Robin Patel, M.D., Chair of the Division of Clinical Microbiology and a Consultant in the Clinical Microbiology and Infectious Diseases Laboratories at Mayo Clinic, was recently selected as the 2015 recipient of the Mayo Clinic Distinguished Service Award from Mayo Medical School. This prestigious award honors an individual’s outstanding contributions to undergraduate medical education.
“Dr. Patel is regarded by her students and faculty as an excellent teacher, mentor, scientist, and colleague,” says DLMP Chair Bill Morice, M.D., Ph.D. “She is one of the best teachers on the Mayo Medical School faculty, incorporating advanced ideas within the microbiology block to engage with and educate our physician leaders of tomorrow.”
“Dr. Patel’s contributions to Mayo Medical School have demonstrated a tremendous commitment to medical education, as an educator and leader in both undergraduate and graduate training programs,” adds DLMP Associate Administrator Marie Brown.
About Dr. Robin Patel
Dr. Patel is Chair of the Division of Clinical Microbiology and a Consultant in the Clinical Microbiology and Infectious Diseases Laboratories. She holds the academic ranks of Professor of Microbiology and Professor of Medicine. Dr. Patel also serves as Director of the Infectious Disease Research Laboratory and Director of the Bacteriology Laboratory.
Dr. Patel has been a strong advocate for the foundational sciences curriculum for many years, serving as theme leader for basic sciences and Vice Chair of the Block and Basic Sciences Committee. Since 2001, Dr. Patel has served as the block leader for the year 1 microbiology course, and her efforts in this role have continued the trajectory of success for this important course. She has implemented many innovations and enhancements within the microbiology block and forged a path for other faculty to follow as the first block leader to pilot the blended learning model.
She has also served for several years on numerous medical school committees, including the Curriculum Advisory Committee, Education Committee, Scientific Foundation of Medical Practice Curriculum Committee, and Student Promotion Committee.
Dr. Patel’s research specialties include experimental animal models of infection, antimicrobial resistance, microbial biofilms, prosthetic joint infection, and clinical microbiology diagnostic testing. She is widely published in peer-reviewed journals and has delivered numerous national and international presentations.
Dr. Patel received her undergraduate degree in chemistry from Princeton University and earned her medical degree from McGill University in Montreal. She completed her residency in internal medicine and two fellowships (infectious diseases and clinical microbiology) at Mayo School of Graduate Medical Education.
About the Mayo Clinic Distinguished Service Award
Individuals who receive the Mayo Clinic Distinguished Service Award have exemplified outstanding contributions to undergraduate medical education. Their long and uniformly excellent contributions epitomize the school’s vision to educate our future physician leaders in patient-centered, science-driven, team-based, high-value health care.
The award will be presented at a special reception in May that includes the 2015 graduating class of Mayo Medical School.