Archive for December, 2016

Eunshim Nahm

Nursing’s Nahm Named Gerontological Society of America Fellow

Eun-Shim Nahm, PhD ’03, RN, FAAN, professor and specialty director, Nursing Informatics, University of Maryland School of Nursing (UMSON), was recently named a fellow of the Gerontological Society of America (GSA) during its annual scientific meeting in New Orleans. Nahm was amongst 94 fellows inducted into this year’s class.

The status of fellow, the highest class of membership within the society, is an acknowledgment of Nahm’s continued outstanding work in gerontology. Inductees have contributed to research, teaching, administration, public service, practice, and notable participation within the organization. Fellows are chosen from each of the GSA’s four membership sections: behavioral and social sciences, biological sciences, health sciences, and social research policy and practice. Her membership is in the health sciences section.

Nahm, who has had several studies funded by the National Institutes of Health, specializes in developing and utilizing health IT programs to deliver more efficient, safer care to patients. Advancements in health IT have revolutionized health care by allowing patients to access their own electronic health records and offering enabling health tools; however, some patients, particularly older ones, have had problems transitioning to this technology. Nahm’s research examines the challenges of acclimating older adults to technological innovations that allow them to participate actively in their care.

“We congratulate Dr. Nahm on her selection as a fellow of the Gerontological Society of America. It is a tremendous honor and speaks to her contributions to research, education, and practice,” said UMSON Dean Jane M. Kirschling, PhD, RN, FAAN. “Dr. Nahm’s ongoing application of nursing informatics to developing interventions that promote and manage the health of older adults is an outstanding example of collaborative and interdisciplinary work. It holds great promise for improving the lives of older adults, their families, and our communities.”

Founded in 1945, the GSA is a multidisciplinary organization devoted to research and education in all aspects of gerontology, including medical, biological, psychological and social, and is the driving force behind the advancement of gerontology both domestically and internationally.

“I am honored to be inducted as a fellow of the GSA, an organization that is devoted to research, education, and practice in the field of aging,” Nahm said. “I have learned so much from many excellent GSA members, and I hope that I can do the same for others.”

Kevin NashBulletin Board, Collaboration, Education, People, UMB NewsDecember 21, 20160 comments
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PRoject Feast

Student Pharmacists Serve Thanksgiving Meals to Community

Thanksgiving Day is usually not a popular day for service or giving back to the community. Instead, it’s a day that most people spend celebrating with family and friends. However, for two student organizations at the School of Pharmacy – the American Pharmacists Association-Academy of Student Pharmacists (APhA-ASP) and the Student National Pharmaceutical Association (SNPhA) – the day provided the perfect opportunity to engage with members of the local community and volunteer with the University of Maryland, Baltimore’s (UMB) Project Feast initiative to serve Thanksgiving meals at Booker T. Washington Middle School.

Serving the Underserved

Project Feast is an annual initiative that aims to serve Thanksgiving meals to Baltimore’s homeless residents. In addition to receiving a hot meal, residents who attend are provided with new clothing, toiletries, blankets, and other pantry staples. This year, student organizations from the Schools of Pharmacy, Medicine, and Dentistry volunteered to oversee the event, and we were pleasantly surprised to see one of our professors – Nicole Brandt, PharmD, MBA, BCPP, CGP, FASCP, professor in the Department of Pharmacy Practice and Science and executive director of the School’s Peter Lamy Center on Drug Therapy and Aging – assisting during the event as well. Additional volunteers from the School of Pharmacy included:

  • Temitope Foleyson, Second-Year Student Pharmacist
  • Akua Preko, Second-Year Student Pharmacist
  • Christine Nkobena, Second-Year Student Pharmacist
  • Alvileen Diggs, Second-Year Student Pharmacist
  • Hannah Oseghale, Third-Year Student Pharmacist
  • Lynn Kayali, Third-Year Student Pharmacist
  • Kyuhee Kim, Third-Year Student Pharmacist

Imparting Important Lessons

On the day of the event, APhA-ASP Operation Diabetes and the International Pharmaceutical Students’ Federation (IPSF) co-managed a table that offered materials to help educate residents about diabetes and diet and nutrition, including how to select beverages and monitor glucose intake. We had a lot of people approach the table, attracted by our demonstration that featured different beverages accompanied by granulated sugar in Ziploc bags to illustrate how much sugar each beverage contained. Some residents with whom we spoke had been diagnosed with diabetes, while others had a friend or family member who was living with the illness. One resident even shared the progress that he had made towards managing his diabetes, admitting that he had given up sodas and now drinks only water. It was helpful having one of our preceptors assist during the event – Kelechi Aguwa, PharmD, manager of Walmart Pharmacy in Towson – as he was able to talk more with that person and provide additional advice about other improvements that he could incorporate into his lifestyle.

