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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

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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