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Tilman J. Fertitta Family College of Medicine

Tilman J. Fertitta Family College of Medicine Welcome to the official page for the Tilman J. Fertitta Family College of Medicine at the UH MISSION: The Tilman J. The future of medicine is here.

Fertitta Family College of Medicine is committed to improving the overall health and health care of the population of Greater Houston, Texas and beyond. At the Fertitta Family College of Medicine, our focus is on preventing and improving poor health — not simply treating it. Students receive the highest quality medical training to provide comprehensive health care. By teaching students to address

Fertitta Family College of Medicine is committed to improving the overall health and health care of the population of Greater Houston, Texas and beyond. At the Fertitta Family College of Medicine, our focus is on preventing and improving poor health — not simply treating it. Students receive the highest quality medical training to provide comprehensive health care. By teaching students to address

Operating as usual

 to the 2023 Student Scholarly Project Presentation Day! 🎉👏❤Our  presented their projects on a variety of topics includi...
01/27/2023

to the 2023 Student Scholarly Project Presentation Day! 🎉👏❤

Our presented their projects on a variety of topics including: “Use of Digital Campaign to Promote COVID-19 Vaccination and Clinical Trial Participation in Vietnamese Texans”, “Transportation Barriers to Healthcare among U.S. Latino Adults”, “The Effects of Deep Fibular Nerve Stimulation on the Hearts of Normal and Spontaneously Hypertensive Rats”, and more.

Congratulations on all of your hard work, Coogs!

Did you know that  has a  in physicians who primarily speak Spanish? Dean Spann discussed the importance of  for underse...
01/26/2023
Texas’s Doctor Shortage Is Bilingual

Did you know that has a in physicians who primarily speak Spanish?

Dean Spann discussed the importance of for underserved populations, , and language in with Texas Monthly Magazine.

There aren’t nearly enough physicians in the state, especially for the more than 7.5 million Texans who primarily speak Spanish.

! Check out this insightful Journal of General Internal Medicine article about advancing  through , , and  from: Traber ...
01/25/2023

! Check out this insightful Journal of General Internal Medicine article about advancing through , , and from:

Traber D. Giardina, Ph.D., M.S.W.

LeChauncy D. Woodard, M.D., M.P.H., director of the Humana Integrated Health System Sciences Institute and clinical professor in the Department of Health Systems and Population Health Science.

Hardeep Singh, M.D., M.P.H.

To read the article, check out the link in our comments!

Happy Tuesday! We are highlighting our amazing  Breanna Chachere’s feature on ABC13 Houston. ✨🎥🥼To listen to Breanna’s s...
01/24/2023
UH medical student hopes to save lives after her dad, who didn't have primary care, died

Happy Tuesday! We are highlighting our amazing Breanna Chachere’s feature on ABC13 Houston. ✨🎥🥼

To listen to Breanna’s story and learn more about our college, click on the link!

A third-year medical student said becoming a doctor has always been her dream. But being accepted into the inaugural class of 30 students is something she calls divine intervention.

We are starting off this  with a message from third-year medical student Sarah Snyder. Best of luck this year, Sarah! 🩺🌟...
01/23/2023

We are starting off this with a message from third-year medical student Sarah Snyder.

Best of luck this year, Sarah! 🩺🌟🎉

Mark your calendars! Tilman J. Fertitta Family College of Medicine will host the Houston Global Health Collaborative 11t...
01/20/2023

Mark your calendars! Tilman J. Fertitta Family College of Medicine will host the Houston Global Health Collaborative 11th Annual Global Health Conference in our building on Saturday March 25th, 2023.

For more information on how to register for the program or how to submit an abstract, visit http://houstonglobalhealth.org/.

Happy  to our awesome  in action! ❤️ Last weekend, students participated in MLK Day of Service at Blodgett Urban Garden ...
01/20/2023

Happy to our awesome in action! ❤️

Last weekend, students participated in MLK Day of Service at Blodgett Urban Garden and helped participants that completed the Houston Marathon.

Thank you for all that you do to to the community, Coogs! Enjoy the weekend.

