Statline The e-newsletter of the Health Sciences Center VOLUME 2 NUMBER 7 SEPTEMBER 2006 TTUHSC Statline is a monthly Message from the president ANSWERING THE CALL OF DUTY e-newsletter publication. Deadline for the next issue is Sept. 15. Submit news items The recent security changes in air travel are a stark reminder of how the to Julie Toland, war on terrorism affects our daily lives. communications supervisor, Today, there are countless American heroes serving Office of Communications and Marketing: in our military both at home and abroad. Some of email@example.com. the most heroic carry a stethoscope instead of a gun. There are legions of medical military personnel performing lifesaving feats and bringing great honor Upcoming events to their profession. TTUHSC is very proud of our talented and diverse group of alumni and faculty AMARILLO: who are serving their country. In June, Daniel L. Hurst, M.D., Department of Hablando de la Salud de la Bernhard T. Mittemeyer, M.D., left, commissioned 2006 Pediatrics professor, received the 2006 Proﬁciency Mujer School of Medicine graduates Lt. Sonya Brock, M.D., Capt. Designator award from the U.S. Army Medical Jesse Gorley, M.D., and Capt. Jeremy Granger, M.D. Day-long conference Department. This award is one of the highest honors Sept. 23 at Amarillo Civic Texas Medical Rangers, or Texas State Guard offered by the unit and recognizes professional Center; Theme is “Simple Medical Reserves Corps, who play a key excellence and exemplary achievement. Few Pledges: Building Blocks role in homeland security and public health ofﬁcers attain this level of excellence, and we for Healthy Living” preparedness. Eldo Frezza, M.D, Department of commend him for his remarkable record of service. Numerous TTUHSC faculty, staff and students Surgery professor, is commander for the West LUBBOCK: from all of our schools have previous military Texas region. America’s Walk for Diabetes service or are serving their country now. With TTUHSC also has demonstrated a 8 a.m.-11:30 a.m. Sept. honor and a sense of duty, they use their education commitment to our students when they are called 23 at Mackenzie Park; to become leaders in every branch of the military. In to duty. Julie Macrae, B.S.N., a second lieutenant TTUHSC and Texas Tech May, we held commissioning ceremonies for three in the Army Nurse Corps, was deployed to Physicians sponsoring graduating medical students: Lt. Sonya Brock, M.D., Germany in January. Through the creativity of Health and Fitness U.S. Navy; and Capt. Jeremy Granger, M.D., and our nursing faculty, she continued her studies Pavilion Capt. Jess Gorley, M.D., U.S. Air Force. In addition, from a distance and graduated in May. Michael J. Keller, LTC, CA, a program director and We are extremely proud of all of our Faculty Awards assistant professor in the School of Allied Health graduates, but we especially applaud the men Convocation and Sciences is currently on mission in Afghanistan as and women who not only provide patients with presidential State of the commander of the 413 Civil Affairs Battalion. quality health care but also proudly serve their University address TTUHSC also serves as headquarters for the country by providing care for America’s ﬁnest. 5 p.m. Sept. 26, locations to be announced El Paso School of Medicine founding dean named Lecture Series on Healthy EL PASO – Robert M. Suskind, Bernhard T. Mittemeyer, M.D., Health Sciences Aging M.D., was named the founding Center interim president, said Suskind’s experience 5 p.m.-6:30 p.m. Sept. 28 dean of the El Paso School of comes from a long career of institution-building in ACB 110; “Challenges Medicine and will begin his duties and innovation, both in the United States and of Aging: Spiritual on Oct. 27. internationally. Dimensions,” Christina M. His position as founding dean “Suskind will serve a vital role in establishing Puchalski, M.D. for the medical school will include the ﬁrst four-year medical school on the U.S. – developing a four-year accredited Mexico border. His medical education background A Time for Women Expo medical school from the present Suskind as well as his past leadership at prestigious schools 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. Oct. 3 two-year regional school in El in this country will help lead us to the next phase at Civic Center; TTUHSC Paso. Suskind also will oversee the development of growth,” Mittemeyer said. and Texas Tech Physicians of a new and innovative medical curriculum, the Zenaido Camacho, Ph.D., associate dean at the will sponsor Healthy development of research centers of excellence, and Health Sciences Center at El Paso and Founding Living Pavilion the recruitment of additional departmental chairs, Dean Search Committee chair, said Suskind was teaching and research faculty. clearly the committee’s choice. STATLINE | 2 VOLUME 2 NUMBER 5 Gallardo joins Web-based assessment system WEAVEonline to kick off faculty in El Paso LUBBOCK -- WEAVEonline, a web-based assessment EL PASO – Mark J. Gallardo, management system, will be introduced at the Health M.D., an El Paso native, has Sciences Center this month. This exciting new tool joined will enable all academic and administrative programs the TTUHSC to capture, manage, archive and track assessment faculty information for regional and disciplinary accreditation, as an strategic planning, program reviews, annual reporting assistant and program improvement. profes- “The terms ‘planning’ and ‘assessment’ can send sor and director some people straight to the nearest watering hole,” of the jokes Sharon Kohout, director, Ofﬁce of Institutional Gallardo Division Planning & Effectiveness (OIPE). “But to a