HEALTH SCIENCE CENTER TO HOST TAAHP CONFERENCE

February 1, 2005

The University of North Texas Health Science Center will host the 36th annual meeting of the Texas Association of Advisors for the Health Professions Feb. 3â??5 at the Renaissance Worthington Hotel in downtown Fort Worth and on campus.

The meeting brings together college and university advisors and professionals from health professions schools across the state to promote undergraduate education in the sciences and to develop health science curriculum. The group meets each year to exchange ideas in healthcare education.

â??We are pleased to host this meeting and to show off the innovations in research and education that are occurring at the health science center,â? said Joel Dabaub, MBA, director of admissions and outreach for the Texas College of Osteopathic Medicine, at the health science center.

The conference includes information sessions on professions such as public health, physician assistant and forensic science; ethics in medical education; admissions deadlines for students; joint medical degrees; and summer programs. Attendees will meet with a panel of current medical, biomedical science and public health students to discuss the things they wish they knew before pursuing a post-baccalaureate degree in the sciences. In addition, Ronald Blanck, DO, president of the UNT Health Science Center, will present a keynote address on Friday morning about the origin and future of osteopathic physicians in the United States.

The conference will begin at noon on Thursday, Feb. 3, and will conclude at noon on Saturday, Feb. 5.

TAAHP is a state network of higher education personnel that promotes excellence in healthcare advising. Its members include representatives from universities, colleges and junior colleges throughout Texas such as Baylor University, Texas A&M University, Texas Tech University, Texas Womanâ??s University, the University of Texas and the University of North Texas.

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Contact: Becky Purvis 817-735-5152, pager 817-216-0345, e-mail bpurvis@hsc.unt.edu.

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