A longtime OUWB educator recently was named a 2021 MedEdPortal Outstanding Reviewer — one of only 11 from across the U.S. to receive the distinction.  

AAMC names OUWB’s Patino ‘outstanding reviewer’
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A longtime OUWB educator recently was named a 2021 MedEdPortal Outstanding Reviewer — one of only 11 from across the U.S. to receive the distinction.  

Gustavo Patino, M.D., Ph.D., associate professor in the Department of Foundational Medical Studies and the Department of Neurology, also was the only reviewer from Michigan to receive the recognition.

MedEdPortal is a Medline-indexed, open-access journal of teaching and learning resources in the health professions published by the Association of American Medical Colleges (AAMC). Patino also reviews submissions for AAMC’s Academic Medicine journal.

According to AAMC, outstanding reviewers provide “exceptional feedback, both in quality and timeliness”

“It’s a great honor and completely unexpected,” said Patino.

“They don’t tell you you’re nominated so it’s just an amazing surprise.”

Patino received his M.D. from the Universidad Nacional de Colombia, and his master’s degree and Ph.D. in Neuroscience from the University of Michigan.

Patino joined OUWB in 2014 as an assistant professor.

Immediately prior to joining OUWB, he was an assistant professor at the Medical School of Universidad de los Andes and a postdoctoral fellow in the Department of Neurology at the University of Michigan.

Patino also has served as attending physician at Fundacion Los Pisingos Adoption Center, in Bogota, Colombia; neurology resident at Universidad El Bosque and Fundacion Santa Fe de Bogota Hospital; and a research fellow at the Instituto de Genetica Humana of Universidad de los Andes in Bogota.

Previous recognition includes Best Intern at the Fundacion Santa Fe Hospital, Bogota, Colombia; the ProQuest Distinguished Dissertation Award from the University of Michigan; and the Young Physician Leader Program award from the Inter-Academy Medical Panel.

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Patino’s primary research focuses on the basic mechanisms of seizures in genetic and acquired epilepsies and biomedical education.

AAMC relies on experts like Patino to review submitted papers and help decide if they meet publication guidelines. He credits OUWB with fostering his expertise in the field of medical education.

“OUWB has an amazing ecosystem of training their faculty about medical education,” said Patino. “We’re definitely lucky to be in an environment in which getting trained and being up-to-date on topics is important.”

 Patino said there are several reasons he reviews papers, including the ability to stay updated on the latest and greatest literature related to medical education and academic medicine.

“It’s also a sense that you are part of this community and giving back,” he said.

Being a reviewer also helps him in the classroom.

“Because both of these publications are around medical education and academic medicine…they are a repository for educational materials that people develop,” he said. “It helps me learn what new things are going on, and what new ideas people are trying.”

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