Dr. Tricia Elliott is president-elect of the Texas Academy of Family Physicians. Elliott, an associate professor, is the director of UTMB’s family medicine residency program. A graduate of UTMB, Elliott is a fellow of the American Academy of Family Physicians and a member of the Harris County Academy of Family Physicians. The TAFP is dedicated to uniting family doctors and empowering them to provide a medical home for patients.

Armendariz-Batiste honored for excellence

The American Association of Critical-Care Nurses has named Josette Armendariz-Batiste into the 2016 Circle of Excellence. She is one of about 25 nurses selected nationwide for meeting certain standards such as promoting patient-driven excellence, influencing and mentoring others to attain excellence, and solving problems or removing obstacles in order to provide the best possible care.

Soong elected fellow in tropical medicine society

Lynn Soong, a professor in the department of pathology at UTMB, was elected to be a fellow of the American Society of Tropical Medicine and Hygiene. Established in 2011 by the society, fellow member status in the society is an honor recognizing sustained professional excellence in any phase of tropical medicine, hygiene, global health and related disciplines.

Das appointed to global health committee

Anuka Das, a medical school student enrolled in global health track courses, has been appointed to a two-year term to the trainee advisory committee for the Consortium of Universities for Global Health. The committee is the national organization for advancing global health through academic institutions. Das spent six weeks at the University of Nairobi in Kenya on a research rotation this summer.

Swonke is liaison for AMA Foundation

Megan Swonke, a medical student, has been selected to the American Medical Association’s Medical Student Section as a Region 3 liaison to the AMA Foundation. Her responsibilities will include increasing students’ involvement in the foundation’s fundraising and community service activities.

Of historical note

Some milestones as UTMB marks its 125th anniversary: In 1884, a $50,000 bequest from Galveston businessman John Sealy was designated for construction of a hospital in Galveston. In 1890 the first classes were held at the John Sealy Hospital Training School for Nurses and John Sealy Hospital opened.