As an inaugural undergraduate faculty member, Dr. Tuttle has spearheaded the undergraduate anatomy and physiology experience, which includes a gross anatomy lab experience with cadaveric dissection. Stemming from her own experiences in the anatomy lab during her medical training, Dr. Tuttle incorporates hands-on experiences with an in-depth exploration of form and function in both the lab and the classroom.
On the horizon, Dr. Tuttle is creating an exciting elective entitled “Anatomy in Clay” in which students will combine art and science in the sculpting of organs, vasculature, nerves, and more. The tactile, visual experience is fun, practical, and memorable, which will help solidify the knowledge and retention of the human body’s intricate, awesome inner workings.
When not in the classroom or lab, Dr. Tuttle works as a full-time emergency physician. Sharing real-world pathology and presentation of human illness helps make the abstract study of physiology much more meaningful for her students. She integrates clinical correlations that make the material vivd and relevant. Her students praise her enthusiasm, passion and experience. Regarding Dr. Tuttle’s teaching style, one student commented, “The material was presented in a way which made it fun and easy to learn – rooted in function, practical use, and real diagnosis of medical conditions.”
Dr. Tuttle earned her Masters in Educational Leadership and Policy at Portland State University, focusing on Post-Secondary Adult & Continuing Education, Teaching Adult Learners, and Training & Development. She received her Doctor of Medicine (MD) from Baylor College of Medicine and completed her Emergency Medicine residency at LA County’s Harbor/UCLA Medical Center and a medical education fellowship at Oregon Health and Science University.