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Victor P.

Austin, TX

$55/hr

A SURGEON who is fun, patient, experienced and loves teaching!

Background check passed as of 12/8/13
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A SURGEON who is fun, patient, experienced and loves teaching!

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Learning and sharing knowledge are my life. As a medical doctor and surgeon I’ve done plenty of studying, lots of learning from others, as well as teaching, explaining, listening and communicating. As a tutor I look forward to getting to know your unique way of thinking and your particular academic challenge. I’m highly flexible and contactable; I can work on short notice and can often proof-read documents almost immediately. I only keep a very small and select group of students at any one time. This enables me to get to know you better and makes our work together much more productive, effective, and enjoyable. I am passionate about teaching and I work hard at it because there are few greater pleasures than helping someone master an idea and make it their own.

As a pediatric surgeon I have had the opportunity to convey important and complex scientific concepts to adults and children of all ages, usually under difficult circumstances. I’ve learned to distill an idea and share it in its purest form, using plain language, visual aids whenever possible, and tailoring my approach to ensure that my student has grasped the concept.

Einstein once wrote, "The most beautiful thing we can experience is the mysterious. It is the source of all art and science." I believe the mysterious is beautiful because it dares us to understand it... and ALL humans are experts at understanding. I love proving this to each and every one of my students.

Testimonials

"Best Tutor! Highly recommend!"

- Lexy, Austin, TX on 10/28/13
Victor replied on 11/17/2013

Lexy was a fantastic student to work with. She was driven, motivated, and very hard-working. Tutoring is like dancing, both participants need to meet the other half-way and be willing to go beyond that to get real results.

We all have shortcomings but the right attitude towards learning can more than make up for anything else.

I measure my success by the academic achievements of my students but also by seeing them discover the joy of learning more about the world and getting them closer to their professional goals.

Thanks again Lexy!

"Patient, Thorough, and Effective"

- R WaynE, Austin, TX on 8/10/14
Victor replied on 8/10/2014

Wayne has been an absolute pleasure to work with. He is beaming with enthusiasm and passion for learning and commanding Spanish, has fun discovering it and isn't afraid to try using it in new ways. I believe this is exactly the best approach to learning a new language.

In the process of adjusting and personalizing our sessions, I keep testing him by gently "throwing him off the deep end" and he somehow keeps succeeding and gaining something out of each challenge.

I couldn't wish for a better student. Thank you Wayne for your kind and generous words.

"Very helpful & knowledgeable tutor!"

- Megan, Austin, TX on 2/20/14

"Great Tutor"

- Jose, Austin, TX on 2/18/14
Victor replied on 2/18/2014

It has been great to work with Jose and to tailor our sessions to his unique line of work and his interests. His passion for his profession is infectious which makes it something great to look forward to at our time together. Thank you Jose, always a pleasure!

English:
English, ESL/ESOL,
Grammar, Proofreading,
Public Speaking,
Reading, Vocabulary,
Writing
Language:
ESL/ESOL,
Spanish
History:
Geography
Elementary Education:
Elementary (K-6th), Elementary Science,
Grammar, Reading, Spelling,
Study Skills,
Vocabulary
Business:
Public Speaking
Homeschool:
Biology,
Elementary (K-6th), English, ESL/ESOL,
Reading, Spanish,
Study Skills,
Writing
Test Preparation:
College Counseling
Sports/Recreation:
Fitness,
Martial Arts
Corporate Training:
College Counseling, ESL/ESOL,
Grammar, Proofreading,
Public Speaking,
Spanish

Approved subjects are in bold.

Approved subjects

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Anatomy

I first studied anatomy during the advanced college courses of my Biology major, including Vertebrate Anatomy and Physiology, among others. Then I dedicated my Senior Thesis to a comparative study of the functional anatomy of the human arm compared to the forelimbs of other primates as well as other mammals. The thesis included several tissue dissections and various teaching modules and was honored by the Sigma Xi Science Honor Society.

In Medical School I spent 18 intense months studying human anatomy. This was followed by 9 years as a surgical resident during which time I performed well over 1,000 operations, all requiring expert knowledge of human anatomy.

Lastly, in preparation for the post-graduate exams in order to become a Member of the Royal Colleges of Surgeons (of England, Scotland, and Ireland) I had to study anatomy once again. I successfully passed all the written, verbal, and human dissection lab components of the exam.

Biology

I hold a bachelor's degree in Biology with emphasis in Vertebrates but also involved Microbiology, Ecology and several other core subjects.

My Biology Senior Thesis was on comparative functional anatomy in man and primates which was honored by the Sigma Xi Science Honor Society. Part of my thesis included teaching and the creation of didactic materials for future students.

