Health and Medicine

MU-COM Professor Presents for Medical Faculty in Asia

by Katie Bradley | Sep 18, 2014

In August, Richard Klabunde, Ph.D., professor of physiology in the Marian University College of Osteopathic Medicine, traveled to the University of Malaya in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia to present on cardiovascular physiology, with sessions including: “Cardiac Physiology in Health and Disease” and “Teaching the Cardiovascular System in an Integrated Medical Curriculum.”

His presentations were a part of the University of Malaya’s 12th Inter-Medical School Physiology Quiz, an annual event attended by 450 medical students and faculty from 90 medical schools in 24 different countries ranging from China to Iraq to South Africa.

While the students competed, faculty from the many medical schools had the opportunity to learn from Dr. Klabunde’s more than 15 years’ experience with an integrated medical curriculum.

Integrated medical curricula diverge from traditional programs that practice discipline-based curricula by combining disciplines to teach students body and organ systems. This method is growing more and more popular because it parallels the way these students will be expected to think as they diagnose and treat patients. MU-COM has used this method of teaching since opening in 2013.

Dr. Klabunde was also invited by his book publisher, Lippincott Williams & Wilkins, to present to approximately 40 other medical school faculty from across Malaysia.

“The academic reputation of an institution is built on the ability of its faculty to earn respect and recognition outside the university’s walls, and when such endorsements of a faculty’s value to the discipline extends to international audiences, this is even better. Dr. Klabunde’s contributions, during a long and productive career, are helping enhance the appreciation of growing academic strength at Marian University,” said Bryan Larsen, Ph.D., associate dean of biomedical sciences.

With a career spanning more than three decades, Dr. Klabunde has specialized in teaching cardiovascular physiology, pathophysiology, and pharmacology. A rich history in education, Dr. Klabunde received the Arthur C. Guyton Physiology Educator of the Year Award, the highest teaching award from the American Physiological Society, in 2012.

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