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Michael Misfeldt, PhD

Dr. Michael Misfeldt serves as senior associate dean for faculty affairs and professor of molecular microbiology and immunology at the University of Missouri School of Medicine.

Dr. Misfeldt received his doctorate in microbiology in 1977 from the University of Iowa and went on to complete a postdoctoral fellowship at the NIH's National Institute of Child Health and Human Development. He joined MU in 1981 as an assistant professor, and over the years, he has been a vital leader at the MU School of Medicine in areas of teaching and research.

Dr. Misfeldt is the director of advanced basic sciences for senior medical students. He provides the majority of immunology curriculum for students during their first two years of medical education. He has helped transform education at the MU School of Medicine through his leadership in developing a pioneering problem-based learning curriculum. He served on the curriculum design committee that led MU in converting medical education from lecture-based to problem-based learning in 1993. Dr. Misfeldt's dedication to education has been recognized with both the Jane Hickman Teaching Award, which is the highest recognition for educators at the MU School of Medicine, and the William T. Kemper Fellowship for Teaching Excellence, which is the highest award for educators across the entire MU campus.

As the medical school's senior associate dean for faculty affairs, Dr. Misfeldt was a leader in the school's recent accreditation by the Liaison Committee on Medical Education. The LCME awarded the school the longest-possible reaccreditation of eight years and cited problem-based learning as one of the school's greatest strengths. Dr. Misfeldt currently is developing new faculty development and satisfaction programs in partnership with the Association of American Medical Colleges. At the same time, he continues to advance his own research through peer-reviewed grants and publications.

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