overview

  • My academic career at the University of Toledo College of Medicine and Life Sciences began in the fall of 2013. This transition back into academic surgery came after a period of reflection during my time in employed, non-academic practice, resulting in the realization that work focused solely on clinical productivity in the pursuit of increasing profitability was not an adequate measure of success from my point-of-view.  This change in the focus of my career led to a refocusing of my clinical interests onto surgical neuro-oncology and the desire to move back into an academic practice environment.  It has been my privilege to work at the University of Toledo College of Medicine and Life Sciences and UTMC for the past five years and to pursue a balanced academic practice focused on the education of our students and residents, the clinical practice of neurosurgical oncology, the pursuit of new knowledge through research and scholarship, and the opportunity for service to our University and College of Medicine.

     

    Education:

    Since my faculty appointment at UTCOMLS, I have been continuously engaged in the education of medical students and residents. As a member of the Department of Surgery, I participate in the clinical education of medical students and residents as they rotate on the clinical neurosurgery service.  I improved the educational experience for both medical students and residents on the neurosurgery service by restructuring their clinical commitments to the service and by revising the curricular goals for learning while on service.  During my tenure, the opportunities for learning about neurosurgery have increased for students as evidenced by the increase in number of students who rotate onto the neurosurgery service.  In 2013, it was common for 1-2 students to rotate on service at any one time and now, in 2018, it is not unusual for at least 3 students to rotate on the service at any given time.  This compliment of students is further bolstered by the occasional presence of advanced practice nursing (NP) students as well as physician assistant students on service.  With the expansion and diversification of students on service, I have sought to give each type of student equal opportunity for educational experience and to integrate the different types of students fully into the functioning of the service.  Students from different backgrounds contribute to the education of one another and to the quality of care provided to patients on the neurosurgery service. 

    I have further contributed to student and resident education through formal didactic teaching. My educational contributions in this realm span from facilitating small group sessions for the ethics and clinical decision making in medicine courses, to teaching the entire medical school class in a large lecture hall format.  I have been an active participant in the redesign of the pre-clinical medical school curriculum for Thread II, and I personally developed the objectives, lecture materials and assessment materials for the neurosurgery related topics within the neuroscience portion of the new curriculum.  I continue to work with the Thread II task force as we prepare to revise and update the new curriculum for its second iteration to be taught this upcoming year.  Additionally, I provide multiple lectures per year to supplement the education of residents in a variety of the UT residency programs (neurology, emergency medicine, and others).

     

    Clinical Activity:

    At the start of my career at UTMC, I joined the Department of Surgery and the Division of Neurosurgery as the newest of three neurosurgical faculty members. Despite focusing my clinical practice on neurosurgical oncology, I took an active role in supporting UTMC’s mission for providing Level 1 trauma care, as well as UTMC’s more general goal of providing University Quality Care to the people of our local community.  I have always sought to treat all patients requiring neurosurgical attention equitably and with compassion.  My practice has grown substantially over time with my initial year clinical productivity being near 6,500 wRVUs as compared to my most recent clinical productivity being at 10,500 wRVUs (for the 2018 academic year).  I have produced a significant increase in clinical work every year, while at the same time increasing my service contributions to UTMC, UTCOMLS, UTP and the University in general. 

    Additionally, supporting both clinical and education endeavors, I helped to develop a new site-specific tumor board for benign and malignant tumors affecting the central nervous system which meets twice monthly at the Dana Cancer Center (DCC). This multi-specialty collaborative clinical and educational conference reviews contemporary cases to continuously improve the quality of care delivered for patients at the UTMC DCC.  Additionally, this group of cooperative academic physicians and surgeons has helped to spawn collaborative research activity between the departments of surgery, radiology, and pathology.  In an effort to further expand the influence of UTP and UTMC in the region, I have provided outreach educational opportunities with invited grand rounds presentations at surrounding community hospitals, delivered a tie-one-on community cancer education opportunity at the DCC, and assisted in the development and delivery of educational content for stroke and neurosciences for both the UTMC and ProMedica Health Systems. 

