June 19, 2009
  News Briefs

palliative care team

Alvin Mathe', DO, with his patient care staff.

Mathe’ heads new palliative care unit
 Texas Health Harris Methodist Hospital, Fort Worth, held an open house for its new palliative care unit last Friday which boasts Alvin Mathe', DO (TCOM ’89), as medical director. Mathe' is an assistant professor of medicine within the division of geriatrics for UNT Health. The new 16-room unit will give patients relief from pain and the stress caused by serious illness. The goal of palliative care is to prevent and relieve suffering and to ensure the best quality of life for patients and their families.

Join GSBS toast to grant winners
On Thursday, June 25, the Graduate School of Biomedical Sciences will present a dean’s toast at a reception to celebrate faculty and students who have received grant awards in the last quarter. The event will be held on the second floor of the Gibson D. Lewis Health Science Library (just outside the Java Lab) at 5 pm. We also will celebrate our new Department of Forensic and Investigative Genetics.  Grant winners include Julian Borejdo, PhD; Subhamoy Dasgupta, PhD candidate; Anuja Ghorpade, PhD; Kirti Jain, PhD candidate; Soumya Krishnamurthy, PhD candidate; Rong Ma, PhD candidate; and James Simpkins, PhD. Click here for the printable invitation.

Ceremony marks beginning of TCOM students’ clerkships
The Texas College of Osteopathic Medicine Class of 2011 will mark the beginning of the clinical rotation period of their training with a Student Clinician Ceremony on June 26 at 5:30 pm at the Norris Conference Center.

Outstanding interns and residents will be recognized with the Arnold P. Gold Foundation’s Humanism and Excellence in Teaching Award, selected by third-year TCOM students; the Coleman Award for Outstanding Pre-Clinical Faculty, selected by second-year students; and the Outstanding Basic Sciences Faculty Award, selected by first- and second-year students.

The ceremony is a celebration and a transition from the formal didactic period of the first two years of medical school into the clinical rotation period of the third and fourth years. It helps reinforce the importance of ethical values and patient-centered care in the clinical setting and is organized by the Medical Student Government Association.

2009-2010 course catalog now online
For the latest edition of the UNT Health Science Center course catalog go to the Prospective Students page of the Health Science Center’s Web site. The catalog includes the latest information on the Health Science Center and academic information for all of its schools.

Watch commencement speeches online
Speeches by Rep. Michael Burgess and Devin Flaherty, DO, PhD, at the Health Science Center’s commencement ceremonies on May 16 are now online. Click here for Burgess’ speechClick here for Flaherty’s speech.  Also, check out the Health Science Center’s Flickr page for photos from the ceremonies.

vender fair

Annual HUB Vendor Fair
As part of the Health Science Center’s commitment to promoting equal opportunities for our vendors (including minority- and women-owned businesses), the Purchasing Department will host  its annual vendor fair for Historically Underutilized Businesses (HUB) on Wednesday, July 15, in the EAD-Atrium from 11 am to 2 pm.  Several HUB vendors will showcase their goods and services, provide information and distribute product samples.  Sign up at the registration table to be eligible for door prizes. Find out more about the Health Science Center’s HUB Program at Purchasing’s Web site.  

New orthopaedic specialists join UNT Health
Four new orthopaedic specialists have joined UNT Health and are ready to assist patients with everything from sports medicine to spine, foot and ankle problems. Brian Webb, MD, Donald Stewart, MD, and Viorel Raducan, MD, all orthopaedic surgeons with subspecialties, will see patients in Fort Worth and Arlington. Webb is a sports medicine specialist; Stewart is a foot and ankle reconstruction specialist; while Raducan specializes in neck and spine surgery. Pam Sherman, MD, a hand/upper extremity surgeon, will join the practice in September.

Free Hepatitis C screenings today
Special Design Health Care will provide free Hepatitis C screenings from 11 am to 3 pm on June 19 on the 4th floor of the Patient Care Center. Health Science Center employees and students who come in contact with blood are encouraged to get a screening. Results are anonymous and will be sent directly to the individual. For more information contact Lynn Holmes in Internal Medicine at ext. 2346. UNTHSC logo


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