Archive for December, 2015

UMB One Card

UMB One Card Office Closure

The One Card Office will be closed Jan. 11 through 13 due to updates to the transaction system. Normal operations will resume on Jan. 14.

During the update the One Card Office will not be able to produce One Cards or conduction business transactions. In addition, One Card financial transactions will be affected. The system will not be available for One Card deposits, printing, or laundry payments in Pascault Row and Fayette Square.

We apologize for any inconvenience.

Claire MurphyBulletin Board, People, University Administration, University LifeDecember 22, 20150 comments
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Pharmacy Honor Society Inductions

Nursing Hosts Inaugural Fall Pi Chapter Honor Society Inductions

The School of Nursing recently held its first fall Sigma Theta Tau International (STTI) Honor Society of Nursing, Pi Chapter, induction ceremonies in Baltimore and at the Universities at Shady Grove (USG). A class of 102, consisting of students and community leaders, was inducted.

STTI seeks to advance world health and celebrate nursing excellence in scholarship, leadership, and service. Membership is offered to baccalaureate and graduate nursing students who have demonstrated excellence by scholarship. Nurses who exhibit exceptional achievements in nursing also can be invited to join via the nurse leadership option.

“Pi Chapter is one of the oldest and largest chapters of Sigma Theta Tau in the world. We have members who are recognized globally for their accomplishments and service to nursing,” said Pi Chapter President Rebecca Wiseman, PhD, RN, chair of the UMSON program at USG. “We are proud of our new inductees and wish them success in their ongoing scholarship, leadership, and service to the nursing profession.”

Awarding membership encourages, fosters, and actively supports further professional development, thus promoting nursing scholarship, leadership, creativity, and commitment to nursing, fulfilling the purposes of STTI. Membership is conferred solely on the basis of specified eligibility.

Kevin NashEducation, People, UMB News, University Life, USGADecember 18, 20150 comments
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Brian Ung

Interviews, Networking, and Caffeine: The Pharmacy Hunger Games

As a student pharmacist, the internship, extracurricular, and advanced experiential rotation experiences in which I have been fortunate to participate have fueled my desire to pursue a postgraduate fellowship in the pharmaceutical industry. Although not a traditional career path for many pharmacists, I believe that changes in health care reform and in the pharmaceutical industry will open up a wide variety of career opportunities for pharmacists to utilize their clinical training to improve the quality of care provided to patients at a population level.

Part of the application process for many pharmaceutical industry fellowships involves interviewing at the American Society of Health-System Pharmacists (ASHP) mid-year clinical meeting through the Personnel Placement Service (PPS) recruitment event. This event spans almost the full length of the conference and features multiple rounds of interviews for each position, in addition to company and fellowship program receptions.

Now, throughout pharmacy school – and really, all aspects of life – family, friends, classmates, and mentors have been there to help me, and I truly could not have gotten to where I am today without the support of those around me. I’ve also had the benefit of talking to a number of older students, residents, fellows, and faculty who shared their journeys with me. These conversations were instrumental in shaping my career goals and preparing me for future challenges. As a result, I decided to share my own experience going through the PPS recruitment event in a blog, which I titled “Interviews, Networking and Caffeine: The Pharmacy Hunger Games.”

My goal with this blog is to give back and provide some insight, inspiration, and motivation for other student pharmacists. I wanted to open the dialogue between students, faculty, and working professionals to strengthen existing relationships and help form new ones. My hope is that readers will see the internal struggles and conflicts that I faced during the process, relate those situations to their own experiences, and feel motivated to share their inner thoughts with others that they trust. I also hope that my blog can serve as a humorous, stabilizing, and encouraging resource for pharmacy students who are anxiously awaiting and stressed about what comes after pharmacy school.

Please enjoy, and thank you for reading!

Malissa CarrollABAE, Clinical Care, Education, People, University Life, USGADecember 18, 20150 comments
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Get Your Terps Basketball Tickets

Maryland Women’s Basketball Tickets

Your 5th-ranked Terps are offering an exclusive ticket discount to UMB faculty, staff, and students for Winter Break games. Tickets to the No. 10 Ohio State (Jan. 2), Nebraska (Jan. 7), No. 12 Northwestern (Jan. 17), and No. 24 Michigan State (Jan. 23) games are only $5 for UMB faculty, staff, and students.


Maryland Men’s Basketball Tickets

While the majority of Maryland Men’s Basketball tickets are sold out for the season, fans interested in attending games are encouraged to register for ReplyBuy, a quick and simple way of purchasing exclusive tickets using your cell phone.

Registered users have the opportunity to gain access to last-minute seating opportunities and special promotional offers – especially over the holiday break. (For example, when allotments are released that were previously reserved for the visiting team, television holds, etc.).