Yesterday’s Cougar Conversations was a success! 🎉Students, faculty, and staff had the opportunity to build  together and...
01/19/2023

Yesterday’s Cougar Conversations was a success! 🎉

Students, faculty, and staff had the opportunity to build together and to promote while visiting at tables with different conversation topics.

Topics included careers in medicine, favorite restaurants in Houston, research, wellness activities, and more.

Thank you to all those who participated! We hope to see you next month!

Congratulations to Professor Ben King, Ph.D., M.P.H. for his selection to serve on the EPA Science Advisory Board (SAB) ...
01/18/2023

Congratulations to Professor Ben King, Ph.D., M.P.H. for his selection to serve on the EPA Science Advisory Board (SAB) Hexavalent Chromium Review Panel! 👏

Wishing you and the Science Advisory Board at EPA all the best in working together on , the , and the overall.

Happy Wednesday! We are revisiting our  intentions with a message from first-year  Guillermo Saldana. Have a great semes...
01/18/2023

Happy Wednesday! We are revisiting our intentions with a message from first-year Guillermo Saldana.

Have a great semester, Guillermo and Go Coogs! 🩺🌟👏

Our second-year  Adebosola Karunwi and associate professor in the Department of Clinical Sciences, Dr. Kimberly Pilkinto...
01/17/2023

Our second-year Adebosola Karunwi and associate professor in the Department of Clinical Sciences, Dr. Kimberly Pilkinton represented our College of Medicine at the Association of Professors in Gynecology and Obstetrics Conference.

Both of the women presented and discussed the college’s mission and vision while highlighting the curriculum on health disparities and beyond to over 260 attendees. Adebosola even got to do a simulated delivery!

Thank you Dr. Pilkinton and Adebosola for inspiring our community to continue to improve , , , and !

! Summer Chavez, D.O., M.P.H., M.P.M., clinical assistant professor in the Department of Health Systems and Population H...
01/12/2023
Is COVID a Common Cold Yet?

! Summer Chavez, D.O., M.P.H., M.P.M., clinical assistant professor in the Department of Health Systems and Population Health Sciences, was featured in “Is COVID A Common Cold Yet?” in The Atlantic.

Its symptoms have changed a lot.

Happy Wednesday! We are starting off our day with a feature from second-year  Hannah Adams. "My resolution to help with ...
01/11/2023

Happy Wednesday! We are starting off our day with a feature from second-year Hannah Adams.

"My resolution to help with anxiety is to really get down my study routine since I’m leaving the structure of class and the flexibility of lots of study time. Also, with the increased time commitment of clerkships, I want to be really intentional about spending any free time with loved ones and family, or doing things that I love to do to keep me from getting burned out."

You got this, Hannah! 🙌✨🩺❤

Eat your greens, but clean them first! To help protect yourself and your loved ones from food-borne illness, we are shar...
01/10/2023
Make Sure Your Produce is Safe to Eat | Houston Public Media

Eat your greens, but clean them first! To help protect yourself and your loved ones from food-borne illness, we are sharing some helpful tips from Dr. Bich-May Nguyen, faculty in the department of Health Systems and Population Health Sciences.

Remember to eat healthy and be healthy! 🥦🥬🥒🥕🌽

Eat Healthy. Be Healthy.

This Monday, we are starting off our  right with a message from first-year medical student Shreya Desai.Good luck this s...
01/09/2023

This Monday, we are starting off our right with a message from first-year medical student Shreya Desai.

Good luck this semester, Shreya! 🙌✨🩺 🥼

It’s ! To celebrate, we are sharing some helpful  of tech in  from our awesome College of Medicine IT Team. We are grate...
01/06/2023

It’s ! To celebrate, we are sharing some helpful of tech in from our awesome College of Medicine IT Team.

We are grateful for the opportunity to use technology in furthering the mission of our college by improving and access for all.

