For over a century, the University of Texas Medical Branch has dedicated its efforts toward improving the health of society - in Texas and beyond. Today the SHP offers baccalaureate degrees in Clinical Laboratory Sciences and Respiratory Care, master's degrees in Occupational Therapy and Physician Assistant Studies, and a professional doctorate in Physical Therapy. In addition to designing and implementing innovative ways to deliver instruction to students at distant locations, the school continuously explores opportunities to expand its program offerings and interprofessional learning.
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SHP Department of Physical Therapy Professionalism Ceremony for 48 Doctor of Physical Therapy students
The Department of Physical Therapy, School of Health Professions, celebrates the entry of our second year students into their first full time clinical experiences with a Professionalism Ceremony for 48 Doctor of Physical Therapy students. Our key-note speaker is Nikesh Patel, PT, DPT, CSCS, CCP, Director of Operations for U. S. Physical Therapy. The students will also receive pins and recite the professional pledge with the faculty during the ceremony on Friday, July 25, 2014 at 6 p.m. in the Levin Hall Main Auditorium. Everyone is welcome.
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Balancing daily protein intake across meals increases muscle protein
In a new paper published in the Journal of Nutrition, researchers asked a simple question, assuming that a total of 90 grams per day would be best: Would human subjects make more muscle protein if their optimal intake was evenly split across the three meals when compared with typical protein intake patterns skewed toward a protein-heavy dinner? The study was conducted with a group of five men and three women between ages 25 and 55. The subjects were physically active, but not athletically trained, averaging 32 percent body fat and with an average body mass index in the normal range. The research team was led by Douglas Paddon-Jones at UTMB and Donald K. Layman at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. Paddon-Jones and colleague, Blake Rasmussen, originally proposed in 2009 that the even ingestion of protein at each meal could reduce aging-related sarcopenia, the progressive 3 to 8 percent loss of muscle that we inevitably face with each decade after age 30. This is the first study testing that hypothesis in young and middle-aged adults.
See full article at Forbes.com
Dr. Paddon-Jones speaks in general terms about the evenly-distributed protein approach in this video from the UTMB research experts' page.
Respiratory therapists help patients breathe easy
By Rebecca Maitland at Houston Chronicle
Respiratory therapists are an important part of the team in hospitals, nursing care facilities, or in home health, as they keep patients alive when they are recovering from serious surgery and until such point that they can breathe on their own.
Respiratory therapy is a health care specialty focusing on prevention, diagnosis, treatment, management and rehabilitation of patients with breathing or other cardiopulmonary disorders.
Respiratory therapists also provide emergency care to patients suffering from heart attacks, near-drowning or shock.
These professionals are an important part of the team in hospitals, nursing care facilities, or in home health, as they keep patients alive when they are recovering from serious surgery and until such point that they can breathe on their own.
"Without respiratory therapists, patients recovering from open heart surgery, premature infants with poorly developed lungs, ER patients momentarily surviving accidents, severe asthmatics, and senior citizens with life-threatening pneumonia or flu would not survive to benefit from their pharmacological treatment," said Jon Nilsestuen, PhD, RRT, FAARC, professor and chairman, department of respiratory care, School of Health Professions, University of Texas Medical Branch at Galveston.
A Visit with Dr. Douglas Paddon-Jones
by Jim and Lynda Guidry at GuidryNews.com, May 27, 2014
Guidry News Service recently visited with Dr. Douglas Paddon-Jones, leader of a team of researchers at the University of Texas Medical Branch at Galveston, who last week announced their finding that a full serving of protein is needed at each meal for maximum muscle health.
The new study, which has been published online in the Journal of Nutrition, contends that the potential for muscle growth is less than optimal when protein consumption is skewed toward the evening meal instead of being evenly distributed throughout the day, beginning at breakfast.
"If you look at American eating patterns, we tend to migrate towards the carbohydrate breakfast foods," Dr. Paddon-Jones said, listing cereals, breads and muffins. "Where's the protein?"
See full story and hear audio at: GuidryNews.com
Traumatic brain injuries on the rise
By Elizabeth Protas
There has been a dramatic increase in the number of brain injuries treated in emergency departments.
A recent study analyzing data from more than 950 hospitals across the country found there were 2.5 million emergency room visits for traumatic brain injuries in 2010 - a 29 percent increase from 2006. During that same period, overall emergency room visits increased only 3.6 percent.
