Volume 2, April 2009
Match Day 2009
While some students instantly ripped their envelope open to share their joy or dismay, others opted for a more private setting and returned to their seats to read their results. The anxiety and drama of the whole experience of Match Day affects more than just those heading toward their promising careers in bettering the lives of others. Besides the four years of medical school, the path to this day involved many hours away from family, friends and familiar territory; catching flights all over the country, completing lengthy paperwork and sitting through lots and lots of interviews. The day had arrived for these students to receive the results of their hard work.
Grayson Moore places a pin on the map to indicate the city of his residency. Looks like he won't need a moving van.
There were fears, cheers and tears among the vast range of emotions that filled Floores Country Store in Helotes on Thursday, March 19th. For 15,000 medical students all across the country and nearly 200 hundred here in San Antonio -- this was it: Match Day 2009, the day that determines where they will spend the next three to seven years of their lives doing internships and residencies in the specialty of their choice. Sometimes, it's not their first choice.
"I used to rule the world," lyrics to rock band Coldplay's recent hit, played through the speakers as a fourth year walked on stage to stick her dollar in the money jar and receive the sealed envelope from Dr. Nan Clare, Associate Dean of Academic Affairs. All eyes were on the student as she struggled to open what seemed to be the toughest envelope in the world . "I'm going to Denver!" she shouts into the mic as the crowd cheers and her friends and family meet her at the end of the stage to photograph her placing her marker on the large US map.
Besides family and friends, the audience included the University's interim-president, Dr. William Henrich, who was their SOM Dean until recently, as well as acting Dean, Dr. Glenn Halff, Dr. David Jones, Dean of Admissions, and Dr. Lee Jones, Dean of Student Affairs.
One-by-one each student got the random call to the center of the stage, placed their dollar bill in the money jar, and received a sealed envelope.
It was double the anxiety for those who did Couples Match. Couples have their rank order lists of preferred residency programs linked to each other to ensure that they match to programs within the same geographic area. The results determine not only the type of training they receive, their medical specialty, and where they will live, but possibly, the fate of their relationships.
The money jar was full by the time the final five students were waiting to be called on stage. The jar goes to the last name called for having to endure the suspense of not knowing. Jeremy Cannell, Dr. Clare announced as the final name. Jeremy's classmates joked that he no longer needed to become a doctor as he just inherited a large sum of money, but it was only about $200.
Carlisle Named Chairman of Orthopaedics
The Department of Orthopaedics is proud to announce that Daniel W. Carlisle, M.D. was appointed Chair recently; making permanent the position he has held as interim-chair for the past year. Dr. Carlisle graduated as valedictorian of his class from UTHSCSA medical school followed by his orthopaedic residency at the Campbell Clinic. He has been with the department for seven years serving as Residency Program Director and Deputy Chair. There will be a reception to honor his appointment on May 14th from 5 to 6:30pm in the AAB foyer.
Read more about Dr. Carlisle.
Faculty Urged to Participate in AAMC Survey
Graduate School and School of Medicine join national initiative to study and promote faculty vitality.
Within the broader arena of academic medicine, there is an increasing awareness of the importance of job satisfaction and its effect on turnover. To support more in-depth study about medical school faculty job satisfaction, the Association of American Medical Colleges (AAMC) is launching a new initiative called Faculty Forward that will examine and attempt to improve upon faculty satisfaction, retention, and vitality. A centerpiece of this initiative will be a faculty satisfaction survey instrument developed by the AAMC and the Collaborative on Academic Careers in Higher Education (COACHE) at the Harvard Graduate School of Education. The survey will provide an objective and standardized method to measure satisfaction levels among our faculty and will allow for comparisons and benchmarking with faculty satisfaction at other medical schools.
The 3-year Faculty Forward initiative has an initial cohort of 25 U.S. medical schools. The Graduate School of Biomedical Sciences and the School of Medicine at UTHSCSA will participate in this groundbreaking event. In early April, the survey will open at our institution to all full-time faculty members in the Graduate School and School of Medicine. Faculty will receive a notification via email with a link to complete the survey. Responses are confidential and only de-identified aggregate data are included in data reports.
The University’s participation in the Faculty Forward survey was approved and strongly endorsed by Interim President William Henrich, Interim Graduate School Dean Robert Reddick, and Acting School of Medicine Dean Glenn Halff. Participation in the initiative will allow us to assess what drives faculty satisfaction at our institution, benchmark that information with peer institutions, and provide training and learning opportunities that will enhance our institution’s ability to implement changes and improvements to make our school an even more vibrant place for faculty to do their work. Dr. Henrich has encouraged all full-time faculty members to view the survey as a special opportunity to share your opinions and insights about how we can make the Health Science Center the optimal place for you to accomplish your best work. Click here to read more at the AAMC web site.