SNPhA also managed a table during the event to educate attendees about chronic kidney disease. Dr. Aguwa provided screenings and coordinated patient counseling, while other participants had an opportunity to spin the “Wheel of Education” and answer a question about chronic kidney disease for a chance to win a prize. Many people participated, answered questions, and won prizes. We were very impressed that even children were able to answer the infamous question, “How many kidneys do you have?”

Making a Real Impact

Other events held that day included blood pressure screenings and patient counseling. I had the opportunity to take one resident’s blood pressure after he admitted to never going to the doctor nor taking any medication for his blood pressure. I found his blood pressure to be very high and worrisome, and encouraged him to visit his doctor and get more assistance with stabilizing it. He was very grateful, which reflected in his demeanor. It was an incredibly rewarding experience.

Another volunteer, Akua Preko, shared with me that Project Feast wasn’t just about the food, but also about making community members “feel loved and have a sense of belonging.” She also noted that “a lot of people attended the event and, surprisingly, not all were homeless. Some people came to dine with others they knew or to take part in the additional resources offered that day, but seized the opportunity to socialize with others.” Akua also mentioned that this year was the second time that she met the man who plays his guitar during the event, remarking, “He said it brings him joy to entertain people here because there is no one in his house to share his music with.”

In addition to providing valuable resources for some of the community’s most vulnerable residents, Project Feast was an opportunity for student volunteers to make new friends, as most people were comfortable enough to express how relieved they were that they were not being judged and how they felt that they were in “safe hands” with the students. For more information about how to get involved with Project Feast, please email

Malissa CarrollABAE, Collaboration, Community Service, Education, For B'more, Global & Community Engagement, People, UMB News, University LifeDecember 21, 20160 comments
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Larry Nohe

SON’s Nohe Wins Photo Contest

Larry Nohe, an information system engineer in the School of Nursing, has won the 2016 Snap! UMB Photo Contest with his riveting black-and-white portrait from within the Bromo-Seltzer Tower. Titled “The Inner Workings,” the photo was judged the best of nearly 300 entries submitted by University faculty, staff, and students, and BioPark and Medical Center employees.

Nohe, a UMB employee for 10 ½ years, passes the Bromo-Seltzer Tower each workday on the way to the bus stop. “I heard they were now open weekends for tours so I made special arrangements with them for a Tuesday afternoon. It’s a very small area,” he says with a laugh, “so you can only take so many shots. I was maybe there a half-hour or so.”

The winning photo didn’t overwhelm Nohe, whose photography hobby started with lighthouses over 15 years ago. “I like my third-place Peabody Library shot better,” he says of a color print of the Peabody’s six majestic balconies, which he titled “17 E. Mount Vernon Place.”

All the photos in the contest were not local. Young soo Kim, a third-year student in the law school, submitted dozens of pictures he took from as far away as Istanbul, Mexico, and Chile. Two of his Snap! entries — “Aftermath” from near the Cairo Museum and “Jamaica Station” from New York City — won second-place honors. “I travel during breaks,” he says via email. “Right now I’m in Quito, Ecuador, part of a monthlong South America trip.”

The third annual Snap! UMB Photo Contest, part of the University’s Council for the Arts & Culture, was judged by council chair Yumi Hogan, first lady of Maryland; Fletcher Mackey, a faculty member at the Maryland Institute College of Art; Calla Thompson, an associate professor in photography at the University of Maryland, Baltimore County; and Tom Jemski, a photographer, videographer, and instructional support specialist at the School of Medicine.

“We are most grateful for the help of all our judges,” says Steve Bossom, MFA, web developer in the Office of Communications and Public Affairs and coordinator of the Snap! contest. “And we are thrilled with the growth in the contest’s popularity. We went from 110 entries last year to 291 this year. Obviously we have struck a chord with our University community. I thank everyone involved for their support.”

