Maureen Brami, nurse manager, is the first recipient of the Outstanding Leader Award, granted by the retention council. Maureen was nominated by four of her staff for a DAISY Award (bedside nurse) which motivated the retention council to name the new award.

Maureen was recognized for her compassion to patients and staff, motivating everyone to do their best. She is fair and open to everyone’s opinion. She is always encouraging and advocating for patients and staff.

The award will be given quarterly to the nurse in a leadership position who demonstrates in addition to leadership qualities, the characteristics of empathy, approachability, dedication, equity and earns the respect of their staff. The recipient receives an award to display on their desk and a certificate of appreciation.

If you would like to nominate a nurse leader for this recognition, submit the application available on the Nursing Service website to Meredith Hartzog or Shelia Saunders.

The School of Medicine at UTMB ranks among the top 10 nationally in Hispanic Business magazine’s 2012 rankings of the best schools for Hispanics, an annual list of graduate programs across the United States that embody diversity on campus. Top universities in business, medicine, law and engineering were qualified for inclusion through five distinct variables that illustrate the programs’ commitment to diversity.

The Association of American Medical Colleges (AAMC) announced the winners of the AAMC Award for Innovations in Research Training and Education. The major goal of this inaugural award is to identify bright spots in research training and education. A total of five winners were selected by a panel of leaders in biomedical research, education and training from AAMC member institutions as well as AAMC senior staff. Entries were judged by the extent to which they advance creative, collaborative partnerships and their impact on institutional practices. Winners were announced at the GREAT Group* and GRAND** Joint Annual Meeting in Nashville on Sept. 21, 2012.
Robert Dittus, M.D., M.P.H. (award winner with distinction)
Vanderbilt University School of Medicine
Mark Hellmich, Ph.D.
The University of Texas Medical Branch
Stephen Hsu, M.D., Ph.D.
University of Florida College of Medicine
Ralph Keil, Ph.D.
Penn State College of Medicine
Richard Steinman, M.D., Ph.D.
University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine

Winning abstract:  Human Pathophysiology and Translational Medicine (HPTM) Graduate Program: Building the Foundation for Translational Research Collaborations by Mark Hellmich, Ph.D., The University of Texas Medical Branch.

Through the Institute for Translational Sciences (ITS), The University of Texas Medical Branch (UTMB) demonstrates a strategic focus on advancing the collaboration between scientists and clinicians to benefit patient health. To meet the unique educational challenges of translational science, the ITS promotes a multidisciplinary, team-based model for research, education and training to all levels, from pre-doctoral students to senior faculty. The Human Pathophysiology and Translational Medicine (HPTM) doctoral program, housed within the ITS, is an educational collaboration between the ITS, UTMB’s Graduate School (GSBS) and the School of Medicine’s (SOM) Translational Research Track (TRT). Implemented in 2011, the goals of the competency-driven HPTM program are to engage graduate students with medical students in an interprofessional curriculum that promotes role understanding, interdisciplinary communication, and team-based skills in the acquisition of clinical and discipline-specific content knowledge needed to conduct effective translational research. The program achieves these aims through fostering an active learning community lead by an interdisciplinary faculty team, who ensure alignment between the program’s educational philosophy, inquiry-based instructional methods, assessment and mentorship.

David Marshall, UTMB chief nursing and patient care service officer (front left) and Barbara Bonificio, UTMB director of nursing excellence (front right) were honored in Austin at the annual Nursing Leadership conference of the Texas Nurses Association for UTMB’s achievement of Magnet Recognition. This prestigious distinction, conferred by the American Nurses Credentialing Center of the American Nurses Association, represents the gold standard in nursing. Fewer than 10 percent of institutions nationally are so recognized.

Photo courtesy of Texas Nurses Assocation, 2012.

Forty-two volunteers collected a record-breaking 685 pounds of medications at the drug take back event held recently at the UTMB Specialty Care Center at Victory Lakes.  This tops their previous total last spring of 568 pounds. Congratulations to all!