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Rural Student Physicians Receive Up Close Training


IN THIS ISSUE • Dr. Williams Named to BlueRibbon “Hospital of Tomorrow” Panel • In the Spotlight: Dr. Rob Dickerman • Unleash Your Inner “Tiger” at MSGA Golf Tourney • Did You Know? Family Medicine Scores Props!

pending time in a rural community and gathering information about the community’s unique medical needs is an essential part of training,” says John Bowling, DO, Professor and Assistant Dean of Rural Medical Education. That’s why 13 first-year students in the Rural Osteopathic Medical Education of The students saw Texas (ROME) program high-powered recently traveled to tools that dispense Bonham, Texas (pop. 10,000). 2-inch nails coated They met with Jim with adhesive Tarpley, DO (TCOM chemicals – as ’00), a native of the area who runs a family well as a nail that practice and also had been recently serves as occupational medicine physician for removed from a Clayton Homes, a local worker’s leg. manufactured housing company that employs more than 200. The students donned hard hats and safety glasses for a plant tour, observing the workers’ strenuous tasks and discussing potential hazards. The class then caravanned to Tarpley’s office to learn how he provides pre-employment exams, jobsite injury treatment and general consulting on employee health. “Dr. Tarpley hosted us in his clinic after hours to discuss life and practice as a family physician in a smaller town,” says Russ Wier (TCOM ’16). “We got a terrific glimpse at life in a rural community and how a physician plays a vital role within it.” “On-site training is a key element in educating the rural physician,” says Dr. Bowling. “This is an example of how we expose students to real-life situations in the rural environment so they see exactly how a rural physician can and must interact with his/her community. This solid preparation is why U.S. News & World Report ranks us 15th in the nation in ‘Rural Medicine,’ which is a very high ranking indeed.” Pictured above and right: Jim Tarpley, DO (TCOM ’00) shows TCOM ROME students how he performs pre-employment exams on factory workers.

Dr. Michael Williams

Named to U.S. News & World Report “Hospital Of Tomorrow” Advisory Council


ichael Williams, DO, MD, MBA, Interim President of UNT Health Science Center, has been appointed to a blueribbon panel of visionary health care executives tasked with guiding the development of a national health care forum created by U.S. News & World Report. Called “Hospital of Tomorrow,” the November 2013 forum in Washington, D.C. will address critical challenges facing the health care industry. The Advisory Council will meet regularly to spotlight pioneering strategies for the changing health care landscape. “This appointment gives Fort Worth a unique ‘seat at the table’ during critical senior-level health care discussions regarding our industry’s future,” Dr. Williams said. “It’s an honor to be part of such a distinguished group.” The other members of the Advisory Council are: • Steven J. Corwin, MD, CEO, New York Presbyterian University Hospital of Columbia and Cornell • Delos Cosgrove, MD, President and CEO, Cleveland Clinic • Kenneth L. Davis, MD, President and CEO, Mount Sinai Medical Center • Victor J. Dzau, MD, President and CEO, Duke University Medical Center • Patricia Gabow, MD, former CEO, Denver Health and Hospital Authority • Dean Gruner, President, ThedaCare • Elizabeth Nabel, MD, President, Brigham and Women’s Hospital • Ronald. R. Peterson, President, The Johns Hopkins Hospital • Gregory Poulsen, Senior Vice President for Innovation, Intermountain Health Care • Louis A. Shapiro, FACHE, President and CEO, Hospital for Special Surgery • Peter Slavin, MD, President, Massachusetts General Hospital

Dr. Sana F. Muntajibuddin

William Griffin

TCOM Class of 2015

Did You Know?

Dr. Janet Lieto

TCOM’s Department of Family Medicine scored major props at the recent American College of Osteopathic Family Physicians (ACOFP) Annual Convention and Scientific Seminar in Las Vegas, Nevada.

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Dr. Michael Williams

“The event concept has been met with more enthusiasm than we anticipated, evidenced in part by the caliber of professionals who have stepped up to form the Advisory Council. I am honored to be working with this brain trust to shape an event that will address—on the highest level—the critical challenges facing hospitals today.” —Brian Kelly, Editor and Chief Content Officer of U.S. News & World Report.