Concussions and injuries to the head account for most of these visits, and most patients experience relatively mild injuries and are discharged to their homes.
But others experience more severe injuries, possibly permanent disability and death. Traumatic brain injury is the leading cause of death in children and young adults, especially men ages 15 to 24 and the elderly older than the age of 75.
The injuries in young people are mainly from car accidents, while the elderly injure their heads because of falls. Many of our servicemen and women are experiencing traumatic brain injuries from blast and concussive injuries. More than 5 million Americans have had a traumatic brain injury that results in the need for help in performing daily activities - that's equivalent to the population of the Greater Houston Area.
Congratulations to Dr. Henry J. Cavazos...40 Years!
A Vist with Dr. Timothy Reistetter
by by Jim and Lynda Guidry at GuidryNews.com, May 5, 2014
Guidry News Service recently visited with Dr. Timothy Reistetter, an associate professor in the Department of Occupational Therapy at the University of Texas Medical Branch at Galveston, who is the lead author on research which found that rehabilitation outcomes for people who have had a stroke vary greatly depending on where they live in the United States.
The study was recently published in the journal Archives of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation.
"Regional variations are a pretty common and popular issue right now in health care reform," Dr. Reistetter said, noting that May is National Stroke Awareness Month.
The researchers studied Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services records from 143,036 patients discharged from inpatient rehabilitation during 2006 and 2007. Research focused on length of stay, functional status (discharge motor and cognitive status, overall functional change) and the percentage of patients discharged to the community.
See full story and hear audio at: GuidryNews.com
Soy, dairy proteins for muscle building - Protein shake users should take note of a study conducted at UTMB
KPRC-TV (Ch. 2, Houston), April 25, 2014
Protein shake users should take note of a study conducted at UTMB and published in the Journal of Applied Physiology. Results from lead researcher Blake B. Rasmussen's study show that consuming a blend of soy and dairy proteins (both casein and whey) is optimal for building muscle mass.
"This study sheds new light on how unique combinations of proteins, as opposed to single protein sources, are important for muscle recovery following exercise and help extend amino acid availability, further promoting muscle growth," said Rasmussen.
12,000 Patient Rehab Study Results Announced
RRY Publications Orthopedic, by Biloine W. Young, April 22nd, 2014
Advanced rehab after knee replacement surgery provides long-term benefits to those who receive it, according to a study conducted by Kenneth Ottenbacher, Ph.D., OTR, director of the Center for Rehabilitation Sciences at the University of Texas Medical Branch in Galveston, Texas.
The research team examined data from 12,199 men and women who had knee and hip replacements between 2008 and 2010. All of the research subjects were living independently prior to the surgery and underwent rehab as inpatients. Most of the participants were female. Their average age was 71.
The investigators looked at the patient's ability to function when they were admitted for surgery, when they were discharged and three to six months after they left the rehab facility. The measurement included how well individuals could bathe, eat, climb stairs and the condition of their memory. Researchers scored the results on a scale of 1 to 7. The higher numbers indicated higher functioning. The results showed that when participants went into surgery their ability to move around scored an average of 1.6. This improved to 4.2 after their discharge from the hospital and rose to 5.6 in the months following rehab.
"If you can get patients to a certain threshold level, they can do the rest of the rehabilitation on their own," Ottenbacher said. "In a sense, these patients become their own physical therapists."
The study was published in the Archives of Gerontology and Geriatrics. It did not deal with the impact of rehab several years following surgery when patients may settle back into patterns established before their joint replacement. Findings presented at the American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons annual meeting predicted that first-time knee replacements will rise 673% by 2030 to 3.5 million. Hip replacements will increase 174% in the same time period.
UTMB Physical Therapist Chad Davenport Recognized as 2014 Five Star Physical Therapist in Texas Monthly Magazine
Chad Davenport was recently recognized as a Five Star Professional by Houston's Outstanding Health and Wellness Practitioners in Texas Monthly Magazine. The candidates were evaluated on nine objective criteria, including their one-year units per hour rate and their threeyear average patient visit rate. Congratulations, Chad!
Daily News honors local heroes at Profiles reception
Galveston County Daily News, April 22, 2014
Congratulations to SHP CLS Faculty member Leonce "Hank" Thierry for accepting a Galveston County Champions award from publisher Leonard Woolsey.