greater of Ophthalmology. extent than ever before, higher education is being Gallardo recently complet- asked to demonstrate a cycle of quality improvement ed a glaucoma fellowship from the University of Texas in both its academic and administrative programs. Southwestern Medical Cen- WEAVEonline will provide us with a consistent way ter in Dallas. He is the only to plan, gather and review data, assess our results, glaucoma fellowship-trained and document actions taken for improvement. Since ophthalmologist in El Paso. WEAVE is so user-friendly, the process is relatively easy.” Before completing his residency in ophthalmology One of the important beneﬁts of WEAVEonline is that it will enable TTUHSC to demonstrate its at the University of Texas commitment to institutional effectiveness - a major requirement for its upcoming reafﬁrmation with the Health Science Center in San Southern Association of Colleges and Schools (SACS). “Institutional effectiveness is really about two Antonio, he did a one-year things: ensuring that all of our academic and administrative programs are supporting the TTUHSC transitional internship at mission; and continuously reviewing our programs with an eye on where we can make improvements. TTUHSC at El Paso. Gallardo received his medical degree Once we all become familiar with the system, WEAVEonline will enable us to do both.” from TTUHSC School of Planning and assessment training for all TTUHSC programs began earlier this summer and will Medicine in Lubbock. continue through the fall. Now that WEAVEonline is “live,” information on its use will be available soon from the Ofﬁce on Institutional Planning & Effectiveness, (806) 743-2918. Jenkins to serve as Volunteers needed for ‘No regional chair One Dies Alone’ program AMARILLO – Michael LUBBOCK – Health Sciences Center faculty, Jenkins, M.D., has been staff and students are invited to participate in a appointed regional chair joint project with University Medical Center in of the Psy- providing companionship to dying patients who chiatry would otherwise be alone. De- In the program, “No One Dies Alone,” part- Group members, from left, are Stephanie Leeper, M.D., Family and Community Medicine and Internal Medicine; Cynthia Raehl, Pharm. volunteers may sign up to be available during one ment D., Pharmacy Practice; Sarah Rejino, Social Services; Dennis Zoller, or more weeks of their choosing. To provide 24- in the School M.D., Family and Community Medicine; Charles Wright, M.D., Family hour coverage, a team of volunteers will be on call and Community Medicine; Gracie Mubarak, Social Services; Eric of MacLaughlin, Pharm. D., Pharmacy Practice; and Rodney Young, each week ready to serve at the bedside. Health Medi- M.D., chair, Family and Community Medicine. Not pictured Steven Sciences Center faculty and staff are required to cine. Jenkins Berk, M.D., dean, School of Medicine at Lubbock. use personal time for their volunteer activities. He All companions ﬁrst must undergo a has been a member of the Amarillo psychiatric com- Amarillo group earns award background check and take part in an orientation munity and TTUHSC clinical AMARILLO – The Geriatrics Assessment Group session where they will learn the simple art of faculty for more than 20 was honored with a “Texans Caring for Texans” being compassionately present at the bedside years. award at the recent recognition event. Members of a dying person. Once UMC nursing staff has “The psychiatry clerkship of this dedicated team of physicians, faculty identiﬁed a patient in need of an end-of-life has consistently been the highest-rated clerkship and staff work for the schools of Medicine and companion, a phone coordinator will check the by our students,” said Pharmacy at the Amarillo campus. “No One Dies Alone” database to activate that Rush Pierce, M.D., interim Each year participating state agencies nominate week’s team and schedule times according to regional dean at the School employees who go above and beyond in carrying volunteers’ availability. of Medicine. “Dr. Jenkins out their duties. The Geriatrics Assessment Group No nursing skills are necessary to participate. To has been one of our main teachers, and we are provides invaluable services and treatment to volunteer or for more information, call 775-8680 excited to now have him elderly patients through the Senior Assessment or call Larry Cothrin, director of pastoral care, serve as our regional chair,” Clinic, the Amarillo Alzheimer’s Association and at 775-8672. A sign-up opportunity also will be Pierce added. other related programs. offered during the fall in the UMC cafeteria. VOLUME 2 NUMBER 5 STATLINE 3 STATLINE || 3 Professor earns Board of Regents honors Way with Professor Emeritus title fellowship EL PASO – Henry LUBBOCK – Anthony Way, M.D., Ph.D., T. Uhrig, M.D., profes- founding member of the School of Medicine and sor in the Department faculty member for more than 33 years in the of Department of Family and Community Medicine, Radi- was honored with the title of Professor Emeritus ology, by the Texas Tech University System Board of has Regents. been During his tenure at the Health Sciences Center, select- he was chairman and professor of the Department ed for of Occupational and Preventive Medicine, which fellow- would later merge with the Department of Family From left: Bernhard T. Mittemeyer, M.D., interim president of TTUHSC, and former dean of the School of Medicine Ted Hartman, ship Uhrig and Community Medicine. Way also served as the M.D., honor Anthony Way, M.D., and his wife, Barbara, at his retire- in the founding residency director of General Preventive ment reception in November. American College of Medicine