See all the winning photos at

Chris ZangBulletin Board, Collaboration, Community Service, Contests, Education, People, UMB News, University LifeDecember 21, 20160 comments
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Winter Weather

Be Prepared for Winter Weather

Winter brings all sorts of driving headaches: snow, freezing rain, below freezing temperatures and slush, which all make the roads more hazardous. To handle the hassle of winter driving and make your commute as safe as possible:

  • Always wear your seatbelt and be sure children are using the proper restraint system for their age and size.
  • Use extra caution in areas that ice up quickly, especially bridges and overpasses. Other areas of primary concern include intersections and shaded areas.
  • Get in the habit of regularly checking weather reports on TV or online so you can prepare for bad weather.
  • On severe weather days, schools and workplaces might close or delay opening.

Consider staying at home if you do not need to be on the road. Keep an emergency kit in the trunk of your car and, at a minimum, include the following:

  • Blankets
  • First aid kit
  • Water
  • Portable phone charger
  • Jumper cables

When you leave the house each morning, make sure your cell phone is fully charged and that your car always has at least a half-full tank of gas.



Dana RampollaBulletin Board, People, University LifeDecember 20, 20160 comments
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Pedestrian Safety

Pedestrian Safety

It seems like we are regularly inundated with messages about the positive effects of walking. While we know it is good for our health (and, in turn, good for the environment), before we head out for a stroll across campus, a walk to the parking garage, a power walk, or to run an errand, there are important safety tips to remember. As a pedestrian, our eyes and ears are our best tools for keeping safe. It is paramount that we stay alert; the question is how do we do that successfully?

Walk in Safe Places

  • When walking on a sidewalk, walk in the middle of the sidewalk and walk facing oncoming traffic.
  • Stay on sidewalks whenever possible.
  • If a sidewalk is not available, walk on the far side of the road facing traffic. This will help increase your visibility to drivers.
  • Use crosswalks when crossing the street. If a crosswalk is unavailable, be sure to find the most well lit spot on the road to cross and wait for a long enough gap in traffic to make it safely across the street.

Be Visible

  • Avoid walking alone whenever possible.
  • Never hitchhike. It is not worth the risk.
  • Stay in well-lit areas, especially when crossing the street.
  • Increase your visibility at night by carrying a flashlight and wearing retro-reflective clothing.
  • If possible, make eye contact with drivers in stopped vehicles to ensure they see you before you cross in front of them. Never assume a driver will give you the right of way.
  • Make every effort to make eye contact with the driver of a stopped or approaching vehicle before entering the roadway.
  • If followed or threatened by someone who is walking, use a whistle, personal alarm, or scream loudly, cross the street and run in the opposite direction.
  • If you carry a purse, carry it close to your body, preferably in front. If It has a shoulder strap, wear it over your head and across your chest or abdomen so no one can grab it off of your shoulder.

Stay Alert—Avoid Distractions

  • Avoid distractions, such as using electronic devices (especially phones) that take your attention off the road.
  • Do not wear headphones as they prohibit you from hearing what is going on around you.
  • Never wear expensive jewelry or carry large amounts of cash when walking.
  • Do not carry money or credit cards other than what you absolutely need.
  • Keep a record of your credit card numbers in a safe place at home. Option: Make a photocopy of all your cards and file the information safely in your home file cabinet or on a computer.
  • When walking, try not to overload yourself with packages or other items. Keep your hands as free as possible and your visibility unobstructed.

 Follow the Rules

  • Know and follow all traffic rules, signs and signals.
  • Press the pedestrian signal button and wait for the walk signal when crossing the street.
  • Always stop at the curb and look left, right, and left before crossing a street.
  • Be conscious and yield to cars turning into or leaving driveways.
  • Key rules to observe when walking: motorists are not required to stop for pedestrians who are crossing the street when the walker is not within a crosswalk. The walker must yield the right of way to a vehicle if crossing the road at a place other than in a marked crosswalk.

Avoid Alcohol Consumption

  • Almost half of all traffic crashes resulting in pedestrian casualties involve alcohol consumption. Surprisingly, 34 percent of that total was on the part of the pedestrian. Alcohol impairs your decision-making skills, physical reflexes and other abilities just as much on your feet as it does behind the wheel.

