Healthy lunch policy
Dr. Howard Brody
, director of the Institute for the Medical Humanities, will address “Health care transformation and bending the cost curve: Targeting the list of the top five overused procedures” as the guest speaker at the Healthy Health Policy lunch and lecture series on Wednesday, Feb. 27 from noon to 1 p.m. in room 1.206 of Research Building 6. For more information, contact Becky Trout at rltrout@utmb.edu or 409-747-2734. 

18th Annual Lefeber Winter Series on Aging
The UTMB Sealy Center on Aging hosts the Lefeber series of lectures, presenting experts from around the country on a variety of topics each Tuesday evening through March 5, from 5 to 6 p.m. in the Levin Hall South auditorium and reception in the foyer following. The series continues tonight with “Exercise as medicine: Translational research in older women,” by Alice S. Ryan, professor in the division of geriatrics and medicine at the University of Maryland School of Medicine.

The Lunch Bunch and osteoporosis
The UTMB Heath Lunch Bunch, presenting timely topics over a light meal every other month will hear “My achy breaky bones: Prevention and treatment of osteoporosis” by endocrinologist Dr. Jyothi Juarez from noon to 1 p.m. on Tuesday, March 5 at the UTMB Specialty Care Center at Victory Lakes, 2240 Gulf Freeway South, League City. For more information and a schedule of future programs, go to utmbhealth.com/LunchBunch. 

St. Vincent's annual benefit concert
Each year, UTMB students display their talent at the concert to benefit the St. Vincent's House clinic. This year’s concert at The Grand 1894 Opera House is 7 to 9 p.m., Wednesday, March 6. Tickets are $7 in cash or $7.50 with credit cards for advance purchase and $10 at the door. Ticket booths will be on campus at Joe’s cafeteria and the John Sealy Hospital cafeteria from noon to 1 p.m. through March 6. All proceeds go toward supporting the St. Vincent's Free Student Clinic, which provides a range of services for Galveston residents without access to health care. 

McCallum at health symposium
Dr. Rex McCallum
, vice president and chief physician executive at UTMB Health, was a panelist for one of the sessions at the Healthy Communities Indicators Symposium presented by the Center for Houston’s Future at the George R. Brown Convention Center on Friday. The Center, a regional think-tank for the eight-county Houston area, presented the findings of its Healthy Communities Indicators Report, “Healthy communities: People, place and access.” 

Compassionate patient care
This month, the UTMB School of Medicine joined nearly 60 medical schools and institutions across North America in observing the third Gold Humanism Honor Society Solidarity Day for Compassionate Patient Care. The solidarity event was initiated after the 2011 shootings in Tucson, Ariz. to honor the humanistic actions of Dr. Randall Friese, the trauma surgeon who first treated shooting victim and former congresswoman Gabrielle Giffords.  Friese said that the most important thing he did in the emergency room was to take her hand and tell her that she would be cared for.  Students undertake projects that demonstrate the importance of empathy and compassion in patient care. The Gold Humanism Honor Society is an international initiative of The Arnold P. Gold Foundation comprised of over 15,000 medical students, faculty and administrators recognized for practicing compassionate, patient-centered care.