Dr. Charles Prober is the Senior Associate Vice Provost for Health Education and Founding Executive Director of the Stanford Center for Health Education. He is also a professor of pediatrics, microbiology and immunology and an international expert in pediatric infectious diseases. In an interview recorded at IGHPE 2018 in Kuala Lumpur, Dr. Prober discusses elearning models, the value of shared curricular ecosystem for medical schools, and how we can utilise these to deliver medical education more efficiently.
Dr. Prober’s academic career has focused on the epidemiology, pathophysiology, prevention, and treatment of infections in children. Some of his seminal work has resulted in the improvement of international blood transfusion practices through the selection of cytomegalovirus negative donors for immunocompromised hosts, the optimal duration of antibiotic therapy for serious bacterial infections, the use of antiviral agents in the management of serious herpes virus infections, and the standardization of care in the management of pregnant women with herpes simplex virus infections and their newborn infants. He has published extensively in peer-reviewed subspecialty, specialty, and general medical journals and he is editor of Principles and Practice of Pediatric Infectious Diseases, one of the major textbooks in its field.
Dr. Prober has been involved in medical education throughout his career, and has received numerous awards for teaching, both preclinical and clinical. He has directed a number of undergraduate and graduate student courses in the classroom and at the bedside, served as Associate Chair for Education for the Department of Pediatrics, and lectured locally, nationally, and internationally on infectious diseases and medical education. Dr. Prober served as Senior Associate Dean for Medical Education at Stanford from 2007-2017, during which time he was responsible for undergraduate, graduate, and postgraduate medical education at Stanford Medicine. IGHPE was pleased to have Dr. Prober presenting on the topic of “The role of elearning in scaling global health education” at our 2018 meeting in Kuala Lumpur.