School of Medicine Celebrates National Doctors' Day with School Outreach
The School of Medicine celebrated National Doctor’s Day this year by donating our most valuable asset – the time our of faculty physicians and professors -- to local middle and high schools. It was Monday, March 30th when 27 faculty members spoke at 21 different schools from Blanco to Laredo, telling their personal story of how they became involved in medicine. It was a huge hit with students and their teachers as our faculty members both informed and inspired the nearly 3,000 students they spoke to. Every student was also given a t-shirt that read “FUTURE DOCTOR” to encourage them to pursue a career in health.
Here are the quick facts about the scope of the project…
Town Hall Lecture & Vote on Bylaw Changes April 29th
On Wednesday, April 29, 2009 at 5:00 p.m., we will be holding our semiannual School of Medicine Town Hall in Lecture Hall 3.102B. As usual, our discussion will include highlighting the accomplishments of our faculty as well as an update on our educational, research and clinical activities. Additional discussion will include the budgets of the School, UT Medicine and CTRC, the XYZ compensation plan, and a time for Q&A.
Immediately following the Town Hall, Dr. John Myers and the Medical Faculty Assembly Executive Committee will lead the Assembly in a discussion of, and vote for, proposed bylaw changes.
We would like to encourage you to attend this important event. It is understandable though that all of you will not be able to attend in person, so we have made arrangements for you to view it on your computer (http://aisvid.uthscsa.edu/Medical/Viewer/?peid=b0051af066ca49d4b301257345dac3b4) or at the H-RAHC (Rm. 3.115), E-RAHC (Rm. 1.200.2), LEC (Rm. 1.100.6) and CHRISTUS Santa Rosa (President's Rm. # 1).
Our successes would not be possible without your commitment and support. We look forward to seeing you there and at the reception that will follow.
Department / Center Updates
News, Awards &
David A. Katerndahl Award was presented to Sasha Loffredo, M.D., for her contributions to improving child health care and childhood immunizations.
Excellence in Research Award was presented to David Katerndahl, M.D., for his innovative, cutting-edge research related to complexity science and domestic violence.
Educational Development Award was presented to Margaret Mann-Zeballos, M.D., for her leadership that has resulted in incremental improvement in residency education.
Richard E. Ellis Award was presented to Cordelia Moscrip, M.D., a dedicated and passionate teacher who loves to teach and mentor medical students.
Faculty Associate Clinical Excellence Award was presented to Alena Moreno, PA, honoring her patient advocacy and patient care.
The Texas Academy of Physician Assistants awarded Miguel Ramirez-Colon, M.D., Associate Professor, the Supervising Physician of the Year 2008. He was nominated by Gordon Lee Adam who stated Dr. Ramirez-Coln truly exemplifies the trust, collegiality and mutual respect that is essential for an effective physician-physician assistant team. Dr. Ramirez-Coln is also Medical Director of the Physician Assistant Program at the School of Health Professions.
Color Atlas of Family Medicine by Richard Usatine, M.D., James Tysinger, Ph.D., and Heidi Chumley, M.D. was released early this month. Including 1,500 full-color photographs depicting both common and uncommon appearances of diseases, the book is designed to be a visual guide for students. Read more.
Division of Immunology & Infectious Disease
News, Awards & Recognition
News, Awards &
Jorge Lopera, M.D., received a $ 9,000 STTM grant award for the proposal, Hand-Held Device to Measure Angulations During CT-Guided Procedures. The award will support a multi-institution project involving Dr. Lopera and UTPA collaborators in development and testing of a prototype device to facilitate computed tomography procedures.
Pam Otto, M.D.'s article "Advances in MR Breast Imaging: Making a Difference in Women's Health" has been accepted for publication in The Medical Tribune Inc., Views Radiology.
News, Awards &
Daniel Santa Maria, M.D., Assistant Professor, was recently notified that he is now board certified in Sports Medicine by the American Board of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation.
News, Awards & Recognition
Renata Bastos, M.D., Assistant Professor, Cardiothoracic Surgery, has been awarded a South Texas Technology Management grant for the design, construction and testing of a prototype inflatable aortic shunt for use in aortic surgery. The $25,000 award supports a collaborative multi-institution project involving Dr. Bastos and additional researchers from UTHSCSA, UTSA and UT Pan American.
