From the Desk of the Founding Dean

Seasonal Tips – Allergies usually peak during spring break, thanks to mulberry trees and other vegetation beginning to bloom.  High winds transport additional allergens around town – and into our homes. This year, a remarkably high number of patients are accessing ambulatory clinics, suffering from sinus infections and hay fever symptoms. I encourage each of you to take the following steps to avoid – or at least cut down – the effects of seasonal allergies.

  • Seal doors and windows in your home.
  • Keep windows closed.
  • Minimize early morning activity outside.
  • Keep car windows closed when traveling.
  • Stay indoors when the pollen count is high and on windy days.
  • Avoid freshly cut grass, mowing the lawn, or any type of yard work

Match Day – One day that profoundly influences the trajectory of a medical student’s life – and future – is Match Day.  On Friday, March 21 at precisely 10 a.m./MST, medical students from across the U.S. and Canada will open an envelope disclosing where they will spend the next three to five years for their residency.  You are invited to share this special moment with the Class of 2014 beginning at 9:45 a.m. in the Medical Education Building, Auditorium 1200.

Spring Break – This week is spring break for CISD, SISD, EPISD, YISD, EPCC and UTEP.  Traditionally, spring break is a time to retreat from studies and work – and to relish carefree moments with family, friends or by yourself.  If you were not able to take time off this week, I’m encouraging you to take at least 30 minutes a day to release some stress by enjoying something you love – a good book, drawing, or even watching a funny TV show.  The main thing is to give yourself a break – by taking a break.  Enjoy!