Medical Education Faculty Profile of the Week

Medical educators in the Paul L. Foster School of Medicine play a vital role in training the next generation of physicians. In order to provide TTUHSC El Paso medical students with the knowledge, professionalism, and compassion to become excellent doctors, a diverse group of clinical and basic science educators make up the core faculty that educate them. This TechView series highlights our University’s medical educators to help explain their roles around campus.

Dolgor Baatar, M.D., Ph.D.Dolgor Baatar 1
Assistant Professor of Medical Education
Course Director, Scientific Principles of Medicine (Yr 1)

Education:
Research Fellow, National Institute on Aging in Baltimore, M.D.
Ph.D., Oita Medical University in Oita, Japan
M.D., I.M. Sechenov First Moscow State Medical University in Moscow, Russia

What is your medical education specialty?
Immunology and anatomy.

Describe your teaching strategies. What makes them unique or innovative?
I believe that the teaching sessions should not be used solely for delivery of information, such as didactic lectures. Information can be provided prior to the session in the form of narrated Power Point slides, electronic learning modules, monographs, etc.

While in the classroom, students should be given an opportunity to exercise applying the knowledge and a chance to assess the acquired knowledge. These two learning strategies have been shown to result not only in a better retention of the knowledge, but also an improved diagnostic ability of medical students. Therefore, I use my session time for presenting clinical cases, asking basic science questions related to the case, and discussing the answers. I also provide students with various learning materials prior to the lecture in the form of interactive learning modules and practice quizzes, or self-tests.

What can prospective students expect to learn in your classroom?
I expect my students to learn all the important pathologic mechanisms that underlie the disease process. I believe that this understanding will help them to diagnose diseases better and to select the best treatment option.

Do you conduct research? If so, what do you study?
I am currently studying the effect of self-tests on student performance in basic science examinations in medical school.