Gregory Polites, MD
Dr. Gregory Polites is associate professor of emergency medicine and course master of the Practice of Medicine (POM) courses for the first- and third-year medical school classes. He also serves on the committee on admissions and chairs 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.
As course master for POM I he is responsible for overseeing the clinical skills education of all first-year medical students in addition to several other content areas contained within the course. As course master for POM III he directs a monthly lecture series for the third-year class. He also directs an elective in clinical mentoring which is taken by half of the fourth-year class. Prior to his role as course master, Polites served as an assistant director of the emergency medicine residency program.
For Washington University undergraduates, he directs the 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 global health scholars program in Shanghai, China. With a yearly enrollment of over 700 students, approximately 90% of premedical students take at least one of these courses at some point during their time in college with MedPrep I and II serving a staple of the premedical curriculum.
In the past four years he has served as a course master, Dr. Polites has been awarded the Course Master of the Year Award from the first-year medical school class three times. He has also received the Samuel R. Goldstein Leadership Award in Medical Education, a Distinguished Teaching award, a Clinical Teacher of the Year award from the fourth-year class. He also serves as the chapter advisor for the Gold Humanism Honor Society for the School of Medicine and is a recipient of the Golden Stethoscope Award, an annual award given by the residents in emergency medicine for outstanding clinical teaching.