UTHSCSA Faculty Profiles v1.0

Tysinger, James Walter

School of Medicine
Family & Community Medicine
(210) 567-3043

James W. Tysinger, PhD is a Distinguished Teaching Professor with tenure in the Department of Family and Community Medicine where he serves as Vice Chair for Professional Development and is a member of the UTHSCSAs Academy of Master Teachers. With nearly 45 years of experience in higher education, he taught at the U.S Armys Academy of Health Sciences and three other institutions (i.e., the University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences, the University of Arizona School of Medicine, and UT Southwestern Medical School) before coming to UTHSC San Antonio in 2000.

Dr. Tysingers career focus is developing people. He has extensive experience teaching medical students, Family Medicine residents, faculty development fellows, and faculty at the local, state, national, and international levels. He co-directed the UTHSC San Antonio Family Medicine clerkship for six years and presents sessions to pre-clinical medical students to help them successfully take the United States Medical Licensing Examination (USMLE) Step 1 and to 3rd and 4th Year medical students on Studying for the USMLE Step 2 CK and applying to residencies. He mentors students in all specialties as they prepare CVs, personal statements, and ERAS applications; interview for residency positions, and rank programs. He teaches and mentors Family Medicine residents as they prepare for licensure and certification examinations and apply for fellowship and other positions after residency. Dr. Tysinger presents faculty development sessions on clinical teaching and other educational topics to department faculty and faculty at the Regional Academic Health Center (RAHC)/University of Texas Rio Grande Valley, and he teaches residents and Family Medicine fellows in the University of North Texas Chief Resident Conference and Academic Fellowship. He mentors physicians at all levels, guides faculty as they disseminate their scholarly work in presentations at national meetings and publications in peer-reviewed journals, advises the chair and other department leaders on educational matters, and directs the South Texas Regional Family Medicine Grand Rounds.

Dr. Tysinger has developed and disseminated many educational projects. He is the sole author of Resumes and Personal Statements for Health Professionals and served as one of the editors of The Color Atlas of Family Medicine, 1st Edition. He is especially proud of serving on the Smiles for Life Steering Committee and taking a small Health Resources and Services Administration grant on Early Childhood Caries to Smiles for Life: a National Oral Health Curriculum that educates health professionals on oral health issues across the lifespan. The projects eight courses (see http://www.smilesforlifeoralhealth.org/buildcontent.aspx?tut=555&pagekey=62948&cbreceipt=0) can be completed asynchronously for continuing education credit. At present 15 national organizations, including the American Academy of Family Physicians and the American Dental Association have endorsed Smiles for Life.

Dr. Tysingers professional home is the Society of Teachers of Family Medicine (STFM) where he currently serves as president of the STFM Foundations board of trustees. As past chair of the STFM Program Committee for four years, he led a committee that planned the Societys largest meeting (>1,000 attendees), was the Societys liaison to the Family Medicine Program Directors Workshop Planning Committee, and served as an appointed member of the Societys Board of Directors, Strategic Planning Committee, and Special Task Force on Implementing the Future of Family Medicine Project. He has also taught in the Societys "Teaching and Learning Skills," "Teaching One-on-One," "Administrative Skills," and "Career Development for Clinical Educators" preconference workshops and co-chaired the Societys Group on Faculty Development.

8/2009 - Present Adjunct Professor of Public Health The University of Texas School of Public Health, San Antonio Regional Campus, San Antonio, TX
9/2008 - Present Professor with Tenure The University of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio, Family & Community Medicine, San Antonio, TX
7/2003 - Present Deputy Chair for Faculty Development The University of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio, Family & Community Medicine, San Antonio, TX