Sample video lecture by acclaimed pathologist John R. Minarcik MD covering the subject “Diseases of Blood Vessels” used in our course, Pathology (2)-Systemic. The video typifies the kind of instruction used at the Blue Marble University School of Medicine:
Another video about pathology of the Eye:
From time to time applicants inquire about our teaching faculty. While we do have some “in house” faculty members, we rely primarily on learned physicians and other experts who have generously made their lectures and knowledge available to the world online. So, through the use of video lectures and other online resources, our courses are “taught” by world renowned medical lecturers. And our in-house faculty members serve in the roles of Mentors and Advisors, answer questions, and generally supervise the course content. In this way, we can offer to our students lectures and content from qualified faculty from other worldwide institutions, like the Howard Hughes Medical Institute, yet which are not on our staff nor associated with us. Internationally acclaimed faculty thus become our faculty for some courses and lectures.
Our online MD degree program has three segments: Basic Sciences, including the new medicine, stem cell biology; Core Medical Courses; and Administrative type subjects such as insurance, negligence liability, and hospital management. So, the educators used for each segment will be different, with a physician generally leading the core medical courses segment.
Education at a Virtual University
Education in the virtual world is different. It is essentially a self-learning experience. We do not have buildings or offices which house professors who give lectures in large lecture halls and in some cases conduct research activities. Rather we use learned scientists and educators to help develop our course content which is then uploaded to our website for delivery to students. As a virtual university, course material is not “taught” by a professor, but rather learned by the student in a self-learning process.
Consequently, our online MD program relies more heavily on Information Technology (IT) staff than on in house “teaching faculty”. Our course content for our online doctor of medicine degree is developed and decided upon at the top with input from qualified people, rather than based on which particular faculty we have and what their individual specialties are. Our online MD program is predesigned in order to achieve consistency which does not exist where various instructors are permitted to conduct their own courses. We require our students (and hence our faculty mentors/guides) to follow a specific path to ensure that the highest quality of educational outcome is achieved.
This concentration on consistency also benefits our students in that by generally supplying only a few Instructor/mentors for our MD degree program, the student can become comfortable as to what is expected, and experience less variation (sometimes radical) in teaching styles commonly experienced when subjected to a different faculty member for every course.
Some of our day to day staff members:
Walter P. Drake, JD, PhD
Director, Blue Marble University Medical School
A published scientist in the field of tumor immunology, with 25 lead author research reports in bio-medical journals, Dr. Drake serves as the Director of the Medical School. Dr. Drake has a law background in medical malpractice and medical insurance, as well as a science background in tumor immunology and stem cell biology. More recently, Dr. Drake was co-author of the first definitive paper published in the United States reporting the safety of adult stem cell treatments, Click for PDF version: Safety Analysis of Autologous Stem Cell Therapy in a Variety of Degenerative Diseases and Injuries Using the Stromal Vascular Fraction. J Clin Med Res 2017: 9(11): 935-942.
Dr. Drake’s CV can be found Here: WalterPDrakeCV2020
Kelli Miller, PhD
Director of Education
Dr. Miller is an experienced educator in the post-secondary school environment. Prior to obtaining her doctoral degree in “Post-secondary and Adult Education”, she received a Masters Degree from Jones International University with a study specialization in “Challenges of Non-Traditional Adult Learners”. She has designed curricula and training programs for the State of Georgia. Most importantly to our students, Dr. Miller “wrote the book” on being a PhD Mentor and Editor for doctoral candidates. We are very happy to have Dr. Miller contributing to our new institution, and she serves as our overall Director of Education.
Dr. Weddige is a published researcher, tenured psychologist, and an accomplished biopharmaceutical professional. Dr. Weddige has practiced as an Associate Clinical Psychologist in both the inpatient and outpatient settings. During this same time, he also conducted pre-clinical trials at the Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center Department of Neuropharmacology (Lubbock, Texas). This research focused on single-unit extracellular electrophysiology of midbrain dopamine-containing neurons whose populations are implicated in a variety of psychiatric, neurological, and neurodegenerative disorders (Parkinson’s disease, Schizophrenia, Tourette’s syndrome). Finally, Dr. Weddige also offers over a decade of biopharmaceutical experience in the areas of Medical Affairs, Medical Compliance and Ethics, as-well-as in the Commercial and Marketing divisions. Dr. Weddige’s current research interests include “The Use of hESC’s in the Treatment of Autism Spectrum Disorders and The Use of Various Growth Factors in the Ex-Vivo Expansion of Human Umbilical Cord Blood CD34+ Cells”. Dr. Weddige has graciously agreed to support the Faculty as needed and is sure to play a major role in the future of the University.
Igneris Rosado-Erazo, M.S., Ph.D.
Life Sciences Instructor and Special Student Mentor
Dr. Rosado-Erazo is an experienced biotechnologist with 12 years experience in the biotechnology industry. Currently an Associate Scientist with Amgen Manufacturing, an innovative world leader experimenting with cutting-edge science and technology in search of therapies for our most serious diseases, she has hands-on experience in the manufacturing of biologics, and is knowledgeable in Good Manufacturing Practice (GMP), Good Laboratories Practices (GLP) and Standard Operation Procedures (SOP). Her recent paper, “How to Treat Patients with Adult Stem Cells without specific FDA approval and without the necessity of conducting any prior clinical trial”, is a good refresher and review of the current landscape involving patient therapy with adult stem cells. Dr. Rosado-Erazo will assist as needed with the instruction in life science courses across all programs of our Schools, and will work with students as Special Student Mentor.
Registrar and Custodian of Records