To arrange a police van escort or walking escort, call 6-6882 on a campus telephone or 410-706-6882 (off-campus) and a uniformed officer will be sent to your location. Riders are required to have either a UMB or UMMC ID. For more information, visit UMB Escort Services.

Tips courtesy of:
Center for Disease Control and Prevention
AAA Exchange
The University of Texas at San Antonio

Dana RampollaBulletin Board, University LifeDecember 20, 20160 comments
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Put on a Sweater!

As the cold months approach, we want to be warm and will go to any extreme to get warm, sometimes overlooking simple solutions to our simple problem: sweaters and sweatshirts made from wool, blends, or fleece; slippers; hats; and blankets. Sure, we might feel a little silly layering our outfits or bringing a blanket to school or work; but realistically, this is the most cost-effective and energy efficient solution to solving our cold problem.

While space heaters can sometimes be a practical heating solution, many people who use them end up inflating their heating bills. The reason space heaters are often more expensive to use is because they are often used for “comfort heat” on top of central heating systems and to solve heating inadequacies that can be resolved in more cost-effective ways.

If donning a nice cable-knit sweater does not do it for you, maybe you should look at some environmental issues that might be adding to your chill. There are serious ways to lower your heating bills.

  • Add insulation to attics, basements, crawl spaces, ceilings, and floors to help keep warm air in and cold air out.
  • Caulk around the points where electrical and plumbing lines pass through your house.
  • Lower your thermostat 10 to 15 degrees for eight hours to cut your heating bill by five to 15 percent a year.
  • Check out Energy Star for loads of useful tips.

If you are considering using an electric space heater to save money, you will have to lower the heat in other rooms. As the Department of Energy points out, small space heaters can be less expensive to use, in some cases, if you are only heating one room or supplementing heat in one room. Using space heaters to heat more than one room is rarely as efficient as a central heating system, says the Alliance to Save Energy, an advocacy group.

If you do need to use a space heater, do it wisely. Here are some tips:

  • Purchase an energy-efficient, portable one. Check out this recommendation list.
  • Turn down the thermostat while using a space heater.
  • Dress adequately. The more layers you wear, the less you will feel the need to crank up the heat.

Source: Minnesota Chamber of Commerce; Consumer Reports; Paycheck Chronicles

Clare BanksBulletin Board, Community Service, Education, For B'more, Global & Community Engagement, UMB Go Green, University LifeDecember 20, 20161 comment
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Global Health Seminar Series Inaugural Event

The Institute for Global Health Seminar Series Inaugural Event is Monday, Feb. 6, 2017, at noon in the HSF II auditorium and open to the whole University of Maryland community.

Michele Barry, MD, FACP, FASTMH
Professor of Medicine
Senior Associate Dean of Global Health
Director, Center for Innovation in Global Health
Stanford University School of Medicine
Senior Fellow, Woods Institute for the Environment
Stanford University

Katherine FrankelBulletin Board, Education, Global & Community EngagementDecember 19, 20160 comments
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Pharmacy Meeting

Pharmacy Faculty and Students Have Strong Showing at Annual Meeting

Seven faculty, four students, and one preceptor from the University of Maryland School of Pharmacy attended the annual meeting of the American College of Clinical Pharmacy (ACCP) in October in Florida and had a strong showing, with elections to leadership positions, moderating of sessions, poster presentations, and awards for service to ACCP and the pharmacy profession.

“The involvement of our faculty at the recent ACCP meeting clearly demonstrates the expertise, influence, and impact our faculty have in improving health care for patients through innovation, research, and advocacy,” says Jill Morgan, PharmD, associate professor and chair of the Department of Pharmacy Practice and Science at the School of Pharmacy. “Our faculty’s involvement in the ACCP annual meeting highlights their interest in learning from their peers and in sharing their expertise with their fellow practitioners and academics.”

The following is a listing of honors and achievements.