The ElmBulletin Board, People, University LifeDecember 17, 20150 comments
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Shock Trauma, Edge of Life

‘Shock Trauma, Edge of Life’ to Premiere on Discovery Life

MedSchool Maryland Productions (MMP), a Program of the University of Maryland School of Medicine, is pleased to announce the premiere season of their new series Shock Trauma, Edge of Life.

Air dates are Friday nights in January through the first Friday in February at 10 p.m. on the Discovery Life channel. The program will feature the following School of Medicine faculty attending surgeons: 

Shock Trauma: Edge of Life – Airing schedule with featured doctors

Jan. 1, 2015 at 10 p.m.
Shock Trauma: Edge of Life: Emergency C-Section
Drs. Brandon Bruns, Kiranpreet Chawla, Mayur Narayan, and Meghan Brady

Jan. 8, 2015 at 10 p.m.
Shock Trauma: Edge of Life: Zero Degree Trauma
Drs. Thomas Scalea, Narayan, and Kyle Cunningham

Jan. 15, 2015 at 10 p.m.
Shock Trauma: Edge of Life: Lives on the Line
Drs. Scalea and Molly Deane

Jan. 22, 2015 at 10 p.m.
Shock Trauma: Edge of Life: The Baltimore Riots
Drs. Scalea, Narayan, and Moran Levin

Jan. 29, 2015 at 10 p.m.
Shock Trauma: Edge of Life: Too Young To Die
Drs. Scalea, Bruns, Laura Buchanan, and Megan Brenner

Feb. 5, 2015 at 10 p.m.
Shock Trauma: Edge of Life: Collision Course
Drs. Thomas Vu and Bruns

Susan Hadary Community Service, Education, For B'more, PeopleDecember 16, 20151 comment
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Yoga for the Holidays

Yoga for the Holidays

Holidays can be stressful for everyone. Whether you are hosting the party or traveling some distance to enjoy the time with family and friends, we all seem to have additional stress around the holidays. There are some simple poses that will help alleviate any pain and mental stress you might be experiencing.

Please visit the Center for Integrative Medicine’s full blog post to learn how to do five easy yoga poses to get you through the New Year more relaxed.

Rebekah OwensEducation, People, University LifeDecember 16, 20150 comments
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Library Genie: What Did You Wish For?

Over the month of October, the Library Genie asked for your top three library wishes. The number one wish was for water bottle filling stations, followed by requests for better lighting, more of the popular “space pod” study seats, and a wider selection of cables/convertors and charging options.

We get the feeling you like being here and just want to make your home away from home more comfortable and convenient! Also popular were requests for coffee vending, more comfortable chairs, and a gender-neutral bathroom.

The Genie is looking into possibilities for granting some of your wishes. We’ll keep you posted.

Everly Brown Education, University LifeDecember 16, 20150 comments
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2016 IPE/IPC Seed Grant Proposals Deadline

Interprofessional Education (IPE) and Interprofessional Care (IPC) Seed Grant Announcement

The Center for Interprofessional Education at the University of Maryland, Baltimore (UMB) is pleased to announce an opportunity for $5,000 to $10,000 seed grants for 13-month IPE and IPC pilot projects. Proposals should be practice or classroom focused, with educational and evaluative components employing the IPEC Interprofessional Education Collaborative Expert Panel. Grant funds may not be used toward salary or benefit support. The following definitions of IPE/IPC should be used when developing proposals.

Interprofessional Education

“When students from two or more professions learn about, from, and with each other to enable effective collaboration and improve health outcomes” (World Health Organization, 2010).

Interprofessional Team-Based Care

Care delivered by intentionally created, usually relatively small work groups in health care, who are recognized by others as well as by themselves as having a collective identity and shared responsibility for a patient or group of patients.

The proposal should be limited to five single-spaced pages and should include the following:

  • Title of project
  • Description of new initiative, or if existing, how the existing initiative will be significantly expanded or enhanced
  • Description of how the project will advance UMB’s efforts to meet IPEC competencies
  • Abstract (approximately four sentence description)
  • Roles and responsibilities
  • List of faculty on seed grant to include name, credentials, school affiliation, and title
  • Outline of educational curriculum to be used
  • Plan for evaluation of project
  • Plan for sustainability following the pilot period
  • Statement of support from faculty supervisor/division, chief associate dean, or responsible administrative official granting the faculty member the projected time to implement the proposed project
  • Implementation timeline
  • Budget and justification

The project proposal must meet two criteria:

Criteria 1: It must seek to engage students and/or trainees in at least one of the following areas (excerpted and modified from Interprofessional Education Collaborative Expert Panel [2011]).