and assistant dean for Graduate and Radiology (ACR), one Undergraduate Medical Education. president of the Health Sciences Center, said of the highest honors He served as director of Public Health for Way is well deserving of the honor of Professor that can be conferred the Lubbock City Health Department, medical Emeritus. “Dr. Way’s tireless efforts in education, upon a radiologist. director of the Preventive Medicine Center at clinical service and research have paved the way Only about 10 percent University Medical Center, graduate faculty of for future generations of medical students to of the members of the the Department of Anthropology at Texas Tech learn and prosper at the Health Sciences Center,” ACR are selected. University, as well as numerous other positions. Mittemeyer said. Bernhard T. Mittemeyer, M.D., interim Way retired in November 2005. Palmieri chosen for teaching program OB/Gyn faculty expand practices in Odessa, look to Midland LUBBOCK – Patrick PERMIAN BASIN – With an eye on the future, department Chairman R. Moss Hampton, M.D., and the Palmieri, assistant pro- OB/Gyn faculty at the Permian Basin have expanded their practices to the Tanglewood fessor in the School of location in northeast Odessa. The area is presently experiencing a high population growth Nurs- rate, and the department saw a deﬁnite need for more services to these residents. “We ing, saw an opportunity to expand our clinic operations to reach out to our patients by being was more accessible,” Hampton said. In addition, the department has clinical sites at the main recent- campus in Odessa and will expand in Midland later next year. ly ac- This proactive move will give patients easier access to the department’s many services cepted which include: high-risk pregnancy and genetic counseling; level III ultrasound; and to the infertility and gynecologic oncology. This expansion will also give the department faculty Hampton Post an opportunity to grow their patient practice. Palmieri Masters Hampton and other faculty physicians began seeing patients on Aug. 1 at the new location. The faculty Teaching Education will continue to have administrative ofﬁces at TTUHSC and will supervise the resident physicians. Program at the Uni- “We will continue to provide a quality higher education to our residents, prepare our faculty to versity of Pennsylva- accommodate third- and fourth-year medical students and we will be an integral piece in establishing and nia. growing our patient practice with the upcoming Midland clinical expansion,” Hampton said. The program is a 12-month course de- signed to help students Department of Urology established on Lubbock campus develop the skills nec- LUBBOCK – The Health Sciences Center in urologists, as well as conducting research and essary to effectively July established a new Department of Urology in providing quality clinical service in the ﬁeld,” de teach and participate hopes of providing more physicians in this ﬁeld. Riese said. as active members of Because of our aging population, the number The Department of Urology also provides the faculty. of persons older than 65 will increase by 100 urology care for University Medical Center and “I believe this pro- percent between the years 2000 and 2030. the Veterans Administration outpatient clinic. gram will give me the Werner T.W. de Riese, M.D., Ph.D., chairman of Other faculty and physicians of the Department excellent foundation the new department, said the increasing aging of Urology include: Bernhard T. Mittemeyer, I need to become an population is causing a demand for urologic M.D.; Jonathan S. Vordermark, M.D., specialist effective teacher and services nationwide. in pediatric urology; and David Van Buren, M.D., faculty in the School “This age group is the primary user of urologic specialist in kidney transplant surgery. Other of Nursing,” Palmieri services. As an academic health institution, the faculty and physicians coming include: researcher said. Health Sciences Center must meet our primary Stephanie Filleur, Ph.D.; Allan Haynes, M.D.; and mission of teaching future doctors, in this case Thomas Nelius, M.D. STATLINE | 4 VOLUME 2 NUMBER 5 Division of Forensic Pathology gets new High school student interns test waters of research faculty, director AMARILLO – Six local high school students, LUBBOCK – The under supervision of their mentoring physicians Health Sciences Center and researchers, investigated a variety of health recently announced the issues as part of a summer internship program faculty appointments of sponsored by the TTUHSC Women’s Health Thomas R. Beaver, M.D., Research Institute of Amarillo. The students and Thomas R. Parsons, presented their projects and ﬁndings in July. M.D., to the Pathology The program was established in 2001 to provide Department’s Division of the opportunity for select area high school and Forensic Pathology. Both college students to join researchers at TTUHSC at will serve as assistant Amarillo each summer and participate in research Participating students, from left: Eric Bravo, Frances professors. projects. Withrow, Justin Berk, Ashton Hutches, Donna Raef and Beaver took over the A total of 36 students have completed the Aaryn Cathey. duties of director of the program since its inception. Ph.D., School of Pharmacy; Celestin Youan, Division of Forensic Participating researchers included Marjorie Ph.D., School of Pharmacy; and Margaret Weis, Pathology on Aug. 7 and Jenkins, M.D., School of Medicine; James Stoll, Ph.D., School of Pharmacy. will serve as Lubbock County medical examiner. Both came to Lubbock from Daytona Beach, Texas Senior Trails receives Award of Excellence Fla., where Beaver LUBBOCK -- The Case Management Society of America (CMSA) and Pﬁzer Inc., has awarded the was the chief medical second annual Award of Excellence in Adherence Management to Texas Senior Trails of Dallas. The examiner and Parsons award acknowledged the pioneering work of Texas Senior Trails toward reliable case management was the associate outcomes. medical examiner for Texas Senior Trails is a consortium of Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center, Texas Tech Volusia County Medical Physician Associates and TrailBlazer Health Enterprises, which are coordinating an integrated health Examiner’s Ofﬁce. care delivery pilot project for beneﬁciaries in West Texas. The organization was selected in July 2005 by the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services as one of only six organizations nationwide to operate Academy honors a three-year demonstration project to help Medicare beneﬁciaries improve their quality of life while pediatrician reducing medical expenses and Medicare program costs. EL PASO – The The award includes $1,500 from Pﬁzer that Texas Senior Trails will use for future training needs of American staff in Dallas, Lubbock and Amarillo. Academy of Pediatrics Texas Rural Health Association honors Hastings salutes EL PASO – The Texas Rural Health Association (TRHA) Alison recently presented the 2006 Marion Zetzman Award to Jim Days, Hastings, associate director of the Ofﬁce of Border Health at El M.D., Paso. assistant Days The Zetzman Award is presented annually to an individual professor who has “made a signiﬁcant difference in improving the health in the Department of rural Texans.” The award is named in honor of the late of Pediatrics, for her Marion Zetzman, ﬁrst director of the Texas Ofﬁce of Rural efforts on behalf of the Health Initiatives and a lifelong advocate of rural health. nation’s largest practice- based research network Hastings was recognized for his work with border and rural -- Pediatric Research in communities in development of emergency care infrastructure, Ofﬁce Settings (PROS). continuing education opportunities for rural health professionals Celebrating at the awards ceremony with Hastings, Through Days’ efforts and development of community health worker programs. center, are his daughter, Emily Hastings and Jerry and hard work over The award was presented at the TRHA annual conference in Carbajal, TRHA board member. the past two years, Austin by Don McBeath, managing director of telemedicine and PROS has been able to rural health at TTUHSC and former TRHA president. continue its work in examining unanswered Abilene health center officially becomes part of Texas Tech Physicians questions in pediatric primary care. The The Hendrick Family Health Center ofﬁcially who are in their second and third year studying results of the network’s became Texas Tech Physicians of Abilene Sept. 1. family practice. projects have changed The doctors at the clinic are TTUHSC medical Hendrick has agreed to ﬁnancially support policy and the way school residents and faculty members. Residents TTUHSC’s Abilene residency program for three pediatricians practice. at the center are medical school graduate students years. VOLUME 2 NUMBER 5 STATLINE | 5 New faculty: LUBBOCK – James Gutheil, Faculty Clinical Research Unit established to aid projects M.D., Department of Orthopaedic AMARILLO – On Sept. 14, the School of Medicine Surgery, returns to TTUHSC where will host the grand opening of its Faculty Clinical he completed his residency. Research Unit (FCRU). This new unit has been Prior to his developed to assist TTUHSC faculty, residents and return, he students in the development of new investigator- completed a fellowship initiated clinical research projects. in pediatric The FCRU staff will be available to assist faculty, orthopaedic residents and students to convert a research surgery at Orlando idea into a research project, provide guidance Regional and development with the project and ensure Medical Gutheil compliance with TTUHSC research policies. Center. He received his medical degree from The FCRU is an outreach of the Amarillo Ohio State University College of School of Medicine Faculty Development Ofﬁce, Medicine and Public Health. which was established to help faculty not only LUBBOCK -- Piro Rjepaj, M.D., Staff members, from left: Thomas W. Hale, Ph.D., Melissa Lock- is the program director for the develop a foundation in clinical research, but also man, M.S., Anne Denison, R.N., B.S.N., M.S., and Pam Farmer, R.N. Psychiatry Residency Training assist them with facilitating collaborative projects Program for the Department of with other departments, schools and disciplines. School of Medicine. “We are focusing on faculty Neuropsychiatry and Behavioral Sciences. He received his medical Stephanie C. Leeper, M.D., of the Department of and residents who have never done research. degree from the University of Internal Medicine’s Division of Geriatrics and the We hope to help them develop projects and gain Tirana, Faculty of Medicine, Department of Family and Community Medicine, conﬁdence and expertise in clinical research.” Tirana, Albania. He serves as the associate regional dean for faculty The FCRU currently has a staff of four completed development. and a faculty scientiﬁc advisory committee of his residency “We are very excited and have great hope senior-level medical scientists to assist with the at Finch University this new unit will help our faculty, residents and coordination of inpatient and outpatient clinical of Health students develop new clinical research projects,” research projects. Thomas Hale, Ph.D., has been Sciences/ said Rush Pierce, M.D., interim