VOLUME 3 NUMBER 5 / MAY 2007
Message from Interim President Mittemeyer: Charge to our Graduates
Texas Tech Parkway scheduled to open
Students, faculty and staff remember Virginia Tech students with cards
Lubbock and Midland aphasia therapy groups tour wind center
Amarillo School of Medicine professor selected for national FDA committee
Permian Basin Department of Family Medicine accredited for geriatric fellowship program
Researchers for study on aging host event in Cochran County
Third annual banquet held to honor diversity
TTUHSC at El Paso and UTEP collaborate at recent research day
Spanish for Nurses offered to students
TTUHSC groups support the March of Dimes through special events
Have a plan: notes from the Office of Institutional Planning and Effectiveness
Texas Tech Board of Regents elect new officers
Awards & Recognition
I write this month’s message with such pride and enthusiasm for each of you, our graduates,
who spent your recent years with us on one of our campuses. Please take a moment
with me to reflect upon your time here as a student.
Remember your first step on campus? I would not be surprised if at first you were
somewhat overwhelmed. Remember your first class? Were you as terrified of that professor
as I was in my first class? I know you studied, survived faculty lectures and worked
hard to accomplish what many Texas Tech HSC graduates have done before you. I have
watched you all grow into self-confident professionals.
After you receive your diploma, I ask that you look closely at the meaning of the
words written upon the sheet of paper and realize the honors, rights and privileges
your degree now brings. Begin to appreciate what it means to be a Texas Tech HSC
graduate. You can be extremely proud of being a graduate of this institution.
That diploma means that you are now prepared to join a force of compassionate health
care professionals who worldwide make changes in health care and research. You are prepared! You now have the ability to touch lives, whether it is at a birth or to
help the transition into death. As a health care professional you have the true power
to make a difference.
My hope for you is that each and every one of you can cherish the legacy that previous
graduates have left before you, and realize your responsibility as you venture out
to heal and comfort those in need. Take the challenge of continuing to learn all
you can about your profession and pass that knowledge on to others, whether in community
service, preventive health care or as a faculty member returning here one day. Each
of you will always be a part of the Texas Tech family, continuing to offer your support
and dedication. Whatever your next challenge holds, be sure and leave your legacy.
Each of you in your professional responsibilities, as well as your personal life,
will serve as a Texas Tech Ambassador. Thank you for being an ambassador and in doing
so, remember your school, your faculty and those who will follow in your footsteps
appreciate that and are counting on you.
As we all continue to fulfill the vision of the late Gov. Preston Smith in providing
practitioners to meet the health care needs of West Texas and beyond, on behalf of
the faculty and staff, we congratulate you in your great accomplishment. As you
will see, from here, it is possible.
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LUBBOCK-The new Texas Tech Parkway is scheduled to open the week of May 21 with the
opening of the new bridge over the Brownfield Highway/Marsha Sharp Freeway at the
same time, Indiana at Brownfield Highway is scheduled to close.
Campus and community traffic will have continuous access on Texas Tech Parkway from
19th Street north to Loop 289. Please be aware that there are several intersections
with traffic signals along the route. Additionally, in coordination with this opening,
Indiana Avenue from Main Street to 10th Street will be permanently closed to facilitate
the continued construction of the Marsha Sharp Freeway.
Also, the existing entries into the HSC parking lots will not change immediately.
With the opening of the Texas Tech Parkway, new access and egress routes are now available.
Please incorporate these new routes into your daily commute. For more information,
please contact Theresa Drewell, associate vice chancellor, Facilities Planning and
Construction at (806) 742-2116 or e-mail your questions to email@example.com.
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LUBBOCK-Students, faculty and staff had the opportunity to show concern for Virginia
Tech on May 15. Many came by the cafeteria to take a moment to write a few lines
of sympathy and support to Virginia Tech in memory of the victims of the April shooting.
The cards were mailed and donations were accepted for the any of the several scholarship
funds listed at www.vt.edu/remember.
