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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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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Dr. James Graham received an R03 grant from the National Institute of Health
Congratulations to Dr. Graham!
Dr. James Graham received an R03 grant from the National Institute of Health entitled "Archiving Four New Datasets from the Longitudinal Hispanic EPESE Study". This is a 2 year study for $246,808.
Elizabeth Gilbert, PA student, presenting her research poster at the Stop Sepsis forum this week.
Elizabeth was the only SHP student who's presentation was accepted and will compete today with professionals from around the area for honors. Please join our department in congratulating her.
School of Health Professions celebrates largest graduating class
by Kristen Hensley
The School of Health Professions at UTMB celebrated its largest graduating class, with 305 students, at its Aug. 16 commencement ceremony.
Health professionals include key groups, such as laboratory personnel, physician assistants, physical, occupational and respiratory therapists, among others. They represent 60 percent of the Texas health care work force.
Elizabeth Protas, vice president and dean of the School of Health Professions, officiated the graduation at Moody Gardens Convention Center.
Dr. Danny O. Jacobs, UTMB executive vice president, provost and dean of the School of Medicine, conferred the degrees, which included Bachelor and Master of Science degrees in clinical laboratory sciences; Bachelor of Science degrees in respiratory care; Master of Science degrees in occupational therapy, health professions and physician assistant studies; and doctoral degrees in physical therapy.
Read more at Impact Online Newsletter.
Message from the Dean and SHP Commencement 2013 Slideshow
"Our 2013 Commencement was just stellar! This was the largest commencement ever for SHP. As you know, it looks easy, but it takes an army of dedicated people to make things run so smoothly. I want to thank Dr. Cavazos, Michelle Conley (aka Madame Drill Sargent), Darlene Bordelon (for all those degree audits), Mary Ellen Beaupre, Judy Wolf, Leti Ford, Hyacinth Woods, Shirley McGraw, Tina Harmon, Robyn Williams, Sharon McEachern, Carolyn Cooper, Lynne Riggs, Debbie Hamilton, Debbie Vining, Lori Zerr and the Enrollment Services staff, and our student volunteers Jaisie Stevens, Kevin Villarreal, Hafeez Isiaka, Leslie Cavazos, and Katy Davis. I might add that Michelle Conley and Jaisie Stevens were back bright and early the next day for New Student Orientation. Thanks, again to you all!"
- Dean Protas
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