Appeal to UNTHSC Faculty Members to Say "No" to UNTMD Proposal
Posted Feb 16 2011 12:43pm
Dear Faculty Members at UNTHSC and TCOM:
I would like first to apologize to you for taking the liberty of contacting you regarding the direction of our beloved institution, UNTHSC. I am writing to you on behalf of no one else or on behalf of any associations such as Texas Osteopathic Medical Association or American Osteopathic Association. Yes, I am a member of those associations, but do not hold any leadership position or do not seek any leadership position in a future because i do know my own limitations.
I am writing to you as a TCOM graduate of class 2002 who is appreciative of the opportunity that UNTHSC had given me. As you may have been lead to believe that the proposed MD option is a done deal and has received wide support of the local community. The so-called support does not translate into a real financial support for establishing a new medical school at free of cost to the state of TX for the next 5 years.
I would like to convey to you how much time i have devoted in the effort of exposing the ill-conceived plan of the current proposed 2nd medical school on campus. Revealing the time consumming and sacrifices from my part, i hope to ask you to be open-minded and take the time to study the issue from all angles before buying into the propaganda that the institution cannot enhance its stature without an "MD" school.
I published 6 Opinion-edtiorials in the local journals over the past 2 years.
I developed a 39-page analysis of the proposed MD program at UNTHSC "A Cost Analysis of The Proposed MD Program at UNTHSC: Spending More and Getting Less." This is a well-researched and referrenced document,which provides counter-arguments to the points offerred in the business plan of the UNTMD proposal.
I developed the "Essence of UNTMD proposal: Unwarranted and Prejudicial"
I have established a new blog http://www.eyedrd.org/ to provide a forum for discussion of a wide range of issues related to medical/osteopathic medicine, health, eye, societal and international affairs. In less than four months of its inception, it has generated more than 21,600 page-views, and is ranked " #879,980 in the world according to the three-month Alexa traffic rankings, and the site has attained a traffic rank of 162,987 among users in the US." You may want to take a look at this site to learn more about the UNTMD issues: financial donations, economic impact, research potential, medical curriculum difference or less, exodus of faculty members, morality of the students who performed poorer on the national boards than previous years, addressing physician shortage in Tarrant County or Texas, etc...
The process of the MD study group was a farce as the outcome was pre-determined. The initiative began behind the scene in 2006 when Dr. Ransom took over the presidency of UNTHSC, the initiative was not started at the end of 2008 as claimed. Perhaps, Dr, Ransom was hired with a goal of establishing an MD school on campus in exchange of the most generous salary offered comparted to its predecessors or its peers in Texas. The process was biased and the debate was suppressed. Do you see any openly proposed bill of the 2nd medical school to TX legislature? An open debate about the issue may not even take place in the legislature.
The above links from http://www.eyedrd.org/ would give you a different perspective on this issue. I am urging you as educators to take a stand against discrimination and prejudice as implied in the current proposal. I am not opposed to an MD school in Fort Worth or even on UNTHSC campus if there were $1.5 billion investment to make UNTHSC a medical center like Seton Hospital System in Austin is planning on doing. So you can see that $25 million pledges...draw your own conclusion.
I hope you would take a few minutes to help us to protect and preserve the excellence of UNTHSC by contacting your local legislators. You can find the template letters at Texas Osteopathic Medical Association's Legislative Action Center http://capwiz.com/txosteo/home/