  1. Work with individuals of other health, law, and/or human service professions to maintain a climate of mutual respect and shared values.
  2. Use the knowledge of one’s own role and those of other professionals to appropriately access and address the health care needs of the patients and populations served.
  3. Communicate with patients, families, communities, and other health professionals in a responsive and responsible manner that supports a team approach to the maintenance of health and treatment of disease.
  4. Apply relationship-building values and the principles of team dynamics to perform effectively in different team roles to plan and deliver patient population centered care that is safe, timely, efficient, effective, and equitable.

Criteria 2: Proposals must include faculty from at least two or more disciplines, with at least one faculty affiliated with UMB.

Applications are due on Feb. 12, 2016, via email to Patricia Danielewicz at

Proposals will be reviewed by the center director and co-directors and faculty will be notified of a decision by April 8, 2016. Funds will be distributed on May 2, 2016.  Recipients of the seed grants will be expected to present the results of their project at an interprofessional forum. Funds must be expended no later than June 30, 2017, with a final report due to the Center for Interprofessional Education by Dec. 1, 2017. Unexpended funds will be transferred back to the center.

Patricia Danielewicz Collaboration, Education, UMB News, University LifeDecember 16, 20150 comments
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‘Role Model’ Isaac Honored as Employee of the Month

When President Jay A. Perman, MD, walked into his conference room on Dec. 1, it was packed with employees from General Services and Housekeeping. “One person in this room needs to be surprised,” Perman said mischievously. Then he turned to housekeeper Towanna Isaac and told her she was UMB’s December Employee of the Month. “You look like you’re surprised!” Perman said. “It must have worked.”

Demonstrating the University’s Core Values

Perman gave Isaac a framed certificate and thanked her for demonstrating the University’s core values. “We have these core values at the University. You especially represent civility, leadership, and excellence in what you do. You’re a role model for the rest of us and you deserve to be the Employee of the Month.”

Isaac’s drive and leadership are among the reasons her supervisor, Angela Gross, housekeeping assistant manager, nominated her for the award. “What stands out the most about Towanna is her mentoring and leading of the Project Search students and employees,” Gross explained of the program that teaches workforce and career development skills to adults and students with disabilities. “She is to be commended and recognized for the care and educating she shows with these young men and women.”

Providing Positive Guidance

Gross pointed to one Project Search example. First Isaac showed, explained, and demonstrated the tasks she wanted the young lady to perform. Then she told the young lady to perform the duties by herself. After the young lady finished, Isaac shadowed her to double-check that everyone’s service was OK. “If that wasn’t enough, then Towanna provided the young lady positive guidance and a few areas to improve,” Gross recalled. 

Exemplary Customer Service

Isaac, who received $250 as Employee of the Month, also was described by her supervisor as being a reliable team player. “There is not a time that she is asked to support someone in any area of the campus that she fails to do so. She is sometimes asked to do things that are not in her realm. She extends exemplary customer service to our internal staff as well as external visitors,” Gross said. “In other words, Towanna is just an all-around nice person.”

Isaac said she was “very surprised” by the award. “You never know who’s watching when you work and it’s good to be recognized. I work with a dedicated crew that works hard. Many of them have been here much longer than me,” said Isaac, a five-year employee. “It’s nice to represent them as well with this award.”

Sarah RebackPeople, University Administration, University LifeDecember 11, 20150 comments
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SOP’s Leading Patient-Centered Outcomes Researcher Awarded $1.2 Million Contract

Daniel Mullins, PhD, professor and chair of the Department of Pharmaceutical Health Services Research (PHSR) at the School of Pharmacy, has received a contract from the Patient-Centered Outcomes Research Institute (PCORI) to design continuous processes for researchers and health care professionals who seek to engage patients in key aspects of the research process. The three-year, $1.2 million project is based on Mullins’ 2012 publication in the Journal of the American Medical Association, which detailed a 10-step patient and stakeholder framework that he developed to guide a continuous process of engaging patients in co-developing research studies to make comparative effectiveness research more patient centered.

“Though organizations like PCORI have made progress in advancing PCOR methods, there are still gaps in the methodology for consistently and effectively incorporating the patient voice in the design, conduct, and dissemination of PCOR studies,” says Mullins.

Providing Patient-Centered Guidance

Through the contract, Mullins and his team will provide guidance to PCOR researchers across the United States on which set of patient engagement methods they should use throughout their PCOR studies and which resources are required to achieve meaningful and sustained engagement. The end goal is to guide potential refinements of PCORI’s patient and stakeholder engagement rubric.

“In recent years, PCORI and other research groups have developed guidances and rubrics to advance and promote patient and stakeholder engagement in research,” he says. “We want to expand on that work by further delineating which evidence-based strategies for engaging patients and the public will assist in making PCOR authentically and respectfully patient centered.”

