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Jacob Manteuffel MD
Assistant Medical Student Clerkship Director
Department of Emergency Medicine
Henry Ford Hospital

Fun Facts about Dr. Manteuffel
Undergrad: Michigan State Univ. (Go Sparty!)
Medical School: Wayne State Univ. (Go Warriors!)
Residency: Henry Ford Hospital
Interesting Fact: President of Michigan College of Emergency Physicians
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                                                                   1.   What is your most memorable moment of teaching?
One of my favorite teaching moments involved a case of syncope.  I pushed my intern to broaden his differential diagnosis with regards to orthostatic hypotension, for example sepsis, ACS, PE, blood loss anemia, etc.  We reviewed the patient’s ECG and he had tachycardia and S1Q3T3 and we talked about the significance of right heart strain and how this may be PE.  The patient ended up having a submassive PE without any chest pain or shortness of breath, and my mini lecture on orthostatic hypotension was on point.  That never happens!

 

2.   Who or what is your biggest influence?

My clerkship directors at Wayne State University were very influential to me.  I remember my 4th year as a medical student and watching Dr. Sarkis Kouyoumjian direct his residents in floating a pacer in a symptomatic bradycardic patient.  He was cool as a cucumber and I remember thinking, I want to be like that guy.  Also Dr. Larry Schwartz was an outstanding mentor as the clerkship director at that time.

3.    Any advice for other clerkship directors?

I always try to maximize the opportunities that you have when all the students are together to emphasize how to do well on the rotation and other rotation expectations.  That generally only happens in the beginning and maybe once or twice more for didactic sessions during the rotation.  Clear communication is key.  When you are able to set expectations and encourage certain behaviors, the students get more from the rotation and there are less misunderstandings.  Emergency Medicine is unlike other specialties in that after that first day you rarely have everyone together again. 

4.   What is your favorite part about being and educator/director?

My favorite part about being clerkship director and also part of a residency program is watching the transition and growth of medical students.  It’s cool to meet a third year medical student who is interested in EM and seeking advice.  You can watch them put advice into action and excel as 4th year students.  About half of our residency classes have come from students that have rotated with us, so after 3 years of residency I have known them for a long time.  It is really rewarding to watch the students become residents and then become your colleagues. 

5.   Any interesting factoids you would like to share?

Mentoring and speaking to medical students has been a big part of my career.  I actually stepped back from the clerkship director position at Henry Ford when I became the President of the Michigan College of Emergency Physicians.  My ascent in leadership within the Michigan chapter of ACEP was largely due to work we did creating the Michigan Medical Student Council and our annual Medical Student Forum.  We understood engaging medical students was key to the success of the College, and I enjoyed the role of getting medical students involved with MCEP and emergency medicine, and I still do.


 

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