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00:00:00 - Start of Interview 00:00:43 - How John came to UW-Madison

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Partial Transcript: So John as I said...

Segment Synopsis: John talks about he was teaching in Montana, but the state didn't have enough advanced science and math to fulfill his kids' needs. So, his family moved to Madison where he started working to get his PhD.

Keywords: Educational administration; Educational leadership and policy analysis; PhD; Social Studies; Teacher; UW-Madison

00:02:06 - John's career path working at UW-Madison

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Partial Transcript: Great, thank you. So, I think you may have alluded...

Segment Synopsis: John also explains how he got a job as a medical educator following his passion for teaching and education. He explains how he first had a job in a lab that he liked, but no one used the lab. Then, he got a job doing simulation curriculum and actually worked at Meriter Hospital where they use actual surgical equipment.

Keywords: Educational Administration; Educational leadership and policy analysis; Faculty; Simulation learning

00:07:12 - John's work responsibilities

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Partial Transcript: So John when someone asks and I'm sure they do...

Segment Synopsis: John explains how he coordinates and sets up the labs for faculty to teach. He has to also track the development and evaluate medical students. He says people who have a background in education can be very helpful in the teaching medical students instead of faculty-only teaching.

Keywords: Faculty; High School Science; Medical Residency; Simulation

00:10:52 - John's typical day

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Partial Transcript: So I think you touched on some aspects of this, but...

Segment Synopsis: For simulation lab days, John often has to stay late and come in early the next morning. He also says he has to deal with the unexpected each day. On non-lab days, John has to be constantly communicating and tracking metrics of residency programs. John also says he has a lot of flexibility with his job, which he enjoys. John then details one lab in particular that is often hard for students to understand but is also very rewarding.

Keywords: Data; Metrics; Simulation Labs

00:14:49 - How technology has impacted John's work

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Partial Transcript: How has, or how have changes in technology...

Segment Synopsis: John explains the "mixed bag" of technology. Research is easier, but communication is more overwhelming. John says that with technology, simulations can be more realistic, but there are still lots of limitations. Software can be glitchy or frustrating to use. John says he sometimes prefers "primitive" simulation since they work without hiccups or problems. Robotic surgery is an exciting new technology, however.

Keywords: Email; Research; Robotic Surgery; Simulation; Virtual Reality

00:19:16 - The use of robots in surgery and its educational impacts

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Partial Transcript: So how are you, if you wouldn't mind...

Segment Synopsis: John talks about robotic surgery— how it works, the size of incisions, and the logistical challenges of educating with it. He says that the curriculum still needs to figured out.

Keywords: Robotic Surgery

00:21:04 - John's involvement in faculty governance + work life balance

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Partial Transcript: So John I want to shift now to your involvement...

Segment Synopsis: John hasn't been involved in academic staff governance or groups. He says he likes being a academic staff person because he has a lot of flexibility in his position. He has not had a 9-5 structure. Sometimes he works late. Other times he is able to take time off when needed.

Keywords: Academic Staff; Flexibility

00:24:07 - John's thoughts on the relationship between faculty and staff

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Partial Transcript: John in your position have you had interactions with faculty...

Segment Synopsis: John says he was the first person in his position, and he found the faculty very cooperative. He says he has always been surprised at how emotionally available the faculty have been given the intensity of their jobs.

Keywords: Academic Staff; Faculty; University of Wisconsin

00:26:29 - John's recollection of 9-11

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Partial Transcript: So you weren't I don't—

Segment Synopsis: John talks about the shock of 9-11. He says his work didn't change much, but everyone was confused about the situation.

Keywords: Madison, Wisconsin; September 11, 2001

00:28:25 - John describes the process of winning the academic staff award

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Partial Transcript: So just a couple more things...

Segment Synopsis: John says at first he thought the staff awards were a waste of time, but then he found out there was money associated. He thinks there is a lot of luck and also politics around the award. He says he doesn't think he achieved what other award winners did. He does, however, say that he really liked the reception.

Keywords: Academic Staff

00:31:01 - How John thinks he'll be remembered, or not

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Partial Transcript: So before making sure you have the last word...

Segment Synopsis: John says he doesn't care if he's remembered. He says he doesn't want his name on a plaque that people won't remember. He says he doesn't expect people to remember him but hopes he had an impact on people. That said, he hopes the simulation program continues.

Keywords: Simulation Lab; Simulation program

00:34:26 - Final thoughts on graduate school and academia

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Partial Transcript: John, is there anything else you'd like to say...

Segment Synopsis: John says that he liked being a non-traditional student since he got to focus on learning. He says people are probably better off going to graduate school later instead of right after undergraduate. John says in academia, everyone is trying to make a name for themselves by slicing up concepts smaller and smaller. He thinks academia is in a downward spiral, but people can still build a good life for themselves through graduate education.

Keywords: Academia; Academics; Graduate School

00:37:58 - End of Interview