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  • POCT Rina Kalariya

    A day in the life of a Point-of-care-testing technical supervisor

    January 30, 2019, 21:30 PM by Jessica Wyble
    At the start of every day, Rina Kalariya sits at her desk checking the latest performance reports for the point-of-care-testing (POCT) equipment she helps maintain and manage. It’s just one part of her role as technical supervisor for the POCT group within UTMB’s Laboratory Services department, but it’s an important one. “It’s my job to do this initial review every day to ensure there are no outliers [out-of-the-ordinary figures] and that the machines are producing accurate results,” says Kalariya. Producing rapid results and taking place as the patient is receiving care, POCT allows patients to receive faster diagnoses. This means they can more quickly receive the appropriate care they need. To perform this type of diagnostic screening, UTMB has specialized equipment that receives routine quality control checks and maintenance.
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  • Callender, David15

    From the President

    December 31, 2018, 22:00 PM by Dr. David L. Callender
    I’d like to wish you and your family a happy and healthy holiday season as we reach the end of another calendar year, one in which we continued to work together to fulfill our mission in remarkable ways despite some challenges we faced along the way.
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  • sheringo_web

    A day in the life of a CMC dentist

    December 30, 2018, 21:30 PM by Stephen Hadley
    Dr. Joseph Sheringo is one of 74 dentists practicing in UTMB-CMC Dental Services, which also employs 26 dental hygienists and 112 dental assistants who together provide care to the majority of the prison population in the state of Texas.
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  • vaccine vials

    UTMB researchers discover ways to cut costs of vaccine production, storage

    December 28, 2018, 20:15 PM by Donna Ramirez
    UTMB researchers have developed a less expensive way to produce vaccines that cuts the cost of vaccine production and storage by 80 percent without decreasing safety or effectiveness.
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    Improving patient access

    December 27, 2018, 20:15 PM by Stephen Hadley
    Over the past couple of years, UTMB has changed how it approaches the delivery of care to patients, particularly as it relates to improving access. That work was recognized in October when UTMB’s Ambulatory Operations— medical care provided on an outpatient basis in primary and specialty care clinics—was ranked 12th of 48 academic medical centers nationally that took part in the FY18 Vizient Ambulatory Quality and Accountability survey and achieved four-star performance.
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  • hidden talent

    Hidden Talent: Desiree McGahey

    December 3, 2018, 15:32 PM by Jessica Wyble
    Desiree McGahey may be more than two decades into her career with UTMB, but she’s just two years into exploring her love for woodworking.
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  • Epilepsies

    Five fast facts about epilepsy

    December 2, 2018, 19:25 PM by By Dr. Kamakshi Patel
    Did you know that epilepsy is the third most common neurological disorder after stroke and Alzheimer’s disease, affecting more than three million Americans of all ages?
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    UTMB Trivia: November-December

    December 1, 2018, 15:42 PM by Jessica Wyble
    During World War II and immediately afterward, this physician served as a military surgeon in the U.S. Army Air Corps and then in the U.S. Army, eventually receiving the Army’s Legion of Merit.
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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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