TCOM News

Posted Date: December 9, 2016

Medical students at the Texas College of Osteopathic Medicine have a wealth of clinical training opportunities in Pediatrics – both in primary care and subspecialties.

The educational activities in child health are anchored at UNT Health Science Center’s Department of Pediatrics, which includes a dedicated faculty and staff committed to patient care in an academic General Pediatric Clinic.

That care is augmented by on-site Pediatric Allergy/Immunology and Endocrinology services, a Teen Clinic (for ages 13-18), and a Pediatric Mobile Clinic that serves families in the community with limited access to health care.

Second-year medical students have opportunities to travel to local schools, conduct faculty-supervised physical examinations of children, and develop their skills in pediatric assessment (“Catch-1” Program).

Our partner in Pediatric Medical Education in Fort Worth is Cook Children’s Medical Center, a highly respected health system for children and adolescents. Our academic affiliation with Cook includes an active inpatient pediatric service where third year TCOM students rotate during their core clerkship, as well as a large variety of pediatric medical, surgical, and diagnostic specialty services that offer third- and fourth-year elective opportunities of up to one month in length.

On any given day, as many as 30 TCOM students may be found on various rotations in the Cook Children’s System.

At TCOM, we are fortunate to have excellent relationships with other community-based pediatricians and with John Peter Smith Hospital, where our students gain valuable mentoring and experience in newborn assessment.

For our students who rotate in remote locations from Fort Worth, we offer excellent clinical training opportunities at Driscoll Children’s Hospital in Corpus Christi, Texas, where some of the students conduct their third-year core clerkship rotations, and also in Conroe, Longview, and nearby Weatherford, Texas.

Several excellent pediatricians in smaller communities have contributed to the education of students interested in rural medicine, and have served as outstanding role models for that unique type of practice.

Students with interests in critical care pediatrics and hematology-oncology have the opportunity to spend third or fourth year electives at Medical City Children’s Hospital in Dallas, working in a busy tertiary children’s referral facility.

“TCOM students have earned a strong reputation for their pediatric preparation and are therefore welcomed for fourth-year rotations in a large number of prestigious children’s facilities in Texas and from coast to coast,” said W. Paul Bowman, MD, Professor and Chair of Pediatrics. “These educational opportunities have prepared our students well for their pediatric residency applications and for a strong likelihood of successful matching at competitive training programs throughout the United States.”

Interest in Pediatrics at TCOM is enhanced by a strong student-led Pediatrics Club, which promotes community services for children, hosts guest speakers, and facilitates students’ involvement in the Texas Pediatric Society and American Academy of Pediatrics.

Posted Date: December 7, 2016

 

The goal of the Pediatric Research Program (PRP) is to provide a unique learning experience for rising second-year medical students in the Texas College of Osteopathic Medicine.

PRP, a collaborative effort between UNT Health Science Center’s Department of Pediatrics and Cook Children’s Medical Center, offers students the option to participate in a variety of Pediatric areas. Those include Cardiology, Endocrinology, Critical Care, Genetics, Hematology-Oncology, Neonatology, Nephrology, Neurosciences, Palliative Care, Pain Management and Patient Safety.

New areas of research opportunity are identified each year.

Over the past three years, an average of 25 students has successfully participated annually in PRP. The students are teamed with a mentor, who is either a pediatric physician or researcher. They are challenged to formulate a research hypothesis, design and implement a research study, analyze the data collected, prepare a final manuscript, and present an abstract to at least one medical meeting.

For many students this is one of their first opportunities to work in a clinical environment, so there is an emphasis on case studies that address challenges in diagnosis and management.

The students’ preliminary experiences are presented in a fall seminar series open to fellow students and faculty. A one-month summer commitment provides only enough time for an introductory experience, but may set the stage for continuing productive research in the ensuing years of medical school. It can also enhance the student’s capacity to appreciate and critically analyze the research literature. And it helps build mutually beneficial relationships between students and mentors that can grow in the ensuing years.

Many students have presented their findings at scientific meetings, have been honored for their research locally and in national settings, and have published papers in respected journals.

 

 

 

Posted Date: November 14, 2016

TCOM students are highly sought by elite graduate medical education programs in Texas and across the United States. All TCOM students who pursued graduate medical education have been accepted into a residency program.

We develop and sustain this success through strong academic advising, career counseling and specialty guidance to help our students identify and prepare for graduate medical education programs that match their strengths, interests and career goals.

More than 60 percent of our graduates match into primary care specialties. In 2016 they also match into more than 15 specialties at a wide range of top programs. Here are some recent examples of the diverse programs and locations:

TCOM Matching
  • Pediatrics at Stanford Medicine, Emory University and Children’s Mercy Hospital in Missouri.
  • Internal medicine at Cleveland Clinic, Baylor University and Loyola University Medical in Illinois.
  • Emergency medicine at Hennepin County Medical Center in Minnesota and UT Southwestern.
  • Dermatology at the University of Cincinnati Medical Center.
  • Family medicine at John Peter Smith Hospital and Utah Valley Regional Medical Center.

 

Posted Date: October 31, 2016

Emerging opportunities through international experiences is a new hallmark of the Rural Medical Education Program at TCOM. These experiences further prepare medical students for the wide array of challenges seen by physicians in underserved communities both in Texas and around the globe.

The Rural Medical Education Program is a leader in training future physicians to practice primary care across Texas. But a growing number of international partnerships offer innovative clinical rotations in Latin America, Thailand and Malawi.

The addition of more international clinical opportunities reflect the program’s ongoing integration of global health into the Health Science Center’s nationally recognized rural medicine curriculum.

“Our students’ commitment to holistic and humanistic values in medical training is what attracts them to the Health Science Center,” said John Gibson, Assistant Professor in the Texas College of Osteopathic Medicine, who leads the Rural Health program. “By offering students significant rotations in underserved international settings, we ensure that our graduates receive robust training that will enhance their ability to provide quality care in the future.”

Global health training begins during students’ first year of school and continues with clinical rotations during the third and fourth years.  Students also are encouraged to pursue a dual degree or certificate program in public health as part of their education at UNTHSC.

For more information, visit the Office of Rural Medical Education website.