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VOLUME 3 NUMBER 2 / FEBRUARY 2007

Message from the president: You deserve Texas Tech Physicians

Medical student to serve on Texas Tech Board of Regents

Four chairs established for Permian Basin programs

School of Nursing celebrates 25th anniversary

School of Pharmacy improves in research rankings

Physicians make 'El Paso's Best Doctors' list

Pharmacy students provide health screenings for homeless

Have a plan: Notes from the Office of Institutional Planning and Effectiveness

Notes from the Office of Diversity and Multicultural Affairs

News Roundup

Student News

Calendar

Message from the president: You deserve Texas Tech Physicians

“You deserve a break today … ” Many of us can easily recall the familiar ‘70s ad campaign and know the phrase ends with  … “at McDonald’s.” This was just one of the company’s many advertising campaigns reassuring its loyalty to customer service.

Soon, if not already, you’ll begin to see another advertising campaign with the tag line “You deserve … ” To finish this one, just add “ …Texas Tech Physicians.”

Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center has something we believe the people of West Texas deserve: quality health care. Our excellent physicians, who also serve as faculty members, comprise the largest network of doctors in West Texas. This network of experts provides the latest medical treatments for patients and cutting-edge knowledge for future physicians.

Like the familiar adage “It takes a village to raise a child,” providing quality health care requires the commitment of an entire staff – from the receptionist to the therapists, lab technicians and nurses. As physicians, we are able to provide the quality of health care our patients deserve because of the excellent support we receive from our excellent staff and students.

Throughout the spring, the School of Medicine will launch various parts of this campaign in each of the communities we serve. Additionally, Texas Tech Physicians will launch a comprehensive patient-friendly website.

What an exciting time for TTUHSC and what a fantastic opportunity for us to tell all of our patients … You Deserve Texas Tech Physicians.

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Governor appoints student to Board of Regents

LUBBOCK – Texas Gov. Rick Perry on Feb. 5 appointed Ebtesam Attaya Islam as the Texas Tech University System Student Regent.

Attaya Islam, a second-year medical student from Lubbock, is the first student from TTUHSC to serve on the Board of Regents. She also earned a doctorate in cell and molecular biology from TTUHSC in 2005.

“I’m extremely honored to be selected to serve the as student regent,” said Attaya Islam. “I am very much looking forward to representing our students from both universities on the board.”

“Ebtesam is an outstanding young woman and will do an exemplary job on the Board of Regents,” said TTUHSC Interim President Bernhard T. Mittemeyer.

“Students are our first priority at Texas Tech,” said Chancellor Kent Hance. “Having a student regent gives the students of both universities direct input into the decision making process. I look forward to working with Ebtesam.”

The first student regent, appointed in 2006, came from Texas Tech University. By law, the student regent will rotate between TTU and TTUHSC and will serve a one-year term.

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$4 million endowment results in establishment of four chairs

PERMIAN BASIN – TTUHSC at the Permian Basin recently received a $4 million endowment from Medical Center Hospital. 

 The Endowed Trust Funds were established to promote excellence in clinical care of patients, clinical programs, clinical practice and graduate medical education at TTUHSC and Odessa Junior College District by the establishment and support of endowed chairs to benefit both institutes of higher education and Ector County Hospital District.

  Earnings of the endowed trust will be disbursed equally to four endowed chairs in the following TTUHSC departments: obstetrics and gynecology; family medicine;  internal medicine; and for a regional dean of the School of Nursing.

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School of Nursing celebrates 25th anniversary

LUBBOCK – A series of activities Jan. 26 and 27 highlighted School of Nursing’s 25th anniversary celebration.

 An anniversary luncheon featuring guest speaker Ray Perryman, Ph.D., kicked off the events. Perryman, a renowned economist, discussed “Dollars and Sense: The Nursing Shortage.”

 A gala reception was held at the Helen DeVitt Jones Sculpture Court located at the Texas Tech Museum. School of Nursing Founding Dean Teddy Jones, Ph.D., as well as faculty and alumni, were recognized at the gala.

