The Department of Physical Therapy was well-represented at the San Antonio Rock ‘n Roll Marathon on November 3. Seven students, 2 faculty, and several alumni (pictured above) competed in the run, while another 15 students and faculty volunteered in medical support services.
The Department of Respiratory Care was recognized by Northeast ISD at their November Board of Trustees meeting for their collaboration on three Community Service Learning Grants and the McCaffree Humanitarian Award. These grants allowed the Respiratory Care Department to partner with elementary schools to provide asthma education to children with asthma and their parents. The RC program had a large impact on Camelot Elementary School and Larkspur Elementary School, who subsequently received the Asthma Friendly Schools Initiative (AFSI) Gold Award from the American Lung Association. These were the only two schools in the country that were recognized and awarded this year.
Gold award winning schools are required to meet 20 components within the four main strategies as part of the Asthma Friendly Schools Initiative: maximizing school health services, building asthma education, providing healthy learning environments, and managing physical education and activity.
Pictured above is Department Chair De De Gardner (center), who accepted the partnership award on behalf of the Department of Respiratory Care from Board of Trustee Vice-President Letti Bresnahan (left) and Dr. Brian G. Gottardy, Superintendent of schools (right). Read more about these awards at http://www.neisd.net/ComRel/NEISD_NovBoardMtg_13.htm
Earlier this year – after a yearlong pilot project – the Department of Emergency Health Sciences in the School of Health Professions was selected by the U.S. Army to train all U.S. Army Flight Medics. The Health Science Center was honored to be selected as the sole educational provider to meet this critical need. The five-year contract requires the EHS Department to provide four Paramedic Certification courses and four Critical Care Transport Courses per year for U.S. Army Flight Medics.
On November 5, the Department of Emergency Health Sciences hosted a presentation of the documentary, When I Have Your Wounded: The DUSTOFF Legacy”. Over 200 faculty, staff, students military members, and guests attended the event, which highlighted the legacy of Army Medevacs.
Following a welcome by HSC President William Henrich, MD, EHS Department Chair Dr. Lance Villers gave opening remarks. He introduced retired Colonel Dan Gower, also a former DUSTOFF pilot, who provided a brief history of the video. The documentary is a one-hour feature film that tells the story of the Army helicopter medical evacuation for the U.S. Army Medical Department. The film shows the legendary pioneers of Army Medevacs in Korea and Vietnam to the frontline DUSTOFF missions in the deserts of the Middle East. DUSTOFF was the radio call sign given to the first helicopter evacuation unit in Vietnam in 1962. The term DUSTOFF has become synonymous with life-saving aeromedical evacuation.
A panel discussion/question and answer session was held after the video. Panelists included retired Maj. Gen. Patrick Brady, Medal of Honor recipient and a Medevac pilot during the Vietnam Era; Maj. Patrick Zenk, whose late father was a pioneer of the Army Medevac in Vietnam and who himself is now a Medevac that served in Afghanistan; and Sgt. Billy Raines, who currently serves as an Army Medevac. Both Brady and Zenk were featured in the documentary.
The Department of Respiratory Care was featured at the American Lung Associations’ Asthma Friendly Schools Initiative (AFSI) National Gold Star Award Reception and Ceremony that was held on October 24th. Two NEISD schools were honored with as national Asthma-Friendly Schools Initiative Champions; Camelot and Larkspur Elementary Schools were recognized for their efforts to create a school environment that is healthy and “asthma friendly”.
Champion Awards are given in recognition of schools that have taken positive strides to create a healthier learning environment using the strategies outlined in the Asthma-Friendly Schools Initiative. Silver and Gold level winners are schools that have gone above and beyond to protect the health of their students, faculty and staff.
|Pictured, from left to right, are Kenzie Arnold, Diane Rhodes, Mary Hart|
“Asthma makes breathing difficult for more than 7 million children in America, and is a leading cause of school absenteeism,” said Diane Rhodes, RRT, AE-C, Assistant Director of Asthma Education for North East Independent School District (NEISD.) “The Lung Association has been leading the fight against asthma for many years, through research, education and advocacy. By supporting the Asthma Friendly Schools Initiative, these schools have helped kids with asthma stay healthy, in school and ready to learn.”
