North Texas Doctor Named President-Elect of National Physician Organization

The American Academy of Osteopathy has selected a University of North Texas Health Science Center professor as its president-elect. Dr. Kendi Hensel, a professor in the osteopathic manipulative medicine department, was chosen for the role during the AAO’s annual meeting last month. She’s been involved with the organization for 18 years and on its board of trustees for eight. “I love the art of osteopathic manipulative medicine (OMM),” Dr. Hensel said in a statement. “Because in so many other specialties you see a patient and write them a prescription or schedule them for surgery and you see them again in… Full Story

UNTHSC, Catalyst Health Network Partnership Will Allow Students to Train for ‘The Future of Healthcare in North Texas’

The UNT Health Science Center and the Catalyst Health Network say a new partnership will allow more future physicians and physicians assistants to train in the outpatient settings in which they’ll eventually practice medicine. The agreement, announced Wednesday, will put UNTHSC students into primary care clinical settings under the direction of Catalyst providers. “Catalyst not only aligns perfectly with UNTHSC’s values, it is the future of healthcare in North Texas,” UNTHSC President Dr. Michael Williams said in a statement. While most medical schools are tethered to traditional teaching hospitals, UNTHSC now attaches itself to a three-year-old network of 515 independent… Full Story

UNT Health Science Center Gets A Federal Endowment To Research Health Disparities

The University of North Texas Health Science Center is the recipient of a $10 million federal research endowment to study the health disparities impacting ethnic, racial, rural, and economically disadvantaged populations in the U.S. The National Institute on Minority Health and Health Disparities awards the endowments, which are paid over five years. UNTHSC is one of just two institutions nationally to get it. The endowment was put in place in 2001 by Congress to help out institutions committed to disparities research. The money goes toward scientists and students rather than the research projects themselves. Fort Worth-based UNTHSC lists its priorities… Full Story

What the 1918 Flu Pandemic and the Ebola Crisis Can Teach Us About Modern Flu Response

A Southern Methodist University medical anthropologist made a call for deeper understanding of and better communication on health issues like the flu during a lecture Thursday evening at SMU. Carolyn Smith-Morris took on the topic of the 1918 flu pandemic, which killed an estimated 50 million to 100 million people—as many as some Black Plague casualty counts, which range from 50 million to 200 million. Her thoughts, delivered in the Gene and Jerry Jones Great Hall at SMU’s Meadows Museum, were part of the ongoing Godbey Anniversary Lecture Series. Smith-Morris discussed the ways that an epidemic unfolds, beginning with the… Full Story

UTA Researcher Gets $3.3 Million to Study Cardiovascular Disease, Including Gender’s Role

An assistant professor of kinesiology at the university of Texas at Arlington, Michael Nelson, has secured a five-year, $3.3 million grant to study the link between fat storage in the heart and cardiovascular disease. He’ll also look at how gender influences the development of cardiac dysfunction. The grant comes from the National Institutes of Health. Here’s Nelson and UTA with more about the genesis of the project: “You’re not supposed to store fat in the heart, but patients who suffer from obesity, diabetes or heart disease tend to store more fat in the heart,” Nelson said. “This excess fat is… Full Story

Texas Tech Pharmacy Program to Move All Four Years to DFW

The Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center School of Pharmacy will move all four years of its program to Dallas-Fort Worth. The area has been home to years three and four since 1999, including partnering with 240 hospitals, clinics, and pharmacies. But students have traditionally had to move to Amarillo, Abilene, or Lubbock for their first two years. About half of the program’s enrollment comes from DFW and surrounding areas, but TTUHSC President Tedd Mitchell said in a statement that qualified candidates have been left on the table due to their inability to relocate. “So bringing all four years of… Full Story

Parkland Program for Correctional Health Nurses is First of its Kind

Parkland is creating highly-skilled nurses fit specifically for the world of correctional health with a 12-week course the hospital says is the only one like it in the country. The Correctional Health Nursing Residency program, offered through Parkland’s Clinical Education department, combines classroom instruction and clinical experience with a mentor. It’s offered twice a year and trains nurses on the full spectrum of correctional health, from juvenile services to psychiatric services. Parkland took over healthcare for inmates at the Dallas County Jail in 2006. Dallas County Sheriffs Deputies are always on hand when patients are being treated, and very few… Full Story