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Diversity – it’s a word that is common in the news today. While many in society assume the definition relates only to the inclusion of persons of different races or cultures, the Merriam-Webster Online dictionary defines diversity as “the condition of having or being composed of differing elements.” Or, in other words, a mixture, blend or assortment.

In his book, The Difference: How the Power of Diversity Creates Better Groups, Firms, Schools, and Societies, Scott E. Page introduces us to the diversity of learning, He demonstrates why in today’s workplace, it is important to build teams of individuals who see things differently and process information in other methods.

He points out that for many problems, multiple heads are better than one, and a group of diverse individuals often are more creative and effective when confronted with a challenge. Our department has been using this concept in the medical education arena as well. Several of our faculty are using “Team-Based Learning” as a teaching method. With this method, the team almost always creates a better solution to the problem at hand than even the most astute student working independently.

Our department has opportunities for a diverse group of faculty, trainees, and staff. Brainstorming as a group creates a sense of belonging and, as Mr. Page and our own experience indicate, diversity trumps individual ability in problem-solving. Combining our knowledge and efforts to enhance our department will benefit all. Ours skills and abilities may differ but the diversity of our “team” shows our resilience.

March Newsletter

Brady Street STD Clinic (BESTD)

Community Service: Dr. Andrew Petroll provides care at volunteer clinic

Andrew Petroll, MD, MS, Assistant Professor in the Division of Infectious Diseases, has been a volunteer medical provider at the Brady East STD clinic (BESTD) since 2003 and has served as its medical director for the past 5 years.

Education: The Role of a Standardized Patient in Medical Education

Mary Cay Jansen shares her experience as a Standardized Patient (SP). SPs provide MCW residents and students the opportunity to practice communication skills and patient interviewing and receive valuable feedback.

Patient Care: GI and Hepatology Division Update

The GI and Hepatology Division was recently recognized by US News and World Report as one of the leading centers in the US for treatment of gastrointestinal and liver disorders.

Research: Infectious Disease Faculty Involved in HIV Clinical Research

MCW faculty are engaged in a variety of HIV clinical research trials conducted at the Froedtert Hospital Infectious Diseases clinic and at the AIDS Resource Center of Wisconsin medical clinic.

Newsletter Committee

Carla Clark Staff Writer
Bradley Condon Staff Writer
Rick Hampton Staff Writer
Robin Karst Staff Writer
Susan Knaebe Staff Writer
Janice Lewis Staff Writer
Phyllis Meyer Staff Writer
Jennifer Oium Staff Writer
Lisa Pelzek-Braun Web Design and Publishing
Kathy Rafel Editor
Pamela Souders Staff Writer
Tracy Stasinopoulos Staff Writer
Cheryl Tolliver Staff Writer

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