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    A day in the life of Legislative Affairs

    March 16, 2017, 10:01 AM by KirstiAnn Clifford
    Wearing comfortable shoes should be a job requirement for Lauren Sheer. For the last 10 years, Sheer has helped bring UTMB’s voice to Austin—walking, and sometimes running, back and forth between her office on Congress Avenue and the capitol building.
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    A day in the life of a student recruitment and event coordinator

    February 17, 2017, 16:12 PM by KirstiAnn Clifford
    Michelle Conley loves a good inspirational quote. As a student recruitment and event coordinator for UTMB’s School of Health Professions, her office walls are covered with motivational messages to remind students, colleagues—and herself—that success can be achieved with a positive attitude and hard work.
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    A day in the life of a UTMB catering attendant

    January 19, 2017, 17:32 PM by KirstiAnn Clifford
    It’s well before daylight when Julian Ramirez arrives to work on Dec. 16—one of the busiest days of the year for UTMB’s Catering Services. “We’re really running this morning!” he says with a smile as he loads boxes of cutlery and plates into the back of a van.
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    A day in the life of a UTMB Campus Store clerk

    December 20, 2016, 14:17 PM by KirstiAnn Clifford
    Edwina Moore is full of creative energy when it comes to keeping UTMB’s Campus Store exciting and fresh. “I love new ideas,” she says as she hops into the Galveston shop’s glass display window and starts arranging holiday-themed décor. It’s a Thursday morning in mid-November, and Moore, a UTMB Campus Store clerk, is getting into the holiday spirit.
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    A day in the life of a certified hyperbaric technician

    November 21, 2016, 07:53 AM by KirstiAnn Clifford
    Tim Robinson’s attention to detail is one of the most important traits he acquired in the Navy—and one that has helped him throughout his career. His military state of mind is evident the moment I meet him at UTMB’s Wound Care and Hyperbarics Clinic in Dickinson. Opened in late April, the clinic provides specialized wound care treatment and hyperbaric oxygen therapy (HBOT) to heal serious infections and chronic wounds.
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    A day in the life of a sign language interpreter

    October 19, 2016, 10:13 AM by KirstiAnn Clifford
    Eileen Schubert’s fingers rapidly flip and bend as she uses her hands to explain a doctor’s instructions to a patient. As a certified American Sign Language interpreter at UTMB, Schubert connects the deaf and hearing worlds, bridging communication gaps between medical staff and patients or caregivers who are hearing impaired.
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    A day in the life of a print shop manager

    September 22, 2016, 11:09 AM by KirstiAnn Clifford
    Otis Johnson stands next to a large printing press that arrived at UTMB just before he did—nearly 30 years ago. It’s a daily reminder of how far printing and graphic design has come since he started his career as a press operator.
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    A day in the life of a sterile processing technician

    August 17, 2016, 13:55 PM by KirstiAnn Clifford
    If you point at any one of the surgical instruments in UTMB’s Sterile Processing Department, bets are Lori Martin knows its name and purpose. No, she’s not a surgeon, but she plays a vital role in patient care. As a sterile processing technician, Martin handles thousands of reusable surgical instruments and devices—from scalpel handles to fiber-optic endoscopes—every week. Her team runs a 24/7 operation and is responsible for washing, sterilizing, cooling, assembling, packaging and storing all medical devices and instruments used by UTMB, from Galveston to Huntsville.
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    A day in the life of a physical therapist

    July 21, 2016, 08:33 AM by KirstiAnn Clifford
    As a physical therapist at UTMB’s Sports Medicine and Rehabilitation clinic on the League City Campus, Hernandez brings indispensable energy and enthusiasm to her work helping those with injuries or disabilities manage pain, restore mobility and improve their overall quality of life.
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    A day in the life of a senior communications specialist, Angleton Danbury Campus

    June 21, 2016, 14:50 PM by KirstiAnn Clifford
    When you first meet Tonya Visor, two words immediately come to mind: energetic and passionate. As a senior communications specialist at UTMB’s Angleton Danbury Campus, she has made it her mission for more than17 years to embed herself in the local community and spread awareness of the critical health care services offered in a small-town setting.
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    A day in the life of a CMC telepsychiatrist

