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AUSTIN—The University of Texas System Board of Regents has named Peter W.T. Pisters, MD, MHCM, the next president of UT MD Anderson Cancer Center. Pisters, currently the president and chief executive officer of University Health Network in Toronto, Canada, will begin his new role later this year.
I view education and learning as a lifelong journey of exploration that extends beyond the walls of the classroom or laboratory. We must educate our trainees today in what was unknown yesterday, preparing them to competently discover the unknown of tomorrow. I believe positive learning is the best learning; I work hard to awaken my trainees' own expectations, encourage them to aim high and build their confidence to challenge authorities. I view myself as a teacher, coach, sponsor and lifetime advocate of my trainees.
I have found that education has always extended beyond the classroom or the laboratory. I believe when students bestow their trust in me by enrolling in my program, I not only have the obligation of providing them with the theoretical knowledge of the field, but also a duty to foster necessary critical thinking and people skills that can be used long-term. My style of teaching involves problem-based learning using measurable objectives that transition into a learner-centered classroom format.
My clinical experiences remind me that cancer is the most complex and daunting problem of our times, one that may not be cured by this generation. I educate the next generation of scientists by teaching them the fundamentals of cancer therapeutics and by supervising them as they test these agents in the laboratory and apply them in the clinic. I strive to provide students the tools to test their hypotheses and the critical thinking skills to generate many more. I motivate these researchers to be optimistic and to tackle the disease in the hope of curing it.
My goal as a teacher is to communicate concepts and controversies in Cancer Biology so that students perceive the unanswered questions in the field, allowing them to evaluate for themselves the problems that need to be solved. A Ph.D. student must find an original research project, a process abetted by understanding the didactic underpinnings in the field and how to approach the challenges we have yet to understand.