Event Announcement

Plan to attend the 1st Annual Postdoctoral Research Forum and Distinguished Lecture

UTHSCSA sculptureThe 1st Annual Postdoctoral Research Forum and Distinguished Lecture will be held on Tuesday, September 17, 2013 from 12:45-6:00 p.m. at the Greehey Children’s Cancer Research Institute.

Poster presentations from this event will be judged and the winning posters will be displayed in the Briscoe Library following the Research Forum.

Registration for the Research Forum is available at https://www.surveymonkey.com/s/RegistrationFormforPRF.

Please save the date: Friends of the P.I. Nixon Medical Historical Library

Friends of the P.I. Nixon Medical Historical Library


Dinner and Presentation

Fernando Guerra, M.D., M.P.H., F.A.A.P.,

Clinical Professor of Pediatrics and recently retired Director of Health for the San Antonio Metropolitan Health District will speak on the topic

 “Doctors and Dollars May Not Always Be Enough!”

Monday, November 7, 2011 6:30 p.m.

Doubletree Hotel      37 NE Loop 410 at McCullough

Cost: $40/person; $30 for students includes Friends membership

Primary Care Week is March 19-23: “Everyone’s at the table”


UTHSCSA Primary Care Week, March 19-23, 2012


March 21, 2012; Exhibition, 11:30 a.m.- 3:00p.m.; Town Hall, 3:00pm – 5:00pm

Pestana Lecture Hall (3.104/MS2)

Keynote: James L. Holly, MD, “Progress in Primary Care”

Reception to follow

The Health Science Center will hold its first Primary Care Week March 19-23, 2011.  Sponsored by various UT Health Science Center departments and organizations, the event is planned to honor health professionals who carry out the important work of primary care.

During the week of March 19-23, daily programs will be devoted to discussion of primary care issues and topics led by faculty, students and local health care practitioners.  On Wednesday, March 21, a Primary Care Exhibition and Town Hall will be held in the Pestana Lecture Hall foyer.  An exhibition with poster sessions and exhibits will be featured from 11:30 am – 3:00 pm, followed by a Town Hall in the Pestana Lecture Hall from 3:00-5:00 p.m. with Dr. James L. Holly delivering the keynote address.

The Briscoe Library will be an exhibitor at this event, highlighting the services librarians and library staff offer to the campus and health professionals in our region.

For more information, please contact: Ms. Viola Elisco, Department of Family & Community Medicine; Email:  elisco@uthscsa.edu;   Phone: (210) 562-6550.



Reach Out and Read: Physician Assistant program is collecting books for children

Each year one-third of all children entering kindergarten lack the basic skills needed to learn to read.  By fourth grade, most of these children who were initially behind in reading will not catch up with their peers.  Juvenile delinquency, absenteeism, polysubstance abuse, and school failure have all been shown to have an association with poor reading skills in childhood.  These statements, from the evidence base for Reach Out and Read, highlight the importance promoting literacy skills in children before they begin elementary school.

In light of these staggering statistics, this year Reach Out and Read was selected as the Texas Academy of Physician Assistants (TAPA) President’s Project.  TAPA President Lauren Dobbs chose Reach Out and Read because it is a national, non-profit organization that trains medical providers to counsel parents during well-child visits on the importance of reading aloud to their children.  Reach Out and Read also provides children’s books to participating pediatric clinics to be given out every six months for the child’s first five years of life.

During this year’s National Physician Assistant (PA) Week, October 6th through 12th, the seven Physician Assistant education programs in Texas will be competing to see which program can collect the most books for Reach Out and Read.  Faculty, staff and students at the University of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio are encouraged to donate new or used children’s books (ages 6 months to 5 years old).  All books collected will be donated to the Center for Children and Families, a Reach Out and Read-participating clinic.  Donation bins will be located in the Dolph Briscoe Library, 3rd floor lobby, Texas Star Café, Research Administration Building lobby and the Christus Santa Rosa Professional Pavilion Suite 1295.  To make arrangements for a special pick-up, please e-mail Amanda Miller at millera4@livemail.uthscsa.edu.

For more information on TAPA please visit www.tapa.org

For more information on Reach Out and Read please visit www.reachoutandread.org.

Amanda K. Miller, MPH, CPH


Save the date: Former Director of the U.S. Army Burn Center to speak at the Annual Dinner of the Friends of the P.I. Nixon Medical Historical Library

Basil A. Pruitt, Jr., M.D.

