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F. Douglas Scutchfield

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2017 Teacher Who Makes a Difference

At the risk of putting you on the spot, what contribution to teaching do you believe led to your award recognition during the 2016-2017 academic school year?
Being open to helping a colleague physician (who was an international student) become part of the class in one of my courses, bringing him into the mainstream and not treating him differently because he was an international student.

In your opinion, what are the qualities of a great teacher?
Listening to students and helping them to learn. Incorporating active learning rather than being a "sage on the stage."

What do you find most gratifying about teaching?
The wonder of the "Ah-Ha" moment when the student has an epiphany about a concept, understands it and knows how to use it.

What makes teaching challenging? How do you navigate those challenges?
Trying to engage the student who is disengaged and apathetic.

What are your interests outside of teaching (i.e., your hobbies)?
Reading and writing.

Who inspires you? And why?
So many of my professors and those whose writing moves me -- they make me want to be as good as they are and were.

What is the best advice you ever received about teaching?
Relax and enjoy the time with students.

What resources or recommendations would you share with instructors who are seeking to adopt new teaching practices?
Learn how to flip the classroom and do active instruction.

F. Douglas Scutchfield, MD is the Peter P Bosomworth Professorship in Health Services Research and Policy at the University of Kentucky. Dr. Scutchfield holds faculty appointments in the College of Public Health and the College of Medicine.