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Graduate course with Mexico is a first (12/30/97)

A graduate course in the "Physics of Nuclear Medicine" will become the first-ever health-related graduate course to be offered jointly by The University of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio and the Mexico City campus of UNAM, the Universidad Nacional Autonoma de Mexico.

According to course director Gary Fullerton, PhD, professor of radiology, who heads the Health Science Center's graduate program in Radiological Sciences, the three-credit-hour course will run for 16 weeks beginning Jan. 14.

"We are very excited about the course and the opportunity to work with faculty and students in Mexico City," he says. "UNAM is developing a curriculum to add physics to the clinical environment and this course should offer them the knowledge to help accomplish that." The course will cover the application of nuclear physics in medicine. According to Dr. Fullerton, the Secretary-General of the International Union of Physics and Engineering Sciences in Medicine (IUPESM), hopes the new method of course development will be a pilot that can be used for curriculum extensions in developing nations worldwide.

The Health Science Center will link audio and video from two classrooms to UNAM via an existing link UNAM in Mexico maintains with the UNAM extension in San Antonio at Hemisfair Plaza. The course will be conducted in English. The first lecture will be held Wednesday, Jan. 14 and opening ceremonies will be held on the 16th beginning at 1 p.m. in 444B at the Health Science Center.

The Health Science Center has had an affiliation agreement with UNAM for the past two years. "We feel that this course is in keeping with San Antonio's and the Health Science Center's role in collaboration and mentoring for the region," Dr. Fullerton says.

Contact: Mike Lawrence (210) 567-2570