The two schools highlighted, Larkspur and Camelot, were recognized with help from their Community Partner – the Department of Respiratory Care and the 2+2 Asthma Crew programs, which are supported by two grants: the Community Service Learning Grant from the Center for Ethics and Humanities and the McCaffree Humanitarian Award from the American College of Chest Physicians – Chest Foundation.
|Pictured, from left to right, are Mary Hart, Senator Letiticia Van de Putte, Kenzie Arnold|
The partnership was led by De De Gardner, Respiratory Care Department Chair, and Leslie Gonzalez, graduate of the Respiratory Care program, along with the Asthma2Art program, led by Respiratory Care faculty member Mary Hart, and Erika Diaz, senior student in the program. A special thank you was given to the Class of 2013 and 2014 Respiratory Care Students and the Faculty for supporting the projects.
Camelot Elementary was also recognized for their participation with their community partners – the Pulmonary Division/School of Medicine, led by Dr. Jay Peters, and the Department of Respiratory Care faculty, staff and students, including Dr. Ruben Restrepo, Richard Wettstein, Kenzie Arnold and Tara Garcia.
The AFSI Champion Awards are made possible by support from Genentech and the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency
On October 21, 2013, thirteen new members were inducted in the UTHSCSA Sigma Chapter of Pi Theta Epsilon, the national occupational therapy honor society. The ceremony was conducted by the OT department faculty with family and friends of the initiates in attendance. Dr. Michael Gargano, Vice President of Academic, Faculty, and Student Affairs and interim Dean of the School of Health Professions, was also in attendance and spoke as part of the ceremony.
|Pictured left to right are OT students: Laura Osborn, Lori Valdez, Jessie Seindensticker, Debra Lewis, Vanessa Montelongo, Alyssa Kreutter, Briana Garza, Silvia Bibb, and Katherine Gresback. Not pictured: Kathleen Laurente, Marisa Maldonado, Brianna Mazoch, and Jessica West|
The Department of Respiratory Care inducted nine senior Respiratory Care students into the Lambda Beta National Honor Society for Respiratory Therapy. Two faculty were also inducted as honorary members of the Lambda Beta Honor Society. The honor society inducts the top 20% of the students enrolled in the program who have a 3.5 or greater and demonstrate leadership in the respiratory care program.
|Pictured, from left to right, are Mary Hart, MSHA, RRT-AE-C, FAARC, Director of Clinical Education, Lydia Tran, Crystal Blake, April Anderson, Andy Kong, Emanuel Davila, Andrew Tate, Rose Mary Gonzalez, Dat Le, Erika Diaz, and Thomas Stokes, MA, RRT, Assistant Professor and honor society chapter advisor.|
The Department of Respiratory Care inducted 22 junior respiratory care students into the respiratory care profession through the White Coat Ceremony held on September 13.
|Pictured, from left to right are Thomas Stokes (faculty), De De Gardner (faculty) , Jessica Oliver, Brenda Falcon, David Dionne, Danielle Elliott, Hector Morales, Jessica Cavazos, Chinazo Orgazi, Araceli Sanchez, Amber Marquette, Jennifer Mata, Himroz Sidhu, Alyssa Gomez, Kelly Hand, Mehri Rashvandaveh, David Guerrero, Justine Estrada, David Garcia, Cassie Couch, Joshua Casey, Krystal Polanco, Ruben Restrpo (faculty), Hadier Morsy, and Mary Hart (faculty).|
The Respiratory Care organization, pictured below, participated in the Miss Fiesta Health Fair on Saturday, October 12. The students provided asthma, COPD and tobacco cessation education.
Congratulations to Dr. George Kudolo (pictured on right), Professor, Toxicology/Department of Clinical Laboratory Sciences! He was recently awarded the University of Texas Regent’s Outstanding Teaching Award!
Offered annually in recognition of faculty members at the nine academic and six health University of Texas System institutions who have demonstrated extraordinary classroom performance and innovation in undergraduate instruction, the Regents' Outstanding Teaching Awards are the Board of Regents' highest honor. Given the depth and breadth of talent across the UT System, the awards program is likewise one of the nation's most competitive.
