News, Honors, and Awards
Dr. Balis teams up with Dallas Mavericks against Nicotine
Congratulations to Dr. Balis and the rest of the UT Southwestern Smoking Cessation program team and the Dallas Maveriks on this “Team up Against Nicotine” campaign.
GIM faculty represent in Innovation Tank
To promote innovation in care delivery, health education, and patient experience, the Clinical Compensation Committee created the Innovation Tank, a competition modeled after Shark Tank to encourage internal investment in faculty development as facilitators of change.
Congratulations to Drs. Bethany Agusala and John Clark for each receiving a $5,000 pilot project award as semi-finalists. Drs. Jaclyn Albin and Caitlin Siropaides were selected as finalists in the Department of Internal Medicine Innovation Tank competition, each receiving a $10,000 pilot project award.
Faculty were invited to submit their ideas to the Innovation Tank Committee, who then selected 13 semi-finalists. These semi-finalists were matched up with ‘celebrity coaches’ (Drs. Gary Reed, Ethan Halm, and Kavita Bhavan) who then gave personalized feedback about how to improve their ideas prior to the semi-finals poster competition at the Wellness Symposium.
The celebrity judges were only supposed to pick five finalists who would present to ‘igniters’ (Drs. W.P. Andrew Lee, Jonathan Weissler, Byron Cryer, Kavita Bhavan, and Roberto de la Cruz) that have the ability to help them make their idea a reality, but found all the ideas to be so good they ended up awarding six finalists, each whom received $10,000 to execute their ideas.
BUILD’s Third Cohort Awardee
BUILD 3.0 Awardee: Advancing Community Partnerships to Increase Food Access in Southern Dallas. This cohort was chosen from more than 130 applicants looking to join this growing effort to move resources, action, and attention upstream. Each awardee group consists of a community based organization that will lead the effort, a hospital, health system, or payer that will provide a match in funding and resources to BUILD’s support; and the local public health department. The team from UT Southwestern includes Dr. Michael Bowen, Assistant Professor in Internal Medicine, Pedatrics and Population and Data Sciences; Dr. Sandi Pruitt, Associate Professor in Population and Data Sciences; and Dr. Jaclyn Albin, Assistant Professor in Pediatrics and Internal Medicine.
GIM faculty present at APDIM meeting
A few of our faculty presented and the 2019 Association of Program Directors in Internal Medicine (APDIM) meeting in Denver, CO. Dr. Caitlin Siropades' talk was titled "Adapting Curricula to Improve Resident Skills in Late Goals of Care Discussions" and Dr. Shivani Desai's talk was titled "Revitalizing M&M Conference in the Ambulatory Setting."
Dr. Abraham named member of Shine Academy
Congratulations to Dr. Reeni Abraham who has been selected as the newest UT Southwestern and General Internal Medicine member of The University of Texas Kenneth I. Shine, M.D. Academy of Health Science Education. This is a statewide medical education honor society, so a very high bar.
Leaders in Clinical Excellence Award
Congratulations to Dr. Hugh McClung on being presented the Patient and Family Recognition Award. This award honors clinical faculty whose dedication to the compassionate, respectful delivery of exceptional patient care has garnered the highest degree of patient trust and satisfaction.
Gebril recognized as PA of the Year
Congratulations, Dena Gebril, M.P.A.S., PA-C, one of our outstanding Palliative Care providers, for being awarded the UTSW Physician Assistant of the Year award. Thanks for all you do for our palliative care patients and program.
2019 Patriot Award
Congratulations to Drs. Ethan Halm and Bethany Agusala on receiving an award from the UT Southwestern Employer Support of the Guard and Reserve (ESGR) in recognition of the GIM team’s support of Mandell Butler, Jr., DNP, APRN, FNP-C, a Lieutenant in the US Navy Reserve. The UT Southwestern Veterans Support office presented Drs. Halm and Agusala with the Employer Support of the Guard and Reserve Award on Tuesday, September 24th in a brief ceremony on West Campus. The ESGR is a Department of Defense program to promote cooperation and understanding between Reserve Component Service members and their civilian employers to assist in an employee’s military commitment.
This is a really a General Internal Medicine clinic team recognition award, so a big “Thank you” to all of our providers and staff who provide coverage and of course a big “Thank you” to Mandell for his on-going service to our country.
Dr. Bethany Asusala, Mandell Butler, Jr., DNP, APRN, FNP-C and Dr. Ethan Halm
Former faculty featured in New York Times
Congratulations to former UT Southwestern faculty member Dr. Anil Makam on the work he did here at UT Southwestern, on poor prognosis of patients discharged to Long Term Acute Care (LTAC) featured in the New York Times. Only 45% of Medicare patients were alive one year after discharge to an LTAC and spent two thirds of their remaining life as an inpatient. More robust discussions of goals of care and end of life planning are warranted in these very sick individuals.