PhD., Pathology and Laboratory Medicine
Associate Dean, Basic Sciences; Professor, Microbiology and Immunology
Originally trained as a journalist, Rachel Robson has worked to reform medical education since she first began her graduate studies in pathology. She observed much of her medical education to be heavy on memorization of acronyms and buzzwords, and light on clear communication and deeper understanding.
In her teaching now, Robson emphasizes conceptual frameworks that unite many separate elements in infectious disease pathology. Robson has helped to redesign Integrated Case Review sessions in her classes, where students actively work in teams to solve a patient case and connect that case to current medical research. She also encourages students to ask their own questions, and construct their own knowledge, through her mentoring of student-designed research papers and other projects. Saba University School of Medicine students have published papers and given conference presentations as a result of these collaborations.
Robson also has done public presentations on medical science and volunteers with science programs for youth on Saba.
A lover of the outdoors and all things in the natural world, Robson is an avid hiker and scuba diver. She loves living on Saba for the many opportunities it affords to be outside, and enjoys sharing her love of Saba’s pristine beauty with others. Through this passion, Robson has served as the faculty adviser for Saba University School of Medicine’s Wilderness Medicine Organization, and sometimes leads students on hikes over Saba’s many trails.
Robson is an active member of the Infectious Diseases Society of America, the American Society for Microbiology, and the International Association of Medical Science Educators.