Moreover, I hold a Medical Degree from the Royal College of Surgeons in Ireland and have 9 years of clinical experience in medicine, surgery and many of its various sub-specialities.

Finally, I continue to enjoy a life-long fascination with life in all of its forms and I am currently working on a multi-part documentary I am making of wildlife for my toddler daughters to one day watch and learn to appreciate the life around us.

Elementary Science

In high school I enjoyed all of my science courses, was part of the Astronomy Club, did research in genetics in the summer, participated in the Olympiad of the Mind Regional Science Competitions and was a finalist at the New York State Department of Energy Competition for Innovative Alternative Sources of Energy.

I hold a Bachelor's Degree in Biology from Hamilton College (Top 25 Liberal Arts Colleges) with a Senior Thesis honored by the Sigma Xi Science Honor Society. As part of my pre-med requirements I completed a year of (each): inorganic chemistry, organic chemistry, physics, calculus.

Moreover, I hold a Medical Degree from the Royal College of Surgeons in Ireland and have 9 years of clinical experience in medicine, surgery and many of its various sub-specialities.

Finally, I continue to enjoy a life-long fascination with science in all of its forms, from Astronomy to Ecology to Zoology. I was first inspired to be a scientist when I was very young. I know how important it is to be introduced science by being shown its importance and relevance, but it's just as important to also experience the excitement of discovery from the very beginning.

ESL/ESOL

Learning English as a second language is a unique endeavor for both children and adults which makes it unlike any other subject. This is because there are subtle, but very important cultural and every-day factors that must be considered when learning English *after* having arrived to the United States.

I lived this extraordinary experience when I was 11 years old and we moved from Mexico to the U.S. I didn't know more than 3 or 4 sentences and didn't understand most of the English I heard or read.

With the help of a dedicated ESL teacher and much hard work I was able to fully integrate myself academically and socially within 1 school year, join extra-curricular activities, take my SAT exams, attend a highly competitive college and continue onto a world-class medical school. I have even moved on to learning Italian and some French!

But I have never forgotten the surreal feeling of living in a country without speaking the language: the challenges this presents and the emotions it elicits: excitement, uncertainty, confusion, disorientation, misunderstanding, homesickness. It is all part of the 'ESL/ESOL Experience.' This is why, over the past 27 years I have always taken the opportunity to get involved in integrating new arrivals and to teach English to anyone who might need it. I have studied languages, taken a college course in translation, and taught both English and Spanish to many students of all ages.

I look forward to helping you integrate into your new English-speaking environment so that you too can establish your new home, thrive at school or work, contribute to your surroundings and enjoy the amazing experience of living in more than one culture.

Fitness

My medical degree involved mastery of human anatomy, biochemistry, exercise physiology as well as the practical science of identifying mechanisms of physical injury as well as understanding and implementing adequate preventative measures as well as treatment modalities.
My 9 years of clinical experience has exposed me to the many consequences of an unfit lifestyle as well as to the body's ability to transform itself upon implementation of scientifically-sound interventions involving improved nutrition, life-style habits, structured exercise, stress-reduction techniques, psychological factors, smoking cessation, and a generally positive outlook on life.
Over the past 18 months I have completed numerous Continuing Medical Education courses in Lifestyle Medicine (including Exercise Prescription, to name one) from Harvard University Medical School and Yale University.

Geography

One learns a subject best when it is relevant to one's life. Geography has always been an important part of my life ever since I browsed my first issue of National Geographic Magazine as a child.

Ever since, I have been fortunate enough to have made good friends from all over the world while living in 4 countries in 2 continents while always keeping a passionate curiosity to learn about the people around me.

I was born and raised in Mexico the first 11 years. I then lived in the United States for another 11 years, then in Ireland for 13, in England for 1, and in France for 6 months.

I have traveled extensively to Mexico, Canada, Puerto Rico, Chile, Argentina, Ireland, France, Italy, Greece, England, Scotland, Wales, Northern Ireland, Germany, Austria, Switzerland, Spain, Portugal, Finland, Norway, Sweden, Luxembourg, Belgium, Netherlands, The Vatican, in addition to countless places in the United States. And I have always been interested in learning about other people's lives and environment, be it natural, cultural or political.

And I have a passion for world food, which is also one great way to appreciate other nations and their culture! : )

So let's discover the world together!

