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

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