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A Healthy Kickoff to the Summer Season

Editor’s Note: This post was originally published on Inside SOP, the University of Maryland School of Pharmacy’s blog. It is reprinted here with permission.

The School of Pharmacy’s student chapter of the American Pharmacists Association-Academy of Student Pharmacists (APhA-ASP) celebrated the unofficial start of the summer season before Memorial Day weekend with the ninth annual “TO LIFE” Health & Wellness Expo on May 24. The event was coordinated by the Bender Jewish Community Center (JCC) Coming of Age (CoA) in Maryland program and was held at Leisure World, a retirement community in Silver Spring, Md., that is home to more than 8,500 residents over age 50.

The event attracted more than 1,000 attendees and featured more than 65 exhibitors, 25 health screenings, six workshops, and a keynote speaker. APhA-ASP partnered with Giant Pharmacy to provide blood-pressure screenings and vaccinations at the event.

Translating Classroom Lessons to Community Practice

The third-year student pharmacists in our group who had completed the APhA immunization certification course — myself included — were able to provide immunizations to patients who visited our booth. Although I had practiced giving immunizations in class, I was still nervous about giving my first immunization to a real patient. However, thanks to the support of a trusting patient and our Giant pharmacist preceptor, I was able to give my first two intramuscular shots at this event. It was exciting to have an opportunity to use the skills I had gained in the classroom to directly impact patient care. And, I can confidently say that, after this event I am no longer nervous about giving immunizations to patients.

Overall, the event was a great success. We provided 10 immunizations total — seven shingles (Shingrix) vaccines, one pneumococcal (Pneumovax 23) vaccine, and two tetanus, diphtheria, pertussis (Tdap) boosters — and engaged more than 100 attendees in conversation about the importance of staying up to date on immunizations. We also conducted approximately 75 blood-pressures screenings, counseled patients about their results, and encouraged them to share their results with their health care providers.

Engaging with and Learning from Patients

Participating in outreach events is one of my favorite parts of being a student pharmacist. These events offer amazing opportunities for students and community members to learn from each other. Students are able to apply knowledge acquired in the classroom to real-world scenarios, while community members have the opportunity to inform themselves about their health status and how it can potentially be improved. Patient care is a huge part of the pharmacy profession, and interacting with patients at outreach events is a great way to practice patient interactions in an environment that is less stressful and more exciting than the typical classroom setting. In addition, most patients are grateful for the personal interactions they have with students.

I’d like to thank our volunteers — third-year student pharmacists Anoopa Poovathodi and Tilahun Abegaz and second-year student pharmacists Ricardo Gaitan and Chaya Lachman — for using a day of their summer vacation to make a positive impact on the community. I also thank Bender JCC CoA for hosting this wonderful event; Giant Pharmacy for including our students in amazing outreach opportunities; Rimple Gabri, PharmD, pharmacy manager at Giant Pharmacy and our preceptor, for encouraging us to practice giving immunizations; and the many patients that allowed us to serve them.

— Elena Buff, third-year student pharmacist

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Elena BuffCommunity Service, USGAJune 20, 20180 comments
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K-12 Partners Celebrate Graduations on UMB Campus

Four weeks after UMB’s commencement celebration, some of the institution’s closest K-12 partners and neighbors celebrated their graduation exercises on campus.

Ceremonies were held at the University of Maryland School of Medicine’s Leadership Hall, beginning with Southwest Baltimore Charter School on June 8 for its eighth-grade promotional ceremony, followed by James McHenry Elementary School’s kindergarten and pre-kindergarten ceremonies June 11, and culminating with George Washington Elementary for a fifth-grade graduation June 13.

Valedictorians addressed their classes, students reflected publicly on academic and social challenges they’ve overcome, family members cheered their loved ones and, most of all, UMB was able to play a role in the successes of its neighbors.

The University’s K-12 partners value the opportunity to culminate their academic year on the UMB campus, as eloquently expressed by Christophe Turk, principal at James McHenry Elementary/ Middle School, as he used part of his remarks to thank the University for allowing use of the space.

“Facilities matter. They send a message,” Turk said. “And this beautiful space sends a positive message worthy of our students and families. It says we value you. And we want only the best for our children.”

