Dean Craig Brater, Indiana University School of Medicine (IUSM), has named Patrick W. Bankston, Ph.D., as the new director of the Northwest Center for Medical Education. Bankston had served as Interim Director since August 2004, after the retirement of William W. Baldwin. He was one of three candidates identified after a search and screen process that began last year.
"I am pleased to announce that Dr. Bankston has agreed to serve as the next Northwest Center director. Pat has many years of distinguished service at the center and for the school. He has been a true leader in our education mission.
He is passionate about medical student education and about the center. Letís all congratulate Pat and thank him for taking on this responsibility. We all look forward to working with him as we aspire to achieve our goals for the school and the center." Brater said.
Bankston received his doctoral degree at the University of Chicago in Anatomy and worked at Hahnemann University School of Medicine before joining the IUSM at the Northwest Center in 1978. He has been a leader in curricular innovation, including the development of a Problem-Based Learning Curriculum at the Northwest Center in 1990. In his capacity as statewide Competency Director for Problem Solving, he has been one of the architects of IUSMís acclaimed Competency Enhanced Curriculum.
IU Northwest is the host of and partner with the Northwest Center, which recently became the first tenants in the newly built Medical Professional building. "This new building presents opportunities to collaborate with nursing and other professional education programs to do bigger and better things for the medical school and university," Bankston said.
Currently, the Northwest Center offers Indiana's only Problem-Based Learning medical curriculum, the Regional Center Alternative Pathway. Widely recognized as a highly innovative program, the Regional Center Alternative Pathway embraces a clinical approach to instruction of basic sciences to medicine by exposing freshman and sophomore students to medical cases, which reflect the real-life situations and issues facing physicians.
The Northwest Center for Medical Education is one of eight regional centers of Indianaís only school of medicine, and has been located on the campus of Indiana University Northwest since 1972. Garyís Northwest Center is composed of scientists and clinicians who teach medical students in their first two years of medical training. The last two years of school are spent in clinical training at the medical campus in Indianapolis.