Jaime Hinojosa, M.D., M.S. is an Assistant Professor of Anatomy & Histology at Sam Houston State University. Dr. Hinojosa most recently taught at Lincoln Memorial University Debusk College of Osteopathic Medicine in Harrogate, Tennessee. Dr. Hinojosa received his Bachelors of Science in Biology at the University of Texas at Brownsville. He then attended University of Texas Health Science Center Medical School (Texas McGovern Medical School) for his Medical Degree. He graduated with his Masters’ in Anatomical Sciences while teaching full-time at Lincoln Memorial University.
Dr. Hinojosa has a variety of research interests. He enjoys conducting research evaluating specialized therapies for children with cerebral palsy. His true love is with herbal medicine, applying human anatomical variations towards surgical approaches and medical educational research. He has been conducting research taking native plants and testing their anti-microbial effects on skin pathogenic flora in order find alternative medicinal topical agents. He also looks at the prevalence of human anatomical variations that are considered during surgical approaches. His medical education research is mostly geared towards measuring the self-efficacy of students when applying anatomical sciences towards other aligned systems courses or even osteopathic muscle manipulation techniques.
Dr. Hinojosa’s teaching philosophy based on a belief that learning needs to be student centered and that students need to be equal partners in the learning process. He is a strong propagator of using “emotional retention” tactics in my teachings. He believes that the true consolidation occurs when applying the concepts to real life situations. Most of us are emotionally driven. We remember moments when we were the happiest, to the most terrifying and everything in between. These emotions are usually attached to situations, smells, visions, tastes, sounds, and many other stimuli. He truly believes that if you show enthusiasm when teaching and tie in concepts with some sort of emotion including laughter, the students will tend to retain the information easier. This simple concept has proven to work with my students every year.
He is a huge advocate of team-based medicine. Therefore, two of the other teaching modalities he uses are team-based learning and case-based learning. He applies the knowledge already learned while teaching his students how to work as a team to solve a case. Medicine is becoming more and more team-based and in his opinion it is important to instill this type of environment early in the student’s medical education. His ultimate goal with each student is to help them become lifelong learners and help them develop skills to retain the information for the long-term in order to help them become knowledgeable physicians that work well with a team.
What attracted Dr. Hinojosa to Sam Houston State University is the comradery between the faculty and the student centric approach within the development of the curriculum. He and his family are also native Texans so he moved back to Texas to be with his family.