Morris Named OUWB Associate Dean of Undergraduate Clinical Education
Pierre Morris, MD, says the key to his success has been to always give 100% — an approach he plans to continue as OUWB’s newest associate dean of undergraduate clinical education.
Morris joined OUWB on November 1 after 20 years at Wayne State University School of Medicine, where he most recently held the rank of Associate Clinical Professor.
For the past 10 years, Morris has simultaneously served as the founding program director of the transitional year residency program at Wayne State University School of Medicine and as the director of the residency program in family medicine and public health sciences.
Morris’ background also includes working for 12 years as a high school teacher before starting medical school at age 36, then transitioning into academia shortly after earning his MD.
This all led to his new position at OUWB.
“More than anything else, I want people to know that I plan to give 100%,” he says.
“I want to be part of the evolution of OUWB and ensure that we give our students the best possible resources, opportunities and educational environment to succeed.”
From Saint Louis to OUWB
Morris was born and raised in St. Louis, Mo. He earned a bachelor’s degree in psychology and another in biology from University of Washington in Saint Louis. After graduation, he worked for 12 years as a high school biology teacher.
Morris says he loved being a high school teacher and was inspired by his mother, also a high school teacher who taught French.
“Ergo, I was given the name Pierre,” he said with a smile.
Towards the end of her time as a high school teacher, Morris’ wife, Sharon, got a job opportunity in Michigan. As he says, she had the highest paying job, so they moved upstate.
At 36, he started dating Ross University School of Medicine. After graduating, he began what would be a 20-year affiliation with Wayne State University School of Medicine – first as a resident, then a professor, then in his most recent positions.
Only one of the highlights of his time at Wayne State is a medical mission he served in Iraq about nine years ago.
“It was one of the most dangerous things I’ve ever done, but also one of the most rewarding,” Morris says.
Of his many accomplishments at Wayne State, the one he is most proud of has been consistently finding high quality residents.
“I was proud that we produced such great residents and that we did so in an empowering and compassionate way,” he says.
Morris once thought he would be with Wayne State until he retired.
“In fact, I had made public statements that I would never leave,” he says.
But there were several aspects of OUWB that piqued his interest in the school.
Morris says it started when he started seeing high-quality residency applicants from the OUWB on a regular basis.
“We began to understand the type of students OUWB produces and we were very impressed,” says Morris.
He says OUWB residents consistently performed to an “exceptional” level of achievement and were considered the “crème de la crème”.
OUWB brought in Morris for other reasons as well, including the relative newness of the school and the fact that as associate dean of undergraduate clinical training, he would work closely with medical students.
“The more I learned about OUWB, the more I thought I could see myself in this role, have a passion for it, and have a positive impact on students,” he says.
In his new role at OUWB, Morris is responsible for the development, implementation and delivery of the undergraduate clinical component of the OUWB curriculum.
He works closely with Assistant Deans for Medical Education (ADME), Pradeep Kaminoulu, MD, (ADME-M3) and Amy Smark, MD, (ADME-M4) to ensure the continued success of OUWB students. during their internships.
Morris also works closely with Lynda Misra, DO, who has served as Acting Associate Dean of Undergraduate Clinical Education since December 15, 2020. Misra is a Beaumont physician, attending physician and faculty member of the Department of Internal Medicine.
Morris will be primarily based at the campus of Beaumont Hospital, Royal Oak.
In his freshman year, Morris aims to make what he calls significant contributions to the continued success of OUWB students.
“There are short-term and long-term OUWB needs that I’m currently working on,” he says. “I’m also looking for ways to help us take it to the next level.”
Morris says he looks forward to being part of the next stage of OUWB’s evolution.
“OUWB has come a long way in such a short time,” he says. “Has the school ever reached this level of perfection or self-actualization? No. But we are getting there and we have the support, the ideas, the innovation and the structure to continue on the path to get there. That much.
“I’m thrilled to be a part of it.”
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