Despite Fewer Applications, Women are More Likely Than Men to Enroll at UTSW

Last fall, U.S. medical schools enrolled more women than men for the first time ever, according to the Association of American Medical Colleges. Many Texas medical schools followed suit, with UT Southwestern also fitting into the trend. While 50.7 percent of the 21,338 medical students who matriculated in 2017 were female according to the study, UTSW students were 50.4 percent women, despite 51 percent of applicants being male. UTSW was also the Texas school most likely to have out-of-state applicants. The study says that 50 years prior, only 9.8 percent of U.S. medical school enrollees were female. The study notes… Full Story

TCU and UNTHSC School of Medicine’s Dean on What Makes the School Unique

TCU and UNTHSC’s new medical school’s first class will begin their training next summer, and plans to do things differently than most medical schools have done in the past. From flipped classrooms to an emphasis on communication and empathy, Dean Dr. Stuart Flynn is leaning on his experience opening a medical school in Arizona to bring a different kind of medical education to North Texas. The school will begin with its first class of 60 students in 2019. Why do we need another medical school? UT Southwestern Medical School is in Dallas and the Texas College of Osteopathic Medicine is… Full Story

UT Southwestern Wins National Diversity Award

UT Southwestern Medical Center has received an award for their commitment to diversity and inclusion in high education. Earlier this week, the center won the 2018 Health Professions Higher Education Excellence in Diversity Award from INSIGHT Into Diversity magazine, a higher education publication focused on diversity. “The Health Professions HEED Award process consists of a comprehensive and rigorous application that includes questions relating to the recruitment and retention of students and employees — and best practices for both; continued leadership support for diversity; and other aspects of campus diversity and inclusion,” said Lenore Pearlstein, publisher of INSIGHT Into Diversity magazine via media… Full Story

Clements University Hospital Named a Rising Star Again

William P. Clements University Hospital has once again been recognized for its quality and safety, receiving the Vizient Quality Leadership Rising Star Award earlier this week. The award recognizes academic medical centers that improve their year-over-year rankings in Vizient’s accountability study, which looked at safety, mortality, clinical effectiveness, efficiency, patient centeredness, and equity of care. Clements is no stranger to recognition, as they were named the number one hospital in Dalllas and number two hospital in Texas by U.S. News and World Report in August’s Best Hospitals ranking. The hospital was also named a Rising Star by the University Healthcare Consortium in 2015.… Full Story

UT Arlington Dedicates New Science, Engineering, and Research Facility

UT Arlington officials cut the ribbon on the university’s new Science & Engineering Innovation & Research building. The $125 million facility will focus on interdisciplinary research on major health science challenges of the day such as brain health, cancer, healthy aging, and cardiovascular health. “We want to thank our champions in the legislature, the Board of Regents, the University of Texas System leadership and the campus community for believing in our vision,” said UTA President Vistasp Karbhari. “SEIR is the embodiment of our health science focus, bringing together research neighborhoods, collaborative spaces, teaching facilities and areas where faculty, staff and… Full Story

UT Dallas Researchers Say They’ve Doubled The Movement Recovery Rate for Stroke Victims

UT Dallas researchers have good news for the 800,000 people who suffer strokes in the United States each year. A new therapy technique is doubling the recovery rate for stroke victims’ upper limbs, according to the UT Dallas news center. The treatment is called targeted plasticity therapy, which stimulates the vagus nerve and accompanies traditional physical therapy, and UT Dallas researchers say it has proved to be twice as affective as traditional methods. A device implanted on the nerve of the neck sends electrical stimulus to help aid recovery. The vagus nerve controls the parasympathetic nervous system, which oversees unconscious… Full Story

Physical, Occupational Therapy School University of St. Augustine Plans 30,000 SF Campus in Las Colinas

The largest graduate-level physical and occupational therapy school in the country is planting its fifth campus in Las Colinas. The University of St. Augustine for Health Sciences announced the news this week. The new campus will have enough capacity to hold 700 students and 70 faculty positions. It will start out at 30,000 square feet, with expected additions bringing the total space up to 50,000 square feet over the next decade. USAHS has a campus in Austin, as well as San Marcos, California; St. Augustine, Florida; and Miami, Florida. The Dallas campus will be at the Riverside Commons complex in… Full Story

UT Southwestern COO Departs To Lead Hospitals and Clinics at University of Iowa

Suresh Gunasekaran, who has served as chief of operations for UT Southwestern Medical Center since 2015, has been named associate vice president of University of Iowa Health Care and CEO of UI Hospitals & Clinics, UI Health Care announced this week. In addition to serving as COO, Gunasekaran had a hand in UTSW’s partnership with Texas Health Resources, serving as senior executive officer for the population health services side of the collaboration. UIHC says here that he’ll make $800,000 a year, pending Board of Regents approval. In April, Gunasekaran sat on a Startup Week panel that I moderated. You’ll find… Full Story

College of Health Care Professions Gets A New Dallas Campus

The College of Health Care Professions has opened a new campus in Dallas, located at 8585 North Stemmons Freeway. The school offers training for people to become medical assistants, medical coding and billing specialists, massage therapists, and medical radiology technicians. CHCP is 30 years old and accredited by the Accrediting Bureau of Health Education Schools. It has about 2,900 students, with campuses in Austin, Fort Worth, Houston, McAllen, and San Antonio, in addition to Dallas. CHCP first entered the Dallas market in 2012, with a previous location at 8390 LBJ Fwy.

UT Dallas Center for BrainHealth Founder To Be Honored As 2018 Woman of the Year

Le Femmes du Monde will recognize the founder of University of Texas at Dallas’ Center for BrainHealth at its 2018 Woman of the Year Gala in October. Dr. Sandra Chapman will be presented the honor. Chapman is a cognitive neuroscientist who holds the Dee Wyly Distinguished University Chair at UT Dallas. She’s also the chief director of the Center for BrainHealth, which she founded in 1999, and has more than 40 funded research grants and 200-plus publications. Kay Bailey Hutchison (1997), Laura Bush (’98), Margaret McDermott (2014), and Nancy Hunt (2016) are among the past winners. The gala is set… Full Story