Stephen Scott, M.D.
Department Chair and Professor, Medical Education
Director, Longitudinal Integrated Clerkship
After teaching medical education on three different continents, Stephen Scott, M.D., is calling the TCU and UNTHSC School of Medicine home. Dr. Scott will be responsible for all planning, policy, operations and oversight of the medical education department, as well as leading a brand-new clinical model. The Longitudinal Integrated Clerkship is an innovative approach to medicine that allows students to engage with patients much earlier and more consistently than within the traditional clinical framework. Each student will be assigned faculty preceptors representing individual specialties. In addition to shadowing their preceptors – all practicing physicians – the student will receive a small case load of patients carefully selected to meet particular learning objectives. The students will accompany these patients to all medical appointments, emergency department visits and testing, allowing for consistency and empathy. “Patients are some of the best teachers we ever have, but we have to listen” Dr. Scott said. “Our future students will be smart, dedicated and have the ability to absorb ever-changing information. We have a great opportunity to nurture their ability to pause, listen and care for the person, not just their diagnosis.” Before joining the TCU and UNTHSC School of Medicine, Dr. Scott served as associate dean for student affairs at Weill Cornell Medicine – Qatar. He also taught medical students and residents at Baylor College of Medicine in Houston while provided full-spectrum primary care for local underserved populations. Dr. Scott began his teaching career at Kazan State Medical University in Kazan, Russia, where he taught English to medical students and faculty. In addition to practicing and teaching medicine, Dr. Scott is an accomplished pianist. He credits his music teachers for his ability as an educator, emphasizing the importance of vulnerability and recognition of learning’s many dimensions. “Medicine will always be an art, no matter how advanced,” Dr. Scott said. “We’ll always be helping people and we’ll always connect, learn from and grieve with them. To the degree that we do all those things well, it facilitates our abilities to be effective healers.” He and his wife Melissa have two daughters, Audrey (9th grade) and Ava (7th grade). He enjoys the arts, reading, and exploring the world with family and friends.
Dr. Scott graduated from Rice University in Houston, with degrees in biochemistry and music. He earned his medical degree from Baylor College of Medicine and completed his residency in family medicine at the University of Washington, serving as co-chief resident. He completed several fellowships in medical education, as well as earned a Master of Public Health from Johns Hopkins University.
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Dr. Scott is the recipient of multiple grants and awards for educational leadership and innovation. He received the President’s Award and the Innovative Program Award by the Society of Teachers of Family Medicine for the development and delivery of online virtual patient cases now used in the majority of U.S. medical schools.