Ph.D., Johns Hopkins Univ. (1981)
M.A., Johns Hopkins Univ. (1973)
B.A., Williams College (1971)
After receiving his Ph.D. from Johns Hopkins University and completing post-doctoral work at MIT on software screening and filtering, George Reigeluth was a healthcare consultant for Arthur D. Little. He then co-founded Decision Resources and spent fifteen years in Europe leading comparative international research on differences in epidemiology, medical practice, and therapies for different disease states and therapeutic areas. For the past ten years, he has been involved in the development of various clinical decision support systems, such as diagnosis decision support systems to help clinicians find the correct diagnosis more quickly.
With respect to teaching philosophy, in the research, teaching, training, and coaching that he has done in healthcare over the past twenty years, there has been an emphasis on helping students receive an understanding of the broad context in which the topic at hand exists and is developing. In short, context is key. Sometimes it is useful to give a comparative international or “other locations” perspective in order to see how other people confronted with the same challenge have dealt with it – e.g., how did they try to deal with the challenge, what worked, what did not work. Sometimes providing a historical perspective is helpful because it gives students a sense of how and why a given challenge – e.g., shortage of primary care resources, has developed; what were/are the forces and factors that have caused the problem, can we change these factors to improve the situation or has the situation changed so that is no longer possible to change those factors, and/or other factors are now more important.