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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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.
Health group holds clinic at community center
-Laredo Morning Times, Sept. 29, 2013
A free health check-up clinic was held by the Medical Association of Hands and Feet in collaboration with the Texas Health and Human Service Commission on Saturday in Laredo. Among the services being offered were screenings in general medicine, including hypertension and glucose levels, physical therapy, occupational therapy and the dispensation of vitamins and medications. Maria Garcia, a second-year physical therapy student at UTMB, said the providers are an interdisciplinary team of students and certified professionals. "We wanted to bring a trip to Laredo that would help the community and include a more holistic type of treatment for the patients," she said. "Some of us are on rotation and we came from all over Texas for this event."
Read full article at Laredo Morning Times
A Message from Dean Protas
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.
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