regional dean, named the new director. Rosalind Franklin University of Rjepaj Medicine and Science, The Chicago Medical A new look School. LUBBOCK -- The Department LUBBOCK – Benjamin J. of Ophthalmology and Visual Williams, M.D., Ph.D., is an Sciences hosted an open house assistant professor in the Aug. 18. The department is now Department of Neuropsychiatry, located on the second floor with emphasis on neurology with of the Health Sciences Center research interests in stroke and and provides general eye care Alzheimer’s Disease. He received for adults and children. Also his Ph.D. in zoology from the featured is the Optical Shop, University where Karen Smith of the Office of Texas, of Research and Graduate School Austin, and of Biomedical Sciences checked his medical out the merchandise during degree from open house. the University of Texas Medical Branch, Galveston. He School of Nursing certified for promotores training completed his Williams LUBBOCK – The School of Nursing has been Promotores also act as liaisons between health residency at certiﬁed by the Texas Department of State Health agencies and the community, serve as case the University of California, San Services to provide training for promotores, or managers, assist with school activities and help Diego. PERMIAN BASIN – Lori community health workers. distribute information. Anyone motivated to help Wingate, M.S.N., R.N., G.N.P.- The school is only the ninth organization in the their community can become a promotor(a). C., has joined the School of state to offer a certiﬁed training program and is In addition to earning certiﬁcation, those who Nursing faculty as an assistant professor and course facilitator the only such program on the South Plains. Other complete training improve their job skills and for pharmacology. She certiﬁed programs are predominantly based in broaden their opportunities to be hired, as well completed her gerontological South Texas cities and El Paso. as improve interpersonal, communication and nurse practitioner degree at the University of Texas Medical The major service promotores provide to the organizational skills. Branch in Galveston and her community is education, said Debra Flores, The School of Nursing will offer a 160-hour master’s at the University of Texas certiﬁed instructor and faculty associate in the curriculum required for certiﬁcation of promotores, at El Paso. She earned her B.S.N. from TTUHSC at the Permian School of Nursing. “The people who choose to as well as continuing education courses required Basin. become promotores are natural helpers,” she said. for renewal of certiﬁcation. Flores said the school “They just want to learn and to help others.” hopes to begin offering courses by October. STATLINE | 6 VOLUME 2 NUMBER 5 Boswell interim chair of anesthesiology LUBBOCK – Mark V. LUBBOCK – Class of 2010 Boswell, M.D., Ph.D., entering medical students took was named interim part in the White Coat Ceremony chair of the Depart- Aug. 18, a time-honored ment of Anesthesiol- tradition of receiving a white ogy. Boswell currently coat to signify the beginning of serves as a professor of their medical training. Shown, anesthesiology in the from left, are Kevin Barnes, department as well as Marianne Ebrahim, Jared the director of the Pain Heathman, Jessica Baima, Jarod Medicine Fellowship Roland and Amy Lay Program. Boswell replaces Mi- chael Badgwell, M.D., who stepped down from the position in Au- gust. Badgwell began as department chair in March 2005. He will continue to teach in the NIH researchers join School of Medicine in Amarillo department and focus on the educational AMARILLO – The Department of Internal Medicine residents program as welcomes Zonghan Dai, Ph.D., and Yunxia Tao, Ph.D., well as reactivate his two National Institutes of Health-funded researchers research program. whose grants total $1,945,000. Steven Berk, M.D., Dai is concentrating on research to elucidate the dean of the School of mechanism associated with metastasis, the ability of a Medicine, said a nation- cancer cell to spread from its site of origin to other sites wide search for a new in the body. The research focuses on an oncoprotein chairperson will begin. named Bcr-Abl, a causative agent for greater than 95 percent of human chronic myelogenous leukemia Dai Tao cases and approximately 20 percent of human acute lymphocytic leukemia cases. Approaches are being taken to determine how Bcr-Abl-expressing cells override normal regulatory PA students compete, machinery that controls cell adhesion and migration and become metastatic. The outcome of these join in conference investigations will further understanding of the mechanisms by which Bcr-Abl induces leukemia, which PERMIAN BASIN – Nancy Cloud, Elisa Hernandez, Jeff will shed light on the development of novel therapy for the treatment of human leukemia. Limbacher and Stephen Lummus, Research conducted by Tao focuses on the mechanisms underlying the pathogenesis of kidney attended the 34th Annual Ameri- diseases, in particular, polycystic kidney disease and von Hippel-Lindau kidney tumor. Currently, she is can Academy Phyisican Assistant investigating the role of apoptosis and HIF/VEGF signaling pathway in the development and progression (AAPA) Conference recently in of these diseases. San Francisco. Cloud, Hernandez and Lim- Tao’s research is performed using molecular biology approaches as well as cell culture and animal bacher participated in the Stu- models. The results from these studies should provide leads to development of novel therapies for these dent Academy of the American diseases. Academy of Physician Assistants (SAAAPA) National Medical Challenge Bowl and won