The University of Puerto Rico Added to Caris Life Sciences Alliance

Caris Life Sciences has just announced that the University of Puerto Rico will be inducted into their Precision Oncology Alliance (POA), making UPR the 28th member. Powered by the molecular science company, the POA is a network of cancer centers working to improve standards of care and practices for the application of molecular profiling in cancer treatment. UPR serves 85 percent of Puerto Rico’s cancer patients and participates in medical research, molecular science, and the development of new drugs and treatments. UPR consists of the UPR Hospital at Carolina, Ambulatory Clinic of UPR, Puerto Rico Medical Center in San Juan,… Full Story

UNTHSC Researcher Will Lead National Opioid Crisis Steering Committee

Scott Walters has been named Steering Committee Chair of the HEALing Communities Study, an aggressive effort to find solutions that will put a stop to the national opioid crisis. Walters is Regents Professor and Chair of Health Behavior at the UNT Health Science Center School of Public Health. The study is a part of the National Institutes of Health HEAL (Helping to End Addiction Long-Term) Initiative, which is currently backed by more than $350 million in support. “My role as Steering Committee Chair will be like that of a stage manager,” says Walters, per release. “To keep track of all aspects… Full Story

A Free First Year for Fort Worth Medical School’s Inaugural Class

The first class of the country’s newest medical school arrived this week, as the TCU and UNTHSC School of Medicine kicks off its inaugural class of 60 students. The students first year will be paid for by Paul Dorman, chairman and CEO of Fort Worth-based DFB Pharmaceuticals, and will be known as the Dorman Scholars. The school is a unique public-private partnership, and will present a unique curriculum that will reduce time spent sitting in class listening to lectures and focus class time on problem solving and collaboration. It will also emphasize communication skills and compassionate leadership, which are often neglected in… Full Story

What is Fort Worth’s Medical Innovation District?

A medical innovation district is planned for 1,200 acres south of downtown Fort Worth, with the hope of attracting healthcare business and serving as an innovation partner with the soon to open TCU and UNTHSC Medical School, Dallas Innovates reports. The area, called Near Southside, is already home to housing and restaurants as well as Cook Children’s Healthcare System, Texas Heath Harris Methodist, Baylor Scott & White, and Medical City Fort Worth. The hope is for innovative healthcare businesses to collaborate with more established entities, which already employ 30,000 people in the healthcare industry in the area. Modeled after similar districts… Full Story

Fort Worth’s Medical School Curriculum to Avoid Burnout and Emphasize Empathy

Fort Worth’s new medical school is taking an original look at curriculum, with flipped classrooms and a focus on provider compassion and communication, and will be using the medical education platform Osmosis to deliver instruction when it opens up this July. The learning will not be focused on the traditional lecture format and will include the Empathetic Scholar’s program for the TCU and UNTHSC School of Medicine. Created by Johns Hopkins the former Khan Academy Health & Medicine team, Osmosis is used by over 1.5 million healthcare students worldwide, and is contributing to impending physician shortages at home and abroad. The… Full Story

Southwestern Medical Foundation Names Ho Din Award Winner

The  Southwestern Medical Foundation has given the Ho Din Award to Dr. Bethany Werner, recognizing her for her medical wisdom, human understanding, and compassion. Since 1943, the award has been the highest honor given to a UT Southwestern medical student. Werner graduated with honors from UT Dallas while playing for the volleyball team, was a manager and regular volunteer at the UTSW Office of Global Health’s Agape Clinic in medical school and directed a health fair. She will soon begin her residency in obstetrics and gynecology at UT Southwestern. “Through her compassionate spirit and academic devotion, Dr. Werner has embodied the vision… Full Story

University of St. Augustine for Health Sciences Campus Now Open in Irving

Dallas’ newest healthcare campus is open for students, as the University of St. Augustine for Health Sciences will begin classes on May 13. The private, for-profit, graduate-level university focuses on health and rehabilitative services whose 13-acre North Texas campus is near Lake Carolyn in Las Colinas. The school has nearly 30,000 square-feet of classroom, laboratory, and administrative space and will offer the Doctor of Occupational Therapy program. The plan is for quick expansion, with the university looking to add a Master of Science in Speech and Language Pathology, and a Doctor of Physical Therapy program and that will require a… Full Story

UNTHSC’s New Dean of Pharmacy is Looking to Innovate

Suresh Madhavan will be the new Dean of the UNT System College of Pharmacy, and hopes to bring innovation to the role of pharmacist for students in North Texas. Arriving in the U.S. while looking for a sense of adventure, he earned his PhD from Purdue University and became a professor at West Virginia University. Madhavan thrives on mentoring young scholars, and established the nationally known PhD program in Services and Outcomes Research while at West Virginia. He has been the Professor and Chairperson of the Department of Pharmaceutical Systems and Policy at WVU since 1994. Madhavan worked with the… Full Story

The Center for BrainHealth is Changing How Executives Function

The corporate world is all about productivity, efficiency, and continually innovating in order to stay ahead of the pack. Executives wear their busyness like a badge of honor, and time spent at the office multi-tasking is often seen as a skill to be emulated. But what if you could get more done by slowing down? At UT Dallas’ Center for BrainHealth, research is being done to help figure out how our brains work, and what we can do to make sure it is performing at its best. The advice of researchers at The Brain Performance Institute at the Center for BrainHealth… Full Story

TCU and UNTHSC School of Medicine’s New Surgery Chair

Dr. Rohan Jeyarajah will be the first academic chair of surgery at TCU and UNTHSC School of Medicine.where he will oversee planning, operations, and oversight within the surgery department. Jeyarajah is currently the director of Gastrointestinal Surgical Services at Methodist Richardson Medical Center, where he also directs the Hepatopancreatobiliary (HPB) Surgery Fellowship. His practice focuses on surgery in the pancreas, liver, bile duct, stomach, and esophagus. Born in Sri Lanka, Jeyarajah grew up in Africa before training at the University of Chicago. He was an associate professor at UT Southwestern Medical School, eventually being named to his current position. Author of more than… Full Story