Faculty Meeting Notes

November 7, 2012

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Welcome/Opening Remarks:

Dr. Jaén:

Welcome/Overview

Recognize new faculty/staff:

Irma Sanchez

Marcy Wiemers, MD

Marcela Riojas, MD

Education Update:

Dr. Kumar:

Clerkship update – now have team-based learning. Didactics students are now experiencing very high scores in shelf exam.

Fourth year: students entering FM in the 2013 match.

FMIG: going well, - students are involved in Ready-Set-Fit; TAR Wars.

Tysinger:

Leonard G. Paul Professorship update – getting the donations slowing and inching the way toward the professorship.

Service Awards presented to Dr. Stella Koretsky, Griselda Cossio, PA - 5 yrs. of service; Dr. Maria Munoz – 5 yrs. of service; Dr. Oralia Bazaldua – 15 yrs. of service; in October, at the President’s awards’ ceremony, Dr. Sandra Burge and Janie Trevino were awarded for their 25 yrs. of service; Dee Cavazos was awarded for her 30 yrs. of service.

Faculty Development minute

Information Technology Minute:

Albert Pedroza

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Novitas

Charlotte Billington:

Novitas briefing and handouts

Download handout "11-8-12 Roundtable PowerPoint: Trailblazer to Novitas Transition Effective 11/19/12"   

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Download handout "E/M Documentation Auditor's Instructions - 1995"   

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Research Update:

Dr. Ferrer:

CTSA grant – Community portion of it is up for renewal in January, 2013 and it’s a $25M grant. All researchers are busy working on it.

Dr. Burge:

CTSA grant – as Dr. Ferrer stated, we are busy getting our inputs in for the Community portion of this grant.

PBRN convocation – in October was a huge success.

Research division news – StarNET received a secret for cancer research. Dr. Burge didn’t mention how much awarded.

On November 28th, there’s the Medical Student Research Day – Wednesday. Dr. Burge needs lots of judges. You get a free lunch!!!!

Residency Update:

Dr. Nadeau:

New building plans – we will move in – February 2013; Residency office will be moving also to new building.

Recruiting season going well; Second look party is scheduled for January 29th, 2013. Residency Graduation Dinner/Party is on June 15th, 2013.

Resident retreat on 8/29 addressed some citations in our program. It will be discussed with the Chair soon.

Scooter Store Research Project:

Dr. Suh:

Study is to determine the effectiveness of mobility devices in preventing falls.

Drs. Suh, Espino, Parker and Wood are working on this project.

IRB protocol is to be submitted soon.

There is an upcoming trip to New Braunfels to look at the Scooter Store database.

Firms:

FHC/Residency: Dr. Nadeau

New building plans – we will move in – February 2013; Residency office will be moving also to new building.

Recruiting season going well; Second look party is scheduled for January 29th, 2013. Residency Graduation Dinner/Party is on June 15th, 2013.

Resident retreat on 8/29 addressed some citations in our program. It will be discussed with the Chair soon.

FHC/Residency: Dr. Poursani

Inpatient service update.

Moving to new building for FHC.

Geriatrics: Dr. Jaén

ACE Unit moved to CHRISTUS Santa Rosa Medical Center at 2827 Babcock Rd.

Geriatrics recruiting for physicians.

MARC: Dr. Gillard

Clinic Process Improvement Projects – Call Center is the only one that has been accomplished; Dr. Gillard would like to know if other clinics would like to get involved in the Clinic Process Improvement Projects or have suggestions.

Tobacco Seminar – need to recruit people for the free seminars.

Westover Hills: Dr. Koretsky

We need MD ASAP and many thanks to Dr. Oscos for willing to help us.

Our clinic met MU requirements and that will give our staff an option to have a bonus. Dr. Melendez is now on a Leave of Absence.

STEER/MPH: Dr. Miller

STEER Faculty conducted a panel presentation at the AMSA Empowering Future Physicians Conference (EFPC) at UTHSCSA.

STEER was well represented by Dr. Beatriz Tapia and Viola Elisco at the 140th Annual APHA National Meeting & Exposition last week

    1. Can medical students learn and apply environmental health concepts in an online course?
    2. Training Respiratory Care Professionals on the Environmental Control of Asthma Triggers
    3. Environmental health training at the Border: Ensuring that physicians and public health professionals are prepared to integrate environmental health into their practice.

Grants: Currently developing the education material for the Border Environment Cooperation Commission (BECC) grant, “Reducing Prenatal & Childhood Environmental Exposure Risk among Hispanic Families."

MD/MPH: MD/MPH presentation during the Medical Education Symposium of the AMSA EFPC conference.

Community Outreach/Education:

    1. Currently hosting 8 dietetics students and 3 CLS exchange students from Biomedical Laboratory Science Program at Karolinska Institute in Stockholm, Sweden.
    2. In September and October STEER hosted 1 Aerospace Resident, 2 CDC/TDSHS Public Health Professional, 3 MPH students, 5 PA students and 1 4th year MD/MPH student.
    3. STEER faculty provided interactive environmental educational demonstrations and materials for approximately 175 attendees at the 28th Annual Update in Medicine Conference.
    4. STEER faculty, staff and students will be providing environmental health education and household hazardous material education at the annual Health Occupation Planning Exposition (HOPE) career day (Approx. 1,000 H.S students).

Autism Research Group: Dr. Palmer

Hosted a successful Autism Translational Research Series with 4 speakers from Stanford, California Institute of Technology, Pessah UC Davis, and Columbia University.

Continue to build our tooth repository and currently have ~640 teeth, with another 200 expected in the coming weeks from 100 new recruits.

Planning to submit an RO1 with a renown tooth researcher from Australia along with 2 other labs and are defining specific aims for case/control and sibling studies.