University: Home | Calendar | Maps
We Make Lives Better

Facilitated Acceptance to Medical Education (FAME) Program

Faculty

 

Dr. Hans Heidner - Program Co-Director

Dr. Hans Heidner's Bio


Title: Professor of Virology


Hometown:Santa Barbara, California

What colleges have you attended?

California Polytechnic State University at San Luis Obispo. California North Carolina State University MS in Veterinary Microbiology University of California at Davis Ph.D. in Microbiology Postdoctoral Fellowship. University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill


At which campus do you work?

UTSA


What is your favorite thing about your campus?

My favorite thing about my job at UTSA is that I get to celebrate the success of my students. This can be student success on the exams in my course, having a graduate student get a paper accepted for publication, or having former students get admitted to graduate and professional programs. It is truly rewarding to help students realize their educational and career goals.


What is the name of the FAME course you will be teaching and what is one thing a student can look forward to in your class?

I am not an instructor for any of the FAME courses, but my virology and immunology courses can be taken as an elective. The content of both of these courses is highly relevant to medical students and physicians. I hope to see you in class.


Do you have any advice for our future FAME students?

My advice to the FAME students is to not be an anonymous student who toils along in solitude. Get to know your classmates, talk to your instructors inside and outside of class, and when you need help do not hesitate to seek assistance from those whose job it is to help you.

 

Dr. Alan Vince - Program Co-Director

Title: Director, University Health Professions Office,  Faculty Associate: Center for Medical Humanities and Ethics UT School of Medicine at San Antonio

 

Hometown: Grosse Pointe Woods, Michigan

 

 

What colleges have you attended?

B.A. University of California at Santa Barbara
M.A. Columbia University
M.Ed. Columbia University
Ph.D. University of New Mexico


At which campus do you work?

UTSA


What is your favorite thing about your campus?

The students, and their potential for learning and developing insight, and seeing them succeed in realizing their goals.


What is the name of the FAME course you will be teaching and what is one thing a student can look forward to in your class?

Medical Humanities. This course provides a grounding in what it means to practice medicine from the medical education experience to understanding the patients experience of illness. The medical humanities and health care ethics provide a gateway to understanding medical practice as a humanistic activity.


Do you have any advice for our future FAME students?

Begin early to appreciate the many dimensions of what it means to pursue a career in medicine and cultivate the multitude of skills that will help you to develop.

 

Dr. Fidel Santamaria- Assistant Professor

  

Dr. Fidel Santamaria's Bio


Title:Assistant Professor of Computation and Neural Systems


Hometown: Mexico City, DF, Mexico

What colleges have you attended?

Centro Universitario México (México City, DF)
National Autonomous University of Mexico (UNAM), Mexico City, DF
California Institute of Technology (Caltech), Pasadena, CA

     

At which campus do you work?

UTSA

 

What is your favorite thing about your campus?

There are two Starbucks and all the baristas know my drink (Grande Americano with room)

 

What is the name of the FAME course you will be teaching and what is one thing a student can look forward to in your class?

Physics
Hard work, but it will be fun.

 

Do you have any advice for our future FAME students?

Never fear to leave your hometown.

 

 

Dr. George R. Negrete

 

Title: Professor of Chemistry 

 

Hometown: Compton, California

 

What colleges have you attendeded?

San Jose State University, Stanford University, and the University of California, Santa Cruz

     

At which campus do you work?

UTSA

 

What is your favorite thing about your campus?

The desert flowers that bloom in the spring are spectacular.

 

What is the name of the FAME course you will be teaching and what is one thing a student can look forward to in your class?

Organic chemistry; in my class, we will be learning new concepts continuously and we will integrate them into a comprehensive picture of organic chemistry.

 

Do you have any advice for our future FAME students?

Be wildly curious, unrelentingly passionate, and doggedly persistent in everything you do…and have great time.

 

Dr. Stanton McHardy

 

Title: Director, Center for Innovation in Drug Discovery

 

Hometown: Waring, Texas

 

What colleges have you attendeded?

B. Sc. Chemistry Texas Lutheran University, Ph.D. and post-doctoral study University of Utah

     

At which campus do you work?

UTSA

 

What is your favorite thing about your campus?

Growth and opportunities for students and new degree plans.

 

What is the name of the FAME course you will be teaching and what is one thing a student can look forward to in your class?

Medicinal Chemistry.  Students will learn the drug discovery process in detail from start to finish…

 

Do you have any advice for our future FAME students?

Stay up with homework, the condensed curriculum will require a lot of individual/group work outside of classes.

 

Dr. Stacey Passalacqua

 

Title: Assistant Professor of Communication

 

Hometown: San Jose, CA

 

What colleges have you attendeded?

