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  • Callender, David15

    From the President

    October 21, 2018, 22:00 PM by Dr. David L. Callender
    Welcome to the latest issue of Impact. I’d like to start by congratulating each of you for your efforts in helping UTMB be named a winner of the prestigious 2018 Vizient Bernard A. Birnbaum, MD, Quality Leadership Award. We are one of 11 academic health science centers in the U.S. to be honored, and this marks the second year in a row that our university has received this national recognition.
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  • dayinthelife1

    A day in the life of an inpatient physical therapist

    October 20, 2018, 21:30 PM by Jessica Wyble
    When Christine Lai thinks back to her first exposure to the world of physical therapy, her grandfather comes to mind. After having several strokes, he needed the help of trained physical rehabilitation professionals to regain his strength and command of his body. As a child, Lai sometimes accompanied her parents to his therapy sessions, where she witnessed firsthand the integral role the physical therapists played in his recovery.
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  • infectiousdisease1

    Networking to improve global health

    October 8, 2018, 20:15 PM by Jessica Wyble
    Aiming to get ahead of the rising threat posed by infectious disease and further UTMB’s mission to improve the health of the people of Texas and beyond, UTMB’s Dr. Peter Melby has been working diligently with his colleagues in the Department of Internal Medicine to organize and guide the efforts of the Global Infectious Disease Research Network, an initiative funded by the Office of the Provost.
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  • coachingforemergingleaders

    Coaching for Emerging Leaders celebrates latest graduates

    October 7, 2018, 19:34 PM by Jessica Wyble
    Following a successful pilot run in 2017, the Coaching for Emerging Leaders developmental training program graduated its second group of participants Aug. 22. During the graduation on the Galveston Campus, participants received a certificate of completion and shared their biggest takeaways from the six-month program, which gives high-performing, high-potential UTMB employees the chance to receive one-on-one coaching and mentoring from leaders within the organization.
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  • prezcab2018

    2018 President's Cabinet Awards

    October 6, 2018, 19:34 PM by Kurt Koopmann
    Twenty-seven UTMB faculty, staff and students recently received UTMB President’s Cabinet awards for projects that promote outreach, education and improved patient care in the community. This year’s awards program doubled as an anniversary celebration, as 2018 marks the 25th year of the distinctive organization.
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  • shp50th

    UTMB School of Health Professions celebrates 50th anniversary

    October 5, 2018, 19:34 PM by Kurt Koopmann
    For more than five decades, UTMB's School of Health Professions has educated generations of health care professionals who have become leaders in their fields and changed the world through life-altering care and research.
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  • Pulse Video

    Pulse video update for September and October

    October 4, 2018, 20:15 PM by Staff reports
    President David Callender launched his “Pulse” video update series in May to keep the UTMB family up-to-date on issues affecting the organization. Here's what was covered in the September and October videos:
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  • hiddentalent

    Hidden Talent: Ray Cosgrove

    October 3, 2018, 19:26 PM by Stephen Hadley
    A master electrician by trade, Ray has always had a creative side. He went to art school after high school, ran a screen print shop for a few years and created custom T-shirts and stickers showcasing his art. About 12 years ago, he started expanding his portfolio, which now includes acrylic paintings on canvas, wood carvings, murals and custom surfboards and skateboards.
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  • healthtips

    Tips for women on living a healthy, balanced life

    October 2, 2018, 19:25 PM by By Dr. Maria C. Swartz
    Eating a balanced diet is important to provide energy, improve health and decrease risk for certain diseases. Women have special nutrient needs that change at each stage in life.
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  • octobertrivia

    UTMB Trivia-October

    October 1, 2018, 09:19 AM by Stephen Hadley
    This health care professional never wavered in her passion for reducing people’s pain and restoring mobility. At one time, she also worked as a chicken farmer and bookseller.
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  • cromie

    A day in the life of an assistant director for the UTMB Office of Student Life

    September 12, 2018, 21:30 PM by Shannon Porter
    Ask anyone who has been a student at UTMB in the past 30 years, and there’s a good chance they’ll tell you they’ve met Mike Cromie. For going on three decades now, Cromie has played an integral role in working with students all across the institution, first as a representative in the financial aid office and now as the assistant director of student life.
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  • Callender, David15

    From the President

    September 9, 2018, 22:00 PM by Dr. David L. Callender
    Fiscal Year 2019 is off to a running start! Before we shift our focus to the future and what’s to come, I want to recognize the hard work of our dedicated faculty and staff during a challenging FY18. Thanks to each of you—along with just a bit of luck—we were able to surpass our budget projections and end the fiscal year on a positive note.
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  • bloodclotstory

    Finding hope in tragedy

    September 8, 2018, 20:15 PM by Christopher Smith Gonzales
    Compassionate care delivered by UTMB health care professionals helped save a blood clot patient's life.
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  • research

    An Alzheimer's Discovery

    September 7, 2018, 20:15 PM by Donna Ramirez
    A new UTMB study has uncovered why some people who have brain markers of Alzheimer’s disease never develop the classic dementia that others do. The study is now available in the Journal of Alzheimer’s Disease.
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  • shpcommencement

