Robert Mele, DPM, received a doctorate in podiatric medicine (DPM) from the Pennsylvania College of Podiatric Medicine. After completing a podiatric surgical residency program at the Osteopathic Medical Center of Philadelphia he practiced as a physician of podiatric medicine and surgery for 15 years serving the needs of the Philadelphia and Southern New Jersey communities. He holds a BA in Biology from LaSalle University.
Mele managed and treated a diverse population encompassing the preadolescent to geriatric patient. Of special interest was the provision of care to the diabetic patient, with special emphasis placed upon the treatment and prevention of wounds as they affect the lower extremity. He was an attending podiatric surgeon and a member of the podiatric surgical training programs at five medical centers based in the Philadelphia and southern New Jersey region. He has been an educator for over 26 years.
Mele educates his students via a common-sense approach. During clinical practice he instructed his surgical residents to educate patients utilizing language that was familiar to the lay person with special attention directed at the avoidance of “talking down” to individuals. In the office, patient education was delivered in a clear, concise and understandable manner which takes into consideration the educational level of the recipient. These methods pertain to all levels of teaching the nursing student—face-to-face lecture or online environment—as well as, delivery of educational materials in an online asynchronous course shell. In addition, special attention is directed at presenting real life examples or analogous patient scenarios as an adjunct to the delivery of pathophysiological materials. Ultimately, the two-fold purpose of this methodology is to enable the student to learn, with the understanding that they will ultimately become the patient educator.
- Member – Drexel Christian Faculty Group 2016-present
- Mentor – Health Sciences Doctoral Program
- Faculty Member – University Judicial Affairs Committee (Student Conduct Board) 2011-2018
- Faculty Member – MSN Department – Advanced Integrative Clinical Concepts Development
- Faculty Member – MSN Department – Curriculum Development
Osteopathic Medical Center of Philadelphia – Podiatric Surgical Residency Program (1990-91)
Pennsylvania College of Podiatric Medicine – Doctor of Podiatric Medicine (1990)
LaSalle University – BA in Biology (1983)