 The celebration also included a pre-game luncheon and book-signing by former and current faculty, followed by the Lady Raiders vs. Lady Longhorns basketball game.

 Alexia Green, Ph.D., School of Nursing dean, said the school has committed faculty and staff who work diligently to provide an excellent education to nurses.

 “They, along with the quality students we have, will have a positive impact on health care in the community and elsewhere. We have reached a milestone with 25 years of excellence in providing quality nursing education accompanied by a strong commitment to serving our surrounding communities,” said Green. “This anniversary celebration is important to not only reflect upon our past but also to look to the future.”

(Shown in photo, from left: School of Nursing Dean Alexia Green, Ph.D., and former deans Teddy Jones, Ph.D., and Pat Yoder-Wise, Ed.D.)

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School of Pharmacy improves in research rankings

AMARILLO – Despite a relatively small number of Ph.D.-level faculty and increased competition for research funding, the School of Pharmacy continued to steadily improve its standing among the nation’s 101 pharmacy schools in 2006.

In data released Jan. 31 by the American Association of Colleges of Pharmacy, the TTUHSC School of Pharmacy ranked sixth among the nation’s 101 pharmacy schools in the percentage of Ph.D.-level faculty who are funded by the National Institutes of Health. The NIH is part of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services and is the primary federal agency for conducting and supporting medical research.

Nine of TTUHSC’s 20 Ph.D. pharmacy faculty — 45 percent — were conducting NIH-funded research in 2006. The top 20 NIH-funded pharmacy schools have an average of 37 Ph.D. faculty members. Overall, the School of Pharmacy ranked 29th in NIH funding with more than $2.2 million.

The school also ranked 10th among the nation’s pharmacy schools in obtaining non-NIH funding. The school’s $2.93 million in combined NIH and non-NIH research funding ranked 30th in 2006. In 2003, the pharmacy school was ranked 45th in combined research funding.

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Physicians make 'El Paso's Best Doctors' list

EL PASO – Eleven Texas Tech Physicians of El Paso doctors made the list of El Paso’s Best Doctors. Best Doctors Inc. was founded in 1989 to provide greater access to the very best in medical information and care for individuals with serious illnesses and injuries. Best Doctors Inc. starts with a database that includes about 30,000 physicians in more than 40 medical specialties. The list is then pared down to local doctors who are recommended by their peers.

William Lee Hand, M.D., is a tenured professor of internal medicine with a specialty in infectious diseases.

Gilbert Handal, M.D., is a tenured professor of pediatrics with a specialty in pediatric critical care and infectious diseases. He is also regional chairman of the Department of Pediatrics and residency program director. Handal has served as regional chairman since 1988.

Hoi Ho, M.D., is a professor of internal medicine with a specialty in infectious diseases. He also serves as assistant dean for faculty development.

Merle A. Ipson, M.D., is assistant professor of pediatrics with a specialty in neonatal-perinatal medicine.

C. Antonio Jesurun, M.D., is a professor in the Department of Pediatrics and is director of the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit at Thomason Hospital.

Kathryn V. Horn, M.D., is an associate professor in the Department of Family Medicine.

Garrett Levin, M.D., is an associate professor in the Department of

Pediatrics with a specialty in neonatal-perinatal medicine.

Richardo Perez, M.D., is an assistant professor in the Department of Family and Community Medicine.

Mary Spalding, M.D., is an associate professor and regional chair of the Department of Family and Community Medicine.

Jeffrey D. Schuster, M.D., is an associate professor of pediatrics with a specialty in pediatric cardiology.

Robert Vera, M.D., is an assistant professor in the Department of OB/GYN.

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Have a plan: Items of note from the Office of Institutional Planning and Effectiveness

The cold and drab days of February often turn our thoughts to summer vacation, as we daydream about the golden time a few months ahead when we will be enjoying both warmer weather and a break--at least for a few days--from our workday concerns.

You’ve likely been disappointed with how a vacation turned out, however, if you’ve ever failed to devote enough advance preparation to it.  According to strategic planning expert Bryan W. Barry, the best long-range planning gives equal attention to what your goals are as well as how you intend to meet your goals. 

