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2COMMUNIQUFALL2014STUDENTSFallshasworkedwith36enteringclasses...thelatestincludesKatieArtzMichaelBainTuckerBillupsFallsEvanBartoneandTamaraAqui.byPatGrauerTheMSUCollegeofOsteopathicMedicinewasonlytenyearsoldwhenBillFallsjoineditsfacultytoteachgrossanatomyandconductresearch.Nowafterworkingcloselywithosteopathicstudentsfor35yearshehasauniqueperspectiveonhowtheyhavechangedandhowtheirchallengeshavechanged.Hebeganasassistantprofessorofanatomyin1979teachingandcoordinatingbyhimselfthegrossanatomycourse.Duetohisabilitytointegratebasicscienceandclinicalknowledgehewasaskedtotakeonadditionalteachingassignmentsthroughcoordinationanddesignofthenewthree-semesterneuromusculoskeletalsystemsbiologycourseandinstructioninthegastrointestinalandreproductivesystemsbiologycourses.In1990hesteppeddownfromcoordinatinggrossanatomyandtookoverthecoordinationofneuroanatomywhilemaintaininghisdutiesintheabovesystemsbiologycourses.In1997FallsassumedleadershipresponsibilitiesfortheOfceofStudentServicesafterAssistantDeanKayWhiteretired.Withthismovetoadministrationheneverstoppedteachingandstillinstructstheheadandnecksectionofthecurrentgrossanatomycourseandparticipatesintheneuromusculoskeletalsystemsbiologycourse.HecametothecollegewithaPh.D.inanatomywithaspecialtyinneuroanatomybutrapidlyrealizedthathehadtolearnTAKINGTHELONGVIEWMSUCOMstudentsacrosstheDECADESwhatwasparticularlyimportanttoteachtoosteopathicstudents.WorkingwithfacultymembersandotherD.O.swithexpertiseinosteopathicprinciplesandpracticeandinosteopathicmanipulativemedicineheworkedtotailorgrossanatomyandneuroanatomytointegratereinforceandcomplementwhatwasbeingtaughtinOMMandclinicalskillscourses.WhathasFallslearnedaboutteachingandinteractingwithMSUCOMstudentsinthelast35yearsStudentsneedtobeheldtoahigherstandardacademicallypersonallyandprofessionally.Whattheydoinsideandoutsidetheclassroomclinicreectsnotonlyonthembutonthecollegeandtheprofession.TheworldtheyareenteringiscompetitiveandtheymustbepreparedStudentsshouldtrustandrespectthefacultyandwethefacultymustshowthemtrustandrespect.Thestudentsareourcolleaguesintraining.Studentsvaluepersonalinteractionswithfacultyandwemustprovidethemtheopportunitiesforsuchinteractionsandserveasprofessionalrolemodels.HowwecommunicatewithstudentsiskeytotheirlearningandprofessionaldevelopmentWemustprovidethestudentsthemedicalknowledgeskillsandopportunitiestobesuccessful.Asteacherswemustneverforgettheleveloftrainingthatthestudentshaveachievedandwemustbesurethattheyaregroundedinthebasicsbeforeaskingthemtounderstandinformationatahigherlevel.ProvidingstudentsfeedbackastowheretheymademistakesiskeytosuccessfullearningOneconstantisthatourstudentscareforeachotherandwanttoseetheirpeerssucceedacademicallypersonallyandprofessionally.Theyteacheachotherwhetheritisinthelaboratoryorinstudygroups.StudentsshouldtakeituponthemselvestofunctionasateamnowastheyalsowillintheirclinicaltrainingandprofessionallivesManystudentsdonotknowhowtoreacttofailure.Medicalschoolandthepracticeofmedicinearehardandwemustpreparethemforsetbacks.NotallstudentscanbesuccessfulinmedicalschoolandwemustletthemknowearlyonthattheyarenotfailuresbutthatthereareotherrewardingjobopportunitiesThebiggestchangeamonganumberofcurrentstudentsismaturity.Thoughtheyareasbrightasevertheywouldratherrelyontechnologyandtheirpeopleskillsneedwork.Ourchallengeistointegratetechnologyandtheabilitytointeractwithpatientspeopletoproducethemostknowledgeablecaringandempathetic