    Marking a milestone

    September 5, 2018, 19:34 PM by Kurt Koopmann
    When the 2018 School of Health Professions graduates received their degrees in August they joined more than 12,000 others who have earned degrees and certificates since the school’s founding in 1968.
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  • Pulse Video

    Pulse video update for August

    September 4, 2018, 20:15 PM by Staff reports
    President David Callender launched his “Pulse” video update series in May to keep the UTMB family up-to-date on issues affecting the organization. Here's what was covered in the August videos:
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  • hiddentalent

    Hidden Talent: Dylan Lancaster

    September 3, 2018, 19:26 PM by Stephen Hadley
    Whether it’s competing on the television program “American Ninja Warrior” or sailing on the 1877 Tall Ship Elissa, Dylan Lancaster loves to climb. He balances a healthy respect for the dangers of heights with what he calls the lingering effects of “invulnerable youth syndrome.”
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  • trivia

    UTMB Trivia-September

    September 2, 2018, 09:19 AM by Stephen Hadley
    UTMB studied and helped treat those afflicted with an outbreak in the summer of 1920 that terrorized Galveston.The map, at left, shows the locations of the 18 confirmed cases, which led to 12 deaths.
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  • AFib_healthtips

    Common myths about atrial fibrillation

    September 1, 2018, 19:25 PM by By Dr. Rafic F. Berbarie
    According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, nearly 6 million people in the United States have atrial fibrillation (or AFib), an abnormal heart rhythm characterized by rapid and irregular beating of the upper chambers of the heart.
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  • Callender, David15

    From the President

    August 23, 2018, 22:00 PM by Dr. David L. Callender
    Welcome to the final issue of Impact for Fiscal Year 2018! We’ve had a most eventful year—Hurricane Harvey and unusual winter ice storms on the Gulf Coast; tremendous Best Care success; research breakthroughs in such areas as infectious diseases, Alzheimer’s and more; the creation of the Sealy Institute for Vaccine Sciences; expansion at our League City Campus; the recent announcement of our letter of intent to lease an existing hospital facility in Webster, Texas.
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  • Lela01

    A day in the life of an institutional ADA officer

    August 22, 2018, 21:30 PM by Stephen Hadley
    Lela Lockett-Ware, UTMB’s institutional American with Disabilities Act (ADA) officer, will conduct more than 100 ergonomic worksite evaluations in a year, just one of the many responsibilities this occupational therapist will tackle in a given day.
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  • bestcareinaction

    Visiting by video

    August 21, 2018, 20:15 PM by Shannon Porter
    UTMB’s Ambulatory Care Management Team is always looking for ways to better serve patients. So when Information Services approached the team about participating in a video visits pilot program, they knew this was something that could benefit patients—especially those who live in rural areas.
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  • research_lungs

    UTMB researchers successfully transplant bioengineered lung

    August 20, 2018, 20:15 PM by Donna Ramirez
    A UTMB research team has bioengineered lungs and transplanted them into adult pigs with no medical complications. In 2014, Dr. Joan Nichols and Dr. Joaquin Cortiella were the first research team to successfully bioengineer human lungs in a lab.
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  • cmc_response

    Responding in crisis

    August 19, 2018, 19:34 PM by Shannon Porter
    For nine UTMB Correctional Managed Care nurses working in Gatesville, Texas, June 26 started off just like any other day. But that normalcy changed after one nurse received a Skype call from an off-duty colleague.
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  • Pulse Video

    Pulse video update for July

    August 18, 2018, 20:15 PM by Staff reports
    President David Callender launched his “Pulse” video update series in May to keep the UTMB family up-to-date on issues affecting the organization. Here's what was covered in the July videos:
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  • hiddentalent

    Hidden Talent: Jorge De La Garza

    August 17, 2018, 19:26 PM by Stephen Hadley
    Jorge De La Garza has always been passionate about photography. But his hidden talent emerged when he faced a commute to his new position at UTMB and needed a fuel-efficient car.
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  • schooltips

    Back to school tips

    August 16, 2018, 19:25 PM by By Dr. Jeff Temple
    Back to school tips to make the transition from the lazy days of summer to the busy school routine as easy as possible for both parents and students.
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  • Ambulance

    UTMB Trivia-August

    August 15, 2018, 09:19 AM by Stephen Hadley
    Nowadays, we take it for granted that ambulances provide safe and quick transport to our campus hospitals. The photo at left shows the first such motorized ambulance used at UTMB’s Galveston Campus.
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  • Callender, David15

    From the President

    July 15, 2018, 22:00 PM by Dr. David L. Callender
    Welcome to the latest issue of Impact. This has been a busy summer so far, with great progress being made on the Health Education Center on the Galveston Campus, the opening of the parking garage on the League City Campus and preparations for the opening of the MD Anderson Cancer Center outpatient facility in a few weeks.
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  • ditl1

    A day in the life of a surgical resident at the Angleton Danbury Campus

    July 14, 2018, 21:30 PM by Shannon Porter
    Dr. Laticia Stewart’s day begins hours before she ever steps inside the doors of UTMB’s Angleton Danbury Hospital. Mondays are usually a clinic day at the Angleton Danbury Campus for Stewart. But this particular Monday starts before sunrise in Galveston, after she responds to an early-morning call for residents to cover procedures at Hospital Galveston, the Texas Department of Criminal Justice facility on UTMB’s island campus.
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