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NEWSLETTER February 2013
UNTHSC Interim President Williams (TCOM ’81) Tours Texas!
Join fellow alum Michael Williams, DO, MD, MBA, for an evening of conversation about our alma mater and alumni family. Dates, locations and times are listed below. Please RSVP to firstname.lastname@example.org or call 817-735-2430. Fort Worth The Fort Worth Club 306 West Seventh Street Wednesday, March 6, 2013 6:00 - 8:00 p.m. Dallas The Crescent Club at Rosewood Crescent Hotel 400 Crescent Court Thursday, March 7, 2013 6:00 - 8:00 p.m. Houston The Briar Club 2603 Timmons Lane Thursday, March 14, 2013 6:00 - 8:00 p.m. Austin The Austin Club 110 East 9th Street Tuesday, March 19, 2013 6:00 - 8:00 p.m. San Antonio The Petroleum Club of San Antonio 8620 N. New Braunfels, Ste. 700 Wednesday, March 20, 2013 6:00 - 8:00 p.m. Tyler Willow Brook Country Club 3205 West Erwin Wednesday, March 27, 2013 6:00 - 8:00 p.m.
TCOM’s Academy of Medical Educators: Innovative Outcomes for Students Start with Professors Founded by TCOM Dean Don Peska, DO, MEd, in 2010, the Academy of Medical Educators (AME) is a rigorous outcomes-oriented approach to medical education that gives professors teaching skills designed to help medical students succeed today and tomorrow. AME enriches TCOM’s already innovative approach, referred to as a “problem- and taskfocused curriculum,” in which students use class time to address patient case studies rather than passively listening to lectures. TCOM students develop clinically relevant skills, and as a result, they consistently score among the highest in the nation on osteopathic medicine licensing exams. AME offers graduate-level course work that leads to a formal certificate in Higher Education. The approximately 30 AME participants meet four hours per week and are exempted from a component of their patient-care responsibilities so they have time to focus on curricular design and implementation, self-study and educational research.
“Few if any other medical schools in the nation have an academy this ambitious,” says Associate Dean, Curricular Design and Faculty Development, Frank Papa, DO, PhD, who leads the Academy. “Most are not as outcomes-oriented. If we continue this approach, we will be one of the first medical schools with a true 21st century curriculum among all osteopathic medical schools, if not all U.S. and European medical schools.”
In This Issue: • Academy of Medical Educators Sets Sights on Future • Spotlight on … Jason Shore • Health Professionals Take Flight • Anonymous Donor • Sustainable Serenity • A Word from Leslie Casey