University of California, Santa Barbara, B.A. Communication Studies
Purdue University M.A. Communication Studies
University of Arizona, Tucson, Ph.D. Health Communication

     

At which campus do you work?

UTSA

 

What is your favorite thing about your campus?

That we have a Chili's. Aside from my regular soup and salad combo, however, my favorite thing about our campus is the positive energy that emanates from the faculty, staff, and students. I find this energy contagious and feel lucky to be surrounded by it every day when I come to work.

 

What is the name of the FAME course you will be teaching and what is one thing a student can look forward to in your class?

Communication for Health Professionals. Students can look forward to gaining perspectives, knowledge, and techniques that will help them communicate and connect more effectively with patients throughout their career in medicine.

 

Do you have any advice for our future FAME students?

You are embarking on a career path that will challenge you mentally, physically, and emotionally. But as the saying goes, “Nothing worth having comes easy.” Ultimately, if you are successful in your education and training, you will be entrusted with lives. This is a profound honor in which you will find deep satisfaction, reward, and meaning. Draw on the knowledge of your eventual destination to give yourself inspiration and strength.

 


Dr. Aaron Cassill- UTSA

Dr. Aaron Cassill's Bio


Title: Professor of Genetics


Hometown:Cleveland, Ohio

What colleges have you attended?

Harvard University, Cambridge, Mass. BA in Biology
University of California, San Diego, Ph.D.


At which campus do you work?

UTSA


What is your favorite thing about your campus?

Having students and their energy around.


What is the name of the FAME course you will be teaching and what is one thing a student can look forward to in your class?

Genetics. Discovering more about how your physical form and health are guided by genes.


Do you have any advice for our future FAME students?

Learn to study smart.

 

 

Dr. Garry Sunter- Professor Plant Virology 

  

 

Title: Professor Plant Virology

 

Hometown: Trowbridge, United Kingdom

What colleges have you attended?

Chelsea College, University of London, London UK, BSc
Imperial College, University of London, London UK, PhD

     

At which campus do you work?

UTSA

 

What is your favorite thing about your campus?

The interaction between Faculty and students, both in classroom and research settings.

 

What is the name of the FAME course you will be teaching and what is one thing a student can look forward to in your class?

Biochemistry: Discovering the biochemical basis of life 

 

Do you have any advice for our future FAME students?

Study hard and do not be afraid to ask questions.

 


Dr. Matthew Gdovin - Associate Professor of Physiology

 

Title: Associate Professor of Physiology

 

Hometown:Harrisburg PA

What colleges have you attended?

UTSA BS Biology
Dartmouth Medical School, Hanover New Hampshire, PhD in Physiology

     

At which campus do you work?

UTSA

 

What is your favorite thing about your campus?

Diversity of students

 

What is the name of the FAME course you will be teaching and what is one thing a student can look forward to in your class?

Physiology. Students will be amazed at the complex, yet elegant, integration of multiple physiological systems.

 

Do you have any advice for our future FAME students?

Work smarter, not just harder.

 

 

 

Dr. Richard LeBaron - Cell Biology

 

Title: Associate Professor of Biology

Hometown: Memphis, TN

 

What colleges have you attended?

Central Texas College
Centenary College of Louisiana
Louisiana State University-Shreveport
University of Alabama at Birmingham

     

At which campus do you work?

UTSA

 

Do you have any advice for our future FAME students?

Always be willing and glad to help others but stay focused and committed to your academic and career goals.

 

 

 


GATEWAY COURSES


Dr. Bruno Doiron - Nutrition/Obesity                                              

  

Dr. Bruno Doiron's Bio

 

Title: Assistant Professor, Department of Medicine - Diabetes Division

 

Hometown:

What colleges have you attendeded?

University of Moncton, Moncton, N.-B. Canada - BA in Physical Education
University of Montreal, Montreal, Qc, Canada – M.Sc. in Physiology of Exercise
University of Paris Rene Descartes, Paris, France – Ph.D. in Gene Regulation by Nutriment

     

At which campus do you work?

UTHSCSA

 

What is your favorite thing about your campus?

It never snows, and it is always sunny.

 

What is the name of the FAME course you will be teaching and what is one thing a student can look forward to in your class?

Obesity and Nutrition – I'm pleased to be part of the FAME program that replaces the reductionism model of discipline to holistic approach combining knowledge with critical thinking. Scientific knowledge in nutrition and obesity without the context of reality (the daily life as a person into the society) could be non-productive to implant prevention or program for nutrition and obesity. Therefore, my course in obesity and nutrition in the FAME program will integrate all the multiple factors of the topic to prepare new medical professional to the reality.

 

Do you have any advice for our future FAME students?

Always understand the concept behind the knowledge and read the great classical novels of literature.