Barry contends that people and organizations frequently make unrealistic assumptions about the future when they are planning, thinking that their prospects are either too bright or too bleak.  The solution to such short-sighted planning, Barry says, is to keep your eye on “the most promising ideas and the most critical issues.”

That’s certainly what’s been happening at TTUHSC for the past few months as Interim President Bernhard T. Mittemeyer, M.D., and other leaders have been updating the strategic plan for the institution. The key goals of that blueprint, in turn, will be incorporated into each department’s strategic plan.

If your department would like assistance with fine-tuning its part of the TTUHSC strategic plan, the Office of Institutional Planning and Effectiveness (OIPE) is ready to help.  Please contact us at 743-2918, or visit us on the Web at http://www.ttuhsc.edu/admin/oipe, to find out more about best practices in planning for the future.

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Notes from the Office of Diversity and Multicultural Affairs

Events and activities:

• In celebrating Black History Month, the Student National Medical Society hosted Aretha Marbley, Ph.D., associate professor and clinical director in the College of Education at Texas Tech, as she presented “African American Culture in the Medical Field” during the Culture and Diversity Lecture Series held Feb. 21.

• The International Medicine Club hosted Rebekah Naylor, M.D., assistant professor at the University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center as she presented “Surgery in the Developing World.” Naylor has been a surgeon and missionary at the Bangalore Baptist Hospital in Bangalore, India, since 1974.

• German Nunez, Ph.D., vice president for Diversity and Multicultural Affairs, will be a guest presenter at the Center for American and International Law's Capital Defense Seminar March 23-24 in Plano. Nunez was sought by defense attorney Philip Wischkaemper to speak during the seminar. He will present “Capital Defense in our Multicultural Society.”

Upcoming events:

• ODMA and the Diversity Leadership Council will join the TTUHSC Training Department's LEADership program by presenting “The Value of Diversity in our Organization” during the spring program at each regional campus.

• The 3rd Annual Diversity Awards Banquet is scheduled for 6:30 p.m. April 20. Nomination forms will be available at www.ttuhsc.edu/diversity beginning March 5, or by calling 806.743.1522.

• The 2007 Education and Career Fair will take place March 31 at Estacado High School. For more information, visit www.ttuhsc.edu/diversity/events.aspx

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News Roundup

Neonatal center dedicated in honor of Naqvi

AMARILLO – Mubariz Naqvi, M.D., professor of neonatology, Department of Pediatrics, was recently honored at a special ceremony to dedicate the Mubariz Naqvi Center for Neonatal Care, Education & Research at Northwest Texas Healthcare System.

 Naqvi has provided the Amarillo community and region with quality neonatal care, education and research for more than 25 years. He has been instrumental in regional outreach programs, including assisting local health care organizations and community fund-raisers.

 The Mubariz Naqvi Center for Neonatal Care, Education & Research, including the Vahue Infant Intensive Care Unit and the newborn nursery, serves the 26 northern counties of Texas, as well as Western Oklahoma, Eastern New Mexico and Southern Kansas. 

Grant awarded for MDA clinic

EL PASO – The Department of Neuropsychiatry has been awarded a Muscular Dystrophy Association (MDA) grant for a clinic under the medical direction of Johanan Levine, M.D.

Levine has been the medical director of MDA locally since 1989. This clinic will serve patients with diseases of the neuromuscular system.

Magazines take top honors at ADDYs

Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center magazines, Discoveries and Pulse, have won ADDYs from the Lubbock Advertising Federation. Discoveries, the research magazine for TTUHSC, received a gold designation for the fall 2006 issue. The winter 2006 issue of Pulse, TTUHSC’s magazine for alumni and friends, received a silver award.

The Office of Communications and Marketing produces Discoveries for the executive vice president for Academic Affairs. Pulse is a publication of the offices of Institutional Advancement, Alumni Relations and Communications and Marketing. Hartsfield Design of Lubbock is contracted for design and layout on both magazines.

Discoveries and Pulse publish twice a year -- in August and February, and June and November, respectively.

