UNT Health Science Center Names A Provost

The UNT Health Science Center has named a new provost and executive vice president of academic affairs, promoting the dean of the system’s college of pharmacy to the position. Dr. Charles Taylor will take on the role starting Aug. 1. He will serve as the chief academic officer and oversee and align budgetary policies and priorities. Prior Provost Thomas Yorio stepped down in 2016 following 40 years with UNTHSC. Claire Peel, vice provost of academic research and dean of the school of health professions, has been serving as the interim provost since then. Taylor has packed a lot into his… Full Story

Texas Loses Precious Residency Spots As UNTHSC-affiliated Program Shutters

A residency program associated with the UNT Health Science Center has closed its doors. The Wichita Falls Family Medicine Residency Program officially shut down at the end of June. According to a UNTHSC spokesperson, the program’s sponsor—North Central Texas Medical Foundation—made the decision. A story from the Wichita Falls Times Record News details the steps that led to it; the trouble started when NCTMF and the Community Healthcare Center, which was managing the program, cut ties. The dagger came when Wichita Falls-based United Regional Health Care System pulled its support. Without the backing of a teaching hospital, a committee of the… Full Story

Texas and DFW Are All Over This List Of The Top 10 Affordable Med Schools For Out-of-Staters

Two of the top 10 lowest cost medical schools for out-of-state students are located in Dallas-Fort Worth, and seven of the 10 are in Texas, according to U.S. News and World Report. Among the 69 institutions that submitted data to U.S. News, average tuition for out-of-state students during 2017-18 was $58,000—more than the average for private med schools, which is around $55,000. Things are different in the Lone Star state. In DFW, Dallas-based UT Southwestern Medical Center came in at $33,621 and Fort Worth-based UNT Health Science Center at $34,854. Here’s all 10: 1. University of Central Florida ($31,063) 2.… Full Story

At A UNTHSC Clinic, Integrating A Pharmacist Into the Healthcare Team Is Making All the Difference

UNT Health Science Center has a piece out that’s worth pointing you toward. At the Hepatitis C Clinic at the UNTHSC Health Pavilion, planting a pharmacist within the healthcare team has made oceans of difference when it comes to adherence to prescription programs. Hepatitis C meds, UNTHSC explains, cost nearly $100,000 and cure the infection within 12 weeks. Yet some patients still let the drugs go unused. From the center’s newsroom: “But non-adherence can prevent or delay a cure,” said Dr. Fix, Associate Professor of Pharmacotherapy at UNT Health Science Center. “Programs like ours improve adherence by close to 100… Full Story

Medical City, UNTHSC To Add 500 Residencies Over Seven Years

Medical City Healthcare and the UNT Health Science Center are partnering to create 500 residency positions, the two sides announced on Monday. The positions will help UNTHSC appease regulators over residency requirements as it seeks accreditation for its new medical school, a partnership with Texas Christian University. The residencies—and regulators’ requirements—address the physician shortage in Texas, a topic of increasing conversation in recent years. “As we continue to add more medical schools, there’s a need to grow more residency training slots in Texas,” says Dr. Michael Williams, UNTHSC’s president. The 500 resident positions will be developed over the next seven… Full Story

North Texas Doctor Named President-Elect of National Physician Organization

The American Academy of Osteopathy has selected a University of North Texas Health Science Center professor as its president-elect. Dr. Kendi Hensel, a professor in the osteopathic manipulative medicine department, was chosen for the role during the AAO’s annual meeting last month. She’s been involved with the organization for 18 years and on its board of trustees for eight. “I love the art of osteopathic manipulative medicine (OMM),” Dr. Hensel said in a statement. “Because in so many other specialties you see a patient and write them a prescription or schedule them for surgery and you see them again in… Full Story

North Texas Experts: Overdose Reversal Drugs, Prescription Monitoring Could Help in Fight Against Opioid Epidemic

Wider utilization of overdose reversal drugs could go a long way in reducing the impact of the opioid epidemic, North Texas experts say. So could responsible prescribing and more use of the state’s prescription monitoring program, which collects and monitors data related to Schedule II, III, IV, and V controlled substances. “Responsible prescribing is one of the cornerstones of addressing the issue,” said Glenn Hardesty, an emergency medicine physician with Texas Health Resources and opioid expert. He said that changes in the approach to prescribing opiates have already curbed access to the legally obtained drugs. He added that building the… Full Story

UNTHSC, Catalyst Health Network Partnership Will Allow Students to Train for ‘The Future of Healthcare in North Texas’

The UNT Health Science Center and the Catalyst Health Network say a new partnership will allow more future physicians and physicians assistants to train in the outpatient settings in which they’ll eventually practice medicine. The agreement, announced Wednesday, will put UNTHSC students into primary care clinical settings under the direction of Catalyst providers. “Catalyst not only aligns perfectly with UNTHSC’s values, it is the future of healthcare in North Texas,” UNTHSC President Dr. Michael Williams said in a statement. While most medical schools are tethered to traditional teaching hospitals, UNTHSC now attaches itself to a three-year-old network of 515 independent… Full Story

UNT Health Science Center Gets A Federal Endowment To Research Health Disparities

The University of North Texas Health Science Center is the recipient of a $10 million federal research endowment to study the health disparities impacting ethnic, racial, rural, and economically disadvantaged populations in the U.S. The National Institute on Minority Health and Health Disparities awards the endowments, which are paid over five years. UNTHSC is one of just two institutions nationally to get it. The endowment was put in place in 2001 by Congress to help out institutions committed to disparities research. The money goes toward scientists and students rather than the research projects themselves. Fort Worth-based UNTHSC lists its priorities… Full Story