Faculty members undergo a series of rigorous evaluations by students, peer faculty and external reviewers. The review panels consider a range of activities and criteria in their evaluations of a candidate's teaching performance, including classroom expertise, curricula quality, innovative course development and student learning outcomes.
Established by the Board of Regents in 2008, the Regents' Outstanding Teaching Awards complement a wide range of Systemwide efforts that underscore the Board of Regents' commitment to ensuring the UT System is a place of intellectual exploration and discovery, educational excellence and unparalleled opportunity.
The School of Health Professions welcomes three new faculty members this fall. Ricky Joseph, Ph.D. (pictured on left) joins the Department of Occupational Therapy; Yunius Schambers, MPAS (pictured in center), is now an Assistant Professor in the Department of Physician Assistant Studies; and Thomas Stokes, M.Ed. (pictured on right), joins the faculty in the Department of Respiratory Care.
The School of Health Professions has new leadership for Faculty Assembly. Pictured below, from left to right: Chair Mary Hart, Department of Respiratory Care; Vice Chair Martha Acosta, Department of Physical Therapy; and Secretary Autumn Clegg, Department of Occupational Therapy.
Barbara Quillin, MPAS, PA-C, has been named interim Chair of the Department of Physician Assistant Studies.
Clinical Laboratory Sciences student Rosemarie Nguyen (pictured in center below) was elected as vice-chair of the American Society for Clinical Laboratory Science Student Forum.
Emily Kidd, M.D., Assistant Professor in the Department of Emergency Health Sciences, was appointed to the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) National Advisory Council (NAC). The NAC is an advisory committee established to ensure effective and ongoing coordination of federal preparedness, protection, response, recovery, and mitigation for natural disasters, acts of terrorism, and other man-made disasters. Members represent the whole community including public health, tribal government and functional and access needs, and provide recommendations on a variety of issues within emergency management to the FEMA administrator.
Kimatha Grice, Department of Occupational Therapy, recently completed her doctoral degree in Occupational Therapy at the University of St. Augustine. Congratulations, Dr. Grice!
Rick Wettstein has been promoted to Associate Professor Department of Respiratory Care.
Dr. Helen Sorenson received the Faculty of the Year Award from the Class of 2013. She is pictured above on right with Department Chair De De Gardner.
Speaking of Respiratory Care, some of their grads (pictured below) made national news. They were featured in the American Association of Respiratory Care e-newsletter: http://connect.aarc.org/Home
Pictured from left to right: Leslie Gonzalez, BSRC, RRT; Christina Luna , BSRC, RRT;
Megan Llamas, BSRC, RRT; Sharon San Juan, BSRC, RRT.
Congratulations to Emanuel Davila, senior Respiratory Care student/Class of 2014, who was awarded the Endowed Stephenson Scholarship. The Stephenson Scholarship is named in honor of Mr. Sunny Stephenson. Emanuel is pictured above with Melissa Jernigan (left) and Beth Box (right), daughters of Mr. Stephenson. Melissa has written a book about her father and his journey with Parkinson's and pulmonary fibrosis. This book was used as a fundraiser for the Endowed Scholarship.
De De Gardner, Chair/Department of Respiratory Care, received notification that their community service project, “2+2 Asthma Crew: Asthma Education in the Elementary School Environment”, is the recipient of a 2013 Humanitarian Award grant from the American College of Chest Physicians and the CHEST Foundation.
Dr. Linda Smith, Chair/Department of Clinical Laboratory Sciences, recently completed her term as President of the American Society for Clinical Laboratory Science (ASCLS). She is shown above giving her presidential address at the national conference. Dr. Smith received the Robin H. Mendelson Memorial Award from ASCLS Education & Research Fund which is the most prestigious award given by ASCLS. In addition she gave two invited sessions at the ASCLS/CLMA – Hawaii annual meeting: “Immunology of Infectious Disease: From Lab to Patient” and “Autoimmune Diseases: The Difficulties in the Diagnostic Process”.
Dr. Martha Acosta and several of her students from the Department of Physical Therapy (pictured above) provided balance screenings and fall-prevention education to older adults at the Granados Adult and Senior Center’s Health Fest.
The Department of Clinical Laboratory Sciences will be welcoming their 4th group of CLS exchange students from Karolinska Institutet in Stockholm, Sweden, this fall.