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  • Students gather in Levin Hall for the What's Wrong With Warren debrief. Photo Credit: Jerome Crowder.

    From hypothetical to reality: UTMB’s historical specimen exhibit engages history and humanities, brings interprofessional simulation to life

    April 19, 2018, 19:26 PM by By Dr. Arlene Macdonald, assistant professor, Institute for the Medical Humanities; and Dr. Paula Summerly, research project manager with the John P. McGovern Academy of Oslerian Medicine
    Each year in January, “Warren” enters the UTMB learning environment. Close to 1,000 first-year students from all UTMB schools—Medicine, Nursing, Health Professions and Graduate School of Biomedical Sciences—engage in a fictional interprofessional case study entitled “What’s Wrong With Warren?”
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  • Conservation

    10 ways to live green at home and in the workplace

    April 19, 2018, 19:25 PM by Angela McDowell, UTMB sustainability coordinator
    Conservation and sustainability work hand-in-hand to ensure a great future for ourselves and the planet. Here are 10 easy ways to conserve natural resources and promote sustainability at home and at work.
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    UTMB Trivia - April

    April 19, 2018, 19:23 PM by KirstiAnn Clifford
    Participants of this UTMB-sponsored event enjoy stunning bay views from atop the Galveston Causeway while raising money for student scholarships. Since pedestrian travel over the causeway is strictly prohibited, it’s a rare opportunity to take Galveston’s only major incline by foot.
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    From the President

    March 19, 2018, 19:16 PM by User Not Found
    Welcome to the latest issue of Impact. This edition highlights many of our people and initiatives that make UTMB a leader in defining the future of health care in Texas and around the world.
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    Working Wonders

    March 19, 2018, 19:16 PM by KirstiAnn Clifford
    Joel Ortiz, animal resource supervisor, and Amanda Heatherly, protocol advisor and liaison with UTMB’s Animal Resource Center, traveled to Cayo Santiago, Puerto Rico— also known as Monkey Island—during the December holidays to help with recovery efforts following Hurricane Maria.
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  • The Lab Stewardship Team

    Right test, right time, right patient: Lab Stewardship Team focuses on appropriate medical testing, improving patient safety

    March 19, 2018, 19:16 PM by KirstiAnn Clifford
    Thousands. That’s how many different laboratory tests physicians may choose from when diagnosing, screening or monitoring a patient. It’s a vast menu—including common tests that measure glucose levels or specialty tests that screen for Zika virus. However, growing evidence shows that just because a test is available, doesn’t mean it’s a good idea to have it done.
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  • Texas 1115 Waiver

    1115 Waiver, Version 2.0

    March 19, 2018, 19:16 PM by KirstiAnn Clifford
    With just days to spare, UTMB leaders and participating health care providers were informed that a program providing funding for critical services for underserved patients will be extended another five years.
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    A day in the life of a graduate student

    March 19, 2018, 19:16 PM by KirstiAnn Clifford
    Ever since she can remember, UTMB graduate student Elizabeth Jaworski has had “a thing” for science. “I love it so much! I really do. It can be a huge challenge but it’s fun—you’re at the forefront of discovery, which is really exciting,” she says.
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  • Vivian Kardow and her husband, Jack, enjoying vacation in Napa Valley, California.

    Spotlight on Vivian Kardow, vice president of Human Resources and Employee Services

    March 19, 2018, 19:16 PM by KirstiAnn Clifford
    Vivian Kardow joined the UTMB family in October 2017 as vice president of Human Resources and Employee Services. In this role, she is responsible for partnering with executive leadership to provide overall strategic planning and management of UTMB’s human resource services and programs.
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    Shining new light on halting the progression of Alzheimer's disease

    March 19, 2018, 19:16 PM by Donna Ramirez
    A light that is barely visible to the human eye could be the key to stopping the terrible effects of Alzheimer’s disease. A new UTMB study shows that using near infrared light on the heads of mice can effectively reduce vulnerability to the damaging effects of a toxic chemical in the brain known to be involved with the onset of Alzheimer’s.
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  • Colon

