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2003 Kaiser Permanente Teaching Award for Pre-Clinical Education

N. Cary Engleberg, M.D.

Teaching medical undergraduates has been a passion for Dr. N. Cary Engleberg for a long time, and it shows in his many accomplishments at the University of Michigan Medical School. Dr. Engleberg continually receives outstanding evaluations from students for his intriguing and interactive lectures, as well as his work as a Small Group Leader.

For more than 10 years, Dr. Engleberg has been active in curriculum development for the Second Year Course in Infectious Diseases and Microbiology. His computer-based training programs on Diagnostics, Parasitology and Immunizations have been a hit with the medical students. He has contributed to the new curriculum introduced to students this fall as a Task Force Leader. For the past 7 years, he has also served on several committees at the National Board of Medical Examiners involved in the development of Step 1 of the U.S. Medical Licensing Examination.

Recognizing that students in large lectures need stimulating material and delivery, Dr. Engleberg breaks down the information and encourages students to participate, rather than just listen. Students who have enjoyed a visit from ‘Consultations with Dr. Black,’ a professional stand-up comic who improvises hilarious monologues related to the lectures, can attest to Dr. Engleberg’s unique teaching methods. He is well-known locally and across the country for his lectures on Streptococcus, Travel Medicine, West Nile Virus, Chronic Fatigue Syndrome and even Mad Cow Disease.

Dr. Engleberg joined the U-M Medical School 17 years ago. His previous professional experience includes research on diarrheal disease in Bangladesh, epidemiologic research on Southwestern U.S. Indian reservations (through the CDC), and work as a Peace Corps physician in the central African countries of Chad and Cameroun.

Dr. Engleberg is a prolific author of many articles in peer-review journals and book chapters. He is an editor of the widely-used textbook, Mechanisms of Microbial Disease and will be Editor-in-Chief of the next edition, which is currently in production. Dr. Engleberg received his medical degree at George Washington University, where he also did his internship and residency. He also received a Diploma from the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine. He served as an epidemic intelligence service officer at the Centers for Disease Control, and was a fellow in infectious diseases at the University of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio. Dr. Engleberg was selected for the first class of the U-M Medical Education Scholars Program.

Dr. Engleberg is an amateur musician. In college, he wrote a score for a rock production of Shakespeare’s “As You Like It” which was picked-up for a six-week run by the Summer Shakespeare Festival on the Washington Monument grounds in D.C. Although he has little time for this level of activity these days, Dr. Engleberg still likes to experiment with digital music and video for the amusement of his family and friends.

Dr. Engleberg and his wife, Suzy, have two sons: Roderick, 17, and Alexander, 15.





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