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Robert A. Augustyniak, PhD

Robert A. Augustyniak

Robert A. Augustyniak, PhD

Discipline Chair for Cell Biology and Physiology
Campus: 
Carolinas Campus
Office: 

144

Department/Discipline: 
Phone: 
864-327-9831
Fax: 
864-804-6986
Email: 
raugustyniak [at] carolinas.vcom.edu
Curriculum Vitae: 

Robert A. Augustyniak, PhD is an Associate Professor and Physiology Discipline Chair at VCOM–Carolinas in Spartanburg, SC. Rob received his PhD in Physiology at Wayne State University School of Medicine in Detroit, MI, and subsequently completed a post-doctoral fellowship at the University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center in Dallas, TX.  A cardiovascular physiologist by training, his studies have focused on the blood pressure regulation during exercise and in heart failure and hypertensive states. In 2009, Rob became a founding faculty member at Oakland University William Beaumont School of Medicine where he began to focus on the scholarship of medical education. These research interests continued to grow when he moved to Spartanburg, SC in 2013.  He is profoundly interested in how medical student motivation impacts learning and in finding best practices in teaching and assessment that can increase motivation. For the past several years, he has been and continues to be active within the leadership of the APS Teaching Section.

Education

2005 The University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center Post-doctoral Fellow
2001 Wayne State University School of Medicine PhD - Physiology
1996 Wayne State University School of Medicine MS - Physiology
1994 Eastern Michigan University BS - Biology

 

Awards and Honors

  • Student Government Association, “Faculty of Block 4” (M1- cardio-respiratory physiology). 2016
  • Via 10th Annual Research Recognition Day, 2nd place poster in the Faculty Medical Education Research category, 2015
  • Student Government Association, “Faculty of Block 4” (M1- cardio-respiratory physiology), 2014
  • Student Government Association, “Faculty of Block 5” (M2- renal physiology), 2013
  • International Association of Medical Science Educator, 16th Annual Meeting Poster award nominee, 2012
  • OUWB student nominated award, “Best Science Course” (Cardiovascular system), 2012

Current Professional Organizations

  • Member, American Physiological Society
  • Treasurer – Events and Awards Chairman, American Physiological Society Teaching Section
  • Representative to the Committee on Committees, American Physiological Society Teaching Section
  • Member, American Physiological Society Awards Committee
  • Member, International Association of Medical Science Educator

Current Research Projects

  • Are higher levels of intrinsic motivation related to higher levels of class performance in medical students?

Publications

Year Published Faculty Citation PMID
2017

Spranger MD, Kaur J, Sala-Mercado JA, Krishnan AC, Abu-Hamdah R, Alvarez A, Machado TM, Augustyniak RA, O'Leary DS.  Exaggerated coronary vasoconstriction limits muscle metaboreflex-induced increases in ventricular performance in hypertension.  Am J Physiol Heart Circ Physiol. 2017 Jan 1; 312(1):H68-79. PMID: 27769997.

27769997
2016

Augustyniak RA, Ables AZ, Guilford P, Lujan HL, Cortright RN, DiCarlo SE. Intrinsic motivation:  an overlooked component for student success. Adv Physiol Educ. 2016 Dec; 40(4):465-6. PMID: 27697962.

27697962
2015

Kaur J, Spranger MD, Hammond RL, Krishnan AC, Alvarez A, Augustyniak RA, O'Leary DS. Muscle metaboreflex activation during dynamic exercise evokes epinephrine release resulting in β2-mediated vasodilation. Am J Physiol Heart Circ Physiol. 2015 Mar 1; 308(5):H524-9.

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2014

Kaur J, Spranger MD, Hammond RL, Krishnan AC, Alvarez A, Augustyniak RA, O'Leary DS. Muscle metaboreflex activation during dynamic exercise evokes epinephrine release resulting in ?2-mediated vasodilation [abstract]. FASEB J. April 2014 28:1172.2.

2014

Augustyniak RA, Spranger MD, Abu-Hamdah R, Kaur J, Hammond RL, Sala-Mercado JA, Ichinose M, O'Leary DS.  Hypertension impairs spontaneous baroreflex heart rate control during exercise and muscle metaboreflex activation (MMA) [abstract].  FASEB J, April 2014 28:1132.9.

2012

Augustyniak RA, Goldstein JG. Development and implementation of a cardiovascular organ system course at a new medical school [abstract]. J Int Assoc Med Sci Educ. 2012; 22(4S):286. Abstract no. 133.

2012

Thomas DM, Rodenbaugh DW, Augustyniak RA, Seo M, Sabina RL, Forbes WC. Evaluating the effectiveness of mandatory weekly assessments on end-of-year summative performance [abstract #121]. J Int Assoc Med Sci Educ. 2012; 22(4S):282.

2011

Augustyniak RA, Rodenbaugh DW, Bee MT, Hartrick CT, Kitchens MW, Schanzer B, Reygaert WC, Rozek RJ, Lucarelli JF, Sabina RL. Development of an undergraduate pre-medical student course using team-based learning (TBL) to integrate basic sciences [abstract]. Team-Based Learning Collaborative, 10th Annual Meeting; 2011 Mar: p. 29. Abstract no.103.

2011

Augustyniak RA, Rodenbaugh DW, Sabina RL. Using narrated PowerPoint presentations as preparatory materials to enhance in-class active learning of basic sciences [abstract]. Experimental Biology; 2011 Apr. Abstract no. 2539.