Dr. Janssen Appointed College Master in Department of Medical Education

Dr.Janssen sizedHerbert Janssen, Ph.D., professor of physiology in the Department of Medical Education, TTUHSC Paul L. Foster School of Medicine, has been appointed College Master in the Department of Medical Education.

As a College Master, he will provide direct faculty guidance and oversight to one of the four academic student colleges in the PLFSOM.  He will also serve as Co-Director of the Masters Colloquium, a course intended to confront issues including professionalism, physician-patient relations, medical ethics, medical jurisprudence, access to health care, social and scientific controversies in modern medicine, violence and abuse, and medically relevant cultural and demographic issues. Dr. Janssen will also provide leadership, mentoring and assistance in the professional development of new and/or less experienced faculty members.

“It is an honor to join the college masters who help students explore topics of great importance in the practice of medicine—professionalism, inter-professional teamwork, appreciation for culture and diversity, ethics, and team building. I feel the college master does not teach these topics but leads the student to reflect on their own convictions and beliefs,” said Dr. Janssen.

“To paraphrase The Prophet,  — The wise teacher, ‘does not bid you to enter the house of wisdom, but leads you to the threshold of your own mind.’ In matters such as those covered in Masters Colloquium, the student must believe and practice these virtues for them to acquire meaning.  The physician who only has knowledge of ethics is found to be severely lacking when compared to the one who has no academic knowledge of the topic but maintains moral standards and treats all patients and colleagues with respect and dignity.”