Surgical Education Research Laboratory — People
Ross E. Willis, PhD, Associate Professor Ross Willis holds is an Associate Professor in the Department of Surgery. He holds a master's degree in human factors psychology and a doctoral degree in cognitive psychology from Texas Tech University. Dr. Willis's background is in cognition and learning theory, with a specific focus on applying theoretical principles of cognition to curriculum development and evaluation. Prior to coming to the University of Texas Health Science at San Antonio, he was a researcher at the Air Force Office of Scientific Research where he conducted basic and applied research on cognitive task analysis. During his tenure at the University of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio, he has worked on several projects applying theoretical principles such as deliberate practice, dual-coding theory of memory, generation effect, and proactive interference to the surgical education environment.
Current Research Residents
Mohammed Al Fayyadh, MD, Resident
Dr. Al Fayyadh received his MD degree from Al-Kindy College of Medicine/University of Baghdad. Dr. Al Fayyadh's areas of clinic joined the general surgery residency program at UTHSCSA in 2010. His areas of clinical interest is trauma/emergency surgery. His research in the Surgical Education Laboratory has focused on developing proficiency benchmarks based on automaticity theory, inductive reasoning, and patients' perceptions of resident involvement in their surgical care.
Past Research Residents
John Wiersch, MD, Resident
Dr. Wiersch received his MD degree from Penn State in 2009. Dr. Wiersch joined the general surgery residency program at UTHSCSA in 2010. His area of clinical interest is pediatric surgery. His research in the Surgical Education Laboratory focused on developing a training curriculum and assessment instruments for microvascular surgery and inductive reasoning.
Pedro Pablo Gomez, MD, Resident
Dr. Gomez received his MD degree from Universidad CES, Colombia, in 2006. Dr. Gomez joined the general surgery residency program at UTHSCSA in 2010. His areas of clinical interest include minimally invasive, endoscopic and robotic surgery. His research in the Surgical Education Laboratory focused on development and validation of robotic surgery training curriculum, examining the transferability of flexible endoscopy skills learned from virtual reality and physical model simulators, evaluating a visiting international medical student program at UTHSCSA, and factors related to designing optimum practice schedules for learning psychomotor skills.
Andrew Adams, MD, Resident
Dr. Andrew Adams is a native of Guyana. He completed medical school at the American International School of Medicine in Georgetown, Guyana. Dr. Adams's research in the Surgical Education Laboratory focused on developing and evaluating an advanced suturing and knot-tying skills curriculum, evaluating the impact of high- and low-fidelity simulators for learning ACLS skills, and generating practice questions as method of studying for the ABSITE.
John Admire, MD, Resident
Dr. Admire grew up in Denton, Texas. He attended UT- Austin for his undergraduate degree in Biology. John attended medical school at the University of Texas Medical Branch in Galveston, completing his degree in 2011. Dr. Admire's research in the Surgical Education Laboratory focused on evaluating technical skills decay as a function of training with a proficiency-based curriculum, developing and evaluating a tool for learning suturing skills, and the implementation of a laparoscopic common bile duct exploration simulator.