    May 17, 2016, 10:08 AM by KirstiAnn Clifford
    Dr. Pradan Nathan used to drive hundreds of miles to see psychiatric patients at Texas Department of Criminal Justice prison units across the state. These days, he doesn’t drive at all. As a telepsychiatrist for UTMB Correctional Managed Care, Nathan sees up to 20 patients a day in the comfort and safety of his office in Conroe.
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    A day in the life of a UTMB archivist

    April 20, 2016, 09:23 AM by KirstiAnn Clifford
    “Ever wondered what it would be like to live on the Moon?” Bobby Marlin asks, as he points to an oversized drawing from the 1950s. It was made by Dr. James Gaume, who was charged with designing the first house in outerspace—before man had even left the atmosphere.
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    A day in the life of UTMB's program director of Capital Projects

    March 21, 2016, 08:21 AM by KirstiAnn Clifford
    When Jake Wolf walks into the new Jennie Sealy Hospital, he can tell you the story behind every light fixture, piece of furniture and architectural detail that adorns the 765,000-square-foot building. On a Wednesday afternoon in February, I’m lucky enough to have Wolf lead me on a private tour.
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    A day in the life of Distribution Services

    February 18, 2016, 10:18 AM by KirstiAnn Clifford
    If anyone knows how much UTMB has grown over the years, it’s Eddie Long. As a senior materials handling tech, he’s worked for the university for nearly 26 years delivering materials, equipment, supplies and records to institutional departments.
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    A day in the life of Food and Nutrition Services

    January 20, 2016, 15:27 PM by KirstiAnn Clifford
    Rebecca Carson and Katrina Lightbourn are the brightest parts of the day for many patients at UTMB’s John Sealy Hospital. They don’t provide direct patient care, but what they do as UTMB and Morrison Healthcare Food and Nutrition Services employees plays a major role in helping patients—from children to seniors—stay healthy and recover from medical procedures and illnesses.
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    A day in the life of a research lab assistant director

    December 11, 2015, 10:16 AM by KirstiAnn Clifford
    Patricia Valdes isn’t grossed out by ticks—you know, those tiny bugs that burrow in your skin and suck your blood. She’s interested in them and fascinated by the microorganisms they transmit. As the assistant director of the Walker Research Lab at UTMB, she’s dedicated the last 25 years to learning more about the biology of the pathogens that ticks carry.
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    A day in the life of a senior pharmacy tech

    October 16, 2015, 11:02 AM by KirstiAnn Clifford
    Shawn Carr never imagined she would be responsible for operating a giant medication-dispensing robot when she started as a pharmacy tech at UTMB 25 years ago. Located on the seventh floor of the new Clinical Services Wing, Carr and her colleagues at UTMB’s Central Pharmacy are responsible for dispensing and delivering about 6,000 doses of medications each day for hospital patients on UTMB’s Galveston Campus.
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    A day in the life of a nurse practitioner at a Regional Maternal and Child Health clinic

    September 16, 2015, 13:40 PM by KirstiAnn Clifford
    It’s not even 8:30 a.m. and Kirsten Emanuel, a nurse practitioner specializing in women’s health and OB-GYN at the Regional Maternal and Child Health Clinic in Conroe, is already on her fourth patient of the day. At 26 years old, she is the youngest NP in the building and radiates energy and enthusiasm when she talks about her job, which she’s held for the past year and a half.
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    A day in the life of a UTMB photographer

    August 18, 2015, 09:13 AM by KirstiAnn Clifford
    Coffee, lots and lots of coffee. That’s pretty much the only constant in Mark Kinonen’s work day as a photographer at UTMB. So it only makes sense that I find him – surprise! – drinking industrial-strength coffee in his office on a Friday morning, charging camera batteries for a shoot later that day and jamming out to an eclectic mix of music (think Miles Davis/The Black Keys/Bryan Adams) as he answers emails and gets his creative juices flowing.
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    A day in the life of a nurse manager at the TDCJ Hospital in Galveston

    July 17, 2015, 09:45 AM by KirstiAnn Clifford
    “Organized chaos.” That’s how nurse manager Bryan Hicks describes most days at the TDCJ Hospital in Galveston. And when I join him shortly after 10 a.m. on a Friday morning, I quickly understand why.The hospital, which is commonly referred to as “HG” or Hospital Galveston, sees between 200 and 300 patients a day. And by patients, I mean offenders that have been brought in by bus, ambulance and van from prison units all over the state.