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TCOM earns 10-year accreditation with highest distinctionBy Alex Branch   The Texas College of Osteopathic Medicine was granted a 10-year Accreditation with Exceptional Outcome, the highest level of accreditation given by the American Osteopathic Association’s Commission on Osteopathic College Accreditation (COCA). “We’re very pleased to have earned the highest level of accreditation possible,” said Frank Filipetto, DO, Interim Dean of TCOM. Read More »

Oct 17, 2018

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PA students maintain 100 percent pass rate on national examBy Alex Branch   For the fourth straight year, every graduate of the Physician Assistant Studies Program at UNT Health Science Center passed the national certification exam on the first attempt – the second- longest streak among the eight programs in the state of Texas. Master of Physician Assistant Studies Learn more about admissions requirements, Read More »

Oct 16, 2018

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TCOM alum honored for project about home birthsBy Alex Branch   A UNT Health Science Center graduate won a national leadership award for creating an educational web resource to help patients who are considering a home birth. Chandler Sparks, DO, MPH, a 2018 graduate of the Texas College of Osteopathic Medicine and a Rural Scholar, was one of 30 people selected as Read More »

Oct 15, 2018

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Patient advocate and researcher honored with 2018 Health Literacy Hero awardBy Sally Crocker Dr. Teresa Wagner’s own experiences as a mother trying to help her daughters through two life-threatening health scares, misdiagnosis and providers’ failure to recognize critical symptoms ignited her passion to lead the charge for improved patient health literacy and better communication between physicians and patients across Texas. In recognition of her efforts Read More »

Oct 11, 2018

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UNTHSC rural medicine students finish tops in TexasBy Alex Branch   A team of UNT Health Science Center medical students earned first place at a statewide competition that challenged them to solve rural health challenges with creative ideas. The winning students were Derek Christensen, Colleen Del Valle, Emily Nelson, Emily Tutt and Tyler Ulmer. They are part of the Texas College of Read More »

Oct 5, 2018

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Medical Sciences Program among most respected in nationBy Alex Branch   The ambivalence Sohail Siraj initially felt in college showed in the grades he earned his freshman and sophomore years at Texas A&M University. MS in Medical Sciences  Learn more about admissions requirements, curriculum and application process. The Houston native wasn’t a bad student, but rather an unfocused one, unsure of what Read More »

Sep 26, 2018

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Tourniquet training that stops bleeding and saves livesBy Alex Branch Medical student Joshua Pavlik knows the value of a tourniquet in preventing someone from bleeding to death. The former U.S. Army Special Forces medic used them to save the lives of U.S. military personnel in Afghanistan. Now the third-year Texas College of Osteopathic Medicine student is teaching fellow students to properly apply Read More »

Sep 25, 2018

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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