Victor P.


Victor P.

Tutor

Austin, TX 78730

Will travel 10 miles

$55 per hour.

4.97 287 ratings

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

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 on... [more]


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.


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!


Reading


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.


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!


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!


English


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.


Anatomy

I have been studying anatomy in-depth for the past 25 years,starting with my Biology college career and my award-winning senior thesis in comparative anatomy. Then, I studied human anatomy in medical school and then again in much greater depth for my post-graduate surgical exams to qualify as a Member of the Royal College of Surgeons in Ireland. Throughout my 9-year surgical career I performed well over 1,000 operations, developing a real-world, hands-on expertise of human anatomy, as well as a real joy for teaching nursing and medical students as well as surgical residents. Today I love teaching this amazing field in the clearest and most relatable way possible.


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.


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.


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!


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.


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!


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.


Nutrition

In addition to my Biology and medical degrees, I am a certified ACE Health Coach and a Precision Nutrition Level 1 Coach and I am a professional health coach. I have taught nutrition to college, nursing, and medical students as well as to surgical residents. My decade of clinical experience in hospital shas 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. Nutrition is a dynamic field, therefore I have continued my education by completing training, 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, among many others.


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.