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TCOM hosting national meeting for osteopathic medical studentsBy Alex Branch   Student government presidents and vice presidents from every osteopathic medical school in the United States will convene at UNT Health Science Center for their annual national meeting. It’s the first time in 15 years that UNTHSC’s Texas College of Osteopathic Medicine has hosted the annual meeting of student leaders from the Read More »

Jan 15, 2019

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Dr. Robert Richard earns TCOM’s first outstanding preceptor awardBy Alex Branch   Robert Richard, DO, told UNT Health Science Center medical student Sarah Hmaidan exactly what she should expect from him as her preceptor. “He told me if he wasn’t inspiring me to be the best doctor I could be or challenging me to see the whole patient, then he wasn’t doing his Read More »

Jan 10, 2019

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Generous gift boosts UNTHSC’s dementia researchBy Alex Branch A generous estate gift from a longtime community volunteer whose family was impacted by dementia will establish a $3 million endowed chair to support groundbreaking research into Alzheimer’s disease and other translational research projects at UNT Health Science Center. Sid O’Bryant, PhD, Professor and Director of the Institute for Translational Research, will Read More »

Jan 8, 2019

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UNTHSC appoints new dean of School of Health ProfessionsBy Alex Branch J. Glenn Forister, PhD, PA-C, believes in the value of high-performing teams, and that’s what he sees at UNT Health Science Center. The institution’s One University concept, values-based culture and focus on extraordinary teamwork are concepts that led Dr. Forister to accept the position of Dean of the UNTHSC School of Health Read More »

Jan 7, 2019

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Patients’ understanding of health information critical in saving lives of new momsBy Sally Crocker Every day, about 830 women around the world die from pregnancy or childbirth-related complications. The number of maternal deaths in the U.S. has more than doubled in the last 30 years, and Texas data is especially concerning, with about 14.6 deaths for every 100,000 births. Through a new study funded by the Read More »

Jan 4, 2019

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Lessons learned at early age connect with public health careerBy Sally Crocker Growing up, Dr. Jaime González thought he might one day become a priest. Life, however, had other plans, taking him on a different path of serving others, through public health and health-related services. Dr. González, a graduate of the School of Public Health, is now Chief Business Development Officer for the Health Read More »

Jan 2, 2019

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A possible hidden reason for ventilator-associated pneumoniaBy: Jan Jarvis   Surgical patients who need ventilators to breathe face heightened risks for pneumonia, but detecting the bacteria that might be causing the infection can be complicated. One reason for the confusion is that bacteria that appear on cultures of the lungs, often labeled “normal respiratory tract flora,” are considered harmless. But they’re Read More »

Dec 19, 2018

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SaferCare Texas making health care safer for patientsBy Jan Jarvis Complicated medical literature, stacks of discharge orders and convoluted prescriptions can frustrate patients and lead to costly hospitalizations or even death. SaferCare Texas, a team of interprofessional patient safety experts, wants to change that landscape by giving patients information they understand, simplifying medical forms and teaching healthcare providers how to communicate more Read More »

Dec 18, 2018

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TCOM is again Texas’ top source for family medicine physiciansBy Alex Branch The UNT Health Science Center’s osteopathic medical school was the only medical school in Texas to place at least 25 percent of 2018 graduates in family medicine. It’s the latest example of the program’s leadership in reducing the state’s shortage of primary care physicians. The Texas Academy of Family Physicians honored the Read More »

Dec 12, 2018

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For pharmacy class, a lesson in living with HIVBy Jan Jarvis   Shelia Neal can’t recall much of what happened on the day she learned she was HIV positive because of the sheer shock of it all. But one thing stands out. “Until then, I had never had a doctor bend down and look at me eye-to-eye,” she said. “But she did, and Read More »

Dec 12, 2018