Nearly a quarter of a century …

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January 14, 2020 – It’s easy to throw around phrases like “a decade of service” or “a quarter century of influence.” Sometimes our lives are so busy with our day-to-day routine that we can lose sight of the bigger picture. It’s also easy to overlook the enormous impact of the “less public” parts of what we do. Such is the case with many of our Continuing Medical Education (CME) programs like the annual Current Trends in Family Medicine Conference that’s coming up February 1 & 2 here at The University of Texas Health Science Center at Tyler (UTHSCT). Did you know that, for the past 24 years, we’ve been keeping providers all over East Texas up-to-date on the latest developments in family medicine? That means, whether we trained a physician in one of our family medicine residency programs or not, it’s likely that most doctors who practice any variety of family medicine in our region, and even more East Texas nurses, have been influenced by our CME programs. As we continue to grow, just imagine what kind of influence we’ll have over the next 24 years!

For more information on the Current Trends in Family Medicine Conference, or to register, visit:

Announcements …

New year, new UT Health Science Center apparel
Start your new year off in new UTHSCT logo apparel! Check out the selection of golf shirts, jackets, hats and much more displaying The University of Texas Health Science Center at Tyler logo at Items can be purchased by individuals using a credit/debit card, or by departments using a purchase order. Instructions for placing departmental orders are included on the home page of the online store. Questions? Email or call 903-877-7075.

UT Health Science Center Brand Ambassadors wanted
The UTHSCT Public Affairs Department is looking for a few good men and women to be Brand Ambassadors for our great institution. If you’re interested in having lots of fun while learning more about our brand standards and how to best represent your department and our institution in the community, contact or 903-877-7075. More details about this exciting opportunity will be available soon!

January is Cervical Cancer Awareness Month
Each Wednesday in January, be on the lookout for activities outside the Blue Star Café presented by the Community Health Department. Congratulations to Bryan Harvey for winning our quiz contest last week!

Service project in honor of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.
In honor of the 25th anniversary of the Martin Luther King Jr. holiday, the UTHSCT Student Government Association (SGA) will host a service project at the East Texas Food Bank. Please join us there on Saturday, January 18, 2020, from 12:15 until 2:15 p.m., as we celebrate the life and legacy of Dr. King by giving back to our community. The East Texas Food Bank is located at 3201 Robertson Road, Tyler, Texas 75701.

Spring 2020 scholarships available
Employees of The University of Texas Health Science Center at Tyler who are planning to attend college classes for the 2020 Spring semester are encouraged to apply for scholarships to help with the cost of pursuing a college education. General scholarships are available as well as specific scholarships for nursing-related degrees are available for qualified full-time employees who have worked at UTHSCT for at least one year. The deadline to apply is January 23. For full details and scholarship application information, visit:

UT Living Well 2020 10K-A-Day is back!
Use the 10K-A-Day online wellness program to track your exercise throughout the coming year. Join 10K-A-Day today at to practice healthy habits all year long. Get daily wellness tips, invite friends and virtually travel the world as you log your activity. 10K-A-Day is open to all UTHSCT employees, retirees, spouses and dependents who are age 18 and older, who are also covered by the UT SELECT and UT CONNECT medical plans. Opt in now and record your activity through Thursday, December 31, 2020.

2020 Wellthy Beginnings Program
Do you want to make an important investment for the new year? Do you want to feel and look your best? Do you want to age gracefully? Then make the best investment for 2020: an investment in your health! Participants are now being accepted for the Spring 2020 Wellthy Beginnings Program, which will start January 15, 2020. Wellthy Beginnings is a 12-week nutrition, education and exercise class that costs nothing. Join this group of health-conscious people and improve your life! Participation is on a first-come, first-served basis, so email or call now: Dr. Christie Osuagwu (903-877-1413 or or Faye Robertson (903-877-1459 or

Retirement Party for Janet Lang
Please join the Information Technology staff in wishing a happy retirement to Janet Lang after nearly 24 years of service. A drop-in party will be held Thursday, January 16 from 1 until 3 p.m. in Room G-3202. Please stop by to say, “so long” and wish Janet well in her retirement!

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