    Six myths about colonoscopies

    March 19, 2018, 19:15 PM by Dr. Praveen Guturu, gastroenterologist and assistant professor of Internal Medicine
    If the idea of getting a colonoscopy makes you grimace, you’re not alone. However, the procedure may not be as bad as you think— and it could save your life. Colorectal cancer is the No. 2 cancer killer in the U.S. Early detection and regular screenings are key to avoiding this deadly disease.
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    UTMB Trivia - March

    March 19, 2018, 19:15 PM by KirstiAnn Clifford
    In 1895, a German scientist chanced upon a form of radiation capable of “seeing through” most solid objects, rapidly transforming the practice of medicine.
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    From the President

    February 23, 2018, 16:27 PM by User Not Found
    Welcome to the February issue of Impact. We closed out last month with a Jan. 24 Town Hall that covered a variety of topics, including financial and construction updates and FY18 Institutional Priorities.
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    Working Wonders

    February 23, 2018, 16:25 PM by KirstiAnn Clifford
    Raymond (Sonny) Morales, construction manager; Leonard LaComb, principal facilities project manager; and Joel Long, maintenance customer service manager; received UTMB President David Callender’s Way to Go Awards for their dedication to helping the patients and families staying at the Ronald McDonald House in Galveston.
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  • Dr. Abe DeAnda performs a heart surgery without blood transfusion.

    Rethinking blood transfusions: UTMB’s Patient Blood Management Program focuses on better blood use, better patient outcomes

    February 23, 2018, 16:23 PM by KirstiAnn Clifford
    When Dr. Abe DeAnda trained in cardiac surgery years ago, he was given some dangerous advice. “There were a lot of old rules of thumb such as, ‘If you need to give one (unit of blood), give two,’” recalled DeAnda, who is now professor and chief of cardiovascular and thoracic surgery at UTMB. “Every resident memorized that about blood transfusions. It was probably the most dangerous rule you could learn in medicine.”
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  • Amanda and Keith Johnson smile for a photo as they cut into their vow renewal cake.

    A second chance at life

    February 23, 2018, 16:21 PM by Shannon Porter
    UTMB liver transplant recipient celebrates 10th wedding anniversary after a journey from near-death to new life.
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  • Needle

    UTMB establishes institute to lead research, development of vaccines

    February 23, 2018, 16:20 PM by Raul Reyes
    Vaccine research and development will expand at UTMB with the creation of the Sealy Institute for Vaccine Sciences. The institute, supported by The Sealy & Smith Foundation and approved by The University of Texas System, will help fund and further guide the development of preventive and therapeutic vaccines at UTMB.
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    Research Briefs

    February 23, 2018, 16:20 PM by User Not Found
    UTMB’s Dr. Scott Weaver was named as a Fellow by the National Academy of Inventors and will be inducted into the academy on April 5, 2018 during its annual conference in Washington, D.C. Weaver, globally recognized for his expertise in mosquito-borne diseases, is the director of the UTMB Institute for Human Infections and Immunity and scientific director of the Galveston National Laboratory.
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  • Darion Alexander (left) and Jeimmy Banegas

    A day in the life of a patient transporter

    February 23, 2018, 16:18 PM by KirstiAnn Clifford
    For Jeimmy Banegas and Darion Alexander, working as patient transporters means much more than just taking patients from point A to point B. It’s about providing excellent customer service, supporting patients when they need it most—and always greeting everyone who comes through the door with a smile.
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    Spotlight on Dr. Vicki Freeman, interim dean and professor, School of Health Professions

    February 23, 2018, 16:17 PM by KirstiAnn Clifford
    Dr. Vicki Freeman currently serves as interim dean for the School of Health Professions, which is celebrating its 50th anniversary this year. She first joined UTMB in 1996 as chair of the school’s clinical laboratory sciences department and is responsible for leading the program into becoming one of the largest and most dynamic in the country.
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  • Chief Tom Engells

    A lasting legacy: UTMB Police Chief Tom Engells remembered as brilliant, humble leader

    February 23, 2018, 16:16 PM by KirstiAnn Clifford
    As the University of Texas System community continues to mourn the sudden loss of UTMB Police Chief Tom Engells, those who knew him are remembering his charismatic personality and the legacy he built.
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  • Dr. José Rojas works with students during a simulation.