Please join UMB President Jay. A Perman, MD, and the Office of Community Engagement in congratulating the graduates of these and the University’s other neighboring K-12 schools and encouraging their continued commitment to education and achievement.

Brian SturdivantCommunity Service, Education, For B'more, UMB News, University LifeJune 18, 20180 comments
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The President's Message-June

The President’s Message

Check out the June issue of The President’s Message.

It includes:

  • Dr. Perman’s column on last month’s State of the University Address
  • A recap of commencement, UMB’s Neighborhood Spring Festival, Glendening and Ehrlich’s political discussion, and the CURE Scholars’ end-of-year celebration
  • A look ahead to Dr. Perman’s June 19 Q&A
  • Stories on philanthropic gifts to the schools of medicine and nursing
  • Two more employees benefit from the Live Near Your Work Program
  • UMB police start active shooter response training
  • A roundup of student, faculty, and staff achievements
Chris ZangABAE, Bulletin Board, Clinical Care, Collaboration, Community Service, Contests, Education, For B'more, People, Research, Technology, UMB News, University Life, USGAJune 11, 20180 comments
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Women in Bio

Next Women In Bio Baltimore Meet-Up Set for June 19

Personal Genome Diagnostics (PGDx) has agreed to sponsor the next Women In Bio (WIB) Baltimore Meet-Up on June 19. The event is a mixer in the evening to cap off a great spring season.

Here are the details:

  • When: Tuesday, June 19
  • Time: 5:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m.
  • Where: Personal Genome Diagnostics, Bottle Building, 3600 Boston St., Baltimore, MD 21224
  • Price: Free to WIB mmebers; $15 for non-WIB members
  • To attend: Registration is limited because of space
  • Contact: WIB-Capital Region at
Karen UnderwoodCollaboration, Community ServiceMay 24, 20180 comments
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At James McHenry School, Artwork Fosters Community Engagement

Last fall, fourth-grade students at James McHenry Elementary/Middle School helped local artist Candace Brush put the finishing touches on a hand-painted mural outside of their school. Upon its completion, principal Chris Turk said the mural reflects the spirit of the school and captures its power of positivity and optimism. Thanks to AARP Maryland and the nonprofit REAL School Gardens, those students now have an intergenerational outdoor community space next to that mural for the whole neighborhood to enjoy.

At the opening ceremony for the new outdoor space on May 10, in an event called the “Big Dig,” volunteers, including those from UMB’s Office of Community Engagement, completed the project and joined in the celebration. The mural project and the creation of the outdoor space illustrate how art can be integrated into community spaces in ways not previously imagined.

The mural at James McHenry was the second in a series of public murals planned in partnership with several area K-12 schools. The mural project was made possible by the University of Maryland, Baltimore’s (UMB) Council for the Arts & Culture, which sponsored the artwork, and Maryland First Lady Yumi Hogan, the council’s honorary chair.

The murals are designed and customized for each school by Brush, with input from students, parents, teachers, and administrators. On the day of the unveiling, a portion of the mural is left to be colored in by children from each school. The first mural project was held in 2016 at Southwest Baltimore Charter School, one of three West Baltimore schools that sends middle school students into UMB’s CURE Scholars Program. The Council for the Arts & Culture is working toward identifying the next location for the mural project, planned for fall 2018.

Nearly 100 volunteers of all ages and backgrounds participated in the “Big Dig” to construct the intergenerational community space at James McHenry. The result was an integrated neighborhood effort that will be enjoyed by many for years to come.

— Emma Jekowsky

Emma JekowskyCollaboration, Community Service, For B'more, UMB NewsMay 23, 20180 comments
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‘Train2Work’ Event on June 7 Offers Youth Employment Information

The University of Maryland, Baltimore’s (UMB) Workforce Initiatives is partnering with the westside YO! Baltimore Center and the Southwest Partnership’s Southwest Works to host a Train2Work Open House on June 7 at the UM Bio Park. This is an opportunity to share free career training opportunities with young people in our community. Please share this information with your friends and family.