• Sana F. Muntajibuddin, DO, Family Medicine Resident, took first place for her original research, “CDC Physical Activity Guidelines in Relation to Obesity and Health Attitudes in Underserved Youth.” • William Griffin (TCOM ’15) was elected President of ACOFP’s National Student Association. • TCOM’s ACOFP student chapter received the Communications Award, one of only four chapters to be so recognized. • Janet Lieto, DO, CMD, Division of Geriatrics assistant professor, received her fellow award.

In the SPOTLIGHT Rob Dickerman, DO (TCOM ’98), PhD (GSBS ’98), is no stranger to recognition: both Newsweek and American Way magazines have named him among the top neurosurgeons in the country. He runs his own practice with the North Texas Brain and Spine Institute and also serves as Director of Neurosurgery at Texas Health Presbyterian Hospital Plano. Q: One of your favorite quotes comes from General

George S. Patton: “Accept the challenges, so that you may feel the exhilaration of victory.” Can you explain why you like that quote?

Ben, Arnie, Jack, Tiger...and you!


he second annual Tee-Off F.O.R.E. TCOM Golf Tournament will be held Saturday, Sept. 28, 2013, at Fort Worth’s Rockwood Golf Course. Organized by TCOM’s Medical Student Government Association (MSGA), the tourney is completely run by students and proceeds directly fund the student-administered “MSGA Above and Beyond Scholarship.” “Alumni and corporate friends will receive invitations soon,” says MSGA President Steven Maher (TCOM ’14). “This is a great opportunity for alums to get acquainted with current TCOM students and start building bridges between classes.” Last year’s tournament attracted nearly 100 students and alumni for a sun-and-fun outing on the links. For more information, please visit the event website at or call John Myers (TCOM ’16) at 817-301-7358.

Pictured: Top, left to right at last year’s tournament: Brady Bowen (TCOM ’14), Hayley Marshall (TCOM ’15), Andrew Bui and Rafael Perez (both TCOM ’14). Above right: Arthur Bredeweg and Margaret Mou (both TCOM ’15).

Dr. Dickerman: As a career, neurosurgery can often be brutal, to put it bluntly. But overcoming the various challenges feels rewarding. First, there’s a dearth of “There are a lot residencies – fewer than 100 in the country. I was fortunate to join North of risks in what Shore University-Long Island Jewish we do, but we Medical Center, where I eventually can help a lot of became chief resident. Then there people. That’s are the significant challenges of trauma cases. You find yourself the bottom line.” addressing serious brain or spinal cord injuries with just minutes of preparation. I’ll never forget when I first got there, I was thrown into the fire – suddenly there was somebody’s brain in front of me. Q: How did you cope? Dr. Dickerman: Frankly, at first, I wanted to quit every day because it was so hard and I was so tired. But I saw everything related to neurosurgery and I mean everything. To this day, after eight years in private practice, I still haven’t seen some of the conditions I treated there. And thank God I went there. If I’d gotten some plush residency, I wouldn’t have been as well prepared when I got out. God had a plan. Q: You’re a specialist in sophisticated surgeries,

including pioneering minimally invasive techniques, yet you’re cautious about performing them. Why?

Dr. Dickerman: Nine out of 10 patients don’t need me. They just need to fix their diet and exercise. When they tell me they don’t have time, I tell them to make time. They feel better and give me the credit. But they really did what it took to get better. Q: How has your TCOM training helped you? Dr. Dickerman: I’m proof that there’s nothing you can’t do if you’re from TCOM. Students there have a huge opportunity to go anywhere they want to go and help whomever they want to help – it’s up to them. The fact that I got in is a blessing.


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SAVE TH E DATE TCOM Class of 2013 Hooding, Awards And Reception May 17, 2013 from 3-5 p.m. – Will Rogers Auditorium TCOM Class of 2013 Commencement May 18, 2013 at 3 p.m. – Daniel-Meyer Coliseum (TCU) Eighth Annual Texas Conference on Health Disparities May 30-31, 2013 – UNTHSC campus TCOM Class of 2017 White Coat Ceremony July 20, 2013 at 9:30 a.m. – Will Rogers Exhibit Hall

TCOM Alumni Newsletter - May 2013