School of Medicine eNews

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 place a pin on the map to indicate the city of his residency.

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.

The faculty and staff on hand were obviously proud to witness the growth and accomplishments of these new doctors. From Johns Hopkins to UCLA to Orlando, from Portland, Oregon to Portland, Maine -- the students finally knew where they would begin the next chapter of their lives.

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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.

Save The DateFaculty 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. 

Alice Gong, MD, Professor of Pediatrics, talks to students at Marshall High School in San Antonio on Monday, March 31, National Doctors' Day.


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.

Ronny Stewart, MD, Trauma Professor and Chief, Interim Chair and his audience of FUTURE DOCTORS at Southside High School.

Here are the quick facts about the scope of the project…

  • 27 faculty speakers (24 MDs and 3 PhDs)  
  • 21 schools in the greater San Antonio metropolitan area
  • 2 schools in Laredo
  • 20 different zip codes
  • 9 public school districts
  • 4 private schools
  • 2830  students in attendance

Thank you to the volunteer faculty (and the departments they represent). All of your time and work is recognized and appreciated. Thanks to all our doctors who work so hard to make lives better in San Antonio and all over the world!

Lois Bready, M.D. Anesthesiology
Bonny Gillis, M.D. Anesthesiology
David Jones, Ph.D. Anesthesiology
Carlos R. Jaen, M.D., Ph.D. Family & Community Medicine
K. Ashok Kumar, M.D. Family & Community Medicine
Michael Parchman, M.D. Family & Community Medicine
Luci Leykum, M.D. Medicine
S. Hinan Ahmed, M.D.  Medicine
Ruth Berggren, M.D.  Medicine
Ashlei W. Lowery, M.D. Medicine
Joanne Grayson Waltman, M.D. Medicine
Merry L. Lindsey, Ph.D. Medicine
Gabriela Brzankalski, M.D. Medicine
William L. Henrich, M.D.  Medicine
Robin Brey, M.D.  Neurology
Donald J. Dudley, M.D.  Obstetrics & Gynecology
J. Michael King, M.D. Otolaryngology-Head & Neck Surgery
Alice K. Gong, M.D. Pediatrics
Daniel Hale, M.D. Pediatrics
Lauren Pankratz, M.D. Pediatrics
Rajam Ramamurthy, M.D. Pediatrics
Jodi Gonzalez, Ph.D. Psychiatry
Lee Jones, M.D.  Psychiatry
Michael Freckleton, M.D. Radiology
Michael McCarthy, M.D. Radiology
Ronald Stewart, M.D. Surgery
Kent R. Van Sickle, M.D. Surgery

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 ( 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

Family & Community Medicine

News, Awards & Recognition
Family & Community Medicine celebrated and recognized our faculty for outstanding contributions throughout the year with a reception where several awards were given.

Administrative Excellence Award
was presented to Ramin Poursani, M.D., for his superb management of our inpatient service, which has been essential to its maintenance and success.

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

New Faculty
Edward G. Brooks, M.D., joined our division in January 2009 as an Associate Professor.  He earned his M.D. from Texas Tech University, School of Medicine, Lubbock Texas in 1985.  At the University of Texas Medical Branch, Galveston, Texas he completed his residency in Pediatrics in 1988, fellowship in Allergy & Immunology in 1991, and performed a post doctoral fellowship in Pathology in 1991-1993.  He was appointed with University of Texas Medical Branch, Galveston, Texas in 1995-2008 as the Associate Director of Allergy and Immunology Fellowship Training Program; in 2005-2008 he served as Medical Director of Children's Hospital Specialty Clinics.

Pediatrics Web page


News, Awards & Recognition
Kaye E. Wilkins, DVM, M.D., has been appointed to the President's Council/Diehlmann Chair in Pediatric Orthopaedic Surgery.  Dr. Wilkins has had a distinguished career teaching Pediatric Orthopaedics care in underdeveloped countries. His Club Foot treatment program in Haiti, one of the most impoverished countries in the world, is an example of his tireless dedication.  In 2008, he was awarded the Arthur H. Huene Memorial Award and was chosen as the Pediatric Orthopaedic Society of North America's Humanitarian of the Year.

Orthopaedics Web page


The Department of Ophthalmology hosted the 29th Annual Alamo City Ophthalmology Clinical Conference at Oak Hills Country Club on March 20-21, 2009.  This year's conference focused on Cornea and Retina-Vitreous topics.  Invited lecturers included:

  • Hogan-Ferguson Lecturer: H. Dwight Cavanagh, M.D., Distinguished Chair and Professor of Ophthalmology and Vice Chair, UT Southwestern Medical School. His lecture was entitled "Acanthaemoebia Keratitis: 2008; A National Ethnical Scandal".
  • Todd Margolis, M.D., Ph.D., Professor of Ophthalmology and Chair in Corneal Research, University of California, San Francisco and Director, F.I. Proctor Foundation. Andreas K. Lauer, M.D., Associate Professor and Director of Retina-Vitreous, Casey Eye Institute, Oregon Health and Sciences University.