Yongxin Chen, M.D., Ph.D., Vascular Surgery, received a 2009 American Society for Investigative Pathology (ASIP) Trainee Travel Award and ASIP Young Pathologist Fellowship. He will present his abstract, "Reproducibility of miRNA Expression by Proliferating C2C12 Cells Using RT-PCR Array," at the 2009 ASIP Annual Meeting for Experimental Biology in New Orleans. Dr. Chen is currently a postdoctoral fellow working with Paula K. Shireman, M.D., Vascular Surgery, and Linda M. McManus, Ph.D., Barshop Institute.
Carlo O. Martinez, M.D., General
Surgery Research Resident, received a 2009 American Society for
Investigative Pathology (ASIP) Trainee Travel Award. He will present
his abstract, "Kinetics of Myogenic Progenitor Cells (MPC) Expansion
and Bone Marrow-derived Cell Recruitment in Skeletal Muscle
Regeneration," at the 2009 American Society for Investigative Pathology
(ASIP) Annual Meeting for Experimental Biology in New Orleans. Dr.
Martinez is currently completing his second year of research with Paula
K. Shireman, M.D., Vascular Surgery, and Linda M. McManus, Ph.D.,
Sreenath V. Reddy, M.D., appeared in a story on WOAI news for having performed the first thoracic aortic endovascular procedure at CHRISTUS Santa Rosa NW medical center. Click here to read/watch the story at WOAI.com. Dr. Reddy was also featured on the cover of the San Antonio Express News for the minimally invasive CABG procedure for a coronary artery bypass. Click here to read the story at MySA.com.
Melissa Joyner, M.D., is graduating from the Radiation Oncology Residency Program on March 14, 2009.
News, Awards & Recognition
Message from Tyler Curiel M.D.: Update of Recertification for NCI-designation for CTRC
We finally got our long-awaited critiques back from the National Cancer Institute regarding the P30 support grant for the CTRC, our NCI-designated Cancer Center. While only preliminary, the critiques expressed appreciation for our hard work in reorganizing and stated that we appeared to be on a new trajectory towards success. Their specific preliminary assessments and additional comments put us in the fundable range. Although I am very pleased and gratified with these results, we now must await the finalization of critiques and the posting of an actual priority score, which is due around May 1. At that time we will have a better idea of whether the grant will be renewed and whether our NCI-designation will be continued, as we hope and expect, when the NCI Council makes final decisions in June. I continue to be extremely grateful to our CTRC team, whose hard work and dedication is paying off for all of us, and to the continued support of our administration as we go through this process.
Tyler J. Curiel, M.D., M.P.H.
News, Awards & Recognition
CTRC offers low-cost, high-value weekend conference for cancer survivors
CTRC part of collaborative study to identify molecular signature of leukemia stem cells
Dean's Office / Administration
We just accepted the Class of 2013 and will be welcoming them at our Welcome Weekend event on April 3rd and 4th. Welcome Weekend is a great time for the class to come back and visit the school again before starting classes in July. We have informative sessions scheduled as well as social events to encourage getting to know their future classmates. We would like to have current faculty come to these events and meet the entering class. All are invited. Click here for more information and to see the Welcome Weekend event schedule at the end of this document.
Summer Premedical Academy (SPA) in May and June
New CE Provider Status
In addition to being accredited to provide AMA PRA Category 1 Credit for physicians, the CME Office is accredited and/or an approved provider of continuing education credit for:
46th Annual Teaching Conference: Pediatrics for the Practitioner
See all our courses, conferences and more at the CME website.
Over lunch, they shared stories with classmates they may not ever see again. Some talked about living arrangements- comparing the price of rent in New York to Arizona. They enjoyed Texas barbeque, drinks and live music performed by their fellow classmates. The day came and went quickly, but will always be remembered as the start of their medical careers.
We wish them all success and the very best in their careers.
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Dean's Town Hall Meeting
Endowed Faculty Luncheon
40th Anniversary Lecture -- Dr. Michael Brown, Nobel Laureate
Student Clinician Ceremony
White Coat Ceremony
Welcome Weekend 2009
9:00-10:00am Registration and Breakfast Lecture Hall Foyer
10:00-10:15am Dr. Glenn Halff Room 3.104
Introduction by Leah Cohen, Kelly Fegan, Steve Halliday
10:15-11:30am Dr. David Jones Room 3.104
Dr. Nan Clare
Dr. Lee Jones
Dr. Thomas Matthews
Dr. Robin Brey
Dr. Ruth Berggren
11:45am-12:30pm Student Panel Room 3.104
12:30-2:00pm Lunch and Organizations Fair Auditorium Lawn &
2:00-5:00pm Apartment Open House Depart from Courtyard