📱💻⌨️🖨🖱🔌

Happy Wednesday! As we begin a new and exciting year, we are highlighting some of our amazing students and sharing their...
01/04/2023

Happy Wednesday! As we begin a new and exciting year, we are highlighting some of our amazing students and sharing their intentions, resolutions, and thoughts about the New Year at .

We are starting off our day with a feature from second-year Salik Tehami.

“In 2023, we will embark on clinical training throughout the city of Houston where we will dial up learning to our limits and see the art of medicine in practice.”

Best of luck this year, Salik! 🙌✨🩺

Our UH Health Family Care Center is open from 8:00 A.M. to 5:00 P.M. from Tuesday, December 27th to Thursday, December 2...
12/29/2022

Our UH Health Family Care Center is open from 8:00 A.M. to 5:00 P.M. from Tuesday, December 27th to Thursday, December 29th.

For more information, call 832-UHCARES.

Our UH Health Family Care Center is open from 8:00 A.M. to 5:00 P.M. from Tuesday, December 27th to Thursday, December 2...
12/28/2022

Our UH Health Family Care Center is open from 8:00 A.M. to 5:00 P.M. from Tuesday, December 27th to Thursday, December 29th.

For more information, call 832-UHCARES.

Our UH Health Family Care Center is open from 8:00 A.M. to 5:00 P.M. from Tuesday, December 27th to Thursday, December 2...
12/27/2022

Our UH Health Family Care Center is open from 8:00 A.M. to 5:00 P.M. from Tuesday, December 27th to Thursday, December 29th.

For more information, call 832-UHCARES.

Happy Friday! As a reminder, our UH Health Family Care Center will have updated  hours.Stay safe, stay well!
12/23/2022

Happy Friday! As a reminder, our UH Health Family Care Center will have updated hours.

Stay safe, stay well!

Have a safe, fun and relaxing winter break! See you in 2023! 😁
12/22/2022

Have a safe, fun and relaxing winter break! See you in 2023! 😁

 🌟🌟🌟Our  team works towards health equity for all, furthering the mission of the College of Medicine, and . Thank you fo...
12/21/2022

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Our team works towards health equity for all, furthering the mission of the College of Medicine, and .

Thank you for all you do!

Happy Wednesday! We are closing out what our  learned this year with a feature from first-year medical student Trayce Gr...
12/21/2022

Happy Wednesday! We are closing out what our learned this year with a feature from first-year medical student Trayce Gray.

"If I were to choose something I’m asking for this year- it’s definitely more UH gear. With the men’s basketball team being #1 in the nation (as of now), I feel like it is a great time to stock up! As exciting as that is, I’m even more excited to spend quality time with my friends and family back in Beaumont. This will help me recharge and get ready for semester 2. Go Coogs!"

Congrats on a successful year, Coogs! We hope you rest and recharge over the Winter Break! ☃️🎄🌟❤️

Children love to receive gifts during the holiday season, but not every toy is right for every child. To help choose toy...
12/20/2022
Child-Safe Gift Giving for the Holidays | Houston Public Media

Children love to receive gifts during the holiday season, but not every toy is right for every child. To help choose toys that are safe and appropriate, we are sharing some helpful tips from Dr. Joel Blumberg, clinical associate professor of pediatrics. 🧸🪁🛹🧩

Choosing the safest toy option for your child allows for more safe, quality time together.

Not every toy is right for every child.

Happy Monday! We are starting off our day with a feature from second-year  Romi Joy Govender."For Christmas this year I ...
12/19/2022

Happy Monday! We are starting off our day with a feature from second-year Romi Joy Govender.

"For Christmas this year I really want a Patagonia fleece sweater! Those are what the all the doctors wear as the new trend."

Happy Holidays, Romi Joy! ☃️🎄🌟

This Friday, we are getting in the  spirit with a message from third-year medical student Ashlynn Mills.“For Christmas I...
12/16/2022

This Friday, we are getting in the spirit with a message from third-year medical student Ashlynn Mills.

“For Christmas I am asking for a comfy pair of hospital/running shoes and a subscription to Stata statistical software for research."

