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Arnett elected ACP Master

Dr. Frank Arnett

Dr. Frank Arnett

Dr. Frank Arnett, clinical professor of internal medicine and holder of the Elizabeth Bidgood Chair in Rheumatology and Linda K. Finger Chair in Autoimmune and Connective Tissue Diseases, has been elected to Mastership of the American College of Physicians (ACP).

Arnett is one of 51 Fellows designated internationally as Masters by the ACP this year. A very competitive process, Mastership is conferred upon highly distinguished Fellows of the ACP, recognizing them for their contributions to medicine and ACP activities.

“I felt very honored to be recognized as a Master of the ACP,” Arnett said. “It is the largest society for internists, regardless of subspecialty, in the United States.”

Arnett’s Mastership was presented at a Convocation Ceremony at the annual ACP meeting in Toronto, Canada, in April with a special “Master” academic hood.

“It was an awesome ceremony and a time to see many old friends in the profession,” Arnett added. “It makes me feel very satisfied that I have made a difference in my profession.”

As a Master, Arnett may use the initials MACP after his name to mark the designation.

The ACP is a national organization of internists who specialize in the prevention, detection, and treatment of illnesses in adults. The goals of the ACP include establishing and promoting the highest clinical standards and ethical ideals and becoming the foremost comprehensive education and information resource for all internists.

Arnett received his medical degree from the University of Cincinnati School of Medicine and completed an internship, assistant residency, and fellowship at the Johns Hopkins Hospital in Maryland. He joined the Medical School as professor and director of the Division of Rheumatology in 1984.

— Darla Brown, Office of Communications, Medical School

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Reach Out and Read launches Summer of a Million Books campaign

Reach Out and Read

Reach Out and Read, a nationwide school readiness program, has launched a bold campaign to give a new, age-appropriate book to a million children this summer. The Summer of a Million Books campaign, which runs through Labor Day, unites Reach Out and Read pediatricians, family physicians, and nurse practitioners at 4,500 hospitals and clinics across the country in a mission to prepare America’s youngest children to succeed in school.

Reach Out and Read Texas is a program of the Children’s Learning Institute at the Medical School and is leading the regional effort to distribute more than 60,000 books to local children over the next two months.

Reach Out and Read developed the Summer of a Million Books in conjunction with United We Serve: Let’s Read. Let’s Move. The initiative, which aims to promote community service and combat illiteracy and childhood obesity, is led by First Lady Michelle Obama, the Corporation for National and Community Service, and five federal agencies.

To raise the awareness of early literacy, Kim Anderson, director of Reach Out and Read Texas, said, “We can’t afford to wait until children arrive at school to help them develop basic reading and language skills. We must intervene much earlier—in the first years of life—when we can have the greatest impact on their cognitive development and prospects for success. That’s what the Summer of a Million Books is all about.”

Reach Out and Read benefits children who are at greatest risk for school failure and illiteracy by providing them high quality children’s books. It also provides parents with reading tips and guidance on the importance of reading aloud. Research shows that families served by the program read together more often and their children enter kindergarten better prepared to succeed, with larger vocabularies, stronger language skills, and a 6-month developmental age over their peers.

The key to Reach Out and Read’s success is the messenger: pediatricians, family physicians, and other healthcare providers. Participating doctors and nurse practitioners incorporate the Reach Out and Read model into every regular checkup for children between 6 months of age and the time they enter kindergarten. Because 96 percent of U.S. children see a doctor at least once a year and because of the trust parents have in their child’s doctor, the pediatric checkup is an opportunity to promote early literacy and school readiness.

Last year, Reach Out and Read’s 26,500 participating medical providers served 3.9 million children and families nationwide. The 230 Reach Out and Read Programs in Texas serve 275,000 infants, toddlers, and preschoolers annually.

To accomplish the Summer of a Million Books’ goal, Reach Out and Read’s doctors and nurse practitioners must distribute more than 18,500 books every day of the campaign, which continues through Sept. 6. Join the campaign by donating a book or sponsoring a child online through Reach Out and Read's Virtual Book Drive, organize a book drive for the Reach Out and Read Program in your community, and read to the children in your life every day.

For information on Reach Out and Read Texas, call 713.500.8295.

— Meredith Raine, Media Relations, Office of Institutional Advancement

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Geriatric and Palliative Medicine Grand Rounds offered July 19

The Geriatric and Palliative Medicine Division invites you to attend two Grand Rounds offered July 19 for the Reynolds Visiting Professor Program (RsVP). The presenter for these programs will be Dr. Timothy Quill, professor of medicine, Psychiatry and Medical Humanities Center for Ethics, Humanities and Palliative Care at the University of Rochester School of Medicine.

The first lecture will be presented at noon in MSB 1.006, and lunch will be served on a first-come, first-served basis. The topic will be “Discussing Treatment Preferences with Patients Who Want ‘Everything.’”

The lecture, open to everyone, will offer one hour of CME credit and one hour of ethics/professional responsibility.

Quill also will lecture at a one-hour dinner CME that evening at 5:30 p.m. in MSB 1.006. The free lecture is open to everyone, and the topic will be “Talking with Patients about End-of-Life Issues: Balancing Honesty, Compassion and Hope.”

For more information, or to register for the presentation, please visit the website or contact Rhonda Bailes.

