About Andrew F. Payer, Ph.D.

Dr. Payer’s primary education commitment is in clinical anatomy with an emphasis on utilization of medical imaging (radiographs, MRI, CT and ultrasonography) to apply anatomical knowledge to clinical problems. Students will have hands-on opportunities to use ultrasonography as they study in the anatomy lab. Dr. Payer teaches in the Structure and Function Module in the year-one medical curriculum that integrates the following content areas: clinical anatomy, embryology, microanatomy, physiology and neuroscience.

His research interests are in medical education using new instructional modalities and technologies. He directs the state-of-the-art anatomy laboratory facility in the medical education building. This facility is used for undergraduate medical education, graduate medical education and continuing medical education. During his 35 years in medical education, Dr. Payer has been involved in planning, implementing and evaluating medical curricular changes and innovations at the course, institutional and national level in traditional medical education programs, problem-based medical curricula and hybrid medical curricula.


  • Hendricson, W., Payer, A.F., Rogers, L.P., Markus, J.F., The Medical School Curriculum Committee Revisited. Academic Medicine, 68-3:183-189, 1993.
  • Payer, A.F., Brower, C.H., Ainsworth, M.A., Faculty Mentors for Longitudinal Interactions with students and for Program Development in a four year Problem-Based Curriculum. Academic Medicine. Academic Medicine 71: 521-522, 1996.
  • Payer, A.F., Camp, M.G., Ainsworth, M.A., Meyer, W.J. 3rd. University of Texas Medical Branch at Galveston. Academic Medicine, 75(9 Suppl): S366-369m 2000.
  • Williams, P.B., Lathers, C.M., Smith, C.M., Payer, A., and Volle, R.L., Evaluation of Student Achievement and Educational Outcomes. J. Clin. Pharmacology 41: 1259-1270, 2001
  • Khalil, M.K., Payer, A.F., Johnson, T.E., Effectiveness of Using Cross-sections in the Recognition of Anatomical Structures in Radiological Images. The Anatomical Record Part B: The New Anatomist 283: 9-13, 2005
  • Khalil M.K., Paas F., Johnson T.E., Payer A.F., Interactive and dynamic visualizations in teaching and learning of anatomy: a cognitive load perspective. Anatomical Record. New Anatomist. 286(1):8-14, 2005
  • Khalil M.K., Paas F., Johnson T.E., Payer A.F., Design of interactive and dynamic anatomical visualizations: the implication of cognitive load theory. Anatomical Record. New Anatomist. 286(1):15-20, 2005
  • Khalil, M.K., Paas, F., Johnson, T.E., Su, Y.K., Payer, A. F., Effects of instructional strategies using cross section on the recognition of anatomical structures in correlated CT and MR images. Anatomical Sciences Education. 1(2): 75-83, 2008.