Dr. Alex Lechin & the Role of the Medical Educator
Teaching Medical Students at The Texas Institute of Chest & Sleep Disorders
Given the diverse nature of the medical field, educators play an instrumental role in providing the necessary tools to implement high-quality medical care. Identifying effective teaching methodologies and strategizing the best assessment practices, is vital to the future success of medical students. Dr. Alex Lechin — President of the Texas Institute of Chest & Sleep Disorders, also serves as a Clinical Assistant Professor of Medicine at the Baylor College of Medicine in Houston, Texas and is actively involved in direct clinical teaching. With an extensive professional career in the medical field, Dr. Alex Lechin believes that all physicians should take on an active teaching role, believing it to be a fundamental way to pass along innovative ideas and critical knowledge.
Enhance the Educational Role of Medical Institutes
In his position at the Baylor College of Medicine, as Clinical Assistant Professor, Dr. Alex Lechin has with him both medical students and residents, learning the clinical science and art of medicine. According to Dr. Lechin, building rapport with one’s students establishes a sense of trust and creates a productive teaching environment. Educators have the opportunity to provide individuals with fundamental knowledge while facilitating personal and professional growth.
The Application of Knowledge
According to Dr. Alex Lechin versatility is an essential quality in teaching. Medical educators are often met with distinct challenges as students possess various learning abilities and behavioral traits. An educator teaches students how to apply general knowledge and navigate various circumstances and overcome any external factors that may arise. Ultimately knowledge goes far beyond the mastery of textbook content and adaptability is vital to the evolution of professional development.
Despite being responsible for evaluation and feedback, medical educators’ function as a support network and provide mentorship to junior doctors. Mentoring enhances career outcomes and provides the necessary motivation to succeed. Constant support mends performance gaps as individuals are met with constructive criticism. Educators should adhere to a professional standard and encourage students to follow suit.
The Future of Medical Care
Dr. Alex Lechin graduated from the Central University of Venezuela (UCV) where he completed postgraduate training in medicine and clinical pharmacology. After moving to the United States, he went on to complete his residency in Internal Medicine while achieving the position of Chief Resident at East Tennessee State University. While residing in Houston Texas, Dr. Lechin pursued a Fellowship in pulmonary critical care and sleep medicine.
Given his superior resume, Dr. Lechin aims to provide others with invaluable knowledge based off of his years of professional experience, to encourage students to become leaders and innovators in the medical field.