School of Medicine hosts research seminar

AMARILLO – The Faculty Clinic Research Unit hosted a research seminar at the School of Medicine with presentations by Afzal A. Siddiqui, Ph.D., Department of Internal Medicine, and Mubariz Naqvi, M.D., Department of Pediatrics.

 Siddiqui presented “Sm-p80 based DNA vaccine against the human parasite, Schistosoma mansoni.”  Schistosomiasis, caused by flatworms or snails, takes an enormous toll on human health and can even lead to death. Presently, there is no vaccine for controlling this disease. Using state-of-the art technology, Siddiqui and his collaborator have developed a DNA-based vaccine which would greatly reduce the need for expensive drug-based programs and will save millions of lives.

 Naqvi presented “Correlation of Postnatal Insulin-Like Growth Factor I Levels with Severity of Retinopathy of Prematurity in Preterm Infants.”

 Retinopathy of prematurity (ROP) is a disease of low birth-weight infants that may lead to retinal detachment and blindness. Naqvi and the Baby Research Group at TTUHSC are working to identify factors which place premature infants at a higher risk of developing ROP.

Mrs. Hance spearheading endowment drive

LUBBOCK – An endowed chair is one of the highest honors bestowed on an academic institution, reflecting its reputation and prestige. The School of Nursing is honored that Susie Hance, wife of Chancellor Kent Hance, has taken up the gauntlet in leading the efforts to fund chairs for the school.  Mrs. Hance has asked Nancy Neal, a SON alumna, to join her in these efforts.

  “Texas is in the midst of a nursing crisis and TTUHSC can and should be a leader in innovative nursing programs and research,” Mrs. Hance said, “but endowments are needed. With the support of the West Texas community, the TTUHSC School of Nursing can and will be the jewel of the Southwest and a program that universities across the country will emulate.”

 In a show of leadership, the Hances have personally made the first gift toward this effort through a donation of $100,000.

 Endowed chairs serve as an outstanding magnet to bring to TTUHSC the very best faculty and to keep at TTUHSC our own “home-grown” teachers of distinction, said School of Nursing Dean Alexia Green, Ph.D.

 In addition, an endowed chair allows the university to increase its academic quality without raising undergraduate tuition.  “Positioning the school for the future will require resources, particularly well-qualified faculty,” Green said.  “Having these endowed chairs will assist us in moving from good to great.”

 For more information regarding this initiative, contact Karla Chapman, director of development for the School of Nursing, at karla.chapman@ttuhsc.edu.

Professor named Distinguished Alumnus by UCSF

AMARILLO – C.A. (CAB) Bond, Pharm.D., FASHP, FCCP, a professor in the Department of Pharmacy Practice, was recently named the 2007 Distinguished Alumnus honoree by the University of California at San Francisco.

Bond will receive the honor May 5 at the commencement ceremony for the UCSF School of Pharmacy Class of 2007. He will serve as the honorary marshal for the ceremony and be individually recognized for his career accomplishments, which include five research awards from the American Society of Hospital Pharmacists Research and Education Foundation.

Bond also received the 1994 Practice Achievement Award from the Veterans Administration when the VA recognized his practice as one of the eight best clinical pharmacy practices.

In 2001, Bond received the TTUHSC President’s Distinguished Research Award and in October 2006, he was presented a second TTUHSC President’s Award as the University Distinguished Professor.

Some of his other awards include the American College of Clinical Pharmacy 2005 Russell R. Miller Award and a 2006 American Society of Health-System Pharmacist Foundation Literature Award, both which he received for his substantial contributions to the literature of clinical pharmacy.

Special events mark launch of Texas Tech Physicians

A Winners’ Carnival on Jan. 26 marked the launch of Texas Tech Physicians in Lubbock. The event, held at TTUHSC, featured games, food and door prizes, including an autographed basketball by Texas Tech Coach Bob Knight.

 The kick-off in Amarillo was celebrated on Jan. 29 with pizza being delivered to all staff and faculty at seven clinic sites, in addition to School of Medicine support offices.  Double T decorated cupcakes were special ordered for dessert, along with a red and black balloon bouquet for the areas.  A huge new TTP banner was hung from the second floor in the SOM building lobby, and staff and faculty were given new logo pens. 

