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Faculty Spotlight

Jesus J. Venereo, M.D.
Instructor, Medical Assisting
Palm Beach State College | Lake Worth
Certified Pathologist, Higher Institute of Medical Sciences, Villa Clara, Cuba
M.D., Higher Institute of Medical Sciences, Havana, Cuba

Blah, Blah, Blah? Not Dr. V.
The 8 a.m. Medical Assisting class in Diseases, Disorders and Treatment is getting underway. Students are assembled, but instead of being half asleep, they are energized by a song blaring through computer speakers. Today’s selection, “YMCA,” has everyone dancing. Their instructor, Dr. Jesus Venereo, a medical doctor and pathologist, begins every morning class by playing a student’s song choice. “It brings the class together and starts conversations. You get to know things about them that you wouldn’t otherwise, if you were a ‘blah, blah, blah’ teacher.”

Dr. Jesus Venereo

Dr. V., as his students call him, couldn’t be farther from being a “blah, blah, blah” teacher, which is how he refers to long-winded lecturers. While some lecturing can’t be avoided, Venereo prefers not to be the “sage on the stage” and uses a combination of interactive strategies that puts the responsibility for learning on the students’ shoulders. “I flip it around and make them think. I kill them with questions. I say ‘I’m your guide and I’m here to lead you to success, but do not expect me to do your job. If you don’t work, you don’t learn.’”

 

 

 

Curtis Ober

“With him being a doctor, he taught us more than we actually even needed to know, which has really helped me in my work setting. They see that I have knowledge beyond what I should have, and they value me more as an employee.” -Curtis Ober, PBSC alumnus

Hailey Mears

“Dr. V. makes it exciting to learn. He really challenges you to learn the material and know what you’re talking about. I’ve had to study more than I ever had to before.” -Hailey Mears, PBSC student
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