PRESIDENT BLANCK TO COMMISSION MEDICAL STUDENT TAUFERNER AS U.S. ARMY OFFICER MARCH 3

February 28, 2005

Ronald Blanck, DO, president of the University of North Texas Health Science Center will preside over a commissioning ceremony on March 3 at 3:30 p.m.

The ceremony will take place at the health science center in the Presidentâ??s Office on the 8th floor of the Education and Administration Building.

Dustin Tauferner will be commissioned as an officer in the U.S. Army. Tauferner is a third-year medical student, who is scheduled to graduate in May 2006 as a doctor of osteopathy. He will be committing to the military for three years and receiving a one-year scholarship that will pay for his coursework and provide him with a monthly stipend during his last year as a Texas College of Osteopathic Medicine student.

â??I decided to join the military after flirting with the idea for a number of years,â? Tauferner said. â??I attended Texas A&M University and was a member of the Corps of Cadets during my time in college. I have always had an interest in serving in the military. I believe strongly in the dedication to the nation and the opportunities and training available in the military.â?

Currently, Tauferner serves as the president of the class of 2006 and first vice president of the medical student government association on the health science center campus.

â??I am what I would term an â??American success story,â??â? Tauferner said. â??I am the first person in my immediate family to graduate from college with both a bachelorâ??s and masterâ??s degree; the first to attend and soon graduate from medical school, and the first to serve in the U.S. military.â?

Tauferner received his bachelor of science degree and master of science degree from Texas A&M University in construction management. Originally from Salt Lake City, Utah, he calls Portland, Texas home.

Tauferner and his wife of 13 years met in fifth grade. They have three children, Nathan, 12; Jacob, 10; and Grace, 8.

â??My wife and I finally decided to date and get married after we graduated with our undergraduate degree,â? Tauferner said. â??My wife is a family nurse practitioner, who really got me interested in pursuing a career in medicine. I owe everything to my family, wife, and country for supporting me and providing me with the opportunities that I have enjoyed.â?

Tauferner will apply for a military residency in either internal medicine or emergency medicine at Brook Army Hospital in San Antonio, Madigan Medical Center in Tacoma or Tripler Medical Center in Hawaii.

â??My dream is to be assigned to a division and provide healthcare to the troops,â? Tauferner said. â??I plan on retiring from the military in another 20 years.â?

The commissioning ceremony is only the beginning for Tauferner. He will have one more year of medical school; then he will begin his Army career.

Dr. Blanck normally presides over commissioning services every year for students from the health science center who are entering the military.

###

Contact: Kay Colley 817-735-2553, cell 817-980-5090, e-mail kacolley@hsc.unt.edu.

Hsc Tcom Gold Humanism Society Inductees Fc
TCOM Chapter of the Gold Humanism Honor Society welcomes new inductees 

By Steven Bartolotta The humanistic side of medicine is alive and well at Texas College of Osteopathic Medicine. The TCOM Chapter of the Arnold P Gold Foundation inducted 45 students and four faculty members into the Gold Humanism Honor Society on the campus of The University of North Texas H...Read more

Jun 15, 2021

John Licciardone Hsc Fort Worth Fc
eHealth interventions could help African-American patients in battle with chronic pain

By Steven Bartolotta The PRECISION Pain Research Registry at the University of North Texas Health Science Center in Fort Worth has identified important racial disparities in pain management that became more evident during the COVID-19 pandemic. Its study recently published in the special COVID...Read more

Jun 14, 2021

Diana Cervantes. Assistant Professor Biostatistics & Epidemiology
Dr. Diana Cervantes named among Fort Worth’s ‘most influential’ for public health service during the pandemic

By Sally Crocker Dr. Diana Cervantes has spent the last year keeping people informed and updated on all things coronavirus, and now she’s being recognized as one of Fort Worth Inc.’s “400 Most Influential People” for helping protect the community’s health during the pandemic. Dr....Read more

Jun 8, 2021

Opal Lee photo by Rodger Mallison/Fort Worth Star-Telegram
Commemorating Juneteenth

By Diane Smith-Pinckney On June 19 1865, Major General Gordan Granger marched into Galveston with a critical message: “The people of Texas are informed that, in accordance with a Proclamation from the Executive of the United States, all slaves are free.”  This was the opening se...Read more

Jun 8, 2021