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Colenda Attends White House Conference on Aging, Encourages Focus on Mental Health

December 16, 2005

WASHINGTON, D.C. (December 16, 2005) Christopher C. Colenda, M.D., M.P.H., dean of the College of Medicine at The Texas A&M Health Science Center, attended the White House Conference on Aging (WHCoA) in Washington, D.C. December 11-14. Dr. Colenda was one of many delegates from around the United States that gathered to discuss issues facing the rapidly growing population of older adults in this country. At the conclusion of the conference, delegates voted on 50 recommendations to present to the President and Congress for consideration in making health care policy decisions regarding aging citizens.

Hurricane Rita Brings College of Medicine Students Unexpected Hands-On Training

October 7, 2005

Medical students at The Texas A&M University System Health Science Center College of Medicine had planned to spend the weekend of September 24 cramming for gross anatomy and basic block tests that had been scheduled for the following Monday. Mother Nature had other ideas, however, as Category Five Hurricane Rita bore down on the Texas and Louisiana coasts.

Tulane Medical Student Becomes “Aggie Doc in Training” for a Month

October 5, 2005

When asked where he is from, Niels Olson simply replies, “All over the place.” He attended the U.S. Naval Academy in Maryland and was stationed in San Diego with the Navy for several years before settling in New Orleans with his wife and children. Olson started medical school at Tulane University School of Medicine on August 9, just 20 days before Hurricane Katrina would devastate the central Gulf Coast. Luckily for Olson and his family, his parents had moved into their new home in College Station just three days before New Orleans was evacuated on Saturday, August 27.

Central Texas Veterans Health Care System Joins Council of Teaching Hospitals and Health Systems

September 29, 2005

As one of the original partners in the formation of the College of Medicine at The Texas A&M University System Health Science Center, the Central Texas Veterans Health Care System (CTVHCS) has been a major player in the education of medical students for almost 30 years. Now, the CTVHCS has joined the Association of American Medical Colleges’ (AAMC) Council of Teaching Hospitals and Health Systems (COTH).

Couchman Appointed Head of Family and Community Medicine at COM

August 5, 2005

Glen R. Couchman, M.D., associate professor of family and community medicine at The Texas A&M University System Health Science Center College of Medicine, has been named Chair of the Department of Family and Community Medicine by the college’s dean, Dr. Christopher C. Colenda.

COM Dean Elected Psychiatry Director of ABPN

July 29, 2005

Christopher C. Colenda, M.D., M.P.H., dean of the College of Medicine at The Texas A&M University System Health Science Center, was recently elected as a psychiatry director for the American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology (ABPN), effective January 2006.

Dr. James West to Retire From COM

July 26, 2005

After 12 years of service to the College of Medicine at The Texas A&M University System Health Science Center, Dr. James R. West, distinguished professor and head of the Department of Human Anatomy and Medical Neurobiology, will retire August 2. The Dean's Office is hosting a retirement reception to honor his service and contributions to the college Friday, July 29 from 3 to 5 p.m.

College of Medicine Class of 2009 to Receive White Coats

July 21, 2005

At a special White Coat Ceremony held by the College of Medicine at The Texas A&M University System Health Science Center, 81 entering medical students will take part in the time-honored tradition of receiving a white coat to signify the beginning of their medical training.

College of Medicine Hosts National Young Leadership Forum Students

July 18, 2005

The College of Medicine at The Texas A&M University System Health Science Center is hosting students from the National Youth Leadership Forum on Medicine (NYLF) on Thursday, July 21.

McCord Receives Prestigious Piper Professor Award

June 10, 2005

This spring, Dr. Gary McCord was recognized at the state level by being named a 2005 Piper Professor by the prestigious Minnie Stevens Piper Foundation.

Castro Tapped as COM Associate Dean

June 7, 2005

Juan Castro, M.D., M.B.A., director of The Texas A&M University System Health Science Center’s Coastal Bend Health Education Center (CBHEC) and assistant professor of family and community medicine at the A&M Health Science Center College of Medicine, has been appointed Associate Dean for Coastal Bend Affairs in the College of Medicine.

Executive Vice President Smith Retires

June 1, 2005

Elvin E. Smith, Ph.D., executive vice president of The Texas A&M University System Health Science Center and a driving force in bringing medical education to Texas A&M University, was recognized for 30 years of outstanding leadership and service at a reception on May 31 at the A&M Health Science Center’s headquarters in College Station.

COM Student Receives AMA Foundation 2005 Leadership Award

April 28, 2005

Amit Nanavati, a student at The Texas A&M University System Health Science Center College of Medicine, recently received the prestigious 2005 Leadership Award from the American Medical Association (AMA) Foundation. Nanavati, a second-year student from Houston, accepted the award at a ceremony in Washington, D.C., last month.

Sanders to Lead Humanities in Medicine Dept. at COM

April 11, 2005

Dr. Charles W. Sanders, associate professor at the College of Medicine at The Texas A&M University System Health Science Center, has been appointed Head of the Department of Humanities in Medicine, effective April 1, 2005.

COM Rural Family Medicine Training in Beeville

February 17, 2005

Beeville physicians Dr. Grady Hogue, Dr. Joseph Larakers and Dr. Francisco Calica are instructors for a new rural family medicine training program for students from the College of Medicine at the Texas A&M University System Health Science Center.

Medical Students Host Cadaver Memorial Service

January 11, 2005

Organized by the college’s first-year medical students, the Cadaver Memorial Service will be held Wednesday, January 12, 2005, at 11 a.m. in the lobby of the Joe H. Reynolds Medical Building on Texas A&M University’s west campus. The memorial service is an annual event that allows gross anatomy students to publicly express their appreciation for the individuals who donated their bodies for the educational benefit of physicians-in-training.

COM Student Elected OSR National Delegate

January 5, 2005

College of Medicine student Jim Littlejohn was elected as one of five national delegates to the Organization of Student Representatives (OSR) at the American Association of Medical Colleges (AAMC)’s annual meeting in November 2004.

College of Medicine Hires Director of Institutional Advancement

July 2, 2004

The Texas A&M University System Health Science Center College of Medicine has hired Tom Pool as director of institutional advancement, effective July 1, 2004. He comes to the College from the Texas A&M Foundation, which directs university-wide, major gift fund raising activities and asset management services for Texas A&M University in College Station.

Medical Students Receive Scott & White Scholarships

June 18, 2004

Four medical students at the College of Medicine of The Texas A&M University System Health Science Center received Scott & White Medicine Scholarships during a special presentation in the College of Medicine lobby in Temple on June 16. John Starr, M.D., professor of medicine, awarded a $2,000 scholarship to each of the following: fourth-year medical students Kit Y. Lim and Chris Kneip, and third-year medical students Monty Shah and Jedidiah J. Gisel.