the first Hernandez, Ramirez earn lactation educator certification round for the competition. EL PASO – The Planning Program for how and why to breastfeed, and emotional Hernandez represented the Promoting Breastfeeding through Baby Friendly and practical support to families interested in TTUHSC PA students in the SAA- Steps - Phase III has honored several health care breastfeeding. APA Assembly of Representatives professionals for completing all requirements to In addition, they offer encouragement through where she presented a resolution recommending SAAAPA help be recognized as Certiﬁed Lactation Educators the duration of breastfeeding, companionship, coordinate student relief efforts through the Childbirth and Postpartum and an experienced point of view. They are in the event of a natural disaster. Professional Association. also trained to recognize difﬁcult breastfeeding Lummus was student member Among those earning certiﬁcation are Lorenza situations, which will then be referred to a board of the AAPA House of Delegates Hernandez of the Ofﬁce of Border Health, and certiﬁed lactation consultant. and was present for some lively debate about the future direction Maribel Ramirez, senior business assistant in the Funding for this opportunity was made possible of the PA profession. Department of OB/Gyn. by Begin at Birth, an initiative of the Paso del These individuals provide information on Norte Health Foundation. VOLUME 2 NUMBER 5 STATLINE | 7 Nursing has new HSC establishes McCrary Chair in Addiction Medicine organizational LUBBOCK – According to national studies by the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services structure Administration, half of the U.S. population older LUBBOCK – In an effort to than age 12 drank alcohol in the past 30 days and focus on faculty development, as well as enhance communication 23 percent had engaged in binge drinking in that between students and teachers, time period. In 2001, approximately 75,000 deaths the School of Nursing is were attributable to excessive alcohol use. changing its organizational structure. Departmental chairs With alcohol and other substance use disorders now will oversee the various affecting so many, the Health Sciences Center has graduate and undergraduate made addiction medicine a focus in the Department programs. “This will allow us to develop of Neuropsychiatry and Behavioral Sciences by future nursing education leaders creating the Giles C. McCrary Endowed Chair in here within the Health Sciences Addiction Medicine. Center, as well as enhance Gregory W. Schrimsher, Ph.D. mentoring opportunities among Gregory W. Schrimsher, Ph.D., assistant professor our faculty,” said Alexia Green, in the department was named as the Endowed Chair chair will allow us to examine the cognitive effects dean of the School of Nursing. in Addiction Medicine. One focus of his work will of substance use and how these effects impact our She noted that a maturing nurse educator work force is one of the be to assess the substance use treatment needs in treatment efforts. Also, we will examine whether greatest challenges facing the the area, including rural counties in the area and to the effects can be reversed or whether they field of nursing. attempt to implement treatment programs to best place people at risk for future problems such as “This organizational model is more in line with the other meet these needs. His major area of research interest dementia. schools within the Health is the relation between alcohol and substance use Schrimsher served as a staff psychologist Sciences Center,” said Patricia and its short- and long- term impact on cognitive at the G.V. (Sonny) Montgomery VA Medical Allen, R.N., Ed.D., associate dean of the Undergraduate Program. abilities and functioning. Center in Jackson, Miss., and a clinical assistant She noted that the new structure “Cognitive abilities are affected by alcohol and professor in Psychiatry and Human Behavior at also is similar to that of most substance use, and the size and duration of the the University of Mississippi Medical Center. He nursing schools across the nation. effect depends on how often, how much and for received his doctorate in clinical psychology from Donna Owen, R.N., Ph.D., is how long someone has been using,” Schrimsher the University of Houston. Additionally, he has a assuming the role of department said. “These effects can be especially strong with doctorate in neuroscience from the University of chair of the traditional Pre- Licensure Program within the regard to memory and attention. This endowed Florida College of Medicine. undergraduate division. Cathie Collins, R.N., M.S.N. and Ph.D. candidate, will serve as acting Visiting professorship awarded chair of the non-traditional undergraduate programs – R.N. Statline goes monthly! to B.S.N. and the Second Degree LUBBOCK – In an effort to learn improved health Program. The Statline e-newsletter will now be communication techniques, Pﬁzer Inc. has awarded Under the leadership of the Department of Family and Community Medicine Barbara Johnston, R.N., Ph.D., distributed monthly to all TTUHSC associate dean of the Graduate a Visiting Professorship in Health Literacy/Clear faculty, students and staff. Health Communication, said Michael Ragain, M.D., Program, soon-to-be-named departmental chairs will oversee department chairman. Leadership Studies, as well as Nurse Practitioner Studies within The next issue will be distributed Lorraine Wallace, Ph.D., University of Tennessee the graduate division. on Oct. 1, and the deadline for news Graduate School, will meet with TTUHSC physicians items is Sept. 15. and staff as well as community leaders