Honors, Awards, and News

Reinventing Primary Care

November 2014  Patients of Village Health Partners in Plano may not know they are walking into a carefully constructed medical home. But founder and family physician Christopher Crow, M.D., wants them to feel at home. For internist Temple Howell-Stampley, M.D., it also means having a diverse care team at the ready. She is Associate Professor and Medical Director of Outpatient Services for the General Internal Medicine ambulatory practice sites at The University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center in Dallas, one of several medical home initiatives there. See the cover story in the November issue of Texas Medicine.

Testing of ER patients for heart attack in absence of symptoms widespread

November 17, 2014 – Emergency rooms are testing many patients for markers of acute coronary syndrome who show no signs of having suffered a heart attack, UT Southwestern Medical Center researchers have found.

Inappropriate testing for heart attacks increases the cost of treatment; increases the number of false positives, which could lead to further testing and unnecessary consultations; and adds to patient anxiety, said Anil Makam, M.D., Assistant Professor of Internal Medicine at UT Southwestern and first author of the study published today in JAMA Internal Medicine.