Way to go, Ashlynn! 👏☃️🎄🌟

 to our faculty & staff holiday party and student luncheon. 🎉🎄❄️Wishing everyone a good holiday season filled with all k...
12/15/2022

to our faculty & staff holiday party and student luncheon. 🎉🎄❄️

Wishing everyone a good holiday season filled with all kinds of wonderful!

‘Tis the season to ! 🫶 Our College of Medicine and UH Health Family Care Center participated in this year’s Operation Lo...
12/13/2022

‘Tis the season to ! 🫶

Our College of Medicine and UH Health Family Care Center participated in this year’s Operation Love event.

Visitors of the Third Ward community at Blackshear Elementary learned about our Healthy Connections program and our UH Health Family Care Center services while receiving Christmas gifts, food, and clothing from various community partners.

It’s inspiring to see our in action!

Happy Monday! As the end of the year comes to a close, we are highlighting some of our amazing students and sharing what...
12/12/2022

Happy Monday! As the end of the year comes to a close, we are highlighting some of our amazing students and sharing what they learned in this year.

We are starting off our week with a message from second-year medical student Elliot Flint.

“For Christmas I’m hoping for a big gift card that I can use for coffee purchases to keep myself going as we prep to enter clinical rotations!”

Congratulations on a successful year, Elliot! 👏☃️🎄🌟

Congratulations to University of Houston STEM Research Inquiry Summer Enrichment (STEM RISE) for being awarded the 2022 ...
12/09/2022

Congratulations to University of Houston STEM Research Inquiry Summer Enrichment (STEM RISE) for being awarded the 2022 Stand Up for STEM Educational Organization Award! 🎉🏅👏

Sierra Cowan, Ashley Semier, Wamic Zaidi and Heavenly Webb presented on their experiences with the program at the 6th Annual Texas Women and Girls in STEM Summit.

The STEM RISE program allowed for students from an underserved neighborhood’s high school to engage with STEM career paths at all levels with TeachHOUSTON faculty-in-training, medical student mentors, and biomedical research projects.

Congratulations again to our awesome leaders who continue to in the community!

Do you know why your doctor asks about medical problems in your family? To understand the importance of your , we are sh...
12/06/2022
Why Family Medical History Is Important. | Houston Public Media

Do you know why your doctor asks about medical problems in your family? To understand the importance of your , we are sharing some helpful tips from Dr. Kenya Steele, a family physician and assistant dean of Diversity and Outreach.

Knowing your family medical history will help you and your healthcare provider
✅Take action to improve your health
✅Reduce your risk
✅Improve the health of your family

Improve the health of you and your family.

Happy ! We are featuring Dr. Elizabeth Nguyen, a proud  who now is a psychiatry preceptor for our medical students. 🩺🎉.W...
12/02/2022

Happy ! We are featuring Dr. Elizabeth Nguyen, a proud who now is a psychiatry preceptor for our medical students. 🩺🎉
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What brought you back to UH and to Tilman J. Fertitta Family College of Medicine?
EN: “I am a proud University of Houston alumni, thus UH will always have a special place in my heart. I never imagined that life would come full circle like this where a then college student like myself would find herself being a preceptor to medical students from the Tilman J. Fertitta Family College of Medicine's inaugural Class of 2024. I am absolutely honored and humbled.”
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Any advice for our students?
EN: “1. Set your goals high, but always keep in mind your priorities.
2. Life is about balance.
3. Be open to change.
4. Self-reflect.
5. Always try your best.
6. A growth mindset will take you to places you could only imagine.
Good luck!”
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Thank you Dr. Nguyen for being an amazing to our students, for your help in improving for all, and for helping further our mission!
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Thank you to our Third Ward and East End Community Working Groups who joined us for an open house at the College of Medi...
12/01/2022

Thank you to our Third Ward and East End Community Working Groups who joined us for an open house at the College of Medicine!

