UTHSCSA Faculty Profiles v1.0

Moreland, Christopher Jay

School of Medicine
(210) 567-0777

As a deaf person, I have seen firsthand the benefits of effective and creative communication. My professional goals now include advancing interventions to resolve health disparities affecting underserved communities, particularly the limited English proficient (LEP) and deaf and hard of hearing (DHH) populations. I have translated these interests into educational, research, and national service accomplishments.

While working in University Hospital, witnessing the struggles of our Spanish-speaking patients to obtain access to care has motivated me to optimize their decision-making autonomy by routinely incorporating professional interpreters into the health care team. I have led quality improvement efforts to improve communication barriers, with University Hospital now expanding interpretation services.

I serve UTHSCSA as a clinical educator and associate residency program director, previously co-directing the Medicine Consultation rotation and now the Resident as Teacher elective. To teach learners from varying disciplines (including medical, pharmacy, and interpreting), I promote their development as effective patient communicators in multiple venues, including bedside teaching, preclinical small-group sessions, longitudinal Veritas mentorship, and preceptorship, with recognition through teaching awards. For the local interpreter training program, I speak on health care topics regularly and sit on their advisory board. I am also collaborating with Diversity Committee members to update our technical standards to facilitate further enhancement of our student body diversity.

On the national stage, I have authored chapters and peer-reviewed articles and conducted over fifty presentations, posters, and workshops. Communication-centered topics have included insurance companies? language access services, curricular recommendations for medical interpreter education, interpretation of medical phrases, patients? medication comprehension, and accommodation services for DHH physicians as a workforce for the underserved. As a board member of an international organization of DHH health care professionals (AMPHL), I enthusiastically mentor DHH health professional students across North America and advise nationwide medical educators and administrators on trainee accommodations. In 2013, I chaired AMPHL?s biennial conference, leading to an award from colleagues. I continue to develop my academic skills via national educational organizations, completion of an educator development program (TEACH), and regular peer-review of journal and conference submissions.

Through local and national avenues, I aim to improve patient care, educate medical students and residents, and mentor future health care workforce colleagues from underserved communities, all with the ongoing goal of exploring and reducing health disparities experienced by those unable to access the health care system due to communication barriers.

9/2015 - Present Associate Professor/Clinical of Medicine & Hospitalist and Faculty Physician University of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio, Medicine, San Antonio, TX
9/2013 - Present Associate Program Director, Internal Medicine Residency and Associate Director The University of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio, Medicine, San Antonio, TX