• 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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    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.

  • 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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    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.

  • 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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    Research Briefs

    January 25, 2018, 13:30 PM by Donna Ramirez

    Scientists at UTMB have discovered a promising developing drug that has been shown to selectively shrink excess fat by increasing fat cell metabolism. The drug significantly reduces body weight and blood cholesterol levels without lowering food intake in obese mice.

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    A day in the life of a stroke coordinator

    January 25, 2018, 13:29 PM by KirstiAnn Clifford

    UTMB Stroke Coordinator Brenda Yanez lives and breathes the mantra “Time is brain.” “Every minute counts after a person has a stroke,” she says.

  • Christine Wade with her husband, David, and children, Jack and Sydney, on vacation in New York City.

    Spotlight on Christine Wade, director of patient care services and assistant chief nursing officer

    January 25, 2018, 13:29 PM by KirstiAnn Clifford

    Christine Wade joined UTMB in 2012 and has spent the majority of her career managing high-volume trauma centers. In addition to support services, she oversees two emergency departments (Galveston and League City campuses), including a level 1 trauma center, level 1 burn center, two medical-surgical units, nursing house supervisors and the designated emerging infectious disease biocontainment unit and program—which she spearheaded.

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    Learn together, work as a team

    January 25, 2018, 13:27 PM by Shelley Smith

    Preparing students for clinical rotations provided an ideal opportunity for interprofessional practice at the Clinical Skills Experience held recently in UTMB’s Interprofessional Nursing Simulation Center. Nursing students served as instructors and coaches for medical students gaining skills for basic procedures and learning to manage high-acuity situations.

  • Flu Man

    Top tips for weathering flu season

    January 25, 2018, 13:26 PM by Dr. Megan Berman, associate professor, Department of Internal Medicine

    The 2018 flu season is shaping up to be a nasty one, as a severe strain of the flu—H3N2—has spread to most U.S. states, including Texas. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, by the end of the first week in January, the entire continental U.S. reported widespread flu activity.

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    UTMB Trivia - January 2018

    January 25, 2018, 13:25 PM by KirstiAnn Clifford

    This individual became the first African-American student to graduate from medical school at UTMB—and in the state of Texas—in 1953. Can you name him?

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    From the President

    December 20, 2017, 09:10 AM by User Not Found

    I’d like to wish you and your family a happy and healthy holiday season as we come to the conclusion of another calendar year—one that has been very eventful to say the least!

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    Working Wonders

    December 20, 2017, 09:10 AM by KirstiAnn Clifford

    UTMB Correctional Managed Care employees Gary Eubank, chief nursing officer, and Paul Brown, Region 3 director of nursing, co-wrote several chapters in the fourth edition of the book “Financial Management for Nurse Managers: Merging the Heart with the Dollar.” The book addresses the financial management issues faced by nurse leaders in a variety of settings, including hospitals, long-term care facilities, outpatient clinics and home care.

  • UTMB’s Antimicrobial Stewardship Program includes an interprofessional committee that meets weekly to discuss targeted work across the institution.

    Handling antibiotics with care: UTMB's Antimicrobial Stewardship Program aims to protect health and preserve the power of antibiotics

    December 20, 2017, 09:09 AM by KirstiAnn Clifford

    Eighty years ago, infections like tuberculosis and pneumonia were leading causes of death in the U.S. Thanks to the advent of antibiotics in the 1940s, that’s not the case anymore. However, these drugs have been used—often overused—for so long that the bacteria the antibiotics are designed to kill have adapted to them, making the drugs less effective.