Dr. Robert Schellinger has been the medical director of Physician Assistant Studies at Carroll since August 2011. He currently practices the full complement of family medicine incorporating integrative medicine at ProHealth in Waukesha. Dr. Schellinger combines full spectrum medical care with active clinical teaching experiences for physician assistant students. Dr. Schellinger has been actively involved in clinical teaching since 1998. In addition to serving as medical director, he teaches Introduction to Clinical Medicine and Pediatrics at Carroll. He also co-teaches Clinical Medicine I and II with Dr. James Brandes. He is a team physician for the football team at New Berlin West High School. His special interests include sports’ medicine and integrative medicine.
Honors and Awards
Dr. Schellinger has been a recipient of multiple teaching awards including most recently the WFP Residency Clinical Teacher of the Year in 2017.
What is your teaching style?
I feel it is vitally important to train students in the classroom as if they are in a clinical setting. By laying this groundwork in the classroom, I feel they will excel in the clinical setting.
Why do you do what you do?
Everything changes. What you do with it determines how you will grow as an individual. As a family physician caring for patients through infancy to hospice—everything changes. I started practice employed, transitioning to independent practice and eventually becoming employed again. I have used these experiences to become a better physician and clinical mentor for medical students, residents, nurse practitioner students as well as physician assistant students. Most recently I accepted the challenge of didactic teaching. Everything changes.
How do you make learning engaging?
I enjoy utilizing case studies to draw out pathophysiologic processes eventually driving students to develop a strategic approach to diagnosis and management all the while understanding that any individual patient is not necessarily representative of a single disease process.
What should students know about you?
Aside from teaching and medicine, I spend my time on a 14-acre farm with my wife and several animals striving for self-sufficiency and performing as a member of the Finian McCoy Band.