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Nagle Selected as Governor’s Teaching Fellow

Dr. Gregg Nagle, Professor of Cellular Biology and Anatomy at the Augusta University/University of Georgia Medical Partnership, was selected as a Governor’s Teaching Fellow (GTF) for the Academic Year 2014-15.  Held at the University of Georgia campus, the GTF program brings together faculty from across Georgia six times throughout an academic year.

Prior to joining the AU/UGA Medical Partnership faculty in 2009, Dr. Nagle taught Human Histology to first-year medical students at the University of Texas Medical Branch (1986-2008) in Galveston, Texas.  Since 2005, he has been a small group learning facilitator, teaching medical students in small group sessions that integrate basic and clinical sciences.

“Of all the first-year medical students that I have taught, few have taken a histology course as an undergraduate.  Because of the overwhelming volume of material medical students are expected to absorb during their first year, histology may not receive as much emphasis as needed to prepare for pathology in Year 2 of medical school,” stated Dr. Nagle.  “Participating in the Governor’s Teaching Fellows program will allow me to develop a visual approach to learning that would communicate and reinforce relevant concepts that students should master.”

Dr. Nagle has a two-part project that he intends to focus on during his year in the GTF program.  He plans to create an online course entitled “Histology: An Introduction to Pathology” for students contemplating a career in the health sciences.  In addition, he plans to create a complete series of “Histology Reviews” podcasts for students who have previously taken a histology course but need a review of the essential concepts.

“Dr. Nagle’s proposed project would be a tremendous contribution to education as medical educators struggle to modernize the traditional basics with a rapidly changing therapeutic and diagnostic environment,” said Medical Partnership Campus Dean Barbara L. Schuster. 

Established by former Georgia Governor Zell Miller (1991-1999), the Governor’s Teaching Fellows Program provides Georgia’s higher education faculty with expanded opportunities for developing important teaching skills.  The program is jointly sponsored by the Institute of Higher Education and the Center for Teaching and Learning at the University of Georgia.