Arizona Bioscience News: Arizona’s physician shortage; MyACTome acquired; Flagstaff STEMMY nominees

March 8, 2024

By brianpowell

Arizona has a severe doctor shortage despite new medical schools. Here’s why / KJZZ

Arizona’s universities have put a lot of money into opening and expanding medical schools in our state as we face an ongoing physician shortage. But Brittney Kaufmann, CEO of the Health System Alliance of Arizona, says it’s all for naught unless we get more government funding for residencies that train new physicians in real hospital and health care settings.

MyACTome acquired by health care management organization / Phoenix Business Journal (AZ Inno)

Phoenix-based Healthcare Outcomes Performance Co. has acquired MyACTome, a Valley startup that created a smartphone-based fall risk detection platform based on technology developed at Arizona State University.

ASU ranked No. 9 among worldwide universities for US patents / Arizona Republic

Arizona State University issued 170 patents last year in what leaders say is part of its commitment to advance research and innovation, placing the school seventh among the top U.S. patent-producing universities and ninth worldwide.

Tucson Medical Center’s newest hospital on the southeast side is now complete / Arizona Daily Star

After three phases of construction starting in 2017, TMC Health celebrated completion of the final phase with a ribbon-cutting for the new 132,284-square-foot, 60-bed Tucson Medical Center Rincon that includes maternity beds and four operating rooms.

Flagstaff STEM City announces STEMMY nominees / Arizona Daily Sun

Flagstaff STEM City announced the finalists for the 2023-2024 STEMMY Awards, which recognize individuals and organizations that are STEM leaders in the Flagstaff community.

Startups, start your engines: Nominations open for AZ Inno Fire Awards / Phoenix Business Journal (AZ Inno)

The 2024 Fire Awards represent AZ Inno’s premier recognition program, honoring the companies, organizations, and individuals in health care, biotech, and beyond who are setting the local innovation economy ablaze.

How Arizona brings STEM learning opportunities to rural communities / Phoenix Business Journal (Op-ed)

This Arizona Commerce Authority Op-ed praises the Chief Science Officer program started in 2015 by the SciTech Institute, an initiative of the Arizona Commerce Authority and Arizona Technology Council, and how it enhances and promotes the value and importance of STEM education.

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