TTP band-aid dispensers were handed out to patients during the last week of January to show appreciation for their trust in Texas Tech Physicians.

YWCA honors three with TTUHSC connection

LUBBOCK – Congratulations to three members of the TTUHSC family -- Cindy Jumper, M.D.; Kathleen Stocco, wife of Douglas Stocco, Ph.D.; and Beena Variyam, wife of Easwaran Variyam, M.D. -- who were among the nine recognized Feb. 15 by the YWCA as Women of Excellence.

Jumper, interim chair of the Department of Internal Medicine and associate dean for health system management, received the non-profit organization’s award for Science and Medicine.

Stocco, executive director of the Lubbock Area Foundation, was recognized with the Human Services award. Her husband is a professor in the Department of Cell Biology and Biochemistry.

Variyam, senior vice president of Wells Fargo Bank, was honored for her professional accomplishments. Her husband is a professor in the Department of Internal Medicine.

Residents expand community service initiatives

EL PASO – The Pediatric Residency Program has expanded its community service initiatives providing plenty of opportunities for residents to experience first-hand community service and child advocacy, said Ralitsa Akins, M.D., Ph.D., associate director of the residency program in Department of Pediatrics.

"We partner with local schools, from elementary to high school, in teaching children appropriate health-related topics," she said.

Kate Flather, D.O., a first-year resident in pediatrics, recently presented a one-hour interactive session on good health habits to four pre-K classes at Benito Martinez Elementary School. Flather taught the children how to properly wash their hands using bubble-scented soap while they sang along to a hand-washing song. She also taught them oral hygiene, and discussed hair-brush sharing and how it promotes hair lice.

"The students also colored hygiene-related comics and asked a lot of questions about why fruits and vegetables are good for children," said Akins.

Luncheon kicks off PoWERS grant project

AMARILLO – Texas Tech and TTUHSC recently were awarded a $500,000 grant from the National Science Foundation for a project titled “PoWERS: Participation of Women in Engineering, Research and Science.”  A kick-off luncheon in Amarillo for schools of medicine and pharmacy faculty outlined the new project.

 The grant is an initiative toward adopting and adapting best practices from previous National Science Foundation grantees from across the nation in the recruitment, retention and promotion by rank/tenure of women faculty.

 Lead co-investigator for the project is Stephanie C. Leeper, M.D., associate regional dean for faculty development and professor in the Department of Internal Medicine. Co-investigators are Marjorie Jenkins, M.D., associate professor in the Department of Internal Medicine and the OB/GYN department, division chair for women’s health and co-director for the Women’s Health Research Institute; and Cynthia Raehl, Pharm. D., professor and chair of clinical research and development in the Department of Pharmacy Practice, School of Pharmacy.

(Stephanie Leeper, M.D., outlines the new PoWERS project during the kick-off luncheon.)

Heinz selected to join Leadership Texas

LUBBOCK – Laura Heinz, M.L.S., senior director of Outreach and Extramural Services for TTUHSC Libraries, was accepted to join 98 women in the Leadership Texas program.

This year, Leadership Texas celebrates its 25th anniversary. During the year-long program, which began with its first session in Austin Feb. 5-7, each participant will not only broaden her perspective on Texas; she will also see, hear and experience the realities of her state by visiting five Texas cities and being exposed to cutting-edge information presented by renowned experts, educators, government officials and facilitators.

The theme for Leadership Texas 2007 is “Yesterday’s Dream. Today’s Reality. Tomorrow’s Hope.” The class will travel to San Antonio, Bryan/College Station, Abilene and Dallas for the remaining sessions to address issues on energy, technology, medical care, education, the environment as well as trade and the economy.

Cathy Reynolds, director of Communications and Marketing at El Paso, was appointed this year to a three-year term as director at-large for the Leadership Texas Alumni Association. She is a graduate of the Leadership Texas Class of 2006. 