Here are the details:

  • Date: Thursday, June 7
  • Time: 10:30 a.m. to noon
  • Where: UM BioPark Life Sciences Conference Center, 801 W. Baltimore St., Baltimore, MD 21201
  • RSVP: Go to this EventBrite webpage to sign up and get more information or call Lisa Rawlings, director of job readiness and workforce initiatives in the UMB Office of Community Engagement, at 410-706-1931 (office) or 410-706-8260 (Community Engagement Center).
  • Note: UMB Workforce Initiatives creates opportunities for community members in West Baltimore to find career training and job opportunities. It also develops local workforce partnerships with external stakeholders, including the Mayor’s Office of Employment Development, K-12 public schools, community organizations, nonprofits, and local businesses.

Click for the event flyer.

Lisa RawlingsCommunity Service, For B'more, University LifeMay 15, 20180 comments
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Faculty Senate

Faculty Senate Welcomes New Members for Three-Year Terms

The members of the UMB Faculty Senate would like to congratulate the newly elected senators and welcome them to the Senate.

We look forward to all the new senators attending the final Senate meeting of the 2017-18 academic year on June 13, 2018, from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. and will thank them for their three-year commitment of service to UMB.

Our new senators include:

  • Deborah Cartee, RDH, MS, School of Dentistry
  • Stephanie Knight, MD, School of Medicine
  • Ericka Lewis, PhD, MSW, School of Social Work
  • Linda Murray, DNP, CPNP-Ped, School of Nursing
  • Marcela Romero Reyes, DDS, PhD, School of Dentistry
  • Nirav Shah, MD, School of Medicine
  • Amanda Oglesby-Sherrouse, PhD, School of Pharmacy
  • Andrea Shipper, MSLIS, Health Sciences and Human Services Library
Sonya EvansCommunity Service, Education, People, University LifeMay 11, 20180 comments
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Community Engagement’s Workforce Program Puts Focus on Job Recruiting

The University of Maryland, Baltimore (UMB) understands that one of the most important things community members are looking for from anchor institutions is jobs. In fact, the Strategic Plan for UMB includes the following:

An effective partnership, as a Baltimore City anchor institution, with surrounding communities resulting in meaningful and sustainable educational, employment, and economic opportunities that serve as a catalyst for community empowerment.

To meet this strategic objective, the Office of Community Engagement’s (OCE) Workforce Initiatives program, in conjunction with Human Resources’ Office of Staffing and Career Services, hosts information sessions for community members to learn about positions at the University and its sister institution, the University of Maryland Medical Center (UMMC). These events provide community members who are interested in working at these institutions information about job requirements, the application process, and what the institutions are looking for. Attendees also learn about Workforce Wednesdays and other programming at UMB’s Community Engagement Center (CEC).

For participating anchor institution hiring managers, it gives them an opportunity to meet potential employees who live right in their neighborhood, a bonus for institutions whose employees need to be able to make it to work in inclement weather.

In our UMB security officer recruiting information session held in July 2017, more than 100 people attended and were able to use the CEC’s computer lab to get access to the online application. A little more than 50 attendees applied for 10 open security officer positions, and two were hired. Another three people who attended were hired by UMMC.

Since that time, OCE’s Workforce Initiatives has hosted information sessions for UMB’s housekeeping services, UMMC’s food services, and UMMC’s environmental services departments. These events have been very well received by the community, with more than 90 percent of respondents to our survey stating they would recommend these events to a friend and 100 percent rating the events “excellent” or “very good.”

Here are quotes from an anonymous survey of attendees:

  • The open house as a whole was very informative and thank you for the warm hospitality.
  • The event was very professional and helpful for our community.
  • I like how I was offered to come back to the place if I need help on my résumé. We can do line dancing, Zumba, and yoga for free.
  • The speakers were awesome. Everyone was so polite. It was an awesome experience.
  • I like how the employees was giving us their story and also steering us in the right direction.

More information

For more information, visit the CEC’s Workforce Wednesdays Facebook page.

Lisa RawlingsCommunity ServiceMay 11, 20180 comments
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The President’s Message

Check out the May issue of The President’s Message.