Taking a stand
Galveston County Daily News, April 8, 2014 - (Link unavailable)
By Douglas Paddon-Jones
You're probably sitting down while reading this editorial. Did you grab a coffee, pull up a chair and open the newspaper (or go online)? That's what I do. I get up early, exercise, prepare breakfast and then sit down to catch up on the daily news. Then I drive to work, sit at my desk, drive home . . . can you see a familiar pattern?
My research program at the University of Texas Medical Branch promotes health and seeks to understand how and why individuals lose muscle and strength when they are physically inactive (e.g., injured, ill or placed on bed rest).
Douglas Paddon-Jones is a professor in the Department of Nutrition and Metabolism at the University of Texas Medical Branch at Galveston. He has done extensive research on muscle metabolism and protein synthesis. For the latest research on nutrition and metabolism, visit shp.utmb.edu/nutr.
SHP Physical Therapy graduate shares his story to becoming an Air Force Physical Therapist
Major Felix Islas took an interesting path to becoming an Air Force Physical Therapist. Senior Airman Anthony Hetlage got to sit down with him and see how his journey started after running away from home. Click to hear his story.
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A Message from Dean Protas
I am pleased to announce that Vicki Freeman, PhD, Professor and Chair of the Clinical Laboratory Sciences Department and Susan Logan Endowed Professor in the School of Health Professions has been accepted as a member of the 2014-2015 class of Fellows in the Executive Leadership in Academic Technology and Engineering (ELATE at Drexel). Her selection places her among the very best and brightest of today's and tomorrow's women leaders in academic STEM fields. ELATE at Drexel is a national leadership development program designed to advance senior women faculty in academic engineering, computer science, and related fields into effective institutional leadership roles within their schools and university. ELATE is a collaborative project of Drexel University and Drexel University College of Medicine. It is a core program of the International Center for Executive Leadership in Academics within the Institute for Women's Health and Leadership at Drexel University College of Medicine.
Dr. Freeman was elected to the UTMB Academy of Master Teachers and the Texas Academy of Health Sciences Education in 2007. As a result she was designated a Marie Hall Scholar, an honor for Academy of Master Teacher members. Dr. Freeman is the current President of the Academy of Master Teachers. In 2008, she received the Minnie Stevens Piper Award, a statewide award only given to a limited number of faculty each year. She was awarded the Susan Logan Endowed Professorship from UTMB and the Outstanding Leader Award in the School of Health Professions in 2005 and 2009. Dr. Freeman received the Lifetime Achievement Award from the Academy of Master Teachers in 2010. She was elected a Fellow of the National Academy of Clinical Biochemistry in 2007, and the American Society of Clinical Pathology gave her the Associate Excellence in Education Award in 2004. Dr. Freeman is the principal investigator on a $4.9 million Department of Labor grant to recruit individuals into Clinical Laboratory Sciences. This has been a very successful effort and has significantly increased enrollment in her program.
Please join me in congratulating her on this major accomplishment.
Elizabeth J. Protas, PT, PhD, FACSM, FAPTA
Vice President and Dean, School of Health Professions
George T. Bryan Distinguished Professor
Senior Fellow, Sealy Center on Aging
Months after rehab, knee and hip patients keep improving
-Chicago Tribune, Feb. 17, 2014
A worker tries on a prosthetic leg for a patient at the Center of Advanced Prosthetics in San Jose (Juan Carlos Ulate Reuters, / February 12, 2013)
People who have had a knee or hip replacement reap the benefits of intense rehab months after they've returned home, according to a new analysis. "If you can get patients to a certain threshold level, they can do the rest of the rehabilitation on their own," coauthor Kenneth Ottenbacher told Reuters Health. "In a sense, these patients become their own physical therapists," he said. Ottenbacher directs the Center for Rehabilitation Sciences at UTMB.
TEXAS MEDICAL CENTER NEWS ACCOLADES
Elizabeth Protas, Ph.D., dean of the University of Texas Medical Branch's School of Health Professions in Galveston, has been appointed to a six-year term on the Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board's Health-Related Institutions Formula Advisory Committee. The committee is charged with reviewing and advising on formula-funding policies and procedures. Formula-funding is the money provided by the state of Texas to state-supported institutions and is based on enrollment, type of institution, discipline and various other factors as directed by the legislature.
