New Med Schools Could Shift Healthcare Practices Across Texas

While it may be difficult for many older Texas physicians to make the transition to a more collaborative, 21st-century approach, the establishment of the South Texas medical school and the Dell School of Medicine in Austin will train the future medical workforce with a foundation for interdisciplinary cooperation. Full Story

UTSW Faces Down Academic Medical Center Headwinds

Even before the Affordable Care Act was passed, UT Southwestern already was preparing for a more austere healthcare landscape. UTSW officials created a budget based on 90 percent of its revenue being equal to Medicare reimbursement. For more than two years, the academic medical center has been aligning expenses to meet that scenario. The result, according to president Daniel Podolsky, is that UTSW has had three strong years of expense management and care-volume growth. “There is an unprecedented amount of uncertainty in the healthcare system,” he said. “That requires an end to complacency. The new healthcare imperatives are accountability and… Full Story

As Doctor Shortage Looms, Medical Schools See Record Number of Enrollees

A record number of students applied to, and started, medical school this year, according to data released last week by the Association of American Medical Colleges. More than 20,000 students enrolled in medical school in 2013, a 2.8 percent bump from 2012. First-time applications were also up by almost 6 percent. “At a time when the nation faces a shortage of more than 90,000 doctors by the end of the decade and millions are gaining access to health insurance, we are very glad that more students than ever want to become physicians,” said AAMC President and CEO Darrell G. Kirch, M.D. “However,… Full Story

Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center Hits Record Enrollment Numbers

Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center announced a new enrollment record Monday, with 4,200 students enrolling in the fall 2013 semester. The bump is an increase of nearly 5 percent. “Since the fall of 2006, student enrollment at the Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center has increased by nearly 2,000 students,” Texas Tech University System Chancellor Kent Hance said in a statement. “This significant growth is a tribute to the hard work of our faculty, staff and administrators and is helping prepare the next generation of health care professionals for the West Texas region and beyond.” TTUHSC president Dr. Tedd… Full Story

Center for Brain Health Uses Technology to Help Autistic Children Practice Interaction

Carl Lutz can trace the genesis of his career to an event from his grade-school days: A friend of his got a Nintendo Entertainment System, a video-game console that had just come on the market. “He had Super Mario Bros. I watched him play it once, and I was instantly hooked,” Lutz said. “And I didn’t leave my mom alone until we got one.” Twenty-eight years later, he’s the creative director at UT-Dallas’s Center for Brain Health. What does such a job entail? “I like to say I turn neuroscience into video games,” Lutz said. After studying computer animation at… Full Story