Pathologist joins faculty

Dr. Neil Haycocks
Dr. Neil Haycocks
Feb. 28, 2012 - A pathologist and teacher who advocates experiential medical education has joined the faculty of the Frank H. Netter MD School of Medicine at Quinnipiac University.

As assistant professor of medical sciences, Dr. Neil Haycocks will coordinate the school's core block in pathology and clinical pharmacology. He plans to integrate an active learning model into the curriculum as much as possible.

A resident of Hamden, Haycocks comes to Quinnipiac from a community pathology practice in Washington state. He was previously a hematopathology fellow at the University of Maryland Medical Center, and completed pathology residency at Baylor College of Medicine.

In January 2010, Quinnipiac began the complex accreditation process to establish a medical school with an emphasis on primary care. The university plans to enroll the charter class by fall 2013.

Haycocks said he was drawn to Quinnipiac by the unique role faculty have at the new medical school, where education is emphasized over research and clinical work. "Here at Quinnipiac the faculty have the impetus, the technology and the time to truly focus on teaching," he said.

The school's interdisciplinary educational model also seeks to educate medical students alongside other health care students in an integrated curriculum. "Delivering health care is an extraordinary team-based effort where everyone has to respect and understand each other's roles," Haycocks said.

"Dr. Haycocks' expertise in pathology, pathophysiology and mechanisms of disease will be invaluable as we develop and then teach our students the science that underlies and explains human disease as it is expressed in patients," said Dr. Bruce Koeppen, founding dean of the Frank H. Netter, M.D., School of Medicine.

Haycocks earned his medical degree from Virginia Commonwealth University. He earned a doctorate in experimental pathology from the University of Texas Medical Branch and a bachelor's degree in chemistry from Mary Washington College.