    Interprofessional from the start: Since the beginning of his teaching career, Dr. José Rojas has emphasized a team approach

    February 23, 2018, 16:14 PM by Stephen Hadley
    Throughout his teaching career, Dr. José D. Rojas has stressed the importance of interprofessional education in better preparing his respiratory care students for careers in the medical field. Rojas, associate professor and chair of UTMB’s Department of Respiratory Care in the School of Health Professions, saw firsthand the value of students working in interdisciplinary teams when he taught at Midland College in the late 1980s.
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  • Health Education Center

    Construction Update

    February 23, 2018, 16:13 PM by Stephen Hadley
    Facilities construction continues across UTMB, including the new Health Education Center on the Galveston Campus and expansion on the League City Campus. Here’s a closer look at the construction projects ongoing at UTMB.
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  • Healthy Food Face

    Nutrition tips for a healthy heart

    February 23, 2018, 16:12 PM by Blair Brown, registered dietitian nutritionist, UTMB Health Texas Transplant Center
    February is American Heart Month. Cardiovascular disease—including stroke and heart disease—claims more lives in the U.S. than any other illness. Making healthy diet choices is one of the easiest and most effective ways to reduce your risk of heart disease.
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  • Hearty

    UTMB Trivia - February 2018

    February 23, 2018, 16:11 PM by KirstiAnn Clifford
    This heart was preserved by an individual who was a pioneering cardiology researcher and past UTMB president using the “injection-and-corrosion” method. This method involved injecting a colored plastic material into the heart. After the injection, the heart was then submerged in concentrated hydrochloric acid.
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    From the President

    January 25, 2018, 13:31 PM by KirstiAnn Clifford
    Happy New Year, and welcome to the latest issue of Impact! The beginning of a new year gives us an opportunity to pause and reflect on the accomplishments of the previous months and plan ahead for the many opportunities to come in 2018.
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    Working Wonders

    January 25, 2018, 13:31 PM by KirstiAnn Clifford
    Dr. Nisha Jain Garg, professor in the departments of Microbiology and Immunology and of Pathology, was awarded $2.3 million from the National Institutes of Health to examine the previously unknown role of a DNA repair protein called PARP1 in increasing the risk of heart damage that often accompanies Chagas disease.
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  • HG Length of Stay team members (L-R): Claudia Thomas, Paulicia Grimes, Kenia Latin, Oyebamiji Adebayo, Marjorie Kovacevich, Dr. Olubgenga Ojo, Veronica Kwarteng-Amaning, Nancy Ritzmann and Angel Male.

    Continuity of care behind bars: UTMB Hospital Galveston initiative improves average length of stay, patient throughput

    January 25, 2018, 13:31 PM by KirstiAnn Clifford
    On any given day, all 110 acute care beds in UTMB Hospital Galveston are full. While some patients are preparing for discharge, new patients are brought in by bus, ambulance and vans from prison units all over the state. As the state’s aging prison population requires increased medical care, the maximum security hospital on UTMB’s Galveston Campus often faces a challenge: there aren’t enough beds to go around.
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  • Dr. Jason Ross, a senior radiology resident, stands in front of a CT machine.

    Everyday Best Care: UTMB radiologist steps out of his comfort zone to provide exceptional, compassionate care for cancer patient

    January 25, 2018, 13:31 PM by Erin Swearingen
    When Irene Slovak, who was an otherwise healthy 74-year-old woman, began experiencing stomach pain and fatigue, she knew something wasn’t right.
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    Children who get spanked more likely to be violent toward future dating partners

    January 25, 2018, 13:30 PM by Christopher Smith Gonzalez
    A parent who spanks a child may be teaching them the wrong lesson. A new study by UTMB researchers found a link between children who experience corporal punishment and those who later perpetrate acts of dating violence.
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