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Barbalee Symm, Ph.D.

Associate Professor and Director of Health Science Studies

Baylor University
College of Health & Human Sciences, HHPR
Office:  Rena Marrs McLean Gymnasium 225
Email: Barbalee_Symm@baylor.edu

Degrees:
2004 Ph.D., Texas Woman's University, Denton, Health Studies with emphasis in Higher Education
1987 M.S., Southwest Texas State University, San Marcos, Texas with emphasis in Allied Health Education and Health Care Administration
1978 B.S., Southwest Texas State University, San Marcos, Texas with emphasis in Health Care Management
1964 Diploma in Nursing, Lillie Jolly School of Nursing, Houston, Texas

Publications:
Symm B, Forjuoh SN, Averitt M, Preece C, "Effects of Using Free Sample Medications on the Prescribing Practice of Family Physicians." The Journal Of The American Board of Family Medicine, 2006;19(5):443-449.

Forjuoh SN, Reis TG, Symm B, Couchman GR, Mason S, O'Banon R. "Physician Response to Written Feedback on a Potential Medication Error Found with Their Elderly Ambulatory Patient." J American Geriatrics Society, 2005;53(12):2173-77.

Symm B, Morgan M, Blackshear Y, Tinsley S. " Cigar Smoking: An Ignored Public Health Threat," The Journal of Primary Prevention, June 2005:26(4).

Forjuoh SN, Rascoe TG, Edwards JC, Symm B. "Teaching Medical Students Complementary and Alternative Medicine Using Evidence-Based Principles," The Journal of Alternative and Complementary Medicine, June 2003;9(3):429-35.

Forjuoh SM, Averitt, WM, Cauthen DB, Symm B, Couchman GR, Mitchell, M. "Open-Access Appointment Scheduling in Family Practice: Comparison of a Demand Prediction Grid with Actual Appointments," The Journal Of The American Board Of Family Practice, July-August 2001;14:259-65.

Madsen J, Symm B."Editorial Response- Communication in Consultation Process," The Journal Of The American Board Of Family Practice, 1995 Jan-Feb;8(1)77:8.

Cauthen DB, Symm B, Cullison M, Peterson RF."Use Effectiveness of the Cytobrush in the Primary Care Setting," The Journal Of The American Board Of Family Practice, July-August 1992; 5(4): 365-8

BOOK CHAPTER
Zazworsky, Donna, Jane N. Bolin and Vicki Gaubeca, (Eds.). 2005. Handbook for Diabetes and Diabetes Management. Springer/Kluewer Academic Publishers, New York, NY (Forthcoming, September, 2005). Part 5, Case Study 3: The Scott & White Experience: Chronic Disease Management on a Shoe String. Barbalee Symm, Michael Reis

Awards:
2005 Scott and White Health Plan Outstanding Service Award for Quality Improvement Initiatives
1999 American Academy of Family Physicians Annual Scientific Assembly, First Place, Medical Informatics Presentation, "Electronically Enhancing Post-education Communication with Diabetic patients in Out-lying Areas."
1995 Texas Academy of Family Practice Annual Assembly and Scientific Program- Best Teaching Exhibit.
1994 Texas Academy of Family Practice Annual Assembly and Scientific Program- Best Teaching Exhibit.
1990 IAHCSMM President's Award, IAHCSMM.
1987 Outstanding Graduate Student in Allied Health Science, Southwest Texas State University.
1978 B.S. with honors.
1964 Outstanding Graduating Student in Obstetrics, Lillie Jolly School of Nursing.

Research Interests:
Caring makes a difference
Preventive care
Behavior modification
Health literacy

Philosophy:
Teachers offer roadmaps to those who wish to learn. While all roads lead to Rome, some routes are more easily traveled, or may be more scenic, or may be efficient, than others. Those who travel the road require differing amounts of assistance to arrive at the destination. The destination represents goals. Road signs might be seen as learning objectives that offer structure to the trip, to allow the desired road to be followed.

How is this philosophy of teaching, then, implemented? Everything begins at the beginning, with an assessment of where, on the roadmap, the trip starts, and of how well the travelers are equipped. Planning commences with the final destination in mind. With the use of many skill sets, the teacher plans the adventure. Time is a boundary-and sometimes a barrier, which frames the adventure. When the time is gone, an evaluation will help the teacher and the learner to determine something important about the chosen route, and how well it served the needs of the travelers.

The adventure also serves the teacher in other ways, for the teacher is also a life-long learner. The teacher learns from the experience where new means of transportation better facilitate the trip, or that new road signs might better direct the traveler. And so, in the end, teaching and learning continue to be ever united. The teacher lives in the adventure, and thrives on seeing the travelers successfully maneuver the course.