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HSC PA student launches amazing career amidst a global pandemicBy Sally Crocker and Steven Bartolotta Shannon Swickard knew she wanted to pursue a career in health care early on in her academic journey.  That career path was an easy choice because she had a cherished role model – her grandmother, a nurse practitioner.  Swickard earned her undergraduate degree in Nutrition and a master’s degree Read More »

Oct 13, 2021

Students in white coats
More than 400 HSC students to participate in Aug. 20 White Coat CeremonyBy Diane Smith-Pinckney The University of North Texas Health Science Center at Fort Worth (HSC) will present white coats to more than 400 students during a rite of passage ceremony for future health care providers at Will Rogers Memorial Center Auditorium on Aug. 20 at 9 a.m.   Students from the Physician Assistant Studies program, Department of Physical Therapy, System College of Pharmacy, and Texas College of Osteopathic Medicine (TCOM) will receive coats during Read More »

Aug 19, 2021

PA students; Jana Brown and Ashley Boehm
Need advice about PA school? Check out these HSC students’ InstagramBy Diane Smith-Pinckney Jana Brown and Ashley Boehm are just like sisters.  They finish each other’s sentences. They chuckle in unison, both have male Tabby cats and both are second-year physician assistant students at The University of North Texas Health Science Center at Fort Worth (HSC).  “I literally could not go through school without Jana. It would just be impossible,” Boehm said, explaining how these relationships help balance Read More »

Jul 30, 2021

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HSC Pride: Increased pronoun use is an emerging trend among health professionalsBy Diane Smith-Pinckney The embroidery on Vic Holmes’ black scrubs identify him as a physician assistant and an ally to LGBTQ+ patients. The words, stitched under a rainbow-colored Caduceus pin and near his heart, read: “Vic Holmes, PA-C, He/Him/His, Family Medicine.” Pronouns are gracing more white coats, scrubs, business cards, name badges and email signatures Read More »

Jun 21, 2021

Dr. Laine Markham
HSC, Texas Wesleyan University collaborate to return athletes recovered from COVID-19 safely back to playing fieldBy Diane Smith-Pinckney Sixty Texas Wesleyan University athletes have completed athletic screenings through a new partnership with The University of North Texas Health Science Center (HSC) at Fort Worth. The project screens TXWES athletes who have had COVID-19 so they can return to sports. As of Dec. 3, four more athletes were in the process of being assessed and had tests pending. “We completed Read More »

Dec 11, 2020

HSC Students
TCOM, PA students comply with COVID social distance rules while fine tuning their skills via the HSC Simulation CenterBy Diane Smith HSC Fort Worth has taken virtual learning to new levels during COVID-19.  Consider, for example, medical students at the Texas College of Osteopathic Medicine who must master ultrasound technology to better identify the diseases that ail patients.   At TCOM, students gain these skills while also learning to teach their peers. Earlier this year, about 20 to 30 students worked to become teaching assistants in the ultrasound training program directed by John O. Gibson, MD; FAAFP, Read More »

Sep 22, 2020

Veteran Student Mikel Bell
Call of dutyBy Diane Smith  Mikel Bell’s plan to become a doctor came while fighting the war on terrorism in Iraq where he gave medical support to U.S. Marines.  In 2007, Bell was a Navy corpsman embedded with a Marine unit fighting in Iraq, removing improvised explosive devices (IEDs) and stopping people from making bombs. Later, he worked to rebuild the city of Ramadi.  “I wore their uniform. I trained Read More »

Jul 31, 2020

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HSC prioritizes microcredentials to enhance students’ career readinessBy Betsy Friauf At The University of North Texas Health Science Center at Fort Worth (HSC), student career readiness is enhanced in myriad ways. One of the latest is microcredentialing. Microcredentials are competency-based, specialized certifications attesting that a student has mastered specific skills for a certain activity or procedure. Microcredentials are crucial and have been Read More »

Jul 15, 2020

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Fort Worth Mayor Betsy Price to HSC students, faculty: ‘Give yourself a pat on the back’By Diane Smith Students and faculty volunteers from The University of North Texas Health Center at Fort Worth were recognized by Mayor Betsy Price for establishing the first community-based COVID-19 testing site in the city. “To all of you, you need to reach back and give yourself a pat on the back,” Price said during Read More »

Jun 12, 2020

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HSC Professor to chair a national group on the impact of COVID-19By Jan Jarvis Dr. Yasser Salem, Professor of Physical Therapy, has been appointed to chair a national group that will focus on identifying the impact of COVID-19 on children with disability, their families and professionals working with them. He will lead a work group created by the Academy of Pediatric Physical Therapy of the American Read More »

Jun 8, 2020