February 15, 2021
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Remote Classes for Winter Weather Advisory
February 15, 16
Colby Wood Interns for Amarillo Heart Group
Colby Wood, a SR. Biochemistry and Biology major tells us about his internship with Amarillo Heart Group.

How did your internship help prepare you post-graduation?

Shadowing Dr. Martinez, I gained better insight as to what awaits me in medical school. The more I learned, the more I understood how much I still have left to learn. With this internship, I have learned so many valuable things outside the classroom, and I got to witness first hand what following a medical path will hold for me.

Describe briefly what you did for your internship.

Every Friday, I would go and shadow Dr. Martinez through his day as an interventional cardiologist. Cardiology is an amazing specialty to shadow and possibly study. Dr. Martinez said a lot: “Cardiology is so much fun, it’s almost sinful”.
I have seen, done, and learned more than I have ever thought possible with this internship. The more I learned, the more I understood how ignorant I am and how many things I still must learn.
The working life of a physician is much different than I expected it to be. It is nothing like the stories people read about and most certainly nothing like the glamorous portrayals on television shows and movies. Being a physician involves near endless and many times thankless effort to better human lives. Unsurprisingly, most of the health aliments going on with many of the patients Dr. Martinez sees could be fixed with a lifestyle change. I have heard the general exercise and diet, speech so often I know I could recite it in my sleep.
The Amarillo Heart Group Staff were so welcoming and they all truly made me feel like I was an asset to the team. They were excellent teachers in all aspects of practicing health care, whether it be juggling insurance requirements, scheduling, patient assessment, or even patient interactions.
At many times, I thought that the patient interaction was possibly the most difficult part of working in the health-care field. However, Dr. Martinez and his whole team were all able to interact professionally with even the most difficult of patients. This was an excellent example for a student to see because it drives home the fact that even in the most strange and adverse situations a physician and his team must act with the utmost professionalism. This experience really hit home to me the old saying, “You never know what someone’s life is like, until you walk a mile in their shoes.” Obviously, being a physician, no matter what the specialty, are big shoes to fill and miles to walk.
Caleb McCall brings Education to Family Farm
Caleb McCall, SOPH. Plant, Soil & Environmental Science. The McCall's have been growing pumpkins on their Moriarty, N.M., farm for several years when they decided to invite the local kindergarten class to visit their pumpkin patch in 1998. The tradition continued annually after that. “My dad was taught by his grandpa how to farm, and a lot of the practices we used are passed down. No one on the farm has ever had the understanding of how it all works,” Caleb explains. "My plan is to get that understanding and come back and be able to fix a lot of those practices and bring more of an educational process to the farm.” Dr. Brock Blaser, Associate Professor of Plant, Soil, and Environmental Sciences and Assistant Department Head for the Department of Agricultural Sciences, says "Caleb has been a great asset to our Plant, Soil, and Environmental Sciences program as well as the Department of Agricultural Sciences. It is students like him, with a passion for agriculture and a desire to give back to the community, that make my experience as an educator so enjoyable. We look forward to seeing what Caleb will do as he continues in our program and after he graduates. He is a perfect example of the type of student we want in our programs as he is dedicated, hard-working and committed to agriculture!"
WT Equestrian Wins High Point Team
at The Collegiate Quarantine Series
The West Texas A&M Equestrian team traveled to Lubbock, TX and participated in the first double judged western horse show of the Collegiate Quarantine Series on February 6th. Other competitors included: Oklahoma Panhandle State University, Texas Tech University, Tarleton State University, and Southern Nazarene University.
“None of us is as smart as all of us.”
~ Kenneth H. Blanchard