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UTSA partnership with Methodist Healthcare to give students hands-on training

By Jo Ann Jones | Date: September 16, 2014

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By: Marissa Villa, Multimedia Editor/ Office of University Communications

The UTSA Department of Kinesiology, Health and Nutrition in the College of Education and Human Development has announced a partnership with Methodist Healthcare System of San Antonio that will give UTSA students hands-on training in cardiology patient care while providing research opportunities designed to improve clinical services and outcomes.

UTSA researchers Donovan Fogt and William Cooke, along with Curtis Hart are merging their individual expertise and laboratory capacities to create the UTSA Integrative Cardiopulmonary & Autonomic Performance Laboratories (ICAPL). Using advanced techniques and equipment, ICAPL researchers will gather information to uncover better treatment options for the patients while providing immediate feedback to referring physicians. UTSA students and researchers working in ICAPL will help identify early factors contributing to the development and progression of cardiac diseases.

Local cardiologists have suggested that up to 25 percent of their symptomatic patients test negative for cardiovascular disease, leaving few options for continued care. One of the key goals of this partnership is to provide specialized testing of such patients in the ICAPL. The testing results will guide preventative and treatment options to patients and clinicians, including referrals to clinical specialists, physical activity and performance, nutrition and health behaviors.

Additionally, the partnership will prepare students for careers in health professions within the Methodist Healthcare System and beyond. By involving kinesiology, health and nutrition students in this initiative, the department hopes to advance its UTSA students ahead of their peers in the job market.

"We have an obligation to help our students receive specialized training and be competitive for professional schools and medical careers. Students participating in the UTSA - Methodist Healthcare System of San Antonio partnership will benefit from our top-tier program," said Fogt, associate professor in the Department of Health, Kinesiology, Health and Nutrition and co-director of the UTSA ICAPL.


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