Surgery Education - Our Residents & Fellows
John Admire, MD
General Surgery Resident
Ross Willis, PhD, Assistant Professor and Director of Surgical Education, UT Department of Surgery, UTHSCSA, San Antonio, TX
MD, University of Texas Medical Branch at Galveston, Galveston, TX, 2011
BS with Honors, University of Texas at Austin, Austin TX 2006
UTHSCSA General Surgery Resident 7/2011 - present
UTHSCSA Research Resident 7/2013 - present
Current Research Activities:
My current research interest is largely in surgical education. Surgical skill labs are a relatively recent addition to the the surgical training experience, but they offer potentially valuable resources to both medical students and residents in both surgical and non-surgical specialties. I have become interested in the acquisition and retention of surgical skills in medical students, specifically in those going into residencies that are not traditional surgical specialties. Basic surgical technique whether it be in repairing a small laceration in a primary care clinic or placing and securing a central line in the MICU is a vastly underrated set of skills and one that needs to be emphasized in undergraduate medical education. Basic open surgical skills curricula have been studied and validated for the training of surgery residents, but not much time has been dedicated to the retention of surgical skills in non-surgeons. This is an area I will be exploring in my time as a surgical research resident.
Additionally, I will be collaborating with others within the divisions of General Surgery, Vascular Surgery and Trauma Surgery on a variety of topics ranging from advanced laparoscopic skills simulation to the appropriate care for pediatric skull trauma.
UTHSCSA General Surgery Residency Clinical PGY-1 and PGY-2 years (July 2011-June 2013)
Research Experience Prior to this Program:
2010, Research Assistant, co-author. Research involving recombinant activated factor VIIa administration to coagulopathic neurotrauma patients; Faculty Advisor: Carlos V.R. Brown, MD, Trauma Medical Director, UT Southwestern-Austin Program.
2007, Research Lab Technician, Principal investigator Hui Zou, PhD, UT Southwestern Dept of Molecular Biology. Conducted many PCRs, maintained frog tanks, and performed a number of other molecular studies.
2006, Research Assistant, Research in Spinal Muscular Atrophy with knockout mice as the model organism; performed PCR, motor endplate counts/analysis and microdissections. Faculty Advisor: Wesley Thompson PhD, UT Austin, Department of Neurobiology.
2005-2006, Research Assistant, research in signal integration and cognition with rhesus monkeys as the model organism. Worked with the monkeys on a weekly basis to train them to make decisions based on visual prompts from a monitor. As they were making decisions, signal output in the form of local potentials was recorded at various brain nuclei allowing for assessment of cognitive patterns from progressive locales along the signal integration pathway. Faculty Advisor: Alex Huk PhD. UT-Austin Department of Neurobiology.
Brown CV, Sowery L, Curry E, Valadka AB, Glover CS, Grabarkewitz K, Green T, Hail S, Admire J. Recombinant factor VIIa to correct coagulopathy in patients with traumatic brain injury presenting to outlying facilities before transfer to the regional trauma center. Am Surg. 2012 Jan;78(1):57-60.
I am interested in a career in Trauma Surgery or Minimally Invasive Surgery. Trauma Surgery drew me into the field of General Surgery and has undergone changes over the recent decades that have made it very different from what it was a generation ago. It is exciting to see the improvement in outcomes that is a product of the research in the field. My interest in MIS has arisen more recently as I have been exposed to the procedures. Operations in the MIS field can be very technically demanding and offer patients an alternative to larger incisions with more post-operative pain. Bariatric surgery is a burgeoning field within MIS with promising results in terms of reducing the severity of medical conditions such as type II diabetes and hypertension and at times eradicating them altogether. Those that are obese represent a growing at risk population nationwide, and I am very interested in the surgical aspect of addressing this problem.
Outside of work, I try to keep up with the Texas Rangers and Dallas Cowboys as well as UT Football. I try to make it out to the golf course every now and then, and on Sundays I help set up and break down stages and classrooms at my church. My goal is to complete a triathlon before research year is over. We'll see if it happens.
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