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  • Green Bike Lanes

    Working Wonders - April

    April 19, 2018, 19:42 PM by KirstiAnn Clifford
    UTMB School of Nursing Population Health students partnered with the Galveston Police Department to keep bicyclists safe by developing bicycle lanes near campus. As part of their clinical assignment, the students developed a study for the need of bicycle lanes and conducted numerous surveys that showed most respondents did not feel safe riding their bikes to campus without lanes and signage.
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    Congratulations to UTMB’s winners of the Regents’ Outstanding Employee Award

    April 19, 2018, 19:42 PM by KirstiAnn Clifford
    Three UTMB employees were chosen as inaugural recipients of the Regents’ Outstanding Employee Award. Chad Connally, nursing program manager, Emergency Services Administration; Mike Mastrangelo, program director, Institutional Preparedness—Facilities Risk Management; and Scott Woodby, nurse clinician V, MICU/CCU, received the prestigious award in recognition of their outstanding performance, innovation, enthusiasm and dedication in their jobs.
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  • Dr. Erin Hommel goes over a pain contract with all patients who are taking or are considering taking opioids for chronic pain.

    Pain reframed: UTMB's Opioid Stewardship team focuses on safe prescribing, alternative treatments for pain

    April 19, 2018, 19:40 PM by KirstiAnn Clifford
    When it comes to opioid addiction, many people don’t see it coming. It can happen to anyone, anywhere—and quickly spiral out of control. “I’ve had patients who had a surgical procedure and three weeks later were addicted to heroin,” said Dr. Edythe Harvey, an addiction psychiatrist at UTMB.
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  • Dr. Patrick Roughneen with patient Ruth Perez.

    Fixing a broken heart: Adult congenital heart surgery at UTMB gives patient a second chance at life

    April 19, 2018, 19:38 PM by User Not Found
    Ruth Perez remembers the days when she could hardly get out of bed because of the headaches and shortness of breath. Always tired, she could hardly do a thing because her body couldn’t handle the exertion.
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    A day in the life of a patient service specialist

    April 19, 2018, 19:37 PM by KirstiAnn Clifford
    Flu? Poison Ivy? Spider bite? Broken bone? Rash? You name it, Tasheda Johnson has seen it. “Every day is different—you never know what situation is going to walk through the door when you work in urgent care,” she says.
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  • Adam and Christine Kley hike Montaña de Colores, or Rainbow Mountain, in Peru.

    Couple travels their way to a "match"

    April 19, 2018, 19:34 PM by Kurt Koopmann and Shannon Porter
    When medical students Adam and Christine Kley sat in UTMB’s Levin Hall Auditorium in Galveston on March 16 to find out where they would be continuing their training, it was the culmination of a long and winding road that included marriage and a life-changing experience in South America.
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  • Dr. Christina Maslach talks about employee burnout as part of the 2018 Provost Lecture Series.

    Meeting the challenge of burnout

    April 19, 2018, 19:33 PM by Shannon Porter
    “Burnout” is a word that gets thrown around a lot—especially between busy, working professionals. However, research shows that it’s not just a busy schedule that can trigger professional burnout. In fact, there are various levels of burnout that can be experienced by all types of professionals from all walks of life.
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  • Dr. Laura Rudkin speaks about her experiences in leadership roles.

    Women rising: New employee-led group focuses on supporting the advancement of women who aspire to leadership roles

    April 19, 2018, 19:32 PM by KirstiAnn Clifford
    When Dr. Laura Rudkin was told not to worry who would be the next chair of their department because she would be there to “help him,” she took it as a challenge.
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  • Jesus Arzua (middle), a physical therapy student in UTMB's School of Health Professions, ran this year's FunD Run to help support his fellow students.

    View from the top

    April 19, 2018, 19:30 PM by KirstiAnn Clifford
    When Jesus Urzua ran across the Galveston Causeway on March 3 as part of the School of Health Professions’ FunD Run 5K, he did it not just for the stunning bay views—he did it to benefit students, much like himself.
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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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  • Photo Credit: Spring Action Photo

    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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    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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