Highlights - News and notes from the office of the President

Osteopathic Match results released
Of the 2,212 individuals who participated in the American Osteopathic Association (AOA) Intern/Resident Registration Program --- or Osteopathic Match --- 1,640 students and recent graduates successfully matched to residency or internships. Thirty-five of the 46 TCOM participants have been matched to a medical residency or internship program, including three who will serve in the military.

North Texas Health Forum
The Fourth Annual North Texas Health Forum: Embracing Our Community of African American Children will be April 7 and 8 on the UNTHSC campus. Alwyn Cohall, MD, director of the Harlem Health Promotion Center in New York, will be the dinner keynote speaker on Thursday evening at 6 p.m. at the Medical Education and Training Building, (1000 Montgomery Street).

The Cowtown sees record participation again
The Cowtown Marathon set a new record for registration once again with 22,089 runners this year. Approximately 195 UNTHSC faculty, staff and students volunteered in various capacities contributing to the three-day event's success. Volunteers helped by participating on the medical crew, as well as UNT Health Fair, UNTHSC expo booth, course monitoring, T-shirt handout and packet pick-up.

Facility earns LEED Gold
UNTHSC's  newest facility, the Medical Education and Training Building which opened in May, received LEED Gold designation for meeting strict environmental standards. The building is at the corner of Montgomery St. and Bunting Ave. in Fort Worth.

TCOM ranks 20th for Primary Care
For the 10th consecutive year, the Texas College of Osteopathic Medicine (TCOM) ranked among the top 50 in national rankings for primary care medical schools according to U.S. News & World Report for 2012. TCOM ranked 20th in a four-way tie with University of Michigan - Ann Arbor, University of Vermont and University of Virginia. In addition, TCOM ranked 16th in training physicians specializing in geriatrics, the Physician Assistant Program ranked 38th and the School of Public Health ranked 36th. TCOM is the highest ranking of all Texas medical schools for primary care and the only Texas medical school ranked in geriatrics. Each year, U.S. News & World Report ranks professional school programs in business, education, engineering, law and medicine. The rankings are based on expert opinion about program performance and statistical indicators that measure the quality of the school's faculty, research and students.

TABS students to participate in RAD 2011
The inaugural preparatory class of Texas Academy of Biomedical Sciences eighth-graders will attend the UNT Health Science Center's Research Appreciation Day (RAD) on April 1. At RAD, graduate students present their most recent research findings before a panel of expert judges and display posters of their results with the public. RAD will be held at the Medical Education and Training Building on the Health Science Center campus. Keynote speaker is Virend Somers, MD, PhD, from the Mayo Clinic and international director of the International Clinical Research Center in Brno, Czech Republic.

Study shows intoxication, driving intent linked to genes
The risk of becoming drunk then driving may be in your genes according to a recent study published in Addiction Biology. Dennis Thombs, PhD, chair and professor of Social and Behavioral Sciences at UNTHSC, analyzed data collected via nighttime, sidewalk interviews and questionnaires, and biological tests. Thombs conducted the study in a bar district of a large college campus community that included seven establishments that served alcohol after 10 p.m. Anonymous data and saliva samples collected as patrons exited drinking establishments showed that bar patrons with the S/S genotype were three times more likely to intend to drive after leaving the bar than patrons with the L/L genotype. These findings align with previous research that associates this genetic marker with impulsivity and a lower regard for rules.

UNTHSC efforts reduce COPD costs by $3.4 million
Residents of 12 counties in East Texas are breathing a little easier due in part to a year-long education campaign conducted by UTNHSC's Center for Professional and Continuing Education on chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD). The educational program contributed to approximately 50 percent fewer hospital admissions due to complications of COPD, which saved the Texas health care system $3.4 million. 

UNT Health office extends hours to Saturday
Adult primary care physicians at UNT Health's Patient Care Center are now seeing patients from 8 a.m. to noon on Saturdays. The office is located on the UNTHSC campus at 855 Montgomery Street. The pediatrics clinic on campus also has extended hours until 8 p.m. Monday through Friday. For more information or to schedule an appointment, call 817-735-DOCS (3627).

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