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2013 Postdoctoral Career Workshop

Back by popular demand. The what, when and how of getting your next job.


Who: Senior Graduate Students Welcome

What: Postdoctoral Career Workshop

When: June 28, 2013

Where:  UT Health Science Center Nursing School 1.463

Register: email solano@uthscsa.edu

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Amy Yu ’14: Recognized potential

Amy Yu '14

Amy Yu ’14

Amy Yu, an M.D. candidate in May 2014, is already showing the potential to be a compassionate force for change in medicine. Winner of the the American Medical Association (AMA) Physicians of Tomorrow award in 2013, Amy has been leading efforts to improve education around healthcare delivery, even while she’s been going to school herself. Read more of Amy’s story.

Baptist Health Foundation

Baptist Health Foundation announces $222,000 in scholarships

SAN ANTONIO (May 24, 2013) — William L. Henrich, M.D., MACP, president of the UT Health Science Center at San Antonio, welcomed the president and trustees of the Baptist Health Foundation of San Antonio to the campus recently for the annual Baptist Health Foundation Scholarship Appreciation Luncheon.

The foundation provided $222,000 in scholarships for 73 Health Science Center students for the 2013-2014 academic year. The scholarships are to students in the School of Medicine, Dental School, School of Nursing and School of Health Professions, and to students in the affiliated UT Austin College of Pharmacy clinical pharmacy program who study at the Health Science Center.

Read the entire story at HSC News

Biomedical engineering student

Graduate student Travis Block

Graduate student Travis Block (left) conducts research with his faculty mentor Xiao-Dong Chen, M.D., Ph.D., at the UT Health Science Center’s South Texas Research Facility. The topic of Block’s master’s thesis is tissue engineering using adult stem cells.


SAN ANTONIO (April 23, 2013) — Graduate student Travis Block is an accidental entrepreneur, you might say. He owns a bicycle-customization business with partners in several cities, even while completing his master’s degree in the joint biomedical engineering program of The University of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio and UT San Antonio. He plans to apply to the M.D./Ph.D. dual degree program in the Health Science Center’s School of Medicine.

The San Antonio native and Holmes High School graduate, 23, attended the University of Rochester, N.Y., where he and four classmates developed an adaptive sports attachment for bicycles. The attachment, called the MonoMano Cycling Control System, is designed to make steering and braking possible for wounded warriors, stroke survivors and others who live with deficits on one side.

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Family Medicine Interest Group

Members of the Family Medicine Interest Group include (first row, left to right) Lori Fisher, Dana Brown and Adriana Gonzalez; (second row) Ashok Kumar, M.D., Gabrielle Jackson, Jennifer Schwantes, Stephanie Bousquet, Kelley Scott and Brenda Anyaehie; (third row) Raudel Rodriguez, Jessica Smith, Nick Saenz, Chris Ponder and James Tysinger, Ph.D. Click on photo for larger view.

Members of the Family Medicine Interest Group include (first row, left to right) Lori Fisher, Dana Brown and Adriana Gonzalez; (second row) Ashok Kumar, M.D., Gabrielle Jackson, Jennifer Schwantes, Stephanie Bousquet, Kelley Scott and Brenda Anyaehie; (third row) Raudel Rodriguez, Jessica Smith, Nick Saenz, Chris Ponder and James Tysinger, Ph.D. Click on photo for larger view.


The American Academy of Family Physicians has chosen the Family Medicine Interest Group of the School of Medicine at the UT Health Science Center San Antonio as a 2013 AAFP Program of Excellence Award winner.

The award is given to 10 different medical schools each year and this is the fourth year in a row the Family Medicine Interest Group has been honored with this award.


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First students enter 7-year B.S./M.D. degree program

UTSA, UT Health Science Center partner to address region’s physician shortage

SAN ANTONIO (May 23, 2013) — To alleviate the shortage of physicians in South Texas, The University of Texas at San Antonio (UTSA) and the School of Medicine at The University of Texas Health Science Center San Antonio this spring accepted the first students into a seven-year Bachelor of Science (B.S.) degree in biology and Doctor of Medicine (M.D.) degree program. It traditionally takes eight years to earn both degrees.

The first 20 students in the FAME (Facilitated Acceptance to Medical Education) Program will start at UTSA this fall and are expected to graduate from the UT Health Science Center in 2020 with their medical degrees. FAME will increase the effectiveness and relevance of predoctoral physician education while shortening its duration and decreasing its cost.

Read the entire story at HSC News

Go Green Fair

 blue roll away bins

Everyone is asked to bring their recyclable materials to these blue roll-away bins located throughout the campus.