     

    Research:

    I have developed a multi-pronged research enterprise during my five years on the clinical faculty at UTCOMLS. From a clinical standpoint, I have supported the opening of clinical trials and the accrual of patients onto trials related to cancers affecting the central nervous system.  These trials include multiple trials conducted by the Department of Radiation Oncology; but also more recently two multi-institutional trials for patients with recurrent Glioblastoma Multiforme (brain cancer) for which I am the Principal Investigator at our clinical site.  I am actively engaged in the clinical care of patients with high grade glioma (including GBM) treated at DCC and work cooperatively with the research nursing staff and my colleagues from radiation oncology and hematology/oncology to recruit patients for consideration of trial participation.  I travelled to Florida as our site PI for the investigators meeting for the DSP-7888 trial which is open at UTMC DCC. 

    In addition to my clinical trial participation, I have also developed a research group of medical students with multiple ongoing IRB approved research projects touching on a variety of subjects related to neurosurgery. Under my mentorship, this group of students has helped to produce at least a dozen abstracts which have been presented at national and international meetings.  Additionally, with these research students, I have served as the senior author for at least 10 peer-reviewed publications over the past five years.  This research activity helps to support the education of our UTMC medical students with regard to the conduct of research and also helps to elevate the stature of UTCOMLS, UTMC and UT through the presentation of new knowledge at local, national and international scientific conferences and symposia. 

    Bridging the gap between bedside clinical research and basic science research, I have recently begun a collaboration with Dr. Kathryn Eisenmann in the Department of Biochemistry and Cancer Biology and Dr. Charles Brunicardi in the Department of Surgery. Our collaborative research focuses on the evaluation of novel cancer fighting agents in the treatment of primary brain cancers.  This research is further supported with the new addition of a UTCOMLS MD/PhD student who will help to complete the research work as a major part of her PhD learning experience between the pre-clinical and clinical years of her MD coursework.  The cancer cell lines used for this IRB approved research are derived from patient samples taken at surgery from local patients (principally my patients treated at both UTMC and ProMedica Toledo Hospital).  The development of technology for rapidly isolating patient tumor cells from specimens, and subsequently testing their susceptibility to anti-cancer medications, sets the foundation for ultimately developing true bench-to-bedside personalized treatments for patients with this devastating diagnosis. 

     

    Service:

    While developing my clinical and research practice over the past five years, I have also become increasingly engaged in service work that supports the University of Toledo, UTMC, UTP and UTCOMLS. I have actively sought out service work to support the many missions of each of these institutions.  I am the chair of multiple committees which support UTMC and I am a member of multiple other committees and task forces which support clinical care, education for the college of medicine and education at the university as a whole (as a member of faculty senate).  For the past year I have also served as the vice-chief of staff at UTMC and this work supports the quality of the medical staff and the quality of the medical care delivered at our hospital. 

    Additionally with the advent of the academic affiliation between UTCOMLS and ProMedica Toledo Hospital, I have worked for the past two years supporting that affiliation by continuously increasing my clinical presence at TTH at the new academic medical center. I have worked cooperatively with the neurosurgeons from the ProMedica Physicians Group and the UT Department of Emergency Medicine to develop a split four-week rotation focused on neuroscience (two weeks with stroke neurology and two weeks with neurosurgery – housed on the neurosurgery service at TTH).  I have helped to support the transition of medical education to TTH by working with medical students and residents at TTH as a core faculty member of the Department of Surgery.  I expect that my clinical work at TTH will continue to grow while simultaneously working to ensure appropriate coverage for neurosurgery patients who are still treated at UTMC. 

    It is an honor to be considered for promotion to the rank of Associate Professor at the University of Toledo College of Medicine and Life Sciences. I have been privileged to work in this environment for the past five years and I hope to continue to develop all aspects of my practice here in the years to come.  I sincerely appreciate your consideration with regard to my application for promotion. 

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  • Jason L Schroeder

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