A visit with Dr. James Graham
by Jim and Lynda Guidry Wednesday, February 12, 2014
Guidry News Service recently visited with Dr. James Graham, a member of a University of Texas Medical Branch research team that determined that nearly 12 percent of Medicare patients who receive inpatient rehabilitation following discharge from acute-care hospitalization are readmitted to the hospital within 30 days after discharge from the rehabilitation facility.
"Dr. Ken Ottenbacher is the lead on this and he recently got an RO1 (research project grant) to look at readmission rates after post-acute care for patients in in-patient rehab," Dr. Graham explained. "When you look at the Affordable Care Act and some of the changes in health care over the past 10 years or so, post-acute care has kind of been second page news as far as the Medicare and the providers are concerned. But, recently with the growth of the cost, post-acute care proportionately would outpace all other care, for Medicare at least."
Graham said the research addresses a timely issue.
UTMB study examines hospital readmission rates after inpatient rehabilitation
Findings may represent targets for intervention, cost savings
GALVESTON, Texas - Nearly 12 percent of Medicare patients who receive inpatient rehabilitation following discharge from acute-care hospitalization are readmitted to the hospital within 30 days after discharge from the rehabilitation facility according to new research published in the Feb. 12 issue of the Journal of the American Medical Association. Before now, there was a lack of research on the frequency and causes of patients returning to hospital after rehabilitation.
The new research reports 30-day hospital readmission rates across rehabilitation impairment categories and examines whether readmissions are associated with patient socio-demographics, clinical characteristics, functional status or facility factors. The authors say this type of data is important because Medicare is in the process of developing new payment models associated with health care reform.
"Currently, Medicare spends $20 billion each year on readmissions of hospitalized older adults," said lead author Kenneth Ottenbacher of the University of Texas Medical Branch at Galveston. "The data uncovered in this study is crucial in order to effectively develop new health reimbursement systems that bundle acute and post-acute care to improve quality and contain costs."
SHP Student Represents Physician Assistant Studies as a Texas Academy of Physician Assistants Scholarship Winner
Texas Academy of Physician Assistants Board and members congratulates Sara Swindle on being one of the $1000 scholarship winners. Sara's academic achievements and community involvement are second to none. Texas PAs & her future patients will benefit greatly from her involvement and academic drive.
Scholarship winners will be officially announced during the TAPA Awards Luncheon on Saturday February 22, 2014 as part of the Annual CME Conference at the La Cantera Resort in San Antonio.
SHP is very proud to have Sara representing Physician Assistant Studies!
Demand for medical occupations in area expected to rise
-Houston Chronicle, Feb. 3, 2014
One of the top 10 occupations in highest demand is physical therapist, with a median salary of $76,310.
Houston's population explosion, along with the implementation of the Affordable Care Act, the presence of the Texas Medical Center, a large cohort of aging baby boomers, and an aging workforce are impacting growth as well as demand for more people in health care. San Jacinto College is working on a new program with UTMB that reflects the growing demand for trained medical professionals. UTMB is looking to begin a physical therapy assistant-to-doctorate of physical therapy program, and we'll be providing a pipeline of students into that program," said the San Jacinto College dean of natural sciences and health sciences. "We're excited about offering students the opportunity to go from an associate degree directly to earning their doctorate, which is now required of all new physical therapists."
Recent Faculty Publication and Success of People Receiving Foundation Funding - Foundation for Physical Therapy
"Recruitment of Ipsilateral and Contralateral Upper Limb Muscles Following Stimulation of the Cortical Motor Areas in the Monkey," by Montgomery LR, Herbert WJ, and Buford JA, was published in Experimental Brain Research (2013;230:153-164). - See article
Lynette Montgomery, PT, BPhty,was awarded a PODS I Scholarship in 2009 and PODS II Scholarships in 2010 and 2011.
Wendy J. Herbert, PT, PhD, was awarded a Mary McMillan Doctoral Scholarship in 2005, a PODS I Scholarship in 2006, and PODS II Scholarships in 2007 and 2008.
John A. Buford, PT, PhD, was awarded a Doctoral Training Research Grant in 1990.
Introducing the Center for Recovery, Physical Activity and Nutrition, formerly the Center for Rehabilitation Sciences, in the School of Health Professions (SHP).