Boswell, Cannon publish nursing research book

PERMIAN BASIN – A new undergraduate nursing research book by Carol Boswell, Ed.D., and Sharon Cannon, Ed.D., was published recently, “Introduction to Nursing Research: Incorporating Evidence Based Practice.” Boswell is a professor in the School of Nursing, and Cannon is regional dean of the School of Nursing.

Casanova joins department

LUBBOCK – Robert Casanova, M.D., has joined TTUHSC as an assistant professor of obstetrics/gynecology.  He earned his undergraduate degree from Tulane University in New Orleans, and his medical degree from the University of Texas Southwestern Medical School in Austin. He completed his internship and residency at John Peter Smith Hospital, Fort Worth.  He is board certified by the American College of Obstetrics and Gynecology.

OB/GYN in new location

EL PASO – Texas Tech Physicians of El Paso, Department of OB/GYN, opened new offices Feb. 5 on the Northeast side of town at 5229 Sanders. They will share the building with Texas Tech Physicians of El Paso, Department of Pediatrics. A teen pregnancy clinic also will operate at the site.

Redman passes specialty exam

LUBBOCK – Wade Redman, assistant professor of Clinical Lab Science in the School of Allied Health Sciences, passed the Diplomat in Laboratory Management (DLM) specialty exam on Feb. 1.  Only about 600 individuals in the nation achieve this type of specialty certification, and Redman is the only one in the Lubbock area to complete the certification.

Fangman certified as coder

AMARILLO – Claudia Fangman, Office of Billing and Compliance in the School of Medicine, passed the American Academy of Professional Coders’ Certified Professional Coder Examination.

Residents earn honors

EL PASO – Simon Rodriguez, M.D., a second-year resident in the Department of Internal Medicine, has been accepted into the Nephrology Fellowship Training Program at the Emory University School of Medicine in Atlanta. The program starts in July. The Emory Renal Fellowship is a prestigious program at the national level. The two-year program will provide Rodriguez with excellent training in clinical nephrology, renal ultrasonography and dialysis therapies.

Brenda Castells, M.D., chief resident in the Department of Neuropsychiatry, has donated her time on weekends for the past two years to treat indigent psychiatric patients at the Hospital La Familia, Juarez, Mexico. She is accompanied by a faculty member from the El Paso Psychiatric Center. Castells also presented a lecture on "Depression and Suicide in Child and Adolescents" to faculty and residents of the TTUHSC Pediatrics Department.

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Student News

SON gives $25,000 at Scholarship Stampede

LUBBOCK – The School of Nursing hosted the sixth annual Scholarship Stampede Jan. 25 at the United Sprit Arena in conjunction with the school’s 25th anniversary celebration. Students collectively were awarded $25,000 in scholarships based on random drawings, and several donors were honored at the event as well. Local and distant students participated.

(Senior nursing student Ann-Marie Sanders, right, won the drawing for a computer donated by Dell.)

Pharmacy Phonathon awards announced

AMARILLO – The TTUHSC Student Endowed Phonathon recipients were recently announced and 21 School of Pharmacy students were awarded a scholarship.

This year the Phonathon Committee awarded 67 $500 scholarships and nine $1,500 scholarships for a total of $47,000. Applicants were evaluated on participation in school activities, community service, demonstrated leadership ability, Phonathon-related activities and academic excellence.

SOP students in Lubbock have the opportunity to participate in the Phonathon phone calling campaign. SOP students in Amarillo and Dallas may participate in the “thank you” portion of the Phonathon known as the Thank-a-thon.

SOP students receiving a $1,500 scholarship included Whitney Fisk (P3 – Amarillo) and Jenna Hensley (P2).

