Mae Dorado

Mae Dorado

Location: honolulu, hi

About me

Mae Dorado, CMA (AAMA), CPC, CPC-I is the Community Allied Health Education Manager for Hawaii Pacific Health’s Medical Assistant Program.  Her teaching background is as a current Lecturer and previously Associate Professor of Medical Assisting and Health Sciences at Kapiolani Community College.  She has her Masters Degree with the UH Manoa College of Education in Learning Design and Technology (LTEC) and a Bachelors Degree in Public Administration with an emphasis in Health Care Administration.  


As a Certified Medical Assistant through the AAMA and a Certified Professional Medical Coder and Approved Instructor with the AAPC for the past 19 years, her strength is in teaching clinical and administrative skills to both high school and college students.  


reading novels, watching movies, hiking, off-roading and ziplining


typing, organizing events, online tech/tools, teaching both face-to-face and online, certified in cpr/fa and medical coding


What really resonated with me...It is important for teachers not to make assumptions about their students in relation to their experience, background, preexisting knowledge, or skill level. I have learned it is important to treat everyone as they are learning a particular skill for the first time, it helps to correct bad habits and provides opportunities for students to demonstrate what they know and the skills they have learned. I agree that application of skills and in-context learning are so important to ensure comprehension has been established. It also helps to provide close to real-life situations as much as possible… >>>

As an instructor of service skills training, we need to go 1 step further than learn-practice-apply, help students to critically think about why they are doing this...this way? and/or what could happen if a change in the process is made? We will develop more confident students if they can figure out alternates to achieving their outcome or goal.
Applied thinking provides students with an opportunity to think about new possibilities and modified skills that might be required in specific contexts of use. I'll be implementing some online learning which can foster an environment for making mistakes and learning from it instead of doing damage that cannot be undone.
Reasoning skills are important for students to acquire to improve on decision making, think through problems and propose their own solutions to understand how options can be used in different settings. I find that my high school students are unable to recognize when something is missing or inadequate in a process. It is important for teachers to provide students with opportunities to acquire these skills by not giving them the answers and to let students discover the why and how on their own.
I am always looking for ways to generate student engagement and enhance student motivation, interest, and performance. I will be using the suggestion of having my students develop rubrics to assess their learning and/or their peers' learning. It will be valuable to connecting the course outcomes to the project objectives and if they are working in groups, the assessment may also improve teamwork and cooperation.
Evaluating your rubrics for effectiveness is essential before you actually use it; however, I have found situations occur that throw a curve ball into the use. I wait to release grades until I have graded all students for fairness and consistency across the board. Sometimes I am actually lenient to the first students to help me not to be too strict in my assessments.
I found that peer assessments are effective to receiving feedback to help me make improvements to my rubrics.
What really resonated with me was that rubrics can be time consuming, but personally well worth the time to develop. When I have used them...I use trial and error to make improvements to my rubrics till I have factored all situations and circumstances.
I was particularly interested in the various leadership styles. I want to be a good leader and not one that my employees do not like or do not respect, from experience I am learning what works and does not work for others, but also understand that I cannot make EVERYONE happy. I have to stay balanced, consistent and fair. I look forward to learning more and always looking at how to improve.

I find formative course evaluations provide the instructor with opportunities to adjust the course to meet students’ needs.  Student needs have changed for me every semester and I like to discover this at the start of the semester by exploring learning styles.  Once piece of advice that I found valuable, and I plan to incorporate, is online instructors should ask students approximately every 3-5 weeks what they would like the instructor to stop doing, start doing, and continue to do to help me run the course more efficiently.

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