Top UNTHSC stories in the media

Death by medical mistake
State Sen. Jane Nelson, a Republican from Flower Mound, prioritized the issue of patient safety and secured support for a bill that sent $4 million to the UNT Health Science Center to launch the Institute for Patient Safety. Over the next 12 months, Dr. Michael Hicks of UNTHSC and a team of stakeholders from Texas Christian University, John Peter Smith Health Network, and Cook Children’s Medical Center joined together to determine what the institute would actually look like.

FW Inc.
Ear it out
It was an unusual lunchtime conversation topic to be sure. Over the ranch comestibles at Michaels Cuisine & Ancho Chili Bar last year, Elyse Stoltz Dickerson and Joseph M. Griffin – two ex-Alcon veterans looking for a first product to launch a new biotech firm off of – dug in on an idea with Dr. Janice Knebl, a respected University of North Texas Health Science Center geriatrician. Earwax. The solution could be more difficult to reach than it might sound, Knebl warned. "It’s not just wax in the ear," Knebl says. "You’ve got hair in there. Sometimes, dirt. Bugs. It really gets clumped. In a dry environment, it cakes."

Flynn: Teamwork and technology will define new teams
Dr. Stuart Flynn
, founding dean of the new TCU/University of North Texas Health Science Center Medical School, recently invited Fort Worth area business leaders to the new school’s 2022 graduation ceremonies, to see for themselves what tomorrow’s best doctors will look like. "Put it on your calendar. You will see excellence, compassion and empathy above all else," Flynn said.

Editorial: Raiding Arizona for new leaders
The new medical school shared by Texas Christian University and the University of North Texas Health Science Center hired Dean Stuart Flynn. For eight years, he had been leader of the University of Arizona College of Medicine’s Phoenix campus. Flynn in turn has brought along four top senior administrators.

The DO
Heart of the matter: TCOM students provide hands-on lessons in health care
After breaking a few teeth and struggling to get the tongue out of the way, Pritul Sarker, 15, successfully intubated his first patient. "It’s in the esophagus – oh, oh, oh!" the Canterbury Episcopal School student said. "I got it, I got it! I gotta get this on Snapchat." Fortunately, the patient was a manikin head used to give Camp Cardiac participants a hands-on lesson in health care at the University of North Texas Health Science Center (UNTHSC).
NOTE: The DO is the official publication of the American Osteopathic Association. This story originally appeared on the UNTHSC website, which has a content-sharing agreement with the AOA.

Haunting portraits of the unknown dead
Photographer Arne Svenson’s new book, "Unspeaking Likeness," asks you to stare deep into the eyes of the unidentified dead. These artifacts are just one tool used in the quest to identify the unnamed dead. The Center for Human Identification in Fort Worth runs the National Missing and Unidentified Persons System, or NamUs, a database containing records of the missing and unidentified dead.