! Some of our awesome , Nabeel Ahmad, Sierra Cowan, and Sylvia Omozee, were featured with the Health Career Collaborativ...
12/01/2022
Medical students mentor Jack Yates high schoolers

! Some of our awesome , Nabeel Ahmad, Sierra Cowan, and Sylvia Omozee, were featured with the Health Career Collaborative in Houston Chronicle. 🌟

Tilman J. Fertitta Family College of Medicine students volunteer to teach and mentor Jack...

How can medical education teach learners about artificial intelligence so that it benefits patients, clinicians, health ...
11/30/2022

How can medical education teach learners about artificial intelligence so that it benefits patients, clinicians, health systems, and communities?

Check out this insightful Annals of Family Medicine study about in from Dr. Winston Liaw, chair of the Department of Health Systems and Population Health Sciences.

To read more, click the link in the comments.

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For , we are spotlighting Dr. Bhavna Lall, clinical assistant professor in the Department of Clinical Sciences.
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“I had the opportunity to attend the Women in Medicine Summit in Chicago, Illinois on September 16-17, 2022. A group of 400 people (men and women) attended to understand and address ways to manage the gender inequities faced by women in medicine. https://www.womeninmedicinesummit.org/”
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"During the pandemic, many women have resigned from their positions in medicine to address other roles in their lives. We have to find solutions to keep women in medicine and support the women that are currently practicing medicine, in training, and in school. There is too much at stake for the future of health care if we continue to ignore the challenges that women are facing in the field of medicine.”
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Thank you Dr. Lall for your contributions to UH Medicine and the field of medicine!
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Check it out: Our Albert Schweitzer Fellow Pelumi Oloyede and her project partner Sujal Manohar from Baylor are working to address loneliness and social isolation among the elderly in our community.

Thank you for sharing these great photos Albert Schweitzer Fellowship Houston Galveston!
¡Hola a todos!👋🏼
My name is Iliana Oberkircher. I am a first-generation Mexican American 🇲🇽 and a 2nd-year medical student from Donna, TX located in the Rio Grande Valley.
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I graduated from UT-San Antonio with a bachelor’s and master’s degree in biology with a focus in Neuroscience. 
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Like many first-generation families mine has been separated to find work and education opportunities. Although my immediate family resides in the Rio Grande Valley and Houston, I have extended family as far north as Chicago and as far south as Jalisco, Mexico.  
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“What is one thing you have learned about the Hispanic community during your time in Medical school?”

During my time in our Longitudinal Primary Care Course, I see many Latino patients who have had negative experiences in medicine because of language barriers. Sometimes they just need someone to explain their diagnosis, medications, or procedures in a way they can understand and answer all their questions. This not only takes time and patience, but it takes a different kind of cultural understanding. When I see my Latino patients, I see my family in them. I see their hard work, their struggles, and their resilience. I believe that having a physician that looks like you and speaks your language strengthens the bond between physicians and their patients leading to better health outcomes. I love seeing my patients light up when they know I’m a native Spanish speaker and how proud they are when they see one of us in a white coat.  

Some fun facts about me:
 
I was a science teacher for HISD before starting medical school. I taught grades 5-12.
I love to travel and have visited 13 countries so far.
My favorite dance is Cumbia. 
My favorite Mexican food is chilaquiles.
 
Stay tuned later this month as I show you how I prepare my chilaquiles!

Go Coogs!

