Two elected to UT Academy of Health Science Education
By Rosanne Fohn
Two faculty members of The University of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio were elected Nov. 12 to The University of Texas Academy of Health Science Education.
Sandra G. Adams, M.D., M.S., and John Rugh, Ph.D., are two of 12 faculty members from UT System health science institutions elected to the academy this year.
The academy recognizes outstanding educators who advance knowledge and innovation in the field of education. The new academy members will be inducted Feb. 21.
Dr. Adams developing WipeAsthma and WipeCOPD
Dr. Adams is an associate professor and Distinguished Teaching Professor in the Division of Pulmonary Disease & Critical Care Medicine, part of the School of Medicine.
A pulmonary critical care physician, Dr. Adams is developing Web-based interactive professional education (Wipe) tools (WipeCOPD and WipeAsthma). The tools will be used to educate health care professionals — including students, housestaff and practicing clinicians — about best practices in the prevention, evaluation and treatment of obstructive lung diseases.
The interactive, Web-based tools promote the use of the Chronic Care Model in managing patients with obstructive lung conditions. Dr. Adams has received several awards to support development of these educational programs including:
Dr. Rugh's CATS Library
Dr. Rugh is a professor in the Department of Developmental Dentistry and director of the Dental School’s Evidence-Based Practice Program. He was formerly chair of the Department of Orthodontics, director of research for the Dental School and past president of the American Association of Dental Research.
The Evidence-Based Practice Program he developed trains dental students and residents to become lifelong learners by incorporating translational research methods into the curriculum. Working with dental practitioners, students and residents learn to identify dental problems, review scientific literature and then write critically appraised topics (CATS) that recommend best-practice solutions.
The result is the online CATS Library, which has been selected for indexing on the British Trip Database, a fast-result evidence-based clinical search engine. The CATS Library is becoming a worldwide resource for up-to-date oral health care knowledge.
Dr. Rugh obtained a $648,000 National Institutes of Health R25 education research grant to implement the program that is now a component of the Dental School’s new $2.5 million U.S. Public Health Service Faculty Development Program on which Dr. Rugh serves as co-principal investigator.
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