Ronald B. Saizow, MD

Dr. Saizow is currently Professor of Medicine and Director of Student Programs for the Department of Internal Medicine. Recognized for his experience and expertise in leadership, curriculum innovation and faculty development, he was recently appointed Assistant Dean for Academic Services for the University of Oklahoma College of Medicine, Tulsa.
Early in his academic career, Dr. Saizow served as Medical Director of the Adult Medicine Clinic, where he developed management skills and first-hand knowledge of the importance of a systems approach in medical care. In addition, he was responsible for resident and student education in ambulatory adult medicine. He took a lead in developing and implementing an extensive curriculum, built upon learner-centered principles, in ambulatory medicine.

In recent years, Dr. Saizow has focused on student education as Director of Student Programs for the Department of Internal Medicine and Clerkship Director for the Internal Medicine Clerkship. He is active throughout the college of medicine in curriculum development. Committed to multidisciplinary and collaborative innovations, he has been instrumental in the development and implementation of the Medical Student Longitudinal Clinic, the Medical Student Academic Afternoon and the Advanced Interviewing Curriculum. Perhaps his most creative contribution at the medical school is the longitudinal clinic project. Designed as a randomized controlled trial, this curriculum provides students an experience in providing ongoing comprehensive and coordinated care to a panel of patients, under the careful supervision of an attending physician.

His scholarly and creative work has mirrored his teaching interests, with publications focusing on outpatient internal medicine issues, medical student education and learning theory, curriculum development and implementation, and innovative teaching resources. He has a particular interest in faculty development. For example, he has completed the national fellowship program of the American Academy of Physician and Patient (AAPP) to become a national instructor of faculty teaching the medical interview. Recently, he lead an effort for the AAPP, in partnership with the American Board of Internal Medicine, to create a web-based text, entitled “Research-based Updates on Medical Interviewing.” He served as a chapter author as well as editor for the text. Also for the AAPP, he is co-investigator and Chief Editor for a competitive grant-funded web-based comprehensive teaching program in physician-patient communication. He has recently lead an OUHSC effort to develop a curriculum in advanced interviewing and train faculty in its instruction. More than 40 faculty from eight departments on two campuses have participated in this faculty development program. Locally acknowledged for leadership, he was elected and served as chairman of the department of internal medicine at St. John Medical Center in 2001-2002.

Dr. Saizow is the proud recipient of the Aesculapian Award. This honor, given by the graduating medical students to the outstanding teacher in their clinical training, was bestowed upon Dr. Saizow by the graduating classes of 1999 and 2000. In the fall of 2001, he was nominated by the Dean of OU, Tulsa, for the 2002 Oklahoma Medal for Excellence in College/University teaching, awarded by the Oklahoma Foundation for Excellence. However, he considers his greatest honor to be the father of Abby (12) and Jeffrey (8). A devoted dad, he is also active in their school, Riverfield Country Day School, most recently serving as Chairman of the Board of Directors.