Ophthalmology Web page


News, Awards & Recognition
Horacio Murillo, M.D., was recognized for serving as a 2008 peer reviewer for the journal Academic Medicine.

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. 

Radiology Web page

Rehabilitation Medicine

News, Awards & Recognition
Nicolas Walsh, M.D., Professor and Chair, has been appointed President of the Medical-Dental Staff of University Health System for 2009-2010.  Dr. Walsh has also been invited to participate in the World Health Organization MSK TAG Meeting in Tokyo, Japan in April, 2009 to discuss revision of ICD-10 to ICD-11.  He has also been invited to speak at the 5th World Congress of the International Society of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation in Istanbul, Turkey in June, 2009.

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.

Rehabilitation Medicine Web page


New Faculty
Amanda Loquias, R.N., M.S.N., joined the Department as Faculty Associate, Trauma & Emergency Surgery. Ms. Loquias earned her Master's of Science in Nursing at the University of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio in 2005 and is certified as a Family Nurse Practitioner. She joined the Division of Trauma (full-time) in March of 2009. She serves as a Nurse Practitioner with the resident team providing care to our Pediatric Trauma and Emergency Surgery patients.

Clinical News
Vascular Surgery begins specialty clinical services at Westover Hills. Beginning in March, the Division of Vascular Surgery will begin clinical services at the new UT Medicine Westover Hills clinic. Matthew Sideman, M.D., Assistant Professor, will see patients on Wednesday mornings.

News, Awards & Recognition
Congratulations to Basil A. Pruitt, Jr., M.D., Professor, who has been selected to hold the Dr. Ferdinand O. Herff Chair in Surgery. Dr. Pruitt is an internationally recognized trauma surgeon, with an extensive research background and a specialty in burn injuries.  Visit the Briscoe Library website to learn about the Herff family's long tradition of medical service to Texas and San Antonio. 

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., Barshop Institute.

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 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

Surgery Web page

Radiation Oncology

Faculty Updates
Richard Crownover, M.D., Ph.D., was promoted to Residency Program Director for the Department of Radiation Oncology.

Melissa Joyner, M.D., is graduating from the Radiation Oncology Residency Program on March 14, 2009.

News, Awards & Recognition

Recent Publications
Liu Y, Shi C, Lin B, Ha C, Papanikolaou N. Delivery of four-dimensional radiotherapy with TrackBeam for moving target using a dual-layer MLC: Dynamic phantoms study. Journal of Applied Clinical Medical Physics, (in Press) Feb. 2009

Liu Y, Yim M, McNelis D. Accelerator-based Target Design and Optimization Driven by High Energy Electron Beams and Proton Beams for the Analysis of Neutron Generation Characteristics, Journal of Nuclear Technology 2009 Jan;165:111-123

Liu Y, Su F., Szegedi M, Lin L, Shi C, Papanikolaou N. A phantom-based evaluation of a real-time tracking micro MLC delivery. Int J Biomed Eng Tech (in Press)

Lan Lin, Chengyu Shi, Tony Eng, Gregory Swanson, Martin Fuss, Niko Papanikolaou, "Evaluation of inter-fractional setup shifts for site-specific Helical Tomotherapy treatments," Technology in Cancer Research and Treatment, (in press April 2009).

Panayiotis Mavroidis,Brigida Costa Ferreira, Chengyu Shi, Miltiadis G. Delichas, Bengt K. Lind, Niko Papanikolaou, "Comparison of the Helical Tomotherapy and MLC-based IMRT Radiation Modalities in Treating Brain and Cranio-spinal Tumors," Technology in Cancer Research & Treatment, 8(1):3-14 (2009).

Roland TF, Stathakis S, Ramer R, Papanikolaou N. Measurement and comparison of skin dose for prostate and head-and-neck patients treated on various IMRT delivery systems. Appl Radiat Isot. 2008 Dec;66(12):1844-9. Epub 2008 May 17.

Roland T, Esquivel C, Stathakis S, Papanikolaou. On the evaluation of the relative sensitivity of commercial TLD readers using well characterized TLD chips. N. J BUON. 2008 Oct-Dec;13(4):547-51

Cai X and Yuan ZM. Stochastic Simulation of the p53-M.D.M2/M.D.MX Loop. Journal of Computational Biology. In press, 2009.

Radiation Oncology Web page

Cancer Therapy & Research Center (CTRC)

Message from Tyler Curiel M.D.: Update of Recertification for NCI-designation for CTRC

Dear Colleagues,

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.
Executive Director

News, Awards & Recognition
The First Annual Wilenchik Walk for Life benefiting CTRC was held on Saturday, March 7, in Schertz, TX.  The inaugural event raised more than $30,000 for cancer research at CTRC and had more than 400 participants.  The walk was in honor of Mr. Tony Wilenchik, City of Schertz Councilman and Phase I patient at CTRC.  The City of Schertz has decided to name CTRC as the beneficiary of this fundraiser every year, and next year's event will be on Saturday, March 6.  Click here to read the story on    

CTRC offers low-cost, high-value weekend conference for cancer survivors
Many of us can think of adult patients, family members and friends with a cancer diagnosis who would appreciate an affordable weekend getaway filled with valuable survival strategies. Tell them about Trails to Survivorship April 17-19 at the Y.O. Ranch Resort and Conference Center in Kerrville, hosted by the Cancer Therapy & Research Center (CTRC). Thanks in part to event sponsor, Citigroup, the global financial services company, the registration fee is a reasonable $150, which includes all meals, lodging, activities and materials. A limited number of scholarships are available to those who can demonstrate a financial need. For more information, click here or call 450-5574.