Shown in photo: Belinda Hughes, executive assistant, Office of Academic Affairs.
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LUBBOCK - As an opportunity to meet other individuals with aphasia, exchange information
and offer support with one another, members of the Texas Tech University Health Sciences
Center Aphasia Group Therapy Program in Lubbock and the West Texas Aphasia Center
in Midland toured the American Wind Power Center Museum in Lubbock on April 17, 2007.
Aphasia is a language impairment resulting from brain damage most commonly caused
by stroke. Those with aphasia may have problems speaking, reading, writing and/or
understanding the meaning of spoken or written words. The goal of group therapy sessions
is to maximize speech and language abilities while also reducing the effects of aphasia
The TTUHSC Aphasia Group Therapy Program provides communication therapy and psychosocial
support to persons with aphasia. It also provides educational and social support
for family members and caregivers through a caregivers network. School of Health
Professions faculty members Melinda Corwin and Jim Dembowski, Department of Speech,
Language and Hearing Sciences, serve as the clinical educators for the program that
currently serves approximately 30 persons with aphasia and 22 caregivers.
The West Texas Aphasia Center in Midland is one of eight centers in the nation that
provides classes for individuals and their families following onset of aphasia as
well as daily programming, including computer classes and a gardening group.
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AMARILLO-Tom Hale, Ph.D., professor of pediatrics, assistant dean of research and
director of the clinical research unit in the School of Medicine in Amarillo, has
accepted a position as a voting member of the Advisory Committee on the Maternal Health
Team of the Office of New Drugs at the Food and Drug Administration in Washington,
This FDA team was organized to provide guidance to pharmaceutical manufacturers in
the design of clinical lactation studies, which will ultimately improve the care of
breastfeeding women. He will present a lecture concerning the pharmacokinetic design
of studies to determine the transfer of drugs into breast milk November 2007.
Dr. Hale is an internationally known researcher and expert on the effect of medications
on breast milk. He is a widely published author and has written several journal articles
on the topic, in addition to speaking at many conferences worldwide.
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PERMIAN BASIN – Current statistics from the US Department of Health Agency on Aging
reveal that by the year 2010 there will be 40 million people 65+ in the United States,
and by 2020 an increase to 55 million in that age group. http://www.aoa.gov/prof/Statistics/profile/2006/4.asp
"Geriatric Medicine is not just merely another subspecialty in healthcare. It is
a philosophy of care for the elderly," said Chau Le, M.D., assistant professor.
Beginning July 1, the Department of Family Medicine will offer graduate training in
Geriatric Medicine through a one-year ACGME accredited clinical fellowship.
According to Le, the fellowship of Geriatric Medicine is one of the beginning steps
to contribute to the philosophy of care and its application to all other subspecialties
by all other physicians and healthcare providers.
At completion of training, the fellow may sit for the Certificate of Added Qualification
(CAQ) in Geriatrics and will be prepared for either a clinical or academic practice-oriented
The fellowship is supported by Chau Le, M.D., fellowship program director and Rosa
Vizcara, M.D., associate program director, who are both fellowship-trained geriatricians
with certificates in geriatrics in the Department of Family Medicine. They are committed to enhancing the lives of older adults through an individualized
multidisciplinary approach to the patient, which emphasizes function and quality of
life through programs of wellness.
John C. Jennings, M.D., regional dean, School of Medicine said, "The presence of the
geriatric fellowship in the Permian Basin will serve as an emphasis on the importance
of specialized care for our older population. This educational program will be of
great benefit to this growing proportion of elderly patients and to the physicians
in our communities who provide their medical care,"
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LUBBOCK – Cochran County Aging Study organizers hosted a “Bingo Night” event in Morton
recently. Featuring hot dogs, popcorn, bingo and prizes, the event drew more than
80 participants. The long-term study, focused on aging in rural America, is a collaborative
project of the Department of Neuropsychiatry, the School of Nursing and the Garrison
Institute on Aging.