  • Agnes Ann Feemster, PharmD, assistant professor in PPS; Sarah El-Gendi and Amy Howard, fourth-year student pharmacists – “Safety Culture among Egyptian Health Care Providers at a Pediatric Cancer Center”
  • Neha Pandit, PharmD, associate professor in PPS and Hyunuk Seung, fourth-year student pharmacist – “Improving Medication Adherence by Communicating Objective Adherence Data to Prescribers”
  • Katy Pincus, PharmD, assistant professor in PPS and Felicia Bartlett, fourth-year student pharmacist – “Effective Communication Across the Transitions of Care Continuum for the Diabetic Population: A Pilot Study”
  • Katy Pincus, PharmD, Brent Reed, PharmD, and Agnes Ann Feemster, PharmD, assistant professors in PPS, and Ava-Dawn Hammond, fourth-year student pharmacist – “The Effect of Advanced Pharmacy Practice Experience Grading on Residency Match Rates”
  • Dhakrit Rungkitwattanakul, fourth-year student pharmacist – “Comparative Review of Tertiary Medical Sources on Dialysis of Drugs for Patients Receiving Intermittent Hemodialysis”


  • Emily Heil, PharmD, assistant professor of pharmacy practice and science (PPS) – “Regulatory Standards Related to Antimicrobial Stewardship in Acute Care Settings”

Session Moderators

  • Emily Heil, PharmD, assistant professor in PPS – “Speaking the Language of the C-Suite: How to Justify Clinical Pharmacy Services to Administration and Consultants”
  • Leah Sera, PharmD, assistant professor in PPS – “Recent Advances and Hot Topics in Palliative Medicine”


  • Felicia Bartlett, fourth-year student pharmacist – Student Travel Award from the Ambulatory Care PRN
  • Jeff Gonzales, PharmD, associate professor in PPS – Clinical Practice Award from the Critical Care PRN
  • Emily Heil, PharmD, assistant professor in PPS – Clinical Practice Award from the Infectious Diseases Practice and Research Network (PRN)
  • Brent Reed, PharmD, assistant professor in PPS – Outstanding Peer Reviewer Award from the journal Pharmacotherapy
  • Asha Tata, PharmD, preceptor – Mentoring Award from the Adult Medicine PRN

Leadership Elections

  • Lauren Hynicka, PharmD, associate professor in PPS – secretary/treasurer of the GI/Liver/Nutrition PRN
  • Neha Pandit, PharmD, associate professor in PPS – chair-elect of the HIV PRN
  • Leah Sera, PharmD, assistant professor in PPS – chair of the Pain and Palliative Care PRN
Rebecca CeraulABAE, Bulletin Board, Education, People, Research, Technology, UMB NewsDecember 19, 20160 comments
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Pharmacy Award Winners

Pharmacy Faculty Honored With Statewide Awards

Three faculty members in the Department of Pharmacy Practice and Science (PPS) at the University of Maryland School of Pharmacy were honored with statewide awards from the Maryland Society of Health-System Pharmacy (MSHP) in recognition of their excellence and dedication to advancing the pharmacy profession. The awards were presented during the organization’s Fall Seminar Awards Dinner on Nov. 17.

Jill A. Morgan, PharmD, BCPS, BCPPS, associate professor and chair of the Department of Pharmacy Practice and Science (PPS) received the highest honor presented by MSHP – the W. Arthur Purdum Award – in recognition of her significant contributions to the field of health-system pharmacy.

“Dr. Morgan’s receipt of the 2016 W. Arthur Purdum Award is a much deserved recognition of her contributions to accelerating interprofessional learning and practice experiences for pharmacy, nursing, medical, dental, law, and social work students at the University of Maryland, Baltimore (UMB) and within the University of Maryland Medical System,” says Natalie D. Eddington, PhD, FAAPS, FCP, professor and dean of the University of Maryland School of Pharmacy. “The value of team-based health care has been recognized for more than a decade. It has been shown to add value to the learning culture throughout health systems by preventing medical errors and improving patient-centered outcomes and chronic disease management. Dr. Morgan’s involvement and achievement at UMB and with professional organizations has impacted more than 1,500 graduates, who will serve across the State of Maryland as the next generation of health care providers and who understand the importance of interprofessional education in patient care.”

A pediatric clinical pharmacy specialist, Morgan was the first pharmacist at the President’s Interdisciplinary Gastrointestinal Clinic at the University of Maryland Medical Center, where she participates weekly in patient care with a diverse team of providers. “Even though care occurs at the individual level, she demonstrates and models the importance of exploring the non-physical forces that influence patients’ health and well-being,” says Eddington. “Getting the perspective of non-health care professionals such as lawyers and social workers can assist practitioners and students in understanding family dynamics, living environments, and even public policy that are just as important for improving patients’ health as the clinical care provided.”

