Course Director

Gregory M. Polites, MD

Dr. Gregory Polites is an associate professor of emergency medicine and former course master of the Practice of Medicine (POM) courses for the first-year and third-year medical school classes. He also serves on the Committee on Admissions and is the chair of the Central Subcommittee, which reviews and processes applications for admission to the School of Medicine for students from the 12-state midwest region.

Dr. Polites received his bachelor’s degree from Washington University in St. Louis and his medical degree from the University of Illinois College of Medicine in Chicago. After completing his residency in emergency medicine at Barnes-Jewish Hospital, he joined the full-time faculty of the School of Medicine, where he has been very active in medical education at the undergraduate, medical school and postgraduate levels. His clinical interests within emergency medicine are in the areas of trauma and critical care.

From 2010-2015 Dr. Polites served as the course master of the Practice of Medicine I and III courses where he was responsible for overseeing the clinical skills education of all first-year medical students in addition to several other content areas contained within the course. He also directed a monthly lecture series for the third-year class and created a very popular elective for the fourth-year class in clinical mentoring. Prior to his role as course master, Dr. Polites served as an assistant director of the emergency medicine residency program.

Dr. Polites is a 3-time recipient of the Course Master of the Year Award from the first-year medical school class and a 2-time repient of a Clinical Teacher of the Year Award from the fourth-year class. Other awards include the Samuel R. Goldstein Leadership Award in Medical Education, two Distinguished Service Teaching Awards, and the Stanley Lang Lecturer of the Year Award. He also serves as the School of Medicine's Chapter Advisor for the Gold Humanism Honor Society and is a past recipient of the Golden Stethoscope Award, an annual award given by the residents in emergency medicine for outstanding clinical teaching.