during a three-day workshop Sept. 26-28. TTUHSC School Chavez in new of Medicine is one of 10 medical centers or medical schools nationwide to receive this grant. position Charitable campaign launch “The use of clear health communication is an LUBBOCK – Roxanne Chavez, important part of a patient’s ability to understand R.N., M.S.N., has been named instructions from his physician or other providers,” instructor and 13th Annual State Employee Charitable Ragain said. “This is especially important for director of Campaign September 1 – October 31 undergradu- patients who have a hard time understanding ate programs medical terms. Our hope is that the Pﬁzer visiting in the new Please consider participating in this year’s professorship can give us new tools to communicate Department of campaign. Check with your with our patients. We will be extending this Student Affairs departmental coordinator for more details invitation to other public health organizations in our and Admissions or learn more about the campaign at: in the School of Chavez area.” Nursing. She will For more information on the workshops, contact be responsible for all undergrad- http://www.secc.ttu.edu/ Yan Zhang, Ph.D., assistant professor, Health uate programs. Services Management, at 743-6984. STATLINE | 8 VOLUME 2 NUMBER 5 Residency program in 100 percent club LUBBOCK – The TTUHSC psychiatry residency LUBBOCK -- Steven Berk, M.D., dean training program has joined of the School of Medicine, was honored the American Psychiatric with a welcoming reception Aug. 23 Association’s (APA) 100 Percent in the Academic Classroom Building. Club. The club was established to encourage residents Shown with Berk are his wife, Shirley, throughout the United and his son, Justin. Not pictured is the States and Canada to in turn Berks’ son, Jeremy. encourage medical students to join APA. “I am delighted to announce that all the residents of the psychiatry residency training program have recently become members of APA,” said training director Piro Rjepaj, M.D. “APA journals and other educational materials provided by this prestigious organization in the field of psychiatry will be an additional National Constitution Day presentation slated Sept. 15 resource to our residents. This LUBBOCK – In celebration of National Program. Bard also is an adjunct professor in will provide our residents with Constitution Day, the Department of Student the School of Medicine. contemporary educational Services will host the presentation, “The The event will take place at 11:30 a.m. Sept. updates and information in the growing fields of psychiatry Constitution and Medical Privacy” by Jennifer S. 15 in the Academic Classroom Building, room and neuropsychiatry, as well Bard, J.D., M.P.H., professor of law at the Texas 110. A light lunch will be provided afterward as provide them opportunities Tech School of Law and director of the Health Law for students on a ﬁrst come, ﬁrst served basis. to network with other A taped preamble will be read by Colin Powell psychiatrists at the local, national and international Allied Health programs excel and all regional campuses will be techlinked to the event. The TTUHSC Student Government levels.” Programs in the School of Allied Health Sciences continue to earn top honors and excellent pass rates Association will conduct a discussion panel, as OB physician, among students. well. For more details, contact Student Services In addition to the Physician Assistant Program’s top at 743-2300. department honored EL PASO – University of New achievements and the Speech-Language Pathology Mexico resident physicians in the graduates who all passed the Praxis National Exam Department of Family Practice this spring on their ﬁrst try, students in several other Residency Program have selected Announcing the TTUHSC at El Paso obstetrics Allied Health Sciences programs also have recently rotation as the Best Off-Service Department/Rotation. Con- achieved 100 percent ﬁrst-try pass rates on certifying Double T exams, including: Doctor of Audiology students, gratulations to Jose Gonzalez, M.D., and Bahij Nuwayhid, M.D, who boast a 100 percent pass rate for the last four Health Service Corps regional OB/Gyn chairman. years; Master of Science students in the Molecular Gonzalez also was selected to Pathology Program, who have had a 100 percent participate in a project of the Students pass rate for the last three years; Master of Athletic American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists. His specific Training students, who all earned Texas licensure; Serving project includes the conduct of and Master of Occupational Therapy students who Communities residency review sites for OB/GYN residency programs in the region. all have earned certiﬁcation except for one student He attended training in Washing- who has yet to test. The Clinical Laboratory Science ton in August. Program graduates missed a 100 percent pass rate by Soto earns certification one student who will retest. EL PASO – Gloria Soto, unit co- ordinator in the Research Division of the Department of Emergency Medicine, has passed the Society “It is particularly reassuring to note that these high levels of academic achievement were accomplished by students in all three of the clinical departments serve of Clinical Research Associates of the School of Allied Health Sciences,” said Paul Examination. With this certifica- Brooke, Ph.D., dean of the school. “In addition, tion, Soto is now designated a with the highly successful re-accreditation of our The Double Certified Clinical Research Profes- Master of Rehabilitation Counseling Program for the T Health Service sional (CCRP). As a CCRP, she has