Health Professions Information Days

Monday, Mar 28

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GUEST SPEAKER: Seema Yasmin, M.D., M.PH., "Global Health and Medicine" Dr. Yasmin is a medical doctor, epidemiologist, journalist, and medical analyst for CNN. Having served as an epidemiologist at the Centers for Disease, she is well-prepared to speak about global public health, including the recent Ebola activity in the U.S. and the concurrent activity in Africa.

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GUEST SPEAKERS: Transferring into 4 year schools & for future entry into medical, dental and other health professions graduate programs Health occupations advisors

  • University of Texas at Dallas, Dr. Karen De Olivares, Director of Health Professions Advising
  • SMU, Caleb Marsh, Director of the Office of Pre-Health Advising
  • Dallas Baptist University, Dr. Curtis Lee, Professor of Biology & HP Advisor
  • U.T. Arlington, Kent Long, Health Professions Adviser

Tuesday, Mar 29

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FOCUS ON CAREERS IN NURSING: Assoc. degree nursing (A.D.N.) – Dr. Mark Meyer, Dean of Nursing, Brookhaven College
Bachelor degree nursing (B.S.N)

  • TWU – Ashley Bonner, M.Ed., Nursing Admissions Coordinator
  • U. T. Arlington – Candice Calhoun-Butts, Director of Advising, College of Nursing
  • Baylor University College of Nursing – Elaine Lark, Coordinator Of Recruitment/Enrollment
  • Texas Wesleyan University – Dr. Ricardo Rodriguez, chemistry faculty in Nurse Anesthesia
    And Dr. Tito Tubog (MSNA, DNAP Doctor of Nurse Anesthesia Practice )
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GUEST SPEAKER: David Klocko, MPAS, PA-C, "Being an Outstanding Applicant in Competitive Health Professions Programs", Physician Assistant Academic Coordinator, U.T. Southwestern Medical Center

How you present yourself in an interview or in a personal essay might affect your chances of getting into a program. Learn how to compete with other applicants effectively.

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GUEST SPEAKER: Dr. Dwight Randle, "Celebrating the Maverick Path: Nontraditional Career Options For Science Majors", Professor of Chemistry, Richland College
What else to do with a science degree instead of going the typical route of healthcare occupations?

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GUEST SPEAKER: Dr. Jakki G. Opollo PhD, RN, MSN, MPH, "Nursing: One Career, A Thousand Choices". Director of Professional Practice & Nursing Research, Parkland Health & Hospital System. There are so many choices for a nurse, particularly when you set yourself to excel in multiple fields.

Wednesday, Mar 30

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GUEST SPEAKER: Samer Ismail, "Standardized Tests for the Health Professions" (PCAT, MCAT, GRE, DAT, OAT, NCLEX), Kaplan presenter and content developer for MCAT 2015


1. Panel: The Diversity of Health Professions (Sabine Hall 117)

  • Prosthetics & Orthotics – Miguel Mojica, C.P.O., L.P.O., UT Southwestern Medical Center
  • Physical therapy assistant – Shalayne Stinson, PTA, Director of Clinical Education for the Physical Therapist Assistant Program , Tarrant Co. College
  • Public Health – Alisa Rich, PhD, MPH, UNTHSC faculty Environmental/Occupational Health

2. Imaging Technology fields (Sabine Hall 127)

  • Brookhaven College, Radiologic Technology – Sharon Watson, R.T., Program Director
  • UT Southwestern Medical Center, Radiation Therapy – Corry Defrates, RT, CR, CT faculty
  • El Centro College, Sonography – Pam Crawford, RDMS, RT, Clinical Coordinator/Faculty

3. Physician Assistant (Sabine Hall 117)

Vic Holmes, MPAS, CPC, PA-C, UNT Health Science Ctr., instructor in PA Studies program


1. Panel: The Diversity of Health Professions (Sabine Hall 117)

  • Emergency Medical Tech/Paramedic – David Diaz, EMT-Paramedic, Dallas Fire-Rescue
  • Chiropractic – Ronald Wells, AD.C., C.C.N., F.A.S.A., Parker University
  • Health Studies – Tenishea Turner, University Outreach Specialist, Argosy University
  • Richland College health professions (phlebotomy, med assistant, etc.) – Jamie Chaney

2. Occupational therapy and Physical Therapy (Sabine Hall 118)

  • UT Southwestern – Billy Crawford, PT Admissions Coordinator
  • TWU Occupational Therapy – Husny Amerih, OTR, PhD, ATP, Assistant Professor

3. Clinical Nutrition & Dental Hygiene (Sabine Hall 127)

  • UT Southwestern – Tad Campbell, Education Coordinator for Clinical Nutrition
  • Texas A&M Health Science Center Baylor College of Dentistry – Dr. Janice DeWald, Director and Chair of Dental Hygiene

Thursday, Mar 31

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STUDENT PANEL DISCUSSION: Students and graduates from various health professions programs in the DFW area will talk about their respective occupational fields.

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Dr. Eddie Mercado, Pharm. D., "The World of Pharmacy—Choices in Occupations", Clinical pharmacist at Children’s Hospital in the emergency department

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  • University of Houston – Nekesa Sapp, Director of Pharmacy Recruiting
  • UNT College of Pharmacy – Tina Machu, RPH, PhD, Associate Dean of Academic Affairs, Professor of Pharmaceutical Sciences and Antonia Kilpatrick, JD, MA Director of Admissions
  • UT Tyler – Thomas Duncan, Graduate Program Representative for college of pharmacy
  • Texas Tech Univ. Health Science Center – Sara Innis, Asst. Director, Student Services. School of Pharmacy
  • Richland College Pharmacy Technician program, LiAnne Brown PhTR, Administrator

Friday, April 1

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GUEST SPEAKER: Dr. Scott Wright, "The Basics of Admission to Medical or Dental School". Exec. Director of TMDSAS Texas Medical & Dental Schools Application Service. What is the timeline for applying and getting admitted to medical or dental school? Who gets admitted? What are their GPAs? Their MCAT or DAT scores?

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  • UT Southwestern Medical School – Anne McLane, Associate Director of Admissions
  • UNT/College of Osteopathic Medicine – Dr. Mike Kennedy, Director of Admissions
  • Texas A & M Health Science Center Baylor College of Dentistry – Dr. Barbara Miller, Executive Director of Recruitment & Admissions and Faculty
  • Texas A & M Health Science Center, College of Medicine – Wanda Watson, M. Ed, Director of Recruitment and Special Programs
  • UNT Health Science Center – Dr. Patricia A. Gwirtz, Associate Dean & Professor, and Carla Lee Johnson, Director of Admissions – Graduate School of Biomedical Science