 

 

Dr. Sandra Sanchez-Reilly - Geriatrics

 

Title: Clinical Associate Professor

 

Hometown: Bogotá, Colombia

 

 

What colleges have you attendeded?

Colegio Mayor de Nuestra Señora del Rosario; Bogotá, Colombia MD

     

At which campus do you work?

UTHSCSA

 

What is your favorite thing about your campus?

Networking with inter-professional colleagues and having access to several clinical campuses and schools.

 

What is the name of the FAME course you will be teaching and what is one thing a student can look forward to in your class?

My primary role with FAME is to lead and teach the geriatrics course.

 

Do you have any advice for our future FAME students?

Pursue your dreams and remember you can do anything you want.

 

 

Dr. Jason Schillerstrom- Behavioral Health    

  

Dr. Jason Schillerstrom's Bio

 

Title: Associate Professor

 

Hometown:Sachse, TX

What colleges have you attendeded?

The University of Texas at Austin BS Zoology
UTHSCSA Doctor of Medicine

     

At which campus do you work?

UTHSCSA

 

What is your favorite thing about your campus?

The glass elevator that overlooks the Hill Country.

 

What is the name of the FAME course you will be teaching and what is one thing a student can look forward to in your class?

The FAME course I will teaching is the Gateway to Behavioral Medicine. Students can look forward to conducting patient medical interviews at University Hospital and the South Texas Veterans Health Care System. Students will learn how to formulate mental illness case presentations and propose biopsychosocial therapeutic plans under the mentorship of faculty and students.

 

Do you have any advice for our future FAME students?

Get a job. Nothing can teach you time management, professional responsibility, and peer-to-peer and patient-doctor communication like working in a real setting, regardless of the setting. Work in restaurant, work in a grocery store, work in a daycare, work anywhere… but work.

 

 

Dr. Louise O'Donnell -Behavioral Health

 

Title: Assistant Professor Departments of Psychiatry (Child and Adolescent Division) and Pediatrics (Division of Genetics, Developmental Pediatrics and Neurology)

 

Hometown: Monroe, WI.

 

What colleges have you attendeded?

University of Houston B.A. Psychology
Trinity University M.A. Clinical Psychology
University of Texas at Austin Ph.D. School Psychology-pediatric neuropsychology

     

At which campus do you work?

UTHSCSA

 

What is your favorite thing about your campus?

My favorite thing about the campus is being around creative and energetic colleagues.

 

What is the name of the FAME course you will be teaching and what is one thing a student can look forward to in your class?

The FAME course I will be co-teaching is Gateway to Behavioral Medicine. This course is designed to introduce students to the foundational skill of patient interviewing including determination of mental status. Students will participate in the psychiatric interview process at University Hospital and the South Texas Veterans Health Care System with supervision from faculty..

 

Do you have any advice for our future FAME students?

Practice your listening skills. Doctors typically conduct around 100,000 interviews over the course of their medical practice.

 

 

 

Dr. Michelle Arandes Matthews- Associate Professor Pediatrics

 

Title: Associate Professor Pediatrics

 

Hometown: Fajardo, Puerto Rico, & Austin, TX

 

What colleges have you attendeded?

The University of Texas at Austin, TX BS
UTHSCSA San Antonio, TX MD

     

At which campus do you work?

UTHSCSA

 

What is your favorite thing about your campus?

The students!

 

What is the name of the FAME course you will be teaching and what is one thing a student can look forward to in your class?

Gateway Maternal Health and Pediatrics. In this course we will learn about the history and evolution of healthcare for women and children in our country. You can look forward to learning about all aspects of the health and wellness of these groups by exploring public health programs, talking to physicians and other health care workers and developing your skills at communicating with patients and families.

 

Do you have any advice for our future FAME students?

Know that this is hard work, it will change you in many ways. Have experiences and make commitments - get a part time job, volunteer somewhere regularly or engage in a leadership role. You will learn a lot about yourself and what you are capable of and it will give you the tools to succeed and adapt to new and challenging situations.

 

 

Dr. Kate Lathrop - Cancer

 

Title:  Medical Oncology and Hematology Fellow

 

Hometown: San Antonio, Texas

 

What colleges have you attendeded?

Colorado College, Colorado Springs. Colorado
UTHSCSA School of Medicine, San Antonio, Texas

     

At which campus do you work?

UTHSCSA

 

What is your favorite thing about your campus?

The Cancer Therapy and Research Center

 

What is the name of the FAME course you will be teaching and what is one thing a student can look forward to in your class?

Oncology

 

Do you have any advice for our future FAME students?

Slow down and take a deep breath every once in a while. Pre-med students are driven and are in a hurry to get to medical school. If you really want to be a doctor, then you will one day. You will have bumps in the road and may need to apply a few times, but you will eventually get there. Medical training is a marathon and not a sprint.