These lectures are funded in part by a grant from the D. W. Reynolds Foundation and by the Phyllis Gough Huffington Lecture Series II.

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Job opportunity

Senior Administrative Coordinator

PET Imaging Center

The UT Weatherhead PET Imaging Center is seeking an experienced Administrative Coordinator interested in working with a team of professionals managing cardiac and other patients with non-invasive (PET) imaging and healthy lifestyle promotion. The individual’s responsibilities include coordinating the marketing activities of the CENTURY Health study and providing administrative support services for the department. The applicant must be a self-motivated individual who possesses a caring, professional attitude, enjoys working in a team environment, and must have an interest in good diet, exercise, and a healthy lifestyle.

The ideal candidate will possess a Bachelor’s degree in a related field—or 3 years relevant experience in lieu of education—and strong communication and organizational skills.

Qualified candidates apply online for Requisition #093862.

The University of Texas is an Equal Opportunity, Affirmative Action Employer. Minorities and women are strongly encouraged to apply. This is a security-sensitive position and thereby subject to Texas Education Code §51.215.

Wang elected treasurer of Sexual Medicine Society of North America

National Marfan Foundation’s annual meeting

Dr. Run Wang

Dr. Run Wang, associate professor of surgery and the Cecil M. Crigler, MD Chair in Urology, recently was elected treasurer of the Sexual Medicine Society of North America (SMSNA) at the organization’s annual meeting in San Francisco.

Established in 1994, the SMSNA is an association of multidisciplinary healthcare professionals and scientists interested in the advancement of sexual medicine in North America.

The mission of the SMSNA is to promote the highest standards of care in sexual medicine and to provide a forum for the exchange of ideas and the latest research in the field of sexual medicine. With nearly 800 members, the SMSNA is one of the most active societies in the world in sexual medicine, holding scientific meetings biannually.

Wang also is the director of Sexual Medicine in the Department of Urology at The University of Texas M. D. Anderson Cancer Center and the current secretary general for the World Chinese Urological Society.

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Surprise scholarship

Dean Giuseppe Colasurdo and Dr. David Foster

Dean Giuseppe Colasurdo surprises Dr. David Foster, ’06, with the news his parents, Thomas and Jeannine Foster, have established The Foster Family Educational Fund in Pediatrics—a scholarship to be awarded to a fourth-year medical student to assist in offsetting travel expenses during pediatric residency interviews.
— Chris Matula, Office of Communications, Medical School





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Events to Know

July 13

Department of Psychiatry & Behavioral Sciences Summer CME Lecture Series: Dr. Andrew Harper, medical director, UT-HCPC, presents, “Update on Mood Disorders in Children and Adolescents.”
6:30–7:30 p.m., BBSB Room 3250.
$25 pre-registration, $30 on-site registration. For details, contact Liz Vinson, 713.486.2672.

July 14

Annual Enrollment Meeting for Insurance and Benefits.
Noon–1 p.m., MSB 3.001.

Family & Community Medicine's Grand Rounds: Dr. Anu Davis, assistant professor of internal medicine, presents, “Thyroid Disorders.”
1–2 p.m., MSB 2.135.

July 19

UTHealth Consortium on Aging: Dr. Timothy Quill (University of Rochester) presents, “Discussing Treatment Preferences with Patients who want ‘Everything.’”
Noon–1 p.m., MSB 1.006.
Lunch provided.
“Talking with Patients about End-of-Life Issues: Balancing Honesty, Compassion and Hope.”
5:30–6:30 p.m., MSB 1.006.
Dinner provided.
1 Hour CME and 1 hour ethics/professional responsibility per presentation.
Register here.

Quarterly meeting of the MSRDP Board of Directors and Clinical Faculty.
4–6 p.m., MSB 2.103.

July 20

Department of Psychiatry & Behavioral Sciences Summer CME Lecture Series: Dr. Vineeth John, resident training director, presents, “Dementia: Challenges in Diagnosis and Treatment.”
6:30–7:30 p.m., BBSB Room 3250.
$25 pre-registration, $30 on-site registration. For details, contact Liz Vinson, 713.486.2672.

July 21

Family & Community Medicine's Grand Rounds: Dr. Mary Ruppe, assistant professor of internal medicine, presents, “Renal Stones.”
1–2 p.m., MSB 2.135.

July 22

Department of Surgery Grand Rounds: Dr. Charles Van Buren, professor and director of the Division of Immunology and Organ Transplant; Dr. Ronald Kerman, professor of surgery; and Dr. Bhamidipati Murthy, associate professor of internal medicine, present, “Living Donor Renal Transplant— Theory and Practice.”
7 a.m., MSB 3.001.
CME credit is available.

July 23

Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation Alliance Grand Rounds: Dr. Dong Kim, chair of the Department of Neurosurgery, presents, “Neural Stem Cells for Spinal Cord Injury.”
Noon–1 p.m., MSB B.605.

July 27

Department of Psychiatry & Behavioral Sciences Summer CME Lecture Series: Dr. Alan Swann, vice chair of research, Department of Psychiatry & Behavioral Sciences, presents, “Clinical Challenges in Bipolar Disorder: Substance Abuse, Impulsivity and Suicide.”
6:30–7:30 p.m., BBSB Room 3250.
$25 pre-registration, $30 on-site registration. For details, contact Liz Vinson, 713.486.2672.

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