Gregory Polites, MD

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Gregory Polites, MD, is associate professor of emergency medicine and chair of the central subcommittee on the Committee on Admissions for the School of Medicine. A native of the St. Louis metropolitan area, he earned his undergraduate degree at Washington University in St. Louis and his medical degree from the University of Illinois College of Medicine in Chicago. After completing residency in emergency medicine at Barnes-Jewish Hospital, he joined the faculty of the School of Medicine, where he has held several educational leadership positions at the premedical, medical, and postgraduate levels. His clinical interests within emergency medicine are in the areas of trauma and critical care.

Polites serves as the co-chair of the Barnes-Jewish Hospital Code/ACT committee, is an oral board examiner for the American Board of Emergency Medicine, and has served as a team leader and judge for regional and national Clinical Pathologic Case Conferences in emergency medicine.

Polites has served as assistant residency program director for emergency medicine and course master for the Practice of Medicine courses for the first- and third-year medical school classes. He also developed the current program in clinical mentoring, where fourth-year students serve as mentors to first-year students in refining the patient history and physical exam. For undergraduate students, he directs the very popular MedPrep Program, a set of courses that include a lecture series on the Danforth campus, a semester long shadowing program at Barnes-Jewish Hospital, and a semester-long study abroad experience in Shanghai.

Polites has won numerous teaching awards in the School of Medicine. These include the Samuel R. Goldstein Leadership Award in Medical Education, the Stanley Lang Lecturer of the Year award and two Distinguished Service Teaching awards. He is also a three-time recipient of the Course Master of the Year award from the first-year class and a two-time recipient of the Clinical Teacher of Year award from the fourth-year class. From his residents in emergency medicine, he received the Golden Stethoscope Award for Outstanding Clinical Teaching.

Polites serves as the faculty advisor for the School of Medicine’s chapter of the Gold Humanism Honor Society (GHHS).