Martial Arts

After having done some boxing as a preteen, I have spent the past 21 years involved in the practice and teaching of reality-based self-defense techniques, have organized self-defense workshops for college women, and have completed a 6-month course in practical Tae-kwon-do as well as an intensive Krav maga course. Moreover, I have continued to study and teach krav maga over the years to relatives and colleagues with a focus on practical and effective self-defense.

Microbiology

I have completed multiple courses on Microbiology as part of my Biology college degree (1995), Clinical Microbiology in Medical School (2000), as well as having studied it again for my surgical post-graduate qualification (Member of the Royal Colleges of Surgeons) which I successfully completed it in 2009. Since completing Medical School (2002) I have worked in a clinical setting administering antibiotics and attending regular Microbiology and Infectious Diseases conferences for 9 years.

Nursing

As a Medical Doctor with over 13 years of experience in a hospital environment I have had the opportunity to work with some of the most talented nurses in the world. They are an infinite repository of knowledge and experience and have always been happy to educate the newest and most clueless clinician in the team! I cannot measure how much I have learned from some nurses.

In addition to having a very solid grounding in the basic and clinical sciences required in Nursing, I am also very familiar with many of the day-to-day duties Nurses, Medical Assistants, and EMT's are expected to fulfill in the work place.

I look forward to helping you learn more about this most noble field.

Nutrition

My medical degree involved mastery of human anatomy, biochemistry, physiology and pharmacology as well as understanding and implementing adequate preventative measures as well as treatment modalities to maintain or achieve the best health. Nutrition lies at the center of good health and the prevention of disease.

My decade of clinical experience has exposed me to the many consequences of poor or neglectful nutrition as well as to the body's ability to transform itself upon implementation of scientifically-sound and comprehensive interventions involving optimized nutrition.

Over the past 18 months I have completed numerous Continuing Medical Education courses including:

The Harvard Medical School Lifestyle Medicine curriculum (including Nutrition, Metabolic Syndrome, Obesity).

The Yale University School of Medicine's Weight Management Counseling Program for Healthcare Providers.

The Nutrition for Health Promotion and Disease Prevention Program of the University of California at San Francisco.

Physiology

I first studied Physiology during the advanced college courses of my Biology major, including Vertebrate Physiology, among others. My Senior Thesis was awarded a certificate of recognition by Sigma Xi, the Science Honor Society.

In Medical School I studied Human Physiology intensively for the first 2 years and continued to deepen my understanding thereafter while applying it in the clinical setting. This was followed by 9 years as a surgical resident during which time I managed thousands of patients and performed well over 1,000 operations, all requiring expert understanding of human physiology.

Most recently, in 2008 I successfully completed the post-graduate examinations required and became a Member of the Royal Colleges of Surgeons (of England, Ireland and Scotland). These exams, once again, tested my expertise in mastering all the clinical sciences, including physiology.

Proofreading

As a surgeon with 10 years of clinical and research experience I have had to proofread countless documents for my own education and career as well as for those of many others.

I actually enjoy and take pride in taking the time to ensure my ideas will be presented in writing in the clearest and most effective manner. Proofreading requires an obsessive attention to detail and wisdom to know what to leave in and what to cut out in order for the idea to shine through. This is how proofreading and proper editing merge into one another and the two most be a seamless process.

I look forward to helping you make the very best of your ideas in writing.

Public Speaking

Ever since High School I have had many opportunities to speak in public both formally and informally. At Hamilton College, my Biology degree required several presentations. At the Royal College of Surgeons in Ireland several clinical projects were presented to my classmates. Since graduating from Medical School (2002) clinical surgical training has required me to regularly present patient cases, as well as research projects, in several settings: from small group tutorials to international surgical conferences. All requiring thorough preparation, audio-visual media planning and rehearsal as well as plenty of giving and receiving of constructive criticism. I have taught public speaking to over a dozen junior residents in preparation for their own conference presentations.

Spanish

I am a native Spanish speaker since I was born and raised in Mexico City. To this day I have continued to communicate with my immediate family and relatives exclusively in full Spanish and we pride ourselves in respectfully avoiding the blending of English and Spanish, which occurs so often and takes away from the integrity of both beautiful languages.

As part of my College degree I hold a Minor in Latin American Studies, which involved several courses, all writing-intensive and all requiring extensive reading of Spanish-language literature. Among these courses was the" Art of Spanish Translation."

I have traveled throughout Mexico and Spain, as well as to Puerto Rico, and Chile, which has exposed me to several of the many accents in the language. I am proud to observe, even if I am perhaps somewhat biased, that in my experience, Mexican Spanish is one of the clearest and most universally understood and easy-to-learn forms of the language since it denotes each and every letter and the sounds aren't as nuanced as in other countries.