The Center for Rehabilitation Sciences, established in 2001, is currently directed by Dr. Kenneth J. Ottenbacher and administered through the Division of Rehabilitation Sciences. The Center includes 34 core faculty representing various schools, departments, centers and institutes across UTMB. The Center has contributed to building a research infrastructure associated with disability, recovery and rehabilitation over the past decade and works collaboratively with the Sealy Center on Aging and the Departments of Internal Medicine, Physical Therapy, Occupational Therapy, Preventive Medicine and Community Health, Surgery, among others. The Center also collaborates with the Transitional Learning Center (TLC) in Galveston and co-sponsors the annual Galveston Brain Injury Conference. The success of the Center's research programs is reflected in the SHP's current ranking as 8th in NIH funding among similar U.S. schools as reported by the Blue Ridge Institute for Medical Research.
Rehab Sciences Administrator Receives Certification
Beth Cammarn, Administrative Manager for the Division of Rehabilitation Sciences and Administrator for the Center for Rehabilitation Sciences, recently received certification from the Research Administrators Certification Council (RACC). Designation as a Certified Research Administrator (CRA) means that an individual has met the requirements of the Council's eligibility and demonstrated the level of knowledge necessary for a person to be a professional research or sponsored programs administrator. Beth has 12 years experience in research administration and currently manages several major programs including PhD and postdoctoral training, junior faculty career development, and a program focused on large database research. She has been a member of the National Council of University Research Administrators since 2002 and has served on a number of committees within her region. She has also served on several university committees related to various functions of research administration.
School of Health Professions Dean, Dr. Elizabeth Protas (front), pictured with recipients of the SHP Dean's Competitive Academic Scholarship Award at the recent SHP Student Scholarship Luncheon.
SOM and SHP Recognize Alumni at Annual Scholarship Awards Luncheons
For generations, UTMB alumni and benefactors have invested in the future of healthcare by supporting scholarships for many deserving students. The School of Medicine and the School of Health Professions recently held their annual scholarship awards luncheons to bring together benefactors who passionately share UTMB's vision and the scholarship recipients who benefit from their generosity.
Several alumni have established scholarship awards in their respective schools as a way to give back to the university and to support UTMB's efforts to attract and educate the best and brightest students to become tomorrow's leaders in the practice of healthcare.
Hector P. Garcia M.D. 2013 Cultural Competence Award
by Joanne Salt
First-year School of Health Professions student, Ariel M. Morrow was the recipient of the Hector P. Garcia M.D. 2013 Cultural Competence award, which recognizes a student who demonstrates commitment to providing quality health care to all by incorporating cultural knowledge and skills in service to others.
Dr. Hector P. Garcia graduated from the medical branch in 1940 and went on to serve as a decorated hero in World War II. On his return, he founded the G.I. Forum, which became one of the nation's leading civil rights organizations. He served as U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations and was appointed to the U.S. Civil Rights Commission. In 1984, he was the first Mexican-American to receive the Presidential Medal of Freedom, the nation's highest honor, awarded by President Ronald Reagan.
Dr. Fingerhut inducted into the UTMB Academy of Master Teachers
Congratulations to Dr. Fingerhut on her induction into the UTMB Academy of Master Teachers. Dr. Fingerhut has been on our OT faculty since 2004 and in that time has made a significant impact on our educational mission. She has been one of the lead faculty on the STAIRS grant, along with Dr. Chris Baker and Dr. Dana Wild. This project provides specialized expertise for physical and occupational therapists to work with children and young adults with special needs. Dr. Fingerhut has distinguished herself by her dedication to educational excellence.
Dean Protas hosts the annual meeting of the Southern Association of Allied Health Deans
On October 2-5, 2013, Elizabeth Protas, dean of the School of Health Professions hosted the annual meeting of the Southern Association of Allied Health Deans at Academic Health Centers at the Tremont House. In attendance were Noma Anderson, University of Tennessee Health Science Center, Andrew Balas, Georgia Regents University, Raul Caetano, University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center, James Cairo, Louisiana State University Health Sciences Center, Ruben Garcia, University of Puerto Rico, Douglas Murphy, University of Arkansas in Little Rock, Shirley Richmond, University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center, Kevin Rudeen, University of Oklahoma Health Sciences Center, Lisa Saladin, Medical University of South Carolina, Robin Satterwhite, Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center , Sharon Stewart, University of Kentucky, Richard Talbott, University of South Alabama and Stephen Thomas, East Carolina University.
After a business meeting on Thursday morning, the group came to campus to tour the labs in SHP, Old Red, the Respiratory Care SIM lab and 1003 Market Street. They also got a birds-eye view of the Jennie Sealy Tower.
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