Leaders in Medical Education

Dr. David Spiro, Co-Founder of ReelDX

Thasin Jaigirdar
Published on Jul 27, 2015. Updated on Invalid date.

), about his background and vision for incorporating real-life patient videos into the medical education and healthcare systems. Dr. Spiro received his BA from University of Virginia and his MD degree from University of california at San Francisco. He also has a Masters in Public Health from University of Alabama Birmingham. He is currently an Associate Professor of Pediatrics at Oregon Health & Science University.

How did you first become interested in Medical education?
After my residency in pediatrics, I spent 5 years on the Oregon Coast working as a rural pediatrician paying off loan debt. During this time I had residents rotate with my practice and this confirmed my interest and passion for teaching.

Can you share your background on how you got to where you are right now?
Long story! College at University of Virginia, Med school at UCSF, Residency at Denver Children’s Hospital, Fellowship in Pediatric EM at UAB, then 3 years on Faculty at Yale University before my position as Chief of Pediatric EM at Oregon Health and Science University. At OHSU we developed the first Pediatric ER in Oregon and started a fellowship in PEM in 2009.

How did you come up with the idea for ReelDx? Where would you like to see it in the next year? Five years?
The idea was born when on I was on faculty at Yale. I started teaching using short video clips of patients with undifferentiated disease. I taught real patient video-visual diagnosis locally, regionally, and nationally with these video cases, which are a powerful and visceral method to learn medicine synchronously and asynchronously (flipped classroom). Years later I met Billy Kelly, one of the founders of WebMD, and we started ReelDx to scale my work with other providers and specialties.

In the next year our plan is to have this in the hands of many students in health professional schools across the US and world. We are partnering with other companies such as Osmosis and Clarity, and see future development of strategic partners.


What are 2-3 changes you would like to see in the current medical education system? Healthcare system?
Big topics to answer. For medical education the flipped classroom model is the future, along with use of real patient video, simulation, and other adjuncts to improve early medical learning. For healthcare overall, and more unified, universal system of care. Free medical education, free medical care with an obligation for service afterwards.

Do you have any final thoughts regarding the medical profession as a whole?
I am confidently optimistic about the future of medicine. We are super thrilled to be working with the Osmosis team to provide outstanding content and organization process for learning medicine.