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LUBBOCK-The Office of Diversity and Multicultural Affairs at the Texas Tech University
Health Sciences Center celebrated the Third Annual ODMA Diversity Awards Banquet on
The evening was dedicated to celebrating and recognizing individuals, who demonstrate
their commitment, appreciation, dedication, and support for the advancement of diversity
and cultural awareness, not only at the Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center,
but in their communities.
The banquet offered an opportunity to showcase HSC student talent and provide scholarship
funds to each of the respected disciplines through the generous support of AIG VALIC
financial advisors group.
Those recognized for their contributions in diversity include the Distinguished Student
Leadership Award: Sophia Tcheung, MSII-Lubbock; Alan Coleman, MSII-Lubbock; and Kartheek
Reddy, MSIII-El Paso.
Shown in photo from left: Sphia Tcheung, Alan Coleman, Germán R. Nuñez G., Ph.D., vice president, Office of Diversity and Multicultural Affairs and Kartheek
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EL PASO – Research topics of major health care issues concerning the border area were
brought to the forefront of discussion by the Texas Tech Physicians of El Paso and
the University of Texas at El Paso researchers during their joint inaugural Research
Day, April 27.
Faculty members from UTEP joined faculty and residents from TTUHSC to discuss six
major research areas: cancer, diabetes, HIV/AIDS, genetics, infectious disease and
Additionally, residents gave research presentations that afternoon and the top three
resident presentations were selected and awarded at the Faculty Recognition Banquet
later that evening.
Research Day Oral presentation winners are:
- First Place: Alan Orellana, M.D., Internal Medicine for Routine Use of Direct Nucleic Acid Amplification in the Diagnosis of Pulmonary Tuberculosis.
- Second Place: David Mokhtee, M.D., for Low-Dose FK-506 Enhances Neural Regeneration and Regulates Muscle Recovery in Rat
Undergoing Repair After Sciatic Nerve Injury.
- Third Place: Khalid Afzal, M.D., Neuropsychiatry, for Burnout Questionnaire Survey at TTUHSC at El Paso for Identification of Different
Stages of Burnout Syndrome in the Resident Physician.
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LUBBOCK – For the first time this spring semester Spanish for Nurses, an elective course, was offered as an independent study for nursing students. The
students learned the essentials of communication, medical terminology and cultural
considerations of the Spanish-speaking countries in proximity to the United States.
Many Spanish-speaking guests attended the class to help simulate interactive experiences
in the health care setting. The class concluded with a fiesta full of traditional
Spanish foods and party activities.
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LUBBOCK-Both the School of Nursing and the Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology
took part in two distinctive events for the March of Dimes in April.
The School of Nursing students hosted a community-wide baby shower at the Health Sciences
Center to raise funds for Stork’s Nest, a program designed to increase the number
of women receiving early and regular prenatal care. The Stork’s Nest provides incentives
to help pregnant women make and keep prenatal care appointments, as well as teaches
expectant parents about healthy prenatal and infant care practices.
“This project is extremely important to the women who visit the Stork’s Nest, many
of whom are teenagers, as well as the nursing students who have a chance to see the
importance of community health needs and have the opportunity to give back to their
community,” said Linda Brice, R.N., Ph.D., assistant professor in the School of Nursing.
The students helped raise more than $29,000 in baby items and monetary donations.
More than $85,000 has been raised over the past five years from this student hosted
The Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology in the School of Medicine contributed
to the March of Dimes by being part of WalkAmerica, the organizations largest fundraiser
to save babies from premature birth and other serious threats to infant health.
With support from WalkAmerica, the March of Dimes conducts top-level research into
causes and preventions of premature birth and birth defects. Such research takes
place at the TTUHSC through various grants awarded to the School of Medicine.