CTRC part of collaborative study to identify molecular signature of leukemia stem cells
An published in the February 23 issue of Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences describes progress in decoding the genetic signature of stem cells in chronic myeloid leukemia (CML). The authors identified a marker in a tiny but powerful subset of leukemia cells that could enable scientists to halt cancer cell growth in CML, and perhaps in other forms of cancer. Among the authors is Francis J. Giles, M.B., M.D., professor and chief of hematology and medical oncology. Dr. Giles also is deputy director of the Cancer Therapy and Research Center at the UT Health Science Center and director of the CTRC's Institute for Drug Development.

CTRC Website

Dean's Office / Administration

Admissions & Special Programs

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
We are planning our SPA, a 6 week program for college students in our early acceptance programs.  It is a mini-med school, with classes and clinical preceptorships.  We will have close to 50 students participating.

Admissions Web page

Continuing Medical Education (CME)

New CE Provider Status
Effective February 23, 2009, the CME Office has been approved by the American Board for Transplant Certification as an approved provider of continuing education credit for qualified transplant professionals including Certified Clinical Transplant Coordinators (CCTC), Certified Procurement Transplant Coordinators (CPTC) and Certified Clinical Transplant Nurse (CCTN).  Please contact us if you are interested in obtaining CEPTC credit.

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:

  • Pedorthists (ABC)
  • Certified and/or Licensed Athletic Trainers (BOC)
  • Medical Physicists (CAMPEP)
  • Podiatrists (CPME)
  • Certified Teachers and Coaches (SBEC)
  • Addiction Professionals (TCBAP)


46th Annual Teaching Conference: Pediatrics for the Practitioner
Course Directors: Dennis A. Conrad, M.D., Department of Pediatrics; Dale M. Ahrendt, M.D., F.A.A.P., USAF, Wilford Hall Medical Center; Ted Cieslak, M.D., Centers for Disease Control
Hyatt Hill Country Resort

See all our courses, conferences and more at the CME website.


Match Day, continued

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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Upcoming SOM Events

Welcome Weekend
Softball Field
4/4/2009 - 9:00 am - 7:00 pm Click here to view schedule of events

Dean's Town Hall Meeting
4/29/2009 - 5:00 pm - 7:00 pm

Endowed Faculty Luncheon
Parman Auditorium Foyer
4/29/2009 - 11:30 am - 1:00 pm

Cornerstone Unveiling
Greehey Campus New Research Building Construction Site
5/5/2009 - 2:30 pm - 3:30pm

40th Anniversary Lecture -- Dr. Michael Brown, Nobel Laureate
Parman Auditorium
5/5/2009 - 10:30 am - 2:00 pm

Commencement Rehearsal
St. Mary's Univ.
5/21/2009 - 8:30 am - 10:30 am

St. Mary's Univ.
5/24/2009 - 8:00 am - 12:00 pm

Resident Orientation
Parman Auditorium
6/23/2009 - 8:00 am - 12:00 pm

Student Clinician Ceremony
Parman Auditorium
7/1/2009 - 5:00 pm - 7:00 pm

White Coat Ceremony
Parman Auditorium
7/26/2009 - 10:00 am - 12:00 pm



Welcome Weekend 2009
Schedule of Events

9:00-10:00am Registration and Breakfast Lecture Hall Foyer

10:00-10:15am Dr. Glenn Halff Room 3.104
Acting Dean of the School of Medicine

Introduction by Leah Cohen, Kelly Fegan, Steve Halliday
Welcome Weekend Planning Committee Co-Directors

10:15-11:30am Dr. David Jones Room 3.104
10 mins each Associate Dean for Admissions

Dr. Nan Clare
Associate Dean for Academic Affairs

Dr. Lee Jones
Associate Dean for Student Affairs

Dr. Thomas Matthews
Assistant Dean for Student Affairs

Dr. Robin Brey
Associate Dean for Research

Dr. Ruth Berggren
Director, Center for Medical Humanities and Ethics

Alumni Association Board Member

11:30-11:45am Break

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
Afternoon Activity SOM Student Lounge
Non-Traditional Student Group Room 2.010
M.D./Ph.D. Student Group Room 2.020
M.D./M.P.H. Student Group Room 2.022
Parent Panel Room 309L

5:00-7:00pm PM BBQ Pavilion
In the event of inclement weather, please meet in the Parman Auditorium Foyer

If you have any questions during the weekend, please contact: Steve Halliday (210) 382-5552 or the Admissions Office at 210-567-6080. Email address is




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