Basil A. Pruitt, Jr., M.D.

Dr. Basil A. Pruitt, Jr., M.D., Clinical Professor of Surgery at the University of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio, will be the speaker at the 43rd Annual Meeting of the Friends of The P.I. Nixon Medical Historical Library, Thursday, November 7, 2013.  He will speak on the topic, San Antonio’s National and International Center of Excellence for Burn Care and Research.

Dr. Pruitt, a graduate of Harvard College and the Tufts University School of Medicine, began his affiliation with the burn center when he was assigned to Fort Sam Houston as a draftee in 1959.  He completed his residency there in 1964, and was named Chief of the Burn Study Branch and Chief of the Clinical Division that same year.

In his early days at Fort Sam Houston, Dr. Pruitt traveled regularly to Viet Nam, where he provided medical care for wounded soldiers during air transport to an Army hospital in Yokahama, Japan.  After they were stabilized he would accompany the soldiers back to Texas for treatment.  In 1967, Dr. Pruitt volunteered for a tour of duty at the 12th Evacuation Hospital in Viet Nam, where he served as Chief of Professional Services.   When he returned to San Antonio he was named Commander and Director of the U.S. Army Institute of Surgical Research, a post he held for 27 years.

The Annual Dinner and Presentation of the Friends of the P.I. Nixon Medical Historical Library will take place at 6:30 p.m. on the evening of November 7 at the Old San Francisco Steakhouse, 10223 Sahara Street in San Antonio.  Everyone is welcome, and paid sponsorships are available for students in any of the UT Health Science Center’s academic programs.  Sponsorships include a one year membership in the Friends group.  For more information, or to inquire about student sponsorships,  contact Susan Hunnicutt, Special Projects Librarian, hunnicutt@uthscsa.edu, or call 210-567-2406.


Save these dates: Friends of the P.I. Nixon Medical Historical Library sponsored events

Friends’ Presentations

What’s In a Name? An Informal Approach to ‘Hispanic’ Genetics and History

Richard F. Ludueña, Ph.D., Distinguished Teaching Professor, Department of Biochemistry

Monday, August 8, 12:00 noon, Howe Conference Room, Briscoe Library

Anatomists and Their Art

Charleen M. Moore, Ph.D., F.A.C.M.G, Distinguished Teaching Professor, Department of Cellular and Structural Biology

Thursday, October 5, 12:00 noon, Howe Conference Room, Briscoe Library

41st Annual Meeting, Dinner and Presentation

Friends of the P.I. Nixon Medical Historical Library

Fernando A. Guerra, M.D., M.P.H.,.F.A.A.P, retired director of the San Antonio Metropolitan Health District, will speak on the topic Doctors and Dollars May Not Always Be Enough!

Monday, November 7, 6:30 to 9:00 p.m., Doubletree Hotel

Learn more about the Friends of the P.I. Nixon Medical Historical Library

Shakespeare and the Four Humors: Exhibit opens Wednesday in the Briscoe Library


This image of the sanguine personality type was created by Henry Peacham in 1612. In Shakespeare’s day, sanguine personality was believed to be associated with the predominance of blood in relation to the three other bodily humors– yellow bile or choler, black bile or melancholer, and phlegm. Image courtesy of the Folger Shakespeare Library.

Dr. Mark Bayer, guest speaker

February 13, 6:00 p.m.

Howe Conference Room, Briscoe Library

William Shakespeare’s (1564–1616) characters are timeless, yet he described human personality in the language of his age.  The theory of  the four bodily humors—blood, yellow bile, black bile, and phlegm–  extends across Shakespeare‘s works, and is connected with the belief that emotional states have physical causes.  In Elizabethan England the four bodily humors were thought to engender the passions of anger, grief, hope, and fear— emotions that drive much of the action in Shakespeare‘s plays.

There’s the Humor of It: Shakespeare and the Four Humors is a  traveling exhibit produced by the National Library of Medicine/National Institutes of Health and the Folger Shakespeare Library to explore the inner logic of humoral theory as well as its connections to modern medical thought and practices.

The exhibit will open in the Briscoe Library at 6:00 p.m. on the evening of February 13 with a guest presentation by Dr. Mark Bayer, a member of the faculty in the Department of English at the University of Texas at San Antonio.  Dr. Bayer will speak on the topic, Why the Four Humours Make Sense: Shakespeare and the Four Humours.