Click here to view photos from the event
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What’s the difference between efficiency and effectiveness? According to Dr. Ephraim
Schechter, former director of assessment at North Carolina State University and a
nationally recognized expert on institutional improvement, organizations often fail
to draw sharp enough distinctions between the two terms when trying to decide if their
objectives are being met.
Efficiency should be understood as the effort or cost required to accomplish a goal,
Schechter explained, but effectiveness must be evaluated in terms of whether achieving
the goal does in fact produce the intended result.
Coming in under budget and on time for increasing the number of computer-equipped
classrooms on a campus may be highly efficient, for example, but Schechter says that
efficiency is a hollow victory if faculty and students are not satisfied with the
ongoing support for all of those shiny new PC’s.
Schechter was on the Lubbock campus of TTUHSC for two days earlier this month to present
workshops on efficient and effective assessment and planning to administrative leaders
and faculty from throughout the system.
His key point was that asking “What are we trying to do?” and “How are we doing?”
are relatively unproductive inquiries for organizations unless they are complemented
by a third vital query, “How do we use the knowledge gained from the first two questions?”
Schechter’s appearance was sponsored by the Office of Institutional Planning and Effectiveness
(OIPE), which offers guidance and support to all TTUHSC departments in making assessment
workable and worthwhile. If you would like additional information on how assessment
can pay dividends for your unit , please visit our Web site at http://www.ttuhsc.edu/admin/oipe or give us a call at (806) 743-2918.
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LUBBOCK- The Texas Tech University System Board of Regents elected J. Frank Miller
III and F. Scott Dueser, chair and vice chair, respectively on May 11. The two will
serve two-year terms, beginning immediately after the elections.
Miller, who just completed a term as vice chair of the board, replaces L. Frederick
“Rick” Francis as chair of the board.
Miller, of Dallas, was appointed to the Board of Regents of the Texas Tech University
System on November 18, 2003. He is a 1974 graduate of Texas Tech with a bachelor’s
degree in business administration. Miller is chairman and chief executive officer
and founding managing partner of JPI Companies, a national apartment development company.
Dueser, of Abilene, was appointed to the Board of Regents of the Texas Tech University
System on January 26, 2004. He is a 1975 graduate of Texas Tech with a bachelor’s
degree in finance and accounting. He is chairman of the board of First National Bank
of Abilene and president and chief executive officer of First Financial Bankshares,
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West Texas AHEC honored for cardiovascular health promotion
In March, the West Texas AHEC was honored by the Texas Council on Cardiovascular Disease
and Stroke (TCCDS) as an Outstanding Program for the 2007 Texas Cardiovascular Health
Promotion Awards. The award is for commitment to the prevention of cardiovascular
disease in Texas through implementation of an innovative and effective program.
The award recognized West Texas AHEC’s work to assist 64 rural school districts with
implementing a coordinated health curriculum, (CATCH), in 95 elementary schools.
CATCH (Coordinated Approach to Child Health) is multi-faceted, with components for
the classroom designed to educate children about good nutrition and exercise, as well
as avoiding tobacco; the cafeteria to help students make good choices about “GO, Slow,
and Whoa” foods; and the family to extend what is learned at school to the home.
“We recognized an opportunity to directly impact the health of young people across
the region,” said Tommy Sweat, center director for the Panhandle AHEC, a regional
center of the West Texas AHEC Program. “We approached rural schools across the region
and offered to partner with them to provide the curriculum and staff training.”
Through AHEC’s efforts, more than 26,000 elementary-age children and their families
are benefiting from CATCH. “The beauty of this program is that cardiovascular health
is being promoted at such an early age,” said Dr. Thomas Tenner, member of the Council.
“It is more effective to teach good health habits early, rather than to undo bad habits
later in life in an effort to repair or slow the health consequences of poor choices.”
The Council, which is based at the Texas Department of State Health Services, gives
awards in the community, worksite and school settings. West Texas AHEC received the
award for Outstanding Program in a School Setting. For information about other award
recipients and their innovative programs visit the Council website at http://www.dshs.state.tx.us/wellness/proaward.shtm.