Hola Hola!
My name is Brianna Gonzalez. I am Mexican-American, third-year medical student from Mission, TX, an area known as “The Rio Grande Valley” 🌴 🌴
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I graduated from UT Austin with my bachelors degree in Public Health longhorn 🤘🏽HOOK EM’ 🤘🏽During my gap year I worked as a Promotora (Community Health Worker) at a federally qualified health center called Nuestra Clinical Del Valle in the Rio Grande Valley . It was an amazing experience that 1) allowed me to practice my Spanish in a health care setting 2) shone a light on how important culturally sensitive health education is for patients and 3) It showed me how RESILIENT people within the Hispanic communities are.
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One of my favorite things about being Hispanic, is the vibrant, fun-loving, family oriented culture we grow up in. Plus the limitless carne asadas that never need a special occasion!
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One of my favorite dishes is Caldo de pollo with a side of arroz, From the 50 degree Winters to the 100+ degree Summers, I am always ready for a bowl.
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What is one thing you have learned about the Hispanic community during your time in medical school?
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How much the community yearns for physicians who are able to empower and advocate for them. As well as how important being culturally competent is when caring for someone within the community is. I saw this a lot on my OBGYN inpatient rotation in which many of our Hispanic patients were not given proper consent and discussion on their medical care due to language barriers and cultural differences. It was then that I realized throughout this journey of being a medical student to resident to attending we are there to not only treat but empower and fight for proper respect and care for our patients.
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FUN FACT: I danced Folklorico for a bit when I was younger 💃🏻
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Go Coogs!
Happy Tuesday! For , we are celebrating Dr. Amber Zulfiqar, a clinical associate professor and director of the Longitudinal Primary Care Course at .
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Thank you Dr. Zulfiqar for all that you do for , , and the !
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¡Hola!👋🏼 My name is Ana Martinez. I am a Mexican-Salvadoran American 🇲🇽🇸🇻, first generation college graduate from UNT (🦅) and 3rd year medical student from Houston, TX.

I am bilingual, fluent in English and Spanish.

My favorite Mexican food is chiles rellenos and my favorite Salvadoran food is pupusas.

Most of my family currently lives in Monterrey, Nuevo León, México, which I have gotten the pleasure of visiting multiple times. My favorite thing about visiting aside from hanging out with family is being able to see el cerro (mountain) “La Silla” from nearly everywhere when driving around the city. I have not gotten the opportunity to visit El Salvador but it is definitely on my list.

“What is one thing you have learned about the Hispanic community during your time in Medical school?”

During my inpatient Internal Medicine rotation I noticed there was a disproportionate ratio of Hispanic physicians to the Hispanic patients we were taking care of, but also really enjoyed being part of the care team. As a medical student you have a little bit more free time than the resident and attending physicians, which I used to provide extra education to my hispanic patients on their health conditions and answer any extra questions they had during my pre-rounds.

I look forward to hanging out with y’all for the next few weeks. Feel free to leave any other questions down below. 👇🏼
Go Coogs! 😊

We're super excited to share starting this week Brianna Gonzalez , Ana Martinez , s from our inaugural class, and Iliana Sanchez Oberkircher, from the class of 2025, are helping us celebrate with a month-long Instagram takeover.
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Have questions about the Latino Medical Student Association , the life of a , community health, or preparing for ? Now is the time to ask amigues! 🩻🩺❤🎉
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Please help us give them an awesome welcome!
We are continuing to celebrate with a feature on Dr. Kimberly Pilkinton, associate professor in the Department of Clinical Sciences.
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Why ?
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KP: “I distinctly remember in elementary school contemplating a career as a professional dancer (I was doing lots of dancing back then) or something with science. Even though I still love dance, I thought that I could help more people by using my interest in science. My dad was a medic in the army for a couple of years before I was born, so I think that his stories of helping people in the clinic, operating room, and countryside impacted me. I know he would have loved to have gone to school to do medicine too.
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I also was the oldest of four children and often acted as the pressure holder for bleeding wounds as my mother drove to the closest clinic or emergency department while I took care of one of my younger, injured siblings along that journey.”
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Anything else you’d like to add?
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KP: “I just hope that everyone can find something that they can do that is fulfilling. I think that it is awesome that we all have different skills that can be helpful to one another and that we do not all want to do the exact same thing.”
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Thank you, Dr. Pilkinton for making a difference not only at , and Texas, but also in the medical field!
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Happy everyone!
We are starting off the month celebrating Hispanic students leaders at our college who share their insight and thoughtfulness everyday, and in different ways, making all of us better, more aware.

So proud of all the awesome Coogs mentioned in this article, but special shout out to Iliana Oberkircher and Ana C. Martinez!

Happy September! This is a gentle reminder to be kind and compassionate to yourself with some helpful tips from World Health Organization (WHO) 💛

Making time for self-care isn’t selfish or indulgent—it’s essential! Be well, stay well!

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