The UT Health Science Center San Antonio will implement single-stream recycling throughout the Long Campus beginning Friday, April 19, the day of the Go Green Fair Flyer.

Go Green Fair

At the Go Green Fair, 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. in the Lecture Hall Commons, you can learn how to help implement the new recycling program, and  how to conserve energy, protect the environment, grow healthy plants and sign up to carpool to work.

Exhibitors include:

  • San Antonio Water System
  • CPS Energy
  • Alamo Area Council of Governments
  • NuRide
  • City of San Antonio Solid Waste Division
  • Build San Antonio Green
  • Solar San Antonio
  • Aramark
  • Office of Environmental Health and Safety
  • Briscoe Library
  • Buildings and Grounds
  • Green Initiative

Committee Related link:

See the list of recyclable items.

There will be door prizes, including a Yucatan hammock and more, at the Go Green Fair. Stop by the Green Initiatives Committee booth to take the Go Green Pledge.

Single-stream recycling program

Single-stream recycing was tested in the Briscoe Library and School of Medicine. Now it will be implemented across the Long Campus. Plans are being made to bring single-stream recycling to the Greehey Academic & Research Campus and the Texas Research Park in the future.

Developed by the Green Initiatives Committee, the plan calls for everyone to save recyclable items at their desks and bring to blue roll-away containers conveniently located in Long Campus buildings.

Please do not place confidential or HIPPA-protected materials in recycling containers.

“The UT System Board of Regents Policy, UTS169, states, ‘Each institution will record and monitor annual waste and recycling quantities, implement procedures to reduce campus waste and set a goal to increase campus recycling each year,” said Michael Black, M.B.A., senior executive vice president and chief operating officer.

Nursing student Victoria Flores


By Rosanne Fohn

Miss Fiesta 2013

Nursing student Victoria Flores

Victoria Flores and her family have always been big fans of Fiesta. But this year, instead of waving to royalty from afar, the UT Health Science Center San Antonio nursing student will be “showing her shoes” in three televised parades and attending more than 100 official events as a member of Fiesta royalty.

Flores, a third-semester student in the traditional Bachelor of Science in Nursing program, was crowned Miss Fiesta San Antonio® on Feb. 28. She was selected from a field of 35 candidates representing eight South Texas counties.

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Salud al Pasito Walk

Salud De Pasito

Small steps toward better health


2nd Community Walk presented by

Small Steps Toward Better Health

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Funded by UT Health Science School of Medicine Center for Medical Humanities and Ethics

What if you could pick the brain of a doctor, nurse or other health professional outside a clinic or office, in an informal setting? What if you could walk around with a health care professional or student and have a conversation about living a healthier life? What if you can do it for FREE?

Event Info:

Saturday, April 27, 2013
UT Health Science Center
Fitness Track
7431 Merton Minter, San Antonio, TX 78229

9:00am – Stretches and Health Tables 9:50am – Guest Speaker
10:00am – Walk starts

  • Guest Speaker
  • Free healthy snacks and drinks
  • Free parking
  • Free Health Screenings by the Student Health Center Team
  • Free Registration

Richard A. Lange, MD
Professor and Vice Chairman of Medicine UTHSCSA

seekUT Explores Return on Academic Investment

Deciding to pursue a career in any of the health professions is a big investment — of your time and your money, your energy and your talent.  When you’re making that decision — and as you work toward that goal — you may find yourself with questions about the returns on that investment, such as:

  • What might I expect to earn soon after I graduate with this degree?
  • What might I expect to earn later on in my career?
  • How much debt might I incur during my studies?
  • How long might it take me to pay off that debt, given the earning potential?

seekUT: search + earnings + employment = knowledgeThe UT System Office of Strategic Initiatives has just introduced a new website and interactive tool to help students, parents, and other Texans get answers to those questions and many more.  The new service is called seekUT (the “seek” stands for “search + earnings + employment = knowledge”).  Its interactive online tool allows users to explore data about different college majors and degrees, their requirements, costs, and projections for employment and earning potential.  For example, you can use seekUT to visualize data on:

  • Median earnings for graduates one and five years after receiving a degree
  • Average student loan debt
  • Percent of graduates who elect to continue their education
  • Number of semester credit hours required to earn a degree
seekUT graph of 1st and 5th median earnings and average student loans, by major

Preview of seekUT provided by UT System Office of Strategic Initiatives

The data are aggregated from reliable sources including the Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board, Texas Workforce Commission, National Student Clearinghouse, and US Bureau of Labor Statistics.

Check out seekUT for yourself, and learn more about it on the UTFactsOnline blog, @UTFactsOnline on Twitter, or the official UT System Facebook Page.