Shown in photo: From left-Ronnie Laurance (Big Country AHEC); Shannon Kirland and
Pam Danner (West Texas AHEC Program Office); Dr. Thomas Tenner (TCCDS); Dr. Patti
Patterson (TTUHSC); Tommy Sweat (Panhandle AHEC); Elisa Williford (Permian Basin AHEC);
and Cindy Burleson (AHEC of the Plains).
Special Olympics honors School of Nursing for outstanding service
LUBBOCK-The School of Nursing was honored as the 2007 recipient of the Outstanding Service from a Civic or Service Organization Award by the Special Olympics of Texas, Area 17 on Friday, April 27 at the Opening Ceremonies
of the Spring Special Olympic Games. The School of Nursing was selected for their
dedication to Special Olympics and to the athletes that participate in the games.
Nursing students receive scholarships
LUBBOCK-Two nursing students were honored at the Hispanic Association of Women Hispana
of the year and Scholarship Awards Banquet on May 10. Miranda Garcia and Nedia De
Lua-Ruiz were presented each with a $500 scholarship at the banquet. Garcia is a
senior nursing student from Odessa and the 2007-2008 President of the TTUHSC Texas
Nurses Student Association. De Lua-Ruiz is a senior nursing student from Corpus Christi
and the 2007-2008 Treasurer of the TTUHSC Texas Nurses Student Association.
Shown in photo: On left, Miranda Garcia and Nedia DeLua-Ruiz, right.
Chapter recognizes SOP alumnus
The Raiders Rojos National Alumni Chapter of the Texas Tech Alumni Association has
named RoxAnn Dominguez, Pharm.D., BCPP, as its 2007 Distinguished Alumni Honoree.
She was honored at the 2007 Hispanic Graduation Convocation on May 10 in Lubbock.
Dominguez received her Pharm.D. from TTUHSC – SOP in 2003. After completing a psychiatric
pharmacy residency at Austin State Hospital, she accepted a position as a clinical
pharmacist for ValueOptions in Phoenix and was the company’s only clinical pharmacist
for the area’s Medicaid and seriously mentally ill population. She is presently director
of pharmacy for ValueOptions New Mexico in Albuquerque.
SOM faculty physician chosen as chairman for AFMR section
LUBBOCK- Sharma Prabhakar, M.D., vice chairman of the Department of Internal Medicine,
was recently named the chairman of the American Federation of Medical Research, Southern
Section, at the national meeting in Washington, DC. He was also elected as the councilor
of the National AFMR organization.
Dr. Prabhakar was an invited speaker at a conference titled Advances in Nitric Oxide Research sponsored by the University of Oxford and held at Welwyn Garden City, United Kingdom
Student Senate sponsors Outstanding Teacher of the Year awards
Faculty members were selected by students in each school to receive the annual Outstanding
Teacher of the Year award. Sponsored by the TTUHSC Student Senate, the awards serve
as a way for students from each TTUHSC program to recognize faculty members. Each
student senator is responsible for their class nominations and selecting the winners.
This award is designed to honor those faculty members considered to possess the following
- Knowledge of the material
- Enthusiasm for subject matter
- Demonstrated interest in learning
- Flexible teaching methods to accommodate different learning styles
- Patience and empathy with students
- Demonstrated belief that teaching is an active process
The awards are presented at the annual Student Senate Awards and Installation Banquet
held April 28 at the Lubbock Club. Teachers chosen receive a personal plaque and
their names are added to a larger plaque housed in the Preston Smith Library.
For a list of the 2006 winners please click here.
SON Faculty member selected to hold Robert's Practiceship
LUBBOCK-Craig Cookman, R.N., Ph.D., assistant professor, was selected to hold the
Robert's Practiceship in Geriatric Nursing. In this role, he will be assuming leadership
as the SON representative to the Garrison Geriatric Education Training Academy and
other activities related to Glenna Robert's vision for improvement of care for long
term care. Cookman will officially assume this position Sept. 1.