SOP students receiving $500 scholarships included: Supriya Abraham (P4 – Amarillo), Lindsay Algeo (P4 – Amarillo), Kamal Bhakta (P4 – Amarillo), Adam Beam (P2), Tara Brandon (P1), Madelyne Cearley (P1), Catherine Cobb (P2), Tiffany Coomer (P2), Tu Cam Dinh (P2), Nancy Dunseth (P3 – Am¬arillo), Theresa Gerst (P4 – Dallas/Ft. Worth), Michelle King (P2), Frederick Labrador (P3 – Dallas/Ft. Worth), Brian Lake (P2), Vern Stairs (P2), Jessen Thomas (P3 – Dallas/Ft. Worth), Brandon Trollinger (P3 – Lubbock), Raelene Trudeau (P4 – Amarillo) and Martin Ziska (P4 – Amarillo).

Medical society recognizes students

EL PASO – Rosser Powitzky and Angelina Edwards, fourth-year medical students, received Academic High Achievement Awards presented by the El Paso County Medical Society at its annual president’s installation banquet at the El Paso Club. These awards were presented by the society in memory of Drs. Albert Unger, Lloyd Hayes, Charles Gunter and Victor Villareal.

"These awards are a wonderful expression of recognition by the El Paso County Medical Society and the Unger, Hayes, Gunter and Villareal families of academic excellence and accomplishment. They also signify the strong support by the society of TTUHSC School of Medicine," said Manuel Schydlower, M.D., assistant dean for medical education.

Lai honored as future leader

LUBBOCK – Fourth-year medical student Eda Ho Lai was selected as one of 10 students out of a field of more than 200 nationwide as "Future Leaders in Preventive Medicine" 2007 grant recipients.

As part of their award, the students will travel to Miami to participate in Preventive Medicine 2007, the annual meeting of the American College of Preventive Medicine, and learn about career possibilities in general preventive medicine and public health and aerospace, occupational and environmental medicine.  Student winners will be honored at an awards banquet. Other winners represent schools such as Cornell, UCLA and Yale.

Pharmacy student Fisk receives scholarship

AMARILLO – The National Association of Chain Drug Stores Foundation recently awarded a $2,000 scholarship to Whitney Fisk, a third-year TTUHSC pharmacy student. Fisk was one of 40 recipients selected from an applicant pool that included more than 460 pharmacy students from across the country.

Applicants were evaluated based on their career goals, interest in chain community pharmacy practice, leadership activities and professional and community pharmacy involvement. They also must be enrolled as full-time pharmacy students, have experience in chain community pharmacy and have a desire to pursue a career in chain community pharmacy. NACDS represents chain community pharmacy, the largest component of pharmacy practice.

Buchanan earns healing arts award

EL PASO – A project by third-year medical student Renee Buchanan was selected a first-place winner in the Blair L. Sadler International Healing Arts Competition. Buchanan’s project, “Boom: House Calls About Medicine and Graying America,” was described as "one of the most innovative arts projects demonstrating compelling impact on the quality of the health care experience for patients, their families and caregivers." Buchanan will receive a $500 cash prize.

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Calendar

Feb. 28

“Spending in Your Golden Years: Financial Planning and Protection for Retirees” by Robert Ricketts, Ph.D., CPA

4 p.m. in ACB 100, Lubbock campus

Part of the Lecture Series on Healthy Aging hosted by Garrison Institute on Aging

March 6

Health Workforce Diversity Regional Conference

8:15 a.m. to 5 p.m. at Lubbock Memorial Civic Center

Keynote speakers Lauro Cavazos, Ph.D., Mike Moses, Ph.D., and Steve H. Murdock, Ph.D.

Visit www.hwdc.org.

March 15

Match Day

11 a.m. (10 a.m. in El Paso)

March 22

Fourth Annual Aging Symposium

"Managing Chronic Diseases in Older Adults"

8:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. in UMC's McInturff Conference Center

For more details, call the Garrison Institute on Aging at 743-7821

March 23

City Lights Golf Scramble

1:30 p.m. at Rawls Golf Course, Lubbock

Visit www.lubbockcitylights.org.

March 24

City Lights Charity Ball

7 p.m. at Watson Building, Lubbock

Visit www.lubbockcitylights.org.

March 28

“Loss and Grief” by Thomas McGovern, Ed.D.

4 p.m. in ACB 100, Lubbock campus

Part of the Lecture Series on Healthy Aging hosted by Garrison Institute on Aging

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