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Author: Dr. Teresa Evans | Category: Community Outreach | June 16, 2015

A group of K-12 teachers from Region 20 visited UT Health Science Center at San Antonio on June 9 as a part of the Teacher Enrichment program.

The event was organized by Dr. Irene Chapa, director of the Office of Outreach and Recruitment, Dr. Teresa Evans, director of the Office of Career Development, and Rosemary Riggs, program director of the Voelcker Biosciences Teachers Academy, who were accompanied by VBTA teacher leaders and UTHSCSA graduate students and postdoctoral fellows.

The Teacher Enrichment Initiatives program, is the parent organization to the VBTA which was founded in 1993. TEI was an outreach effort created by physicians at UTHSCSA to support teachers in efforts such as the Health Related Science Curriculum.

Rosemary Riggs explained that the goal of the curriculum is to give real world relevance to what teachers are teaching in the classroom.

“As a teacher myself I cannot tell you how important it is to take advantage of these programs at UTHSCSA,” Riggs said.

During the visit, the group highlighted many programs that the Office of Outreach and Recruitment supports, including the Science Expo, the Voelcker Bioscience Research Academy, college fairs and other outreach events.

The teachers were then exposed to the work of the UTHSCSA trainees through presentations.

Priscilla Alfradique De Souza is a graduate student in the Nursing Science Ph.D. who is originally from Brazil.

“I came here for my Ph.D. because I was always passionate about research and I always could see that research and nursing were connected,” De Souza said. “I would go to the hospital and see that what happens there is connected intricately with the research in my field."

"In Brazil, some nursing areas and research are still behind and I wish to go back to Brazil with my new skills to help close this gap.”

De Souza’s goal is to clarify nursing diagnoses cross-culturally and to help make better and quicker plans of care for dementia patients.

The teachers followed the morning’s events with a tour of the School of Nursing Simulab, led by LouAnn Click, the Clinical Skill Lab and Simulation Lab Manager.  

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