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For medical students, a sideline view of treating football injuriesBy Alex Branch   University of North Texas quarterback Mason Fine faked a handoff and threw a perfect 60-yard touchdown pass to a streaking receiver, and the Mean Green sideline erupted. Players leaped off the bench, coaches pumped their fists and the cheerleaders hugged. Everyone instantly reacted except Michael Shaffer, DO, and Chelsea Horn, then Read More »

Sep 18, 2018

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UNT System honors scientist who conducts drug studiesBy Jan Jarvis   One drug treats hospital-acquired bacterial pneumonia. Another treats complicated intra-abdominal infections. And a third treats skin infections. These are among the many drugs that Jerry Simecka, PhD, has evaluated as part of the discovery process since establishing the Pre-Clinical Services group at UNT Health Science Center a decade ago. The successful Read More »

Sep 12, 2018

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A heartfelt gift from father to sonBy Alex Branch   Each of the six stethoscopes that William Thomas Jr., DO, has sponsored for first-year medical students at the Texas College of Osteopathic Medicine are special to him. But a stethoscope he funded this year has extra meaning to the 1982 TCOM graduate. His son, Andrew Thomas, was a recipient of the Read More »

Sep 4, 2018

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State Rep. J.D. Sheffield, DO, honored for distinguished serviceBy Alex Branch   J.D. Sheffield, DO, an alumnus and member of the Texas House of Representatives, has received the Mary E. Luibel Distinguished Service Award from UNT Health Science Center. Dr. Sheffield (R-Gatesville) was honored during the White Coat Ceremony on Aug. 24 for his long-standing commitment to the advancement of osteopathic medicine. Award Read More »

Aug 30, 2018

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The next generation of health care providersBy Alex Branch   A new generation of physicians, physical therapists, physician assistants and pharmacists formally began their journey into the health care profession Friday at the UNT Health Science Center White Coat Ceremony. The ceremony is a rite of passage that encourages new students to fulfill a psychological contract for professionalism and empathy as future Read More »

Aug 27, 2018

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National honor for interprofessional medical education in TexasBy Alex Branch   A consortium of health professions institutions that was cofounded by UNT Health Science Center has received national recognition for advancing interprofessional medical education in Texas. The Texas Inteprofessional Education Consortium was awarded honorable mention in July at the 2018 George E. Thibault, MD, Nexus Awards in Minneapolis. The awards are given Read More »

Aug 23, 2018

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For seniors, the growing opioids menaceBy Jan Jarvis   One week – that’s how long it can take for a prescription pain killer to turn into an addiction to opioids. Patients believe opioids – a class of pain-killing drugs that can produce morphine-like effects – are safe and effective because their physician prescribed them, said Annesha White, PharmD, PhD, Associate Read More »

Aug 23, 2018

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MPH Online helps inform one doctor’s MD and PhD studiesBy Sally Crocker Dr. Austin G. Meyer was already working on both a PhD in biochemistry and a medical degree at other Texas universities when he decided to enroll in UNT Health Science Center’s Master of Public Health online program. “Medical school focuses primarily on anatomy and physiology, and treatments based on pathophysiology of disease,” said Read More »

Aug 21, 2018

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TCOM Class of 2019 board exam scores highest in nationBy Alex Branch   The Texas College of Osteopathic Medicine Class of 2019 earned the highest score in the United States on a national board exam for future osteopathic doctors. The students’ mean test score of 592.93 was well above the national mean of 557.81 on the COMLEX-USA Level 1 Exam administered by the National Read More »

Aug 15, 2018

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PT professor among select few to complete fellowshipBy Alex Branch   Yasser Salem, PHD, PT, is among the first 100 physical therapists in the United States to complete the Education Leadership Institute of the American Physical Therapy Association. The yearlong fellowship is designed to “develop innovative and influential leaders in physical therapy education who can function within a changing politico-sociocultural environment.” The Read More »

Aug 2, 2018