"I am very excited to have Dr. Cookman in this position. He brings a wealth of knowledge
and experience in the field of geriatrics," said Alexia Green, Ph.D., dean, School
Quality Service Awards
Congratulations to the Quality Service Award recipients in Amarillo, El Paso and Lubbock
who held their recognition ceremonies earlier this month. The Permian Basin is scheduled
for their ceremony on May 30. Check back in the June edition of Statline for a wrap up of all the winners.
School of Medicine Dean's award information
Recipients of the School of Medicine Dean's awards were announced in Amarillo and
Lubbock. Ceremonies in the Permian Basin will take place May 31 and in El Paso later
in the year. Winners from the spring awards will be acknowledged together in the
June edition of Statline.
Nurse of the Year announced during Nurses Week
LUBBOCK-Amy Moore, R.N., MSN, FNP-C, received the Texas Tech University Health Sciences
Center Nurse of the Year award from Texas Nursing Association and was honored during
Nurses Week at the TNA Nurse of the Year Banquet.
According to her nomination, Moore is well respected by her nursing colleagues and
students consistently verbalize appreciation for the numerous hours she spends helping
them to grasp the difficult concepts of pathophysiology. Additionally, her teaching
practices are aligned with the School of Nursing values statement emphasizing integration
of innovation in education, as she was one of the first faculty members to utilize
pod casting as a teaching methodology. Moore demonstrates commitment to the profession
of nursing and dedication to the health and well-being of the school and the community.
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School of Nursing students raise awareness through community service
LUBBOCK-Nursing students not only hit the books during the semester, but stayed busy
volunteering their time in the community--including staying up all night for a good
The Relay for Life was held April 21-22, an overnight event held at the Frenship football
stadium in Wolfforth. The students and faculty raised money before and during the
event totaling more than $500 to help in the fight against cancer.
Many students also participated in the Tour de Nine-Zero Bike Race on May 4-5 to help
raise awareness of Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder. Some rode seven miles, some 51
miles and others biked 101 miles. They raised over $300 in support of the Parenting
Cottage of Lubbock.
Shown in photo: Top, students at the Relay for Life event benefiting the American
Cancer Society. Below, student bicyclists riding in the Tour de Nine-Zero Bike Race.
Groups award grant, scholarships to SOP students
AMARILLO –Four TTUHSC pharmacy students were recently awarded grants and scholarships
from various sources. Kaci Bohn, a graduate student in the department of pharmaceutical
sciences, received a $1,000 Chi Omega Alumnae Grant. First-year pharmacy student
Madelyn Cearley and Julie Perez, a second-year pharmacy student, were each awarded
a Hispanic Scholarship Fund Scholarship for the 2007 – 2008 school year. Cearley
and Perez competed with graduate students across the nation to receive this honor.
Minh Dung Nguyen, a second-year pharmacy student, was awarded the Dallas Area Pharmacy
Association scholarship. The DAPA awards this scholarship to each pharmacy school
in Texas on a rotating basis. Nguyen was selected because he is from the Dallas area
and is a student member of the Texas Pharmacy Association who has demonstrated academic
excellence and commitment to pharmacy.
Pediatric resident wins at Texas Pediatric Society Poster Competition
EL PASO – Yuezhen Lin, M.D., a Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center at El
Paso second-year pediatric resident, is one of the winners named at the 2007 Texas
Pediatric Society Poster Competition. Her poster Perspective on Infancy Obesity Prevention received an Honorable Mention in the category Critical Appraisal of Literature. Dr.
Lin receives an award and complimentary registration to the Texas Pediatric Society
Meeting in San Antonio in June.
Students to participate in Summer Research Program in Aging Sciences
LUBBOCK – Beginning in June, four TTUHSC students will have the opportunity to work
side by side with faculty research scientists thanks to a grant from the Reynolds
Foundation and the Garrison Institute on Aging.