Morgan completed her Doctor of Pharmacy degree at the University of Illinois-Chicago and her Pharmacy Practice and Pediatric Pharmacy Specialty Residencies at the University of Maryland Medical Center before joining the School of Pharmacy as a clinical assistant professor in 1997. As associate dean for student affairs from 2005 to 2013, she was instrumental in the expansion of the School’s Doctor of Pharmacy (PharmD) program to the Universities at Shady Grove in 2007. Under her stewardship, students in PharmD program at Shady Grove progressed through the curriculum on par with students in Baltimore, and had the same student organization and experiential learning opportunities as students in Baltimore.

In 2015, Morgan became chair of PPS, where her responsibilities include leading a scholarly department; advocating for interprofessional collaboration in teaching, research, service and patient care; developing programmatic content and delivery; strengthening relationships with outside entities, and fostering expansion of medication therapy management and other advance practice activities.

“I am honored to join the prestigious ranks of previous Purdum Award winners, so many of whom have mentored and supported my career growth,” says Morgan. “MSHP has shown me tremendous support over the year, and I look forward to continuing to work with the organization to improve patients’ health in Maryland.”

Emily Heil, PharmD, BCPS-AQ ID, AAHIVP, an assistant professor in PPS who specializes in infectious diseases, received the 2016 MSHP Medication Safety Award for her work with on the implementation of an infectious disease fellow-led penicillin allergy testing consult service. Through a study, which was published in the July 2016 in Open Forum Infectious Diseases, Heil found that testing hospital patients for penicillin allergy leads to optimal antibiotic treatment, since most people who think they are allergic to penicillin are actually not. And finding out doesn’t take an allergist: the study evaluated a penicillin allergy skin testing program that was managed by infectious diseases physician fellows who were able to appropriately assess patients for penicillin allergy and perform the testing. The study found that treatment can be improved as a result of penicillin allergy testing:

  • 84 percent of those who tested negative for penicillin allergy were given antibiotic changes
  • 63 percent received a narrower spectrum antibiotic
  • 80 percent received more effective therapy
  • 61 percent received more cost effective therapy

“It was tremendous honor to be awarded MSHP’s Medication Safety Award,” says Heil. “Patient-reported penicillin allergies have always presented a challenge to optimal clinical care and are associated with suboptimal antibiotic therapy and outcomes. This service has allowed us to optimize antibiotic therapy, including more cost-effective and clinically effective antibiotic selection, in patients who test negative for an allergy. I hope that other institutions can learn from our experiences to implement similar programs increasing access to this important test.”

Alison Duffy, PharmD, BCOP, a clinical assistant professor in PPS who practices in oncology, received the 2016 Jeffrey Ensor Leadership Award for her impact on Maryland health-system pharmacists or pharmacy practice as a young pharmacist. The award is presented each year to an emerging leader who demonstrates the ideals of the profession of pharmacy while providing exceptional service and commitment to the profession.

Duffy was nominated for her services as co-chair of MSHP’s Medication Safety Committee and for her work in the training of pharmacy residents and students at the University of Maryland School of Pharmacy, who cited her mentorship, commitment, initiative, and guidance in their nomination.

“It is an absolute honor to receive this award,” says Duffy. “It is such a privilege for me to collaborate with and to learn from such incredibly bright, compassionate, eager, and creative learners, colleagues, and mentors like those at the School of Pharmacy and through MSHP who inspire and challenge me to provide safe, high-quality, and patient-centered care for oncology patients.”

“I am excited to see Dr. Heil and Dr. Duffy recognized by their colleagues in MSHP for their research and leadership talents,” says Morgan. “We are fortunate to have such talented and entrepreneurial faculty at the School of Pharmacy who continue to promote the health of their patients and work to push the profession of pharmacy forward.”

Rebecca CeraulABAE, Bulletin Board, Education, People, UMB NewsDecember 19, 20160 comments
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Carter Center Demolition

Carter Center Demolition

The demolition of the Carter Center is scheduled to begin the first week in January and will continue for at least six months. The end of July is the anticipated completion date.

