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August 3, 2007
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First Friday Update by President Scott Ransom
Dr. Ransom

Please join me for a cookout lunch to celebrate our first annual Employee Appreciation Day on Wednesday, Aug. 29. Our good neighbors from Tommy’s will be grilling burgers for all employees over on Alumni Plaza, and I’ve arranged for some surprise gifts. Watch for fliers and check The Daily News for more details.

Thank you for everything you have done this past year to help achieve our vision of a world-class Health Science Center! UNT HSC Logo



New Students

Welcome, new DO and PA students!
Last week, 200 men and women wrapped up their summer vacations and began their journeys to successful medical careers here at our Health Science Center. Texas College of Osteopathic Medicine’s 38th entering class includes 165 medical students and 35 physician assistant students – a record number for both programs.

As required by state law, at least 90 percent of the new TCOM students are Texas residents. The 15 non-Texan medical students come from 11 different states and one foreign country. The only out-of-state PA student is from Oklahoma. The DO class has 86 men and 79 women, with an average age of 24. The PA class has 10 men and 25 women, with an average age of 28.

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Dr. Ron Anderson

Ron Anderson, Dallas’ Parkland Hospital CEO, will give Convocation address
The Health Science Center’s faculty and staff will formally welcome about 350 entering students at our 2007 White Coat & Convocation at 2 p.m. on Friday, Sept. 14, at Will Rogers Auditorium across from campus. This year’s guest speaker will be Dr. Ron Anderson, president and chief executive officer of Parkland Health and Hospital System, the general public hospital for Dallas County and the primary teaching hospital for the University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center at Dallas. Everybody is invited to attend this annual event. The white coat that each of our new medical, physician assistant, biomedical sciences and public health students will receive symbolizes the humanitarianism and integrity required of each individual entering a health-related profession. UNT HSC Logo



Dr. Dubin

Dubin is named osteopathic profession’s 2007 Educator of the Year
Dr. Bruce Dubin, associate dean for academic affairs and associate professor of internal medicine, was honored last month by the American Osteopathic Foundation with its most prestigious award, the Educator of the Year. The award is presented annually to an educator “who goes above and beyond to bring a sense of pride to the profession; demonstrates a strong commitment to osteopathic philosophy; displays compassion; has exceptional leadership abilities; and is committed to the education and enrichment of students and self.” Dr. Dubin was lauded for establishing TCOM’s Rural Osteopathic Medical Education curriculum track, and for adding bioterrorism preparedness training as a required element of the TCOM curriculum. “Dr. Dubin’s complete devotion to educating the students of TCOM has been evident from the first day he stepped onto our campus,” said Dr. Marc B. Hahn, senior vice president for health affairs and TCOM Dean. “It is an honor to have him as part of our TCOM team!” UNT HSC Logo




We help McNair Scholars achieve their dreams
These young men and women, from Fort Worth and across America, are first-generation college students with dreams… dreams of advanced degrees, and proud careers as physicians or researchers or educators. They have competed for – and won – a handful of scholarships that placed them at the side of experienced biomedical professionals and role models for 10 weeks. These are McNair Scholars, and for the 8th year, our faculty and staff have been their mentors. We “graduated” the McNair Class of 2007 on July 27.

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Congratulations, all! Working safely earned Health Science Center our ninth statewide award
On July 18, the State Office of Risk Management (SORM) notified Dr. Jim Sims, the Health Science Center’s safety officer, that we earned a Silver Safety Award for Fiscal Year 2006. The SORM awards recognize a state agency’s success in improving injury frequency rates for the fiscal year compared to a previous five-year average. Of some 185 state agencies, commissions and courts that are clients of SORM, only 39 earned awards: 14 gold, eight silver and 17 bronze.

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UNT Health physician using new surgical robot
The concept of a robot performing surgery is no longer science fiction… it’s a reality. For some Tarrant County women requiring a hysterectomy, myomectomy or removal of uterine fibroids, much of the pain and complexity of surgery can now be minimized, thanks to a UNT Health gynecologist and the latest in surgical technology.

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Employee donors to Fund for Excellence recognized
President Scott Ransom hosted a reception in the Rare Book Room of the Lewis Library Aug. 1 to thank faculty and staff whose donations last year to the UNT Health Science Center Fund for Excellence qualified them for membership in the President’s Cabinet, an annual giving club in the UNTHSC Foundation.


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Inundated by e-mail?
Tired of e-mail overload?  Our ITS team works 24/7 to keep external spam out of our Groupwise inboxes. But it’s up to each of us to help fight unwanted e-mail by practicing good e-mail etiquette. How? Use The Daily News, target your e-mails and follow the new procedures for use of newsflashes.

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Dust off your cowboy hat and shine up your boots! The start of a new school year means it’s time for the annual all-campus party, Ranchland. Everybody’s invited to join the fun on Friday, Aug. 10, at the Circle R Ranch in Flower Mound. There will be lots of food and fun for the whole family – here’s more information.

See you there!

Amber Dean
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