Those selected to participate in the Summer Research Program in Aging Sciences include
School of Medicine students Manuel Ruiz, Suchin Wadhwani and Libby Zacharia, and Department
of Speech, Language and Hearing Sciences student Leah Maenius. A scholarship stipend
of $3,000 will be provided to students who successfully complete the 10-week internship.
The program will take place in science laboratories, clinics or community settings
and will provide new opportunities in research and hands-on activities. The program
also will provide TTUHSC faculty in Amarillo and Lubbock with increased lab resources
for aging science-related activities.
Student Scholars in Geriatrics participant earns award
LUBBOCK – Lubbock pharmacy student Latisha Tomlinson recently was awarded the United
Supermarkets Scholarship, as well as the Garrison Institute on Aging Interdisciplinary
Student Scholars in Geriatrics Scholarship during the School of Pharmacy awards dinner.
A program of the Garrison Institute on Aging, the Student Scholars in Geriatrics Program
joins students in allied health sciences, medicine, nursing and pharmacy who have
a long-term commitment to advancing health care for older adults. The group of 13
is actively engaged in projects including “lunch and learn” events for fellow students;
interdisciplinary health assessments in which students perform assessments relevant
to their discipline then meet as a group to compare findings and make recommendations;
and has formed a student chapter of the American Geriatrics Society.
Shown in photo: Annette Boles, assistant director, Garrison Institute on Aging, and
SOP students receive Double-T Scholarships
AMARILLO – Seven students from the TTUHSC School of Pharmacy were recently awarded
Star Spangled Double T Scholarships. The group includes second-year pharmacy students
Ryan Burke and Michele King; third-year students Lulu Ofoh, Joanna Smith, Brandon
Trollinger and Rafael Veasy; and fourth-year student Daniel Silva.
Burke and King attend the main SOP campus in Amarillo. Ofoh, Silva, Smith and Veasy
attend the SOP satellite campus in Dallas-Fort Worth. Trollinger attends the SOP’s
Lubbock regional campus.
The TTUHSC Student Senate raised funds for each of these $100 scholarships. (Written by Mark Hendricks)
Alpha Eta members help with Special Olympics
LUBBOCK – On April 28, 2007 members of the School of Health Professions honor society,
Alpha Eta, volunteered at the South Plains Special Olympics Spring Games in Wolfforth.
Fifteen members served as timers, cheerleaders and award presenters to the participating
The South Plains Special Olympics Spring Games is comprised of more than 25 different
events and includes several hundred athletes. Ashley Varnell and Lindsay Morrow,
community service vice presidents, coordinated the volunteer opportunity for the Alpha
Eta members and the event served as their spring community service project.
Shown in photo: Alpha Eta membes volunteering at the Special Olympics Spring Games
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Pediatric faculty, resident present at SGEA Conference
EL PASO – Faculty and residents from the TTUHSC at El Paso Department of Pediatrics
presented recently in Louisville, Ky., at the Southern Group on Educational Affairs
(SGEA), a prestigious forum on medical education.
Ralitsa Akins, M.D., Ph.D., residency program associate director, Gilbert Handal,
M.D., department chairman and residency program director, and Mary Lillian Tocyap,
M.D., a third-year resident and a pediatric chief resident, presented an hour-and-a-half
workshop Teaching Quality Improvement Techniques to Residents and Implementing Resident Quality
The workshop introduced medical educators and professionals in the implementation
steps of quality improvement initiatives and taught them about QI tools and pathways.
Implementing QI techniques has become a mandated approach in improvement of education
and patient care. The author team of the workshop included another resident, Art Munoz,
Dr. Akins and Joanna Wojciechowska, M.D., assistant pediatric clerkship director,
gave an oral presentation on New Evaluation Process for MS III Students Based on ACGME Competencies. The introduction of self-evaluation at the student level helps the medical students
reflect on the skills and knowledge needed in their learning progress.
