Dr. Fred M. Jacobs currently serves as the chair of the St. George’s University Department of Medicine as well as the University’s executive vice president. Having formerly served as a member of the University Board of Trustees and as a clinical professor of medicine at SGU, Dr. Jacobs returned to SGU to build on the University’s unique clinical training program by recruiting the best clinical faculty and by teaching clinicians to become even more effective teachers.
Among Dr. Jacobs many plans for the clinical program includes designating more time for small group discussion. “Medicine moves very fast, and it is no longer enough to just see a lot during a clinical program,” said Dr. Jacobs. “We need to teach students to think like doctors and give them time to for
In 1990, Dr. Jacobs graduated from Rutgers University School of Law in Newark and is admitted to the Bars of New Jersey and Florida. Prior to returning to SGU, Dr. Jacobs held the position of commissioner of the New Jersey Department of Health and Senior Services under Governors Dick Codey and John Corzine.
Dr. Jacobs earned his three degrees at Colgate University, the University of Miami School of Medicine, and Rutgers University School of Law. He trained in internal medicine at Maimonides Medical Center and Mount Sinai Hospital in New York and completed a pulmonary research fellowship at the University of California, San Francisco Medical Center, and a chief residency in pulmonary disease at Kings County Hospital Center in New York. He is board certified in both internal medicine and pulmonary disease. He is a fellow of the American College of Physicians, the American College of Chest Physicians, and the American College of Legal Medicine.