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

Meet D CEO Healthcare Panelist Dr. R. Steven Paulson

Dr. R. Steven Paulson is a specialist in medical oncology and hematology who leads Texas Oncology as president and board chairman. For more than 30 years, Texas Oncology’s community-based cancer treatment has grown to include more than 175 sites around the state and employ 420 physicians, and he will be one of our featured panelists for D CEO‘s healthcare breakfast. Texas Oncology continues to grow, push innovation via research, and support patients and survivors as they fight cancer. In September, Texas Oncology opened a comprehensive cancer care center in Fort Worth’s medical district, where they will offer medical, gynecologic, and radiation… Full Story

Meet D CEO Healthcare Panelist Dr. Carlos Arteaga

Next week, D CEO is hosting a healthcare panel to discuss the future of cancer treatment and its implications for the healthcare industry. We are pleased to have renown breast cancer specialist Dr. Carlos Arteaga, the Lisa K. Simmons Distinguished Chair in Comprehensive Oncology at UT Southwestern, as one of our panelists. Arteaga is known for his work laboratory-based translational research in order to advance the care of breast cancer patients. He has expertise in applying biomedical research conclusions to clinical work, an essential part of advancing cancer care. Over his 30 year career, he has seen and played a… Full Story

Texas Health Aetna Hopes to Reduce Drug Costs Through Data and Education

Texas Health Aetna’s new campaign hopes to educate physicians on inexpensive versions of drugs to reduce healthcare costs across the board. Called Go-to Green, the health insurance provider is using data to find cheaper prescription options. Texas Health Aetna’s Chief Medical Officer Dr. Delanor Doyle says that the company utilizes data from Texas Health Resources and Aetna to find out what drugs are being prescribed by which physicians and to whom in their netowrk. If they are aware of a medicine that is equally effective and cheaper, they will contact the physicians and let them know about the more inexpensive… Full Story

Before Babies Are Born, This Surgeon Operates On Them

The best place for a baby to recover from surgery is the womb. So, when fetuses need surgery, the best place to operate is in utero. Dallas is home to one of the top fetal surgeons in the country, Dr. Timothy Crombleholme, who opened The Fetal Care Center at Medical City Dallas this summer. Shawn Shinneman’s October D Magazine piece chronicles Crombleholme’s path to Dallas, the development of fetal surgery locally, and the story of a North Texas family whose twin children required an operation while they were inside their mother’s womb. The Fetal Care Center is just one of… Full Story

M.D. Anderson’s Dr. James Allison Awarded Nobel Prize

Houston can call one of its top physicians a Nobel Prize winner. M.D. Anderson Cancer Center’s Dr. James P. Allison won the 2018 Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine for his breakthrough cancer research this week, the New York Times reports. Allison, 70, worked toward aiding the immune system’s ability to attack cancer by suppressing the proteins that resist the immune’s system’s ability to fight cancer cells. Normally, cancer treatment involves three plans of attack: surgery, radiation, and chemotherapy. But the Nobel committee at the Karolinska Institute called Allison’s immune system treatment “an entirely new principle for cancer therapy,” according… Full Story

Survey: Texas Physicians Are Among The Most Likely To Be In Private Practice

Adding another statistic here from the Merritt Hawkins study we tipped to earlier this month. The company worked with The Physicians Foundation to survey 8,774 physicians about their practice and morale. Texas has the 7th-highest rate of private practice physicians in the country, at 40.1 percent. The national average is 29 percent. Here are the top 10 states for private practice physicians: Nevada (47.8 %) Georgia (47.1%) Louisiana (45.5%) Connecticut (43.4%) Hawaii (41.9%) Mississippi (41.4%) Texas (40.1%) Tennessee (39.9%) New Jersey (38.4 %) South Dakota (36.8%) The state with the lowest percentage of physicians was North Dakota at 12.5 percent.

Susan G. Komen To Fund $600,000 Grant For Breast Cancer Research At UTSW

Dr. Carlos Arteaga of UT Southwestern Medical Center is the recipient of a $600,000 Susan G. Komen organization research grant that will help him improve precision in breast cancer treatment while preventing drug resistance. Arteaga serves as the Director of the Harold C. Simmons Comprehensive Cancer Center and Associate Dean of Oncology Programs at UT Southwestern. While 90 percent of breast cancer patients survive for 5 years, more than 40,000 women still die from the disease each year in the United States, according to the National Cancer Institute. According to the Advanced Pharmaceutical Bulletin journal, 90 percent of failures in chemotherapy… Full Story

Survey: Physician Morale In Texas Is Among the Lowest In The U.S.

This week, Dallas-based Merritt Hawkins put out the results of the survey it conducted on behalf of The Physicians Foundation. The survey covers 8,774 physicians. One item that continues to stick out on these yearly reports: Physician morale here in Texas is exceptionally low. Just 36 percent of respondents in Texas said their professional morale is very or somewhat positive (the rest say it is very or somewhat negative). That ranks 45th in the U.S. Here are the lowest 10 states for morale: 50. Alaska (23%) 49. Wyoming (23.1%) 48. New Mexico (30.7%) 47. Hawaii (34.9%) 46. North Carolina (35.3%)… Full Story

Texas Medical Board Suspends The License Of a Frisco Doc

Dr. John Carl Ferrell’s license has been temporarily suspended, without notice, by the Texas Medical Board. The TMB says in a news release Monday afternoon that Ferrell was arrested for possessing illegal substances. Evidence also revealed that “he was writing prescriptions for controlled substances to a patient with whom he had a close, personal relationship for periods in excess of 72 hours, and that he was prescribing large amounts of controlled substances including opioids, benzodiazepines, Soma, amphetamines, and testosterone to individual patients at one or more clinics in the Frisco, Texas area, the release says. The suspension landed, effective immediately,… Full Story