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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

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A new dean for Graduate School of Biomedical SciencesBy Jan Jarvis Michael Mathis, PhD, sees plenty of similarities between his current job at Louisiana State University’s School of Veterinary Medicine, and his future one as dean of the Graduate School of Biomedical Sciences at UNT Health Science Center. “A medical school and a vet school are really very similar,” he said. “They both Read More »

Dec 11, 2018

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Domestic violence’s painful legacyBy Sally Crocker In the fall of 1984, Maria Guadalupe Almaguer was murdered by her estranged husband, David Gonzales. The couple had been separated for two years following a rocky, abusive relationship, and Maria had been saving for a divorce. She had just been promoted at work, and things were slowly starting to go her Read More »

Dec 5, 2018

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Professor honored by American College of Clinical PharmacologyBy Jan Jarvis   For more than 30 years, Michael Jann, PharmD, has collaborated with physicians, scientists, pharmacists and other health care professionals with the goal of improving patient care. His outstanding achievements and contributions were recently recognized by the American College of Clinical Pharmacology’s Excellence in Achievement Program. HSC Insider Learn more about UNTHSC’s Read More »

Nov 29, 2018

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The future of medicine is femaleBy Jan Jarvis   When Mary Ann Reed was considering a career in medicine, she kept getting a question she never expected: “So… you’re going to be a nurse?” Although surprised, the second-year Texas College of Osteopathic Medicine (TCOM) student did not let the remarks deter her. Reed is part of a record-setting class of Read More »

Nov 29, 2018

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For physician assistant students, Friday lessons are hands-on and lecture-freeBy Alex Branch   The physician assistant students huddled around Davey, a 5-year-old boy who wheezed and struggled to breathe. Students studied his medical history chart and leaned down to talk to him on the exam table. They calmed Davey’s mother and watched his vital signs on a digital screen. Master of Physician Assistant Studies Read More »

Nov 14, 2018

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Fun on the Bun’s Mac Thompson to retireBy Alex Branch After more than 11 years of serving charbroiled steak burgers to a hungry Health Science Center, Mac Thompson is hanging up his red apron. Thompson will retire from Fun on the Bun this month. Beloved for his warm, gentle humor, Thompson is a fixture on the first floor of Gibson D. Lewis Read More »

Nov 13, 2018

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A glaucoma treatment that skips the poke in the eyeBy Jan Jarvis   One of the ways researchers are exploring treating the optic nerve damage of glaucoma is an injection directly into the eye. But Suchismita Acharya, PhD, is studying a different approach that not only takes the pain out of treating this blinding disease but also holds the promise of curing it. HSC Read More »

Nov 12, 2018