News, Honors and Awards 2011

GIM Faculty Receive 2011 Teaching Awards

Three GIM faculty received awards at the 6th Annual Excellence in Education Award Ceremony on October 12, 2011.

Population-Based Research Optimizing Screening through Personalized Regimens (PROSPR) Consortium to include UT Southwestern and Parkland

Drs. Celette Skinner and Ethan Halm received a five-year, $6.3 million NCI colorectal cancer screening center grant to be part of a new national PROSPR consortium. The Parkland-UT Southwestern PROSPR Center represents a multidisciplinary collaboration between the Parkland Hospital and Health System, UT Southwestern Medical Center, Simmons Comprehensive Cancer Center, and UT School of Public Health. GIM faculty involved in this research endeavor include: Ethan Halm, M.D., M.P.H., Ruben Amarasingham, M.D., M.B.A., and Noel Santini, M.D. The goal of the PROSPR Center is to optimize CRC screening through personalized regimens in our integrated safety-net health system serving a large and diverse population of under- and uninsured patients in Dallas.

Shah Leads Education Modules Project for Teaching Geriatrics Basic Competencies

Amit Shah, M.D., will lead a new POGOe project that is underway, collaborating with several physicians, including members of the University of Alabama's Reynolds Foundation team. The POGOe Geriatric Education Modules (Web-GEMs) will be a series of online clinical cases designed for teaching MS3/MS4 students basic competencies in geriatrics. Envisioned as a virtual curriculum, these clinical cases are to be based on each of the AAMC Geriatrics Competencies and other important geriatrics syndromes and will be designed for easy integration into core clinical clerkships with emphasis on "core topics".

GIM Outpatient Clinics Receive PCMH Level 3 Recognition from NCQA

UT Southwestern’s General Internal Medicine outpatient practice—including the Geriatrics Clinic—received Patient-Centered Medical Home (PCMH) recognition at Level 3, the highest level, from the National Committee on Quality Assurance. A Patient-Centered Medical Home is “a health care setting that facilitates partnerships between individual patients, and their personal physicians, and when appropriate, the patient’s family,” providing care “when and where [patients] need and want it in a culturally and linguistically appropriate manner.”

The designation is the culmination of 12 months of effort by the PCMH Initiative team. Team members are Lynne Kirk, M.D.; Temple Howell-Stampley, M.D.; Kim Batchelor, M.P.H.; Deepa Bhat, Katherine Coffey, and Ewa Henderson, R.N.

Four UTSW Students Accepted by MSTAR Program

Four UT Southwestern medical students have been accepted by the American Federation of Aging's Medical Student Training in Aging Research (MSTAR) Program. MSTAR will fund summer work for UTSW students Michael Wu and Anisha Turner, both of whom will remain at UTSW and be mentored by Drs. Craig Rubin and Kathryn Eubank. UTSW students Salmon Hirani and Nancy Lin will be at the MSTAR centers at John Hopkins University and University of California San Francisco, respectively.