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April 6, 2007
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First Friday Update by President Scott Ransom

So what did the Denison Organizational Culture Survey tell us about ourselves?

In general, we believe that we have a shared vision of what our Health Science Center will be like in the future, and that our core values and work ethics are important. That’s an excellent foundation for progress. We also believe we have room for improvement when it comes to teamwork, training and adapting to change. That’s a call to action. I encourage you to read and consider an overview of the results that are posted on the Office of Strategy and Measurement Web site. Even if you’re not surprised by what you see, you might be surprised by what’s going to happen next.

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TCOM makes U.S. News & World Report’s “Top 50” for sixth year in a row
Our medical school has been ranked 34th out of 145 medical schools in the nation for excellence in primary care, according to recently released rankings from U.S. News and World Report.  This marks the college’s sixth consecutive appearance in the top 50. TCOM’s Physician Assistant Studies Program was also ranked 34th among the nation’s 101 PA programs – its second appearance in the top 50. The magazine’s 2008 “best of” issue should be on news stands later this month.

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Students and DOs connect with state lawmakers on DOME Day
The Texas Osteopathic Medical Association held its third DOs for Medical Excellence (DOME) Day on March 30, and more than 70 enthusiastic TCOM students boarded a bus to Austin at 4:30 in the morning for a first-hand opportunity to influence medical legislation and increase awareness of osteopathic medicine among our state lawmakers. At the Capitol they joined 54 osteopathic physicians and 12 Advocates for the Texas Osteopathic Medical Association from around the state.

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New magazine will help spread the good word
The Health Science Center’s new quarterly magazine, North Texas Health & Science, will be off the presses soon, and the HSC family will be the first to receive copies. The magazine, produced by the Office of Marketing and Communications, includes news about what’s happening at the HSC, research projects, an update on the Master Plan, profiles of UNTHSC family members and alumni, and much, much more. North Texas Health & Science will be sent to alumni, donors, community leaders and other “friends” of the Health Science Center, as well as to all employees through their departments. If, after reading the inaugural issue, you have story ideas for a future issue, e-mail your news to news@hsc.unt.edu. UNT HSC Logo

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Art Show

12-County Art Show continues to April 22
A miniature checkerboard you can wear on your wrist.

Two little pigs peeking out from behind a barbed-wire fence.

A girl in a Mandarin dress holding a pieced-paper picture of a Chinese dragon.

This and much more, all created by teen-agers, can be seen in our Atrium during the 12-County High School Art Show, now on display until April 22.

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The Link
connects UNT Health/JPS

A new publication, The Link, has recently been made available to the staffs of our clinical practice group, UNT Health, and the administration and board for the JPS Health Network. The Link, a newsletter that provides “quick news reflecting a long-term partnership,” will be distributed quarterly, and will highlight cooperative efforts and relevant news for the two entities as they work closely together for our community’s best health interests. Check out the first issue of The Link for yourself. UNT HSC Logo

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Did you hear about the new long-term care insurance option?
If you’re a benefits-eligible employee, you should have recently received a letter from the Employees Retirement System of Texas announcing availability of a new long-term care insurance plan administered by the John Hancock Company. During open enrollment, which is from March 26 to April 27, 2007, actively-at-work employees can enroll without evidence of insurability regardless of health status. After this period, employees will be required to provide evidence of insurability. Eligible dependents can also be enrolled with evidence of insurability. This plan offers five benefit levels and the choice of a non-forfeiture benefit option and/or automatic benefit increase protection. Questions? Visit the ERS long-term care Web site, username: ers password: mybenefit. Or, call John Hancock Customer Service at 1-800-400-9396, Monday through Friday, 7:30 a.m.-5:30 p.m. The Health Science Center will continue to offer benefits-eligible employees the option to enroll in a long-term care plan administered by the CNA Insurance Company. For information about both long-term care insurance options, contact Human Resource Services at ext. 2690. UNT HSC Logo

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Master Plan update…
The Master Plan for the Health Science Center is well on its way to completion, with expectations for the final plan to be presented for approval at the May Board of Regents meeting. The latest PowerPoint presentation of the Master Plan can be viewed on the Master Plan Web site. It includes preliminary plans for utilities in the new buildings on the West Campus, signage options for the Health Science Center, and a landscaping plan that incorporates images of science and the osteopathic philosophy of mind, body and spirit. The next public meeting for the Master Plan will take place after the May Board meeting. UNT HSC Logo

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“I'm extremely proud to go to a school that has been consistently ranked as a top medical school in the nation for primary care. For me, TCOM simply provides an outstanding medical education that will prepare me to be the best physician that I can be. That's what really matters!”

Diane Havalda
TCOM Class of 2010



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