly reflects how much the residents appreciate Dr. Glinert’s outstanding teaching.”

The quality of the educational opportunity at Glinert’s dermatology practice was reinforced by comments made by medical students who had the opportunity to learn from him. Students, when asked to comment on the strength of the rotation, wrote “Dr. Glinert is an exceptional teacher and a true asset to the program. He is very motivated to teach all of us and this is so deeply appreciated”, and “Dr. Glinert is really interested in teaching and took the time to do so. He really seemed to enjoy having me there.” One student noted that the drive to Fort Atkinson was always worthwhile, stating that “Dr. Glinert is an enthusiastic and kind teacher. The mini-lectures in between patients made the experience really worthwhile. He was great to work with!”

Glinert has been temporarily away from Fort HealthCare since June, as he began fellowship training in skin cancer treatment at Harvard University, Boston. Over the past few years, there have been several major breakthroughs in the understanding of skin cancer and it is becoming increasingly clear that most cancers have a genetic basis. Dermatology is entering a new phase in cancer diagnosis, and treatments are developing that will rely heavily on new molecular testing and targeted, personalized treatment.

Upon Glinert’s return next summer, he will be better able to offer his patients an even higher level of clinical diagnosis and treatment. It is his hope that as he re-establishes his practice in Fort Atkinson, his new and former patients will agree with the Family Medicine resident who wrote: “I learned so much from him and consider him one of the best clinical teachers we have the chance to work with. He is also a tremendous person who is genuine, intelligent and kind. “