achieved an internationally maximum eight-year period, all academic programs Corps is a student organization focused on stu- accepted standard of knowledge, dents serving communities. To ﬁnd out more and in the School of Allied Health Sciences are accredited education and experience, and . to get involved, contact the F Marie Hall Institute will enjoy recognition as a profes- for the maximum periods allowed by their respective for Rural and Community Health at 806.743.1338. sional in medical research. accrediting agencies.” STATLINE | 9 VOLUME 2 NUMBER 5 Professionally Lactation station makes regional campus ‘Mother Friendly’ Speaking . . . EL PASO –What does an employer do when an • Access to nearby, clean safe water source and employee decides she wants to continue to breast sink for washing up Francisco Agullo, M.D., chief feed after returning to work? • Access to hygienic storage alternatives in the resident in the Department If that employer is TTUHSC at El Paso, they make workplace for the mother’s breastmilk of Surgery, TTUHSC at El Paso, recently attended the 18th it easy by providing a comfortable place to pump TTUHSC at El Paso HR policy No. 0.8 was Congress of the International milk, refrigerate it and even lending out whatever signed by Regional Dean Jose Manuel de la Rosa, Society of Aesthetic Plastic equipment is needed to express milk. M.D., Sept. 1, 2000, and a lactation station was Surgeons in Rio de Janeiro, Many employers may not know that Sept. 4 - 8 opened. TTUHSC at El Paso is one of only two Brazil. Agullo was selected to is National Breast Feeding at Work Week. Indeed, organizations in El Paso designated “Mother present “Decision Making on Abdominoplasty.” many employers in Texas may also not know that Friendly.” Sharon Decker, professor, their place of work can be designated “Mother The Department of OB/GYN has donated the and Sandra Caballero, faculty Friendly.” space for the six years it has been operational. associate in the School of As part of House Bill 359, enacted in September of The station is so busy, said Libby Berkeley, Nursing, presented “Simulation 1995, the “Danburg Breastfeeding in Public Places” a certiﬁed lactation consultant at TTUHSC El as an Alternative Clinical Experience” in June at the 11th act, a business may use the designation “Mother Paso, that “sometimes we have three employees Biennial North American Learning Friendly” if it develops a policy supporting the coordinating their schedules to use the room. Resource Centers Conference in practice of worksite breastfeeding that addresses: The station is especially popular with resident Philadelphia. At the conference, • Work schedule ﬂexibility physicians taking time out of their busy schedules Decker also gave a poster • Provision of accessible locations allowing privacy to express milk for their baby.” presentation on “Simulation and the Development of Critical Thinking: A Qualitative Exploration.” She gave the same poster presentation in May at the 24th Annual International Nursing Computer and Technology Conference in Toronto, Ontario, Canada. LUBBOCK -- First-year medical students received their scrubs Ramirez presented recently at a party hosted at the humanism award home of Drs. Brad and Priscilla PERMIAN BASIN – Henry Snodgrass. Students from left are Ramirez, M.D., resident in the Lance Martin, Sarah Bourgeois, Department of OB/Gyn, recent- Vanessa Costilla, Patrick Shepherd ly was awarded the 2006 Gold and Jenny Chua-Tuan. Foundation Humanism and Excellence Award on the occa- sion of the Student Clinician’s Ceremony at the Texas College of Osteopathic Medicine. With this honor, Ramirez is now a member of the Gold Humanism Honor Society, a national society with 54 established chapters at medi- cal schools throughout the country. The distinguished Pediatric residents awarded in poster competition award honors residents, among EL PASO – Two residents in the Department of the section for literature review and received others, who have “demonstrat- ed excellence in clinical care, Pediatrics received awards in the Texas Pediatric honorable mention for her evidence-based leadership, compassion and Society electronic poster competition. The winning guideline on screening magnetic resonance dedication to service.” posters are available in the Resident Section on imaging in autism spectrum disorders. She also the Texas Pediatric Society website (http://www. received the Department of Pediatrics’ Resident Brashear earns txpeds.org/Residents_Section/2006_winners.php). of the Year Award in the category for ﬁrst-year scholarship In the section for hypothesis-driven project, resident for the academic year 2005-06. The EL PASO – Terri Brashear, winners will be recognized at the 2006 Annual Oscar Ingaramo, M.D., a third-year resident, and senior business assistant in the Department of Pediatrics Marie Leiner, Ph.D., research assistant professor, Meeting of the Texas Pediatric Society in Dallas in Residency Program, received were recognized with an honorable mention for September. a $500 Association of Pediatric their research on the impact of the health care “We are very proud of our winners and Program Directors Coordi- environment on the effectiveness of educational of all pediatric residents who completed nator’s Scholarship to attend research projects and submitted posters for this videotapes. Ingaramo also is one of the pediatric the association’s 10th Annual Fall Meeting in Reston, Va., in chief residents. distinguished competition,” said Ralitsa Akins, September. Bibiana Restrepo, M.D., is the only winner in M.D., Ph.D., of the Department of Pediatrics.
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