Important Details

  • First week of January: Set up on the site, temporary fencing installation, and storm water protection.
  • About a month of interior abatement work, which will be noisy and dusty.
  • The earliest that demolition would start is mid-January, or more likely, the beginning of February. They will start with the gym (west end of the site) and work eastward.
  • Cars that park on Arch Street will be relocated by Parking and Transportation Services (PTS will work with those parkers individually.).
  • During the entire six-month demolition/construction period the following street and sidewalk closures will be in effect:
    • Arch Street between Fayette and Lexington will be completely closed to all car and pedestrian traffic.
    • The north side sidewalk on Fayette will be closed between Arch and Pine streets.
    • The east side sidewalk on Pine Street will be closed between Fayette and Lexington streets.
    • Vine Street Alley will be open.
  • The south side sidewalk on Fayette between Arch and Pine will not be closed at the same time as the north side sidewalk (HSF III construction).
  • Pedestrians can cross Fayette Street using the crosswalks at either Greene and Fayette, Arch and Fayette, or Pine and Fayette (please do not cross Fayette at Pearl Street).
  • Eventually, the Carter Center site will be a surface parking lot for UMMC employees.
Bob RowanBulletin Board, For B'more, UMB News, University AdministrationDecember 15, 20160 comments
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Beware of ‘Silent Heart Attack’ Symptoms

When asked the symptoms of a heart attack, many at UMB would respond chest pain, shortness of breath, shooting pain in the arm.

But jaw pain? That was a lesson Mark T. Van Ditta, MS, senior enterprise application developer in the Center for Information Technology Services (CITS), learned firsthand recently.

Not recognizing his primary symptom — dental pain — to be an indicator of coronary problems, Van Ditta experienced what is called a “silent heart attack” and did not realize it until weeks later.

Now after open-heart surgery and back to work in CITS, where he has worked for the past 15 years as a systems professional, the past three managing the technical side of student information systems, Van Ditta is eager to tell his story so that others can protect themselves, too.

An active 55-year-old, Van Ditta spends lots of his free time biking, lifting weights, and trying to eat healthily, especially in light of his diabetes and low HDL (high-density lipoproteins).

In August, he began to experience jaw pain about five minutes into his bike rides starting with a particularly rigorous outing where he had trouble catching his breath after putting his bike away. At the time, he thought maybe he should consult a dentist.

Days and weeks passed, and still the jaw pain persisted. He Googled his symptoms, which pointed to angina, defined by the American Heart Association as “chest pain or discomfort caused when your heart muscle doesn’t get enough oxygen-rich blood,” oftentimes presenting as jaw pain. Van Ditta’s concern skyrocketed, even though only 10 years prior, he had had a nuclear stress test that showed his heart to be in tiptop shape. But he did appreciate that, as a diabetic, heart attacks often register differently than they do for a “normal” person, so he saw a cardiologist.

Van Ditta describes late September as a blur. In a matter of 10 days, his visit to the cardiologist revealed his heart attack, he had a cardiac catheterization that showed three of his main arteries were blocked between 80 and 95 percent, and he underwent triple bypass surgery.

After five challenging days in the hospital, life slowed down significantly and gave Van Ditta time to reflect on the realization that this condition could have ended his life. The blockage in his left anterior descending artery is often referred to as the “widow maker” because many people do not survive this extensive obstruction.

Van Ditta reflects, “The first thing I remember when I woke up was a nurse asking me to cough. Cough, I thought? I cannot even breathe!”

Undeniably, Van Ditta admits that an experience like this changes a person. He now has a mission to spread the word about the silent killer. In September before his surgery he sent a letter to the Office of the President that read in part: “It would mean a lot to me if Dr. Perman would take time to mention the signs and dangers of silent heart attacks in one of his future newsletters. … I ignored the signs that I had experienced a silent heart attack for six weeks because I did not experience the textbook symptoms of a heart attack.”

Those symptoms include:

  • chest pressure/heaviness
  • shoulder, arm, neck, jaw, and/or back pain
  • shortness of breath
  • sweating
  • extreme fatigue
  • dizziness
  • nausea

“If you do not pay attention to the symptoms,” Van Ditta adds, “you could follow in my footsteps or fare worse. I finally felt relief when my 16-year-old twin daughters were able to see me up and moving again. It was scary for all of us!”

Dana Rampolla Bulletin Board, Education, People, University LifeDecember 13, 20160 comments
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