TCOM Talk Newsletter – September 2019


Published: September 17, 2019

Research shows TCOM and the osteopathic approach is making a difference.

Dr. Ross and Dr. Severance were honored for their work in Geriatric Education and the world’s first Performing Arts Medicine Fellowship began at TCOM.

Read about that and more in the latest version of TCOM Talk. Download a PDF version of this month’s newsletter.

Licciardonepic Spine Demo

Research shows TCOM and osteopathic approach making a difference

Osteopathic medicine’s emphasis on physician empathy and understanding leads to higher patient satisfaction, a study by researchers at UNTHSC’s Texas College of Osteopathic Medicine indicates.

The two-and-a-half-year study, conducted by the PRECISION Pain Research Registry and TCOM’s John Licciardone, DO, MS, MBA, reaffirmed the importance of empathy and better interpersonal manner when treating patients with chronic pain.

Third-year TCOM student Monika Schmitt, a PRECISION Clinical Research Fellow, helped craft the article published in The Journal of the American Osteopathic Association.

Focusing on interpersonal manner, empathy and communication style, the results of the study showed that patients treated by osteopathic physicians had more favorable perceptions of their treatment.

In keeping with many of the foundational osteopathic tenants, such as the body is capable of self-regulation and self-healing, the study illustrated that DOs were less likely to prescribe opioids.

This story continues here


Dr. Ross and Dr. Severance Honored for Work in Geriatric Education

Dr. Sarah Ross, DO, and Jennifer Severance, PhD,
were both honored at the 27th Annual TAGS Summer Forum for their tireless work with Tarrant County’s older adults. Dr. Ross received the Mildred Hogstel Award for excellence in Geriatrics Education while Dr. Severance received the Harriett Griffin Award For Excellence in Public Policy for older adults.

Well done!