UNT to Make Medical School Path Shorter to Help Rural Physician Shortage

The University of North Texas’ College of Science is partnering with Midland College to help solve the rural physician shortage in Texas, according to KERA. The two schools have created a program that allows students to complete their undergraduate and medical school in seven years rather than eight. Called the Primary Care Pathway Program, it requires two years at Midland College and one at UNT before students move onto medical school at UNT, KERA reports. A 2015 study from the North Texas Regional Extension Center highlights the physician shortage in rural areas. It shows that 57 percent of the physicians… Full Story

UNT Health Science Center Hires a New Health Professions School Dean

J. Glenn Forister will be the new Dean of the UNTHSC School of Health Professions starting next month. He previously served as Associate Professor and Division Head of Physician Assistant Education in the School of Medicine at Oregon Health & Science University. Forister hopes to have the School of Health Professions, which is home to the Department of Physical Therapy, the Physician Assistant Studies Program, and Lifestyle Health Program, collaborate with other schools and programs. “I have always worked on teams, and the idea of creating a sustainable people culture and transforming the Health Science Center into a destination workplace is… Full Story

TCOM Recognized for Family Practice Prowess

The Texas Academy of Family Physicians recognized UNT Health Science Center’s Texas College of Osteopathic Medicine for the schools contributions to reducing the state’s shortage of primary care physicians. TCOM was the only school in Texas to send at least 25 percent of its 2018 class to practice family medicine, and has received the honor for the 20th time, according to UNTHSC.  The Association of American Medical Colleges released a study that put Texas 47th out of 50 states for its number of primary care physicians. “Our program’s achievement in family medicine demonstrates its great value to Fort Worth, North… Full Story

UNTHSC’s New Dean for Graduate School of Biomedical Sciences

The University of North Texas Health Science Center has hired Michael Mathis away from LSU, where he was Head at the School for Veterinary Medicine. He will be the new Dean for the Biomedical Sciences graduate school. “A medical school and a vet school are really very similar,” Mathis said via release. “They both have clinical departments, basic sciences that support biomedical research and teaching, as well as graduate and professional students.” Mathis will help lead both the biomedical sciences faculty, who receive nearly $30 million in research funding each year, and the 90 Ph.D. candidates and 240 master’s candidates in… Full Story

Forensic Scientist Who Helped Identify Victims of Sept. 11 and Katrina Passes Away

Forensic genetics pioneer Arthur Eisenberg, who helped thousands of families identify missing loved ones, died last Thursday. He was 62. Eisenberg helped found UNTHSC’s Center for Human Identification and their graduate program for forensic genetics, where he worked from 1989 until his retirement in 2017.  He helped mentor forensic scientists who went on to solve cases for state and federal law enforcement agencies. He also assisted in identifying victims of serial killers, mass graves in Chile, Hurricane Katrina, and the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks. “It wasn’t the science that was driving Art. It was the knowledge that he was making a… Full Story

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