Medical Education

The Department of Medical Education is responsible for all continuing medical education (CME) activities. The mission of the Health Science Center's CME program is to provide high quality educational activities designed to enhance physicians' commitment to lifelong learning.

The ultimate goal is to promote and further the practice of evidence-based and cost-effective healthcare in keeping with the Health Science Center's mission to provide excellent patient care.

Grand Rounds

Grand Rounds are designed for physicians, residents, and medical students, and are available to other allied health professionals who have an interest in the program being presented. Unless noted otherwise, Grand Rounds are held each Friday in the Academic Amphitheater. Lunch is served at 11:30 a.m. Program begins at 12:00 noon and concludes at 1:00 p.m. Please call at least two days in advance for reservations or for more information (903)877-7250 or email:

Friday, October 3, 2014
Head Impact Exposure on Young Football Players
Speaker: Joseph A. Maldjian, MD
Dr. Maldjian, Professor and Chief of Neuroradiology at Wake Forest University School of Medicine in North Carolina, will discuss the impact exposure on youth and high school football players; share imaging studies; and outline how the risks can be reduced.

Friday, October 10, 2014
Parkinson’s Disease
Speaker: George Plotkin, MD, PhD
Dr. Plotkin, a neurologist at the ETMC Neurological Institute, will outline the signs and symptoms associated with Parkinson’s Disease; discuss the importance of early diagnosis and the diagnostic role of imaging modalities; and summarize the current treatment options.

Friday, October 17, 2014
Inflammatory Bowel Diseases: Advancements in Treatment
Speaker: Themistocles Dassopoulos, MD
Dr. Dassopoulos, the director of the Baylor Center for Inflammatory Bowel Diseases in Dallas, will discuss advances in medical therapies for the treatment of Crohn’s disease and ulcerative colitis; and summarize advances in surgical management of IBD.

Friday, October 24, 2014
Current Concepts in the Management of Peripheral Artery Diseases
Speakers: Jean Bismuth, MD & Carlos Bechara, MD
Drs. Bismuth and Bechara, from the Methodist Hospital DeBakey Heart & Vascular Center in Houston, will outline the importance of early PAD diagnosis; review current management options; discuss appropriate indications for referral; and, summarize the benefits of working in a collaborative multispecialty program.

Friday, October 31, 2014
Thrombolytics in the Management of Parapneumonic Effusions and Empyemas
Speaker: George Thommi, MD
Dr. Thommi, a pulmonologist and critical care specialist from Omaha, Nebraska, will discuss the rationale for thrombolytic therapy in parapneumonic effusions and empyema; summarize the response to treatment; and, evaluate the complications and risks associated with these medications.

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