Regents' Proceedings 911
John Roderick Gwynne Gosling, M.D., Associate Professor of Obstetrics and Gynecology, retired from active faculty status on August 31, 1986, after more than 30 years of distinguished service as a clinician and teacher at The University of Michigan.
Professor Gosling earned his M.D. degree from The University of Michigan in 1950. After completing his internship and two years of residency training in obstetrics and gynecology, he resigned in 1953 to enter military service. From 1953 to 1955 he served at Fort Monmouth, New Jersey, where he received a letter of commendation from the Surgeon General, was named outstanding physician at Fort Monmouth, and was decorated for meritorious achievement as chief of the obstetrics and gynecology service at Fort Monmouth.
Following his discharge in 1955, Professor Gosling returned to The University of Michigan, where he was a volunteer resident in obstetrics and gynecology in the department of pathology. He became an instructor in the department of obstetrics and gynecology in 1956, was promoted to assistant professor in 1959, and to associate professor in 1962, a position he held until his retirement.
During his years at The University of Michigan, Professor Gosling received several honors and awards, including the Medical Students' Senior Award for Best Teacher in 1959, the Markle Foundation Scholar Award and the Galen's Shovel in 1960, the University of Michigan Distinguished Service Award in 1961, and the Henry Russel Award in 1962. Professor Gosling also served on various national, state, and university societies and committees. His administrative duties included two tenures at Wayne County General Hospital/Westland Medical Center as director of the department of obstetrics and gynecology (1961-64; 1971-85), assistant dean of the medical school (1964-66), and coordinator for obstetric-gynecology affiliated hospitals, postgraduate education (1965-72).
Professor Gosling's teaching skills are well-known among the multitude of young physicians he helped recruit and train, many of whom have gone on to achieve national reputations. Among his many publications is the textbook, Fundamentals of Gynecology, which is considered to be a classic in its field. He has also appeared in two educational television series and 52 educational radio programs. Professor Gosling's recent major teaching interests have been in gynecologic pathology, an area in which he has greatly enhanced resident training.
The Regents now salute this distinguished health educator for his dedicated service by naming John R. G. Gosling Associate Professor Emeritus of Obstetrics and Gynecology.