Inaugural Countdown: Pomp and pasta only two weeks away!
The inauguration of the Health Science Center’s fifth president, Dr. Scott Ransom, is just around the corner. Make plans to attend all of the inaugural events, including the Inaugural Ceremony on Friday, Oct. 19, at 2pm at the Fort Worth Convention Center downtown. Afterward, return to campus for Friday evening’s “World of Pasta-bilities” Campus Celebration, featuring a free pasta dinner from Blue Mesa, drinks, live music by the Moo Town Rockers and a silent auction benefiting the DO Dash, which runs Saturday, Oct. 20. We want to make sure we have enough food for everyone on Friday, so let us know if you’re coming. Make reservations for yourself and your immediate family members by sending an e-mail to firstname.lastname@example.org.
You can find details on all inaugural events on the Inauguration Web site.
Alum leads new community health initiatives
The UNT Health Science Center at Fort Worth, in a unique partnership with the J. McDonald Williams Institute of Dallas, has established the Center for Community Health. Under the direction of Dr. Kathryn Cardarelli, a 1999 School of Public Health graduate, the Center’s goals are to establish and enhance community relationships and collaborations, conduct policy-relevant research, enhance community capacity for prevention and improve the health of vulnerable populations. The Center’s first project will focus on supporting single mothers in the neighborhoods around Dallas’ Fair Park. Dr. Cardarelli has also introduced the Aintie Tia Project, a partnership with the Fort Worth/Dallas Birthing Project, to combat infant mortality in Tarrant County, where the infant mortality rate is the highest in Texas.
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PA program earns maximum re-accreditation
Congratulations to faculty, staff and students in the Physician Assistant Studies Program, which has earned the maximum, seven-year re-accreditation from the Accreditation Review Commission on Education for the Physician Assistant (ARC-PA). It comes after a two-year review process that includes application, a self-study review and a site visit by ARC-PA representatives. During the process, the ARC-PA reviews every aspect of the program to make sure it meets its national standards. Accreditation proves that our students are getting the quality training that’s necessary for them to become licensed physician assistants, says Program Director Hank Lemke, MMS, PA-C. He also says this accomplishment is really something to be proud of because so few programs get re-accredited for seven years – only 18 of the 211 PA programs in the US have been awarded seven-year terms since 2001.
UNT Health clinics score high with patients
Satisfaction with our UNT Health clinics is climbing, according to a July survey of more than 3,500 patients. The greatest increase in satisfaction related to our patients’ ability to get through to an office by phone. Encounters with clinic receptionists also ranked highly. And, patients consistently said they would recommend their UNT Health doctors and clinics to friends. Congratulations go to the Osteopathic Manipulative Medicine Clinic for having the highest “Overall Visit Satisfaction” score and to the Westside Family Medicine Clinic for improving its “Overall Visit Satisfaction” score the most. The survey, developed by the American Medical Group Association, consists of 15 questions about topics such as access to care, the technical skills and personal demeanor of physicians and staff, and overall visit satisfaction. July survey results were compared to ratings taken in October 2006, as well as to scores of regional and national medical group practices that use the same survey.
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Speakers scheduled for National Osteopathic Medicine Week
The Texas College of Osteopathic Medicine is celebrating National Osteopathic Medicine Week Oct. 15-19 to raise awareness of osteopathic medicine. Speakers and panel discussions are planned daily in Luibel Hall from noon to 1 pm. Topics include “What is a DO?,” cancer and obesity. A speech marking the Day of Compassion and the crash of Flight 5966 that claimed the lives of several faculty and staff members of the Kirksville College of Osteopathic Medicine in 2004 is also planned.
Click here for a tentative schedule of TCOM’s National Osteopathic Medicine Week events...
Students to focus on health literacy during National Physician Assistant Week
Oct. 6-12 is National Physician Assistant Week, and along with PAs across the country, the UNT Health Science Center’s PA students will be stressing health literacy – a patient’s ability to obtain and understand basic health information. Throughout the year, and especially next week, our PA students will be involved with a variety of projects to ensure the health needs of our community are met. Click here to see what our PAs are doing to raise health literacy in our community.
On Tuesday, Oct. 9, a Mayoral Proclamation announcing October 6-12 as PA Week in Fort Worth will be presented during the City Council Meeting. The meeting is at 7pm at City Hall. PA faculty and students, and the Health Science Center family are invited to attend.
This year’s National PA Week marks the 40th anniversary of the PA profession. On Oct. 6, 1967, the first class of PAs graduated from Duke University in North Carolina. Find out more about National Physician Assistant Week at the American Academy of Physician Assistants Web site.
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UNTHSC research featured in magazine
The latest issue of Research Texas, Inc., a bi-annual magazine published by the Fort Worth Business Press, features several pages of stories about new Health Science Center faculty, NIH-funded menopause research, the Health Science Center’s new Primary Care Research Institute and President Scott Ransom’s plans for our growth. The magazine also describes research projects at other Texas colleges, universities and private companies. Last week, 50,000 copies of the magazine were distributed to Fort Worth Business Press readers and 50,000 more will be distributed to conferences, foundations, state and federal legislators and venture capital groups. It will also be available on the Research Texas, Inc. Web site soon. Here's one of the articles.
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