In addition, the department presented two posters on resident evaluations, outcomes
and development of competency-based residency curriculums. The posters were authored
by Dr. Akins, Dr. Handal and Ms. Liz Corral with the IT department.
Leading pediatrician asked to present at international conference
LUBBOCK – Surendra K. Varma, M.D., University Distinguished Professor and vice-chair
of Pediatrics, is invited to present during the 25th International Congress of Pediatrics
in Athens, Greece. His abstract, Management of Diabetic Ketoacidosis: Successful Management Experience of Over 32
Years was selected for presentation out of hundreds submitted worldwide.
Nursing faculty accepted into executive program
LUBBOCK – Linda McMurry, MSN, R.N., CHPN, CHCE, HCS-D, director of operations at the
Larry Combest Community Health and Wellness Center was accepted to the Johnson & Johnson/UCLA
Health Care Executive Program. Comprised of concepts relevant to community-based
health care organizations, the curriculum focuses on institutional finance, leadership
and management. The program is exclusively for executive directors and leaders of
community-based health care organizations.
Permian Basin announces Associate Program Director
PERMIAN BASIN-John C. Jennings, MD, regional dean, School of Medicine, announced that
Rama Chemitiganti, M.D., was elevated to the position of full Associate Program Director
for the Internal Medicine residency program in Midland/Odessa. Dr. Chemitiganti became
a faculty member in 2006 serving as Assistant Professor in Internal Medicine.
"Dr. Chemitiganti possesses all of the characteristics necessary for success as a
resident educator," said Dr. Jennings. "He is uniformly respected by the faculty
and resident staff of our internal medicine department and is a recognized teacher
with exceptional organizational skills. Dr. Chemitiganti will be a tremendous asset
to the residency program in this new role."
Regents approve School of Pharmacy tenure, promotion requests
AMARILLO-The Board of Regents approved the tenure and promotions for several School
of Pharmacy faculty at their March meeting. Tenure was granted to Dr. Jon Weidanz,
Dr. Ming-Hai Wang and Dr. Kalkunte Srivenugopal effective April 2. In addtion to
Dr. Weidanz, Dr. Sara Brouse, Dr. Craig Cox, Dr. Sachin Shah and Dr. Anthony Busti
were each promoted to associate professor, effective Sept. 1.
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Saturday, May 19
United Spirit Arena, 1701 Indiana Ave., Lubbock
For information please call (806) 743-2300
Monday, May 21
An event to highlight the diversity found at all our campuses and develop awareness
of the many faces of diversity
Kick Off at 9 a.m.
ACB Foyer, TTUHSC, Lubbock
For more information please call the Office of Diversity and Multicultural Affairs
at (806) 743-1522 or check out Diversity Day at TTUHSC
Wednesday, May 23
Hearing Loss in Aging: What's Normal & What Can We Do About It?
Presented by Tori Gustafson, Au.D., CCC-A, TTUHSC Department of Speech, Language and
ACB Room 110, TTUHSC, Lubbock
Part of the Garrison Lecture Series on Healthy Aging
For more information please call (806) 743-7821
Wednesday, May 30
Permian Basin Quality Service Awards & Service Pin Presentation
2 p.m. to 3:30 p.m.
For more information please call (432) 335-5245
Monday, June 4
Texas Tech Physicians Open House
Grand Opening and Reception for the Texas Tech Physicians of Abilene, Family Medicine
1857 Pine, Abilene
For more information please call Jo Vaughan at (806) 743-2143.
Saturday, June 9
Healthy Lubbock Day
Featuring dementia screenings, exercise demonstrations, child immunizations, climbing
wall, health screenings for all ages, information on Alzheimer's and much more.
9 a.m. to 1 p.m.
Maxey Park (30th Street and Oxford Avenue), Lubbock
For more information please call (806) 743-7821 or visit www.healthylubbock.org
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