I look forward to sharing my love for my mother language with you and wish you all the very best in mastering it.

Spelling

I hold a Bachelor's Degree from Hamilton College (New York) which is a liberal arts institution with strict communication requirements of all its graduates, irrespective of major. All programs have a minimum number of courses which are reading, writing, and/or public speaking intensive. This education gave me a sound foundation in spelling.

Moreover, having been a Biology Major and having completed Medical School after College, my entire career has depended on attention to detail and accurate spelling since I deal with Greco-latin terminology in medicine such as 'Sternocleidomastoid fasciitis' as well as ever changing medication trade names such as 'Paclitaxel', and 'Trastuzumab'!

A large part of medical training and practice involves writing reports, presentations and submitting papers for publication. This gives most practitioners very strong writing skills.

I look forward to helping you develop your writing skills, starting with meticulous spelling which will serve you well for a very long time. And don't forget that one of the best ways to improve your spelling is to read... a whole lot! so when the moment comes for you to write a new word... the right spelling will "just look right" to you!

Best of luck in your studies!

Study Skills

I have rarely been one of those students who seem to sail through courses effortlessly. Therefore I have had to rely on solid study habits, discipline, and diligence to complete my Biology degree, my senior thesis (which was recognized by Sigma Xi, the science honor society), my subsequent medical degree, and gain my post-graduate qualification as a member of the Royal Colleges of Surgeons (of England, Scotland and Ireland).

Study skills are usually learned by much trial and error which can be awfully time-consuming, frustrating, and sometimes downright discouraging. I can can put my many years of learned study skills to good use - and to the test - by sharing my experience of taking on difficult and dense subjects and ensuring their successful mastery with the right skills.

These essential skills include finding the best support from one's family, identifying the right time and space to study effectively, choosing and organizing one's materials, creating a realistic schedule which works with all other distractors, not against them. Moreover, we can review specific memorizing techniques, word associations, audio-visual techniques, test-taking skills, and mastering complicated concepts by breaking them down into manageable pieces. Studying is as much of an art as it is a science. And it is also a sport in that only practice can make perfect.

Studying and self-education is a life-long endeavor in my field of medicine and I know I can help you to study better, more efficiently and more enjoyably!

Best of luck!

Vocabulary

I hold a Bachelor's Degree from Hamilton College (New York) which is a liberal arts institution with strict communication requirements of all its graduates, irrespective of their major. All programs have a minimum number of courses which are reading, writing, and/or public speaking intensive. This education gave me a sound foundation in language and vocabulary.

Moreover, having been a Biology Major and having completed Medical School after College, my entire career has depended on attention to detail and precise terminology. Many have compared studying medicine to learning a new foreign language. Being fluent in both Spanish and English I can certainly attest to that point of view. And again, learning a language requires being precise and wise in choosing the best term to express an idea or feeling.

A large part of medical training and practice involves writing reports, presentations and submitting papers for publication. This gives most practitioners very strong vocabulary and writing skills.

I look forward to helping you develop your skills, starting with meticulous term selection built on a growing vocabulary which will serve you well for a very long time. And don't forget that one of the best ways to improve your vocabulary is to read... a whole lot! So when the moment comes for you to try using a new word you will have seen it in its adequate context at least once before!

Best of luck in your studies!

Writing

I hold a Bachelor's Degree from Hamilton College (New York) which is a liberal arts institution with strict communication requirements of all its graduates, irrespective of major. All programs have a minimum number of courses which are reading, writing, and/or public speaking intensive. This education gave me a sound foundation in language and vocabulary.

Moreover, having been a Biology Major and having completed Medical School after College, my entire career has depended on attention to detail and precise terminology. Many have compared studying medicine to learning a new foreign language. Being fluent in both Spanish and English I can certainly attest to that point of view. And again, learning a language requires being precise and wise in choosing the best term to express an idea or feeling.

A large part of medical training and practice involves writing reports, presentations and submitting papers for publication. This gives most practitioners very strong writing skills.

I look forward to helping you develop your skills, starting with meticulous term selection built on a growing vocabulary which will serve you well for a very long time. And don't forget that one of the best ways to improve your vocabulary is to read... a whole lot! So when the moment comes for you to try using a new word you will have seen it in its adequate context at least once before!

Best of luck in your studies!

Hamilton College
Biology
Royal College of Surgeons Ireland
MD

Education

Hamilton College (Biology)

Royal College of Surgeons Ireland (MD)

Best Tutor! Highly recommend! — I highly recommend Victor as a tutor! He is incredibly knowledgeable, supportive, and really goes above and beyond to give his students the best possible understanding of the material. Victor was extremely easy to reach (he responds to e-mails very promptly). He was very flexible, and willing to work around times that were convenient for me. He took a vested interest in my education, and academi ...

