The School of Nursing master’s degree program recently ranked fifth out of the top-rated institutions offering online nursing graduate programs in the country, according to The website compiles more than 57,000 student reviews and ratings of more than 1,600 colleges into rankings to highlight the best graduate schools according to students. UTMB’s extremely high student satisfaction ratings placed it among the top programs in the nation. The full list and additional details are available here:

Lefeber winter lectures continue today

The UTMB Sealy Center on Aging Lefeber Winter Series on Aging will feature Dr. Silvia Mejia-Arango, director of the department of population studies at The College of the Northern Border, Mexico. Her presentation, “Aging and Cognition in Mexican Population,” is at 5 p.m. today in the Caduceus Room of the Administration Building on the Galveston campus. For information, call 409-747-1987.

February health policy dialogues

Dr. Gerben Dejong, professor of rehabilitation medicine at the Georgetown School of Medicine, is the next speaker in the UTMB Health Policy Dialogues. His presentation, “The IMPACT Act and Value-Based Health Care,” begins at noon Thursday in the Levin Hall Dining Room on the Galveston Campus. For information, email Becky Trout,

Humanism and Excellence in Teaching Awards

Third-year School of Medicine students nominate residents to receive the Gold Foundation’s Humanism and Excellence in Teaching Award based on their demonstration of commitment to teaching and compassionate treatment of patients and their families, students and colleagues. Winners were conferred by members of the Gold Humanism Honor Society’s Class of 2018. The residents and their departments are: Dr. Alexander Castillo, surgery; Dr. Soham Dasgupta, pediatrics; Dr. Richard Lu, surgery; Dr. Toby Mathew, internal medicine; and Dr. Luis Monsivais, OB/GYN.

Thayer Awards for Excellence in Teaching

Selected by Osler Student Scholars in the John P. McGovern Academy of Oslerian Medicine, the residents honored with the Thayer Awards for Excellence in Teaching exemplify sound scientific knowledge, compassion toward patients, and dedication to learning and teaching. The residents and their departments are Dr. Elizabeth Beste, surgery; Dr. Prathyusha Chitrapu, internal medicine; Dr. Kyle Keyes, surgery; Dr. Amber Klimczak, OB/GYN; Dr. Richard Lu, surgery; and Dr. Lindy Ross, dermatology.

It’s RecycleMania time!

For the 11th year, UTMB is participating in RecycleMania, a friendly, eight-week competition for hundreds of college and university recycling programs. Through April 1, UTMB students and staff will face off against other schools to see who recycles the most on a per capita basis, who produces the least amount of waste and who recycles the largest percentage of their overall waste. In 2016, UTMB ranked second nationwide in standard office paper recycling and eighth in cardboard recycling. UTMB is always encouraging employees to recycle paper, cardboard, plastic bags/wrap, Styrofoam, printer cartridges, bottles and cans. All recyclables picked up through April 1 will be weighed and tallied weekly for the competition.

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