The exhibit will remain on display through March 22.

In another event planned in conjunction with the exhibit,  Dr. Charleen Moore of the Department of Cellular and Structural Biology will speak on the topic,  A Balancing Act: Medical Practices and the Four Humors in the Renaissance. Her presentation will take place at noon on Wednesday, February 27th.

Both presentations are programs of the Friends of the P.I. Nixon Medical Historical Library, and will take place in the Howe Conference Room on the 5th floor of the Briscoe Library.


Spring Lecture Series Opening: Influenza: Past, Present, and Future

Opening Lecture in New Spring Series on Infectious Diseases

Preventive treatment against influenza - American Red Cross - Love Field, Texas - 11/6/18 National Museum of Health and Medicine Washington, D.C.

Influenza:  Past, Present, and Future

Gregory Anstead, MD, PhD

Thursday, February 24 – 12:00 noon

Howe Conference Room – Briscoe Library – 5th Floor

The word ‘influenza’ can trigger thoughts of something only slightly worse than a cold, a killer of the elderly and infirm, or even the potential cause of global cataclysm.  In his presentation on February 24, Dr. Anstead will recount flu pandemics that have occurred in the 20th and 21st centuries, the advances in flu diagnostics, vaccinology, and treatment, and the continuing challenges that this disease poses for the human race.

Gregory Anstead, MD, PhD, is associate professor in the Division of infectious Diseases, Department of Medicine, UTHSCSA and director of the Immuno-suppression and Infectious Diseases Clinics of the South Texas, Veterans Healthcare System.

His interests include clinical trials of new antiretroviral and antifungal drugs, the historical epidemiology of infectious diseases, zoonotic and vector-borne infections, and nutritional effects on immune function.

Please bring your lunch and join us.  Everyone is welcome!  For more information, contact Pennie Borchers, Special Collections Librarian, borchers@uthscsa.edu.

Full Lecture Series

  • Feb 24                   Influenza
  • Mar 24                  Syphilis
  • Apr 28                   Hantavirus
  • May 26                 HIV in America

Student Global Health – Organization mounts photo exhibition accompanied by narration in the Briscoe Library

Twenty photographs currently on display in the Briscoe Library Information Commons document the global health experiences— struggles, failures and triumphs—  of a group of students and faculty members from the School of Medicine.  The exhibit, which was created by medical students Sheridan Fielding and Katie Gong, includes photos taken in  the far-flung cities of Haiti, Nepal, Nicaragua, Panama, Peru and Viet Nam.

Narration for the images can be accessed by phone at (210) 390-2077, using stop numbers for each photo.

When the exhibit concludes at the end of November, the photos will become part of the Global Health Silent Auction which will take place Thursday, December 2nd, from 6:00 to 8:00 p.m. in the foyer of the Health Science Center Auditorium.

TEDMED will offer opportunities for inspiration, innovation, and imagination

Collage of images from TEDMEDInteractive Simulcast at the UT Health Science Center, April 10-13, 2012

Since 2009, TEDMED has been the conference where the world’s most creative minds have gathered to meet healthcare’s most innovative science.  An offshoot of the renowned TED (Technology+Entertainment+Design) conferences, TEDMED is an unparalleled interdisciplinary experience, bringing together great minds from dozens of medical and non-medical fields for a new kind of intellectual cross-pollination.  The result is a unique opportunity for inspiration, innovation, and imagination — a chance to envision the future of health and healthcare in entirely new ways.  To get a sense of the experience, see http://tedmed.com/videos to view past TEDMED talks.

Normally, onsite delegates to TEDMED pay an event fee of $4,950 to attend.  This April,  TEDMED can be experienced right here at the Health Science Center at no charge.  TEDMEDLive is an interactive simulcast — sponsored by the Association of American Medical Colleges (AAMC) and hosted here by the Libraries, Information Management & Services (IMS), and the Academic Center for Excellence in Teaching (ACET) — that puts you in the front row of  TEDMED 2012 right here on campus.

Go to http://bit.ly/tedmedhsc for session times and locations.  If you’re planning to attend, please use the form on that page to RSVP.  If you have questions or need more information, please contact Luke Rosenberger at rosenberger@uthscsa.edu or (210) 567-2486.