— Lexy, Austin, TX on 10/28/13

Hourly fee

Standard Hourly Fee: $55.00

Cancellation: 4 hours notice required

Please contact me to discuss your particular needs. I am confident we will reach a mutually-beneficial arrangement. Thank you.

Travel policy

Victor will travel within 20 miles of Austin, TX 78730.


About Victor

Learning and sharing knowledge are my life. As a medical doctor and surgeon I’ve done plenty of studying, lots of learning from others, as well as teaching, explaining, listening and communicating. As a tutor I look forward to getting to know your unique way of thinking and your particular academic challenge. I’m highly flexible and contactable; I can work on short notice and can often proof-read documents almost immediately. I only keep a very small and select group of students at any one time. This enables me to get to know you better and makes our work together much more productive, effective, and enjoyable. I am passionate about teaching and I work hard at it because there are few greater pleasures than helping someone master an idea and make it their own.

As a pediatric surgeon I have had the opportunity to convey important and complex scientific concepts to adults and children of all ages, usually under difficult circumstances. I’ve learned to distill an idea and share it in its purest form, using plain language, visual aids whenever possible, and tailoring my approach to ensure that my student has grasped the concept.

Einstein once wrote, "The most beautiful thing we can experience is the mysterious. It is the source of all art and science." I believe the mysterious is beautiful because it dares us to understand it... and ALL humans are experts at understanding. I love proving this to each and every one of my students.

Testimonials

"Best Tutor! Highly recommend!"

- Lexy, Austin, TX on 10/28/13
Victor replied on 11/17/2013

Lexy was a fantastic student to work with. She was driven, motivated, and very hard-working. Tutoring is like dancing, both participants need to meet the other half-way and be willing to go beyond that to get real results.

We all have shortcomings but the right attitude towards learning can more than make up for anything else.

I measure my success by the academic achievements of my students but also by seeing them discover the joy of learning more about the world and getting them closer to their professional goals.

Thanks again Lexy!

"Patient, Thorough, and Effective"

- R WaynE, Austin, TX on 8/10/14
Victor replied on 8/10/2014

Wayne has been an absolute pleasure to work with. He is beaming with enthusiasm and passion for learning and commanding Spanish, has fun discovering it and isn't afraid to try using it in new ways. I believe this is exactly the best approach to learning a new language.

In the process of adjusting and personalizing our sessions, I keep testing him by gently "throwing him off the deep end" and he somehow keeps succeeding and gaining something out of each challenge.

I couldn't wish for a better student. Thank you Wayne for your kind and generous words.

"Very helpful & knowledgeable tutor!"

- Megan, Austin, TX on 2/20/14

"Great Tutor"

- Jose, Austin, TX on 2/18/14
Victor replied on 2/18/2014

It has been great to work with Jose and to tailor our sessions to his unique line of work and his interests. His passion for his profession is infectious which makes it something great to look forward to at our time together. Thank you Jose, always a pleasure!

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Education

Hamilton College
Biology
Royal College of Surgeons Ireland
MD

Education

Hamilton College (Biology)

Royal College of Surgeons Ireland (MD)


Tutor Policies

Cancellation
4 hours notice required

Please contact me to discuss your particular needs. I am confident we will reach a mutually-beneficial arrangement. Thank you.

Travel Radius
Travels within 20 miles of Austin, TX 78730

Victor’s Subjects

English:
English, ESL/ESOL,
Grammar, Proofreading,
Public Speaking,
Reading, Vocabulary,
Writing
Language:
ESL/ESOL,
Spanish
History:
Geography
Elementary Education:
Elementary (K-6th), Elementary Science,
Grammar, Reading, Spelling,
Study Skills,
Vocabulary
Business:
Public Speaking
Homeschool:
Biology,
Elementary (K-6th), English, ESL/ESOL,
Reading, Spanish,
Study Skills,
Writing
Test Preparation:
College Counseling
Sports/Recreation:
Fitness,
Martial Arts
Corporate Training:
College Counseling, ESL/ESOL,
Grammar, Proofreading,
Public Speaking,
Spanish

Approved subjects are in bold.

Approved subjects

In most cases, tutors gain approval in a subject by passing a proficiency exam. For some subject areas, like music and art, tutors submit written requests to demonstrate their proficiency to potential students. If a tutor is interested but not yet approved in a subject, the subject will appear in non-bold font. Tutors need to be approved in a subject prior to beginning lessons.


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