About the ATACS Center
The Center for Advanced Teaching and Assessment in Clinical Simulation (ATACS Center) was designated by the TTU System Board of Regents in September 2009. Hoi Ho, M.D., served as director of the ATACS Center from 2008 to 2015. Currently, Sanja Kupesic, M.D., Ph.D., directs the ATACS Center. Assisting Dr. Kupesic are the director of the research division and three assistant directors, who each supervise five full-time staff members. The educational assistant director supervises the Medical Skills course coordinator and trains 50 standardized patients — real people trained to act out clinical scenarios. The technical assistant director supervises three specialists, and is responsible for the operation and technical support of the center. The administrative assistant director supervises a senior business assistant, and is responsible for budgeting, contracting, purchasing, and communications and marketing.
Director, TTUHSC El Paso Collaborative Educational Program
Clinical Professor of Medicine
Consultant for ATACS
Hoi Ho, M.D., is the former director of the Center for Advanced Teaching and Assessment in Clinical Simulation (ATACS) (2008 to 2015) and a former faculty member of the Paul L. Foster School of Medicine (1986 to 2015). Dr. is board-certified and licensed in the state of Texas, and has won numerous national and internal awards, including the Best Doctor in America Award from 2004 to 2015, as well as the Lifetime Teaching Award and TTUHSC El Paso’s President’s Outstanding Professor Award, amongst others. Dr. Ho’s work has been published in numerous scholarly and medical journals, and he has hosted various presentations in El Paso and across the world. In addition to clinical simulation, Dr. Ho’s clinical interests include general medicine, infectious diseases, hematology, and geriatric medicine. Dr. Ho has completed numerous courses in advanced teaching, institutional faculty mentoring, and faculty development to help further develop junior faculty members, residents, and community health care providers in the following areas: effective teaching and application off adult learning principles; effective integration of evidence-based medicine with medical education; effective approaches for performance assessment; effective oral presentation skills; and applications of mobile computing platforms in medical education, clinical practice, and research. Dr. Ho currently serves on the ATACS Center’s board.
Currently, Dr. Ho serves as the director of the Collaborative Educational Program (CEP), a five-year project sponsored by TTUHSC El Paso to support two medical schools in Vietnam: University of Medicine and Pharmacy - Ho Chi Minh city, and Pham Ngoc Thach University of Medicine, also in Ho Chi Minh City. The program’s mission is to establish self-sustainable faculty development programs and standardized clinical simulation centers at the two universities.
Dr. Ho has been with TTUHSC El Paso since 1986.
Director of Operations
Hector Aranda is a faculty associate and the director of operations for the Center for Advanced Teaching and Assessment in Clinical Simulation (ATACS Center), with twenty five years’ experience in information technology and ten years’ experience in clinical simulation. He joined the Paul L. Foster School of Medicine in 1996. Aranda graduated with honors from the University of Phoenix with a Bachelor of Science in Information Technology. He joined the ATACS Center in February 2008, where he now directs five staff members that serve as support for the center. Aranda obtained his Certificate in Healthcare Simulation Operation Specialist (CHSOS) from the Society of Simulation in Healthcare in 2015.
In 2010, Aranda received the Texas Tech University Quality Service Award, given to those who provide excellent customer service in the performance of their jobs. That same year, he also received an award for outstanding contribution to the Faculty Development Course IX. He has presented numerous times at the International Meeting on Simulation in Healthcare (IMSH) yearly conference and also serves in the IMSH committee for peer review on course proposals. Aranda also serves on the peer review for abstracts for the Association of Standardized Patient Educators (ASPE) Conference.
Currently, he serves in the role of faculty associate in facilitating simulation modules on ultrasound and laparoscopic virtual reality simulators. The courses he participates on are the Sub-Internship Obstetrics Elective (Obstetrics), Advanced Obstetrics Elective (Obstetrics), Minimal Invasive Surgery Elective (Obstetrics), and Surgical Anatomy Elective (Surgical Anatomy).