Creating the Framework

Through an interactive and collaborative process with a stakeholder advisory board of patients, advocates, decision-makers, and researchers, Mullins and his research team aim to create a patient engagement translation table (PETT), which will serve as a tool for other PCOR researchers to compare their patient engagement efforts against Mullins’ published 10-step framework. The framework is currently used by all investigators who are supported by the Patient-Centered Involvement in Evaluating the Effectiveness of Treatments (PATIENTS) program, which is an AHRQ-funded PCOR infrastructure-building program housed at the University of Maryland. The PETT will map each step of the research process with a particular method of engagement via a series of cards.

“The card mapping activity, which has been translated into Spanish, is a particularly innovative and interactive way of getting patients to open up and share what would get them engaged as advisors to a PCOR project,” says Mullins. “However, the PETT also will be informed by an extensive literature review overseen by an expert reference librarian as well as input from interviews with a wide range of patients, PCOR experts, and other stakeholders.”

“We are relying on the input and advice of our stakeholder advisory board to help us think through how we can shape the PCOR process to make it most accessible to patients,” adds Eleanor Perfetto, PhD, professor in PHSR and a member of the project team. Perfetto, one of the architects of the PETT, says that it will evolve based on feedback from the advisory board and the series of qualitative interviews that will be conducted. Members of the project’s stakeholder advisory committee will also have key roles in thinking through the best, most effective ways of sharing information with minority groups, and in making sure that the information shared is crafted in a culturally sensitive way.

According to Mullins, the ultimate goal of the project is to create a resource of lasting value for current and future generations of PCOR researchers. “We want to build on the idea of sustainability that is driving the work of the PATIENTS Program and PCOR at the University of Maryland and provide mechanisms by which other PCOR researchers at other institutions can do the same,” he says.

Laura Bogart ABAE, Collaboration, People, Research, UMB NewsDecember 11, 20150 comments
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ChristmaHannuKwanzaa: Holiday Dessert Party

Have you ever wondered about the traditions of Christmas, Hanukkah, and/or Kwanzaa?

Here’s your chance to learn more about these traditions while enjoying desserts commonly associated with these holidays.

Do you celebrate a different tradition during the winter holiday season? Please join us and let us know more about it.

ChristmaHannuKwanzaa: Holiday Dessert Party will be held on Monday, Dec. 14 at Noon in the SMC Campus Center, 1st floor stage. All are welcome and encouraged to attend.

Courtney J Jones Education, People, University LifeDecember 11, 20150 comments
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Innovation Space

Newly Expanded and Renovated Innovation Space

The Innovation Space has expanded to encompass the adjoining area where the Reference Desk used to be. This expansion gives users twice as much room for working with Innovation Space tools and equipment.

To accommodate 3-D scanning of smaller items, we’ve added a NextEngine 3-D scanner. Now you can use the handheld Sense 3-D scanner to scan large objects and the NextEngine 3-D scanner for small items, such as a piece of lab equipment or a tooth. Curious how? Our how-to guides will walk you through the steps with the Sense 3-D scanner and the new NextEngine 3-D scanner.

We also have added three height-adjustable work tables and a dozen stools to make the Innovation Space more comfortable for your work. Many more 3-D-printed models are displayed on the shelves. You also can find the finishing tools for 3-D printing in pouches conveniently placed on the wall. We have transformed the wall into a chalkboard to promote upcoming workshops on 3-D printing and 3-D scanning. The large LCD screen, which is perfect for reviewing human anatomy with Biodigital Human or viewing large 3-D models from the NIH 3-D Print Exchange, is now mounted on the wall, along with two wall cabinets.

Come visit our new and improved Innovation Space!

Everly Brown Collaboration, Education, TechnologyDecember 11, 20150 comments
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Drive Safely

Car thefts increase during the holidays. As UMB Deputy Chief Milland Reed, MS, reported in a recent University Q&A, items in cars that are visible from the outside often lead to car thefts. Don’t leave a laptop, other device, or holiday purchase in plain view. And put such items in your trunk before arriving at your garage or parking spot. Criminals are observant and don’t miss such clues.

Sometimes it’s not what’s in the car but the whole car the criminal is after. The Baltimore Police have reported a recent increase in carjackings, where criminals cause a minor accident (i.e., fender bender) with the intent to steal the vehicle they have hit. When the operator of the struck vehicle gets out to check damage/exchange insurance information, an occupant of the striking vehicle gets into the struck vehicle and drives off.

If you are driving and your vehicle is struck, authorities recommend that you stay in your vehicle until you are comfortable with the situation. If you do get out of your vehicle, turn it off and take the keys or fob with you. If confronted with a “your keys or your life” demand, turn the keys over. New cars are made every day. You have only one life.

The UMB Police Force (UMBF) has a 24-hour dispatch service at 410-706-3333. For more tips on staying safe this time of year, read the UMBF’s suggestions on page 16 of December’s President’s Message.

Sarah RebackFor B'more, People, University Administration, University LifeDecember 11, 20150 comments
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