It includes the following:

  • Dr. Perman’s column on a new home for our Community Engagement Center
  • A recap of IPE Day
  • A look ahead to commencement
  • Dr. Robert Redfield’s appointment as CDC director
  • A Women’s History Month celebration of Dr. Angela Brodie
  • Shock Trauma’s Stop the Bleed program
  • A roundup of student, faculty, and staff achievements
Chris ZangABAE, Bulletin Board, Clinical Care, Collaboration, Community Service, Education, For B'more, People, Research, Technology, UMB News, University Administration, University Life, USGAMay 10, 20180 comments
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UMBrella Caregivers Support Group Next Meeting is May 21

UMBrella hosts Caregivers, a support group for members of the UMB community who care for elderly loved ones.

Open to all faculty, staff, and students, we meet once a month to socialize, learn from each other, share resources and information, and hear from experts on a wide range of topics. UMBrella events are open to all UMB faculty, staff, and students.

Here are details on the next meeting:

  • When: Monday, May 21, 2018
  • Time: Noon to 1 p.m.
  • Where: SMC Campus Center, Room 203
  • Registration: Go to this link.

Learn more about Caregivers.

Sonya EvansClinical Care, Community Service, Education, People, University LifeMay 7, 20180 comments
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Nursing’s Resnick Named Recipient of Loretta C. Ford Award

Barbara Resnick, PhD ’96, RN, CRNP, FAAN, FAANP, professor and Sonia Ziporkin Gershowitz Chair in Gerontology, has was named the recipient of the 2018 Loretta C. Ford Award for Advancement of the Nurse Practitioner Role in Health Care. She will be honored at the Fellows of the American Association of Nurse Practitioners (AANP) Induction Ceremony on June 28 during the organization’s national conference in Denver.

The Loretta C. Ford Award is presented annually to a nurse practitioner who demonstrates participation in health care policy development internationally, nationally, or locally. Additionally, the award winner has shown a sustained and specific contribution to clarification of the role and scope of practice of nurse practitioners and/or creative and effective action to turn a challenge to the nurse practitioner role into an effective opportunity to advance practice and improve patient outcomes.

“We congratulate Dr. Resnick on her receipt of this prestigious award,” said UMSON Dean Jane M. Kirschling, PhD, RN, FAAN. “Her innovative and rigorously conducted research has significantly enhanced our understanding of how to optimize function in older adults. Dr. Resnick is an outstanding example of leadership in nursing research and practice, and it is wonderful to see her recognized by AANP for her impact on the care of countless individuals and on policy.”

AANP honors Resnick, a gerontological nurse practitioner, nurse researcher/scientist, and educator, for influencing the role and scope of practice of gerontological nurse practitioners and other nurse practitioners through her leadership at local, national, and international levels. As a scientist, Resnick has focused her research on optimizing function and physical activity among older adults and facilitating healthy behaviors in this population across care settings. Her work has global significance to stakeholders across disciplines. Additionally, Resnick has been instrumental in helping nurse practitioners gain the ability to bill Medicare for services provided across all settings.

“It is an honor to receive this award, and I am particularly touched to have been nominated by a group of my colleagues,” Resnick said. “This award reflects on my work as a nurse practitioner and my work in interdisciplinary care and geriatrics. The work I’ve been involved with is particularly important as it has laid the foundation for the role of the advanced practice nurse among other members of the health care team.”

AANP is the largest professional membership organization for nurse practitioners of all specialties. It represents the interests of the more than 248,000 licensed nurse practitioners in the United States. AANP provides legislative leadership at the local, state, and national levels, advancing health policy; promoting excellence in practice, education and research; and establishing standards that best serve nurse practitioner patients and other health care consumers

Kevin NashBulletin Board, Community Service, Education, People, UMB News, University LifeMay 4, 20180 comments
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Volunteers Needed for UMB’s Third Annual Neighborhood Spring Festival

The University of Maryland, Baltimore’s (UMB) Council for the Arts &  Culture needs volunteers to staff the third annual Neighborhood Spring Festival in partnership with the office of Maryland’s first lady, Yumi Hogan, who also is the council’s honorary chair.

The festival will be held Saturday, May 5, from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. on the field next to the UMB Community Engagement Center, which is located at 870 W. Baltimore St. Volunteers are needed for setup of the event, serving refreshments, staffing children’s activities, and breakdown after the event.

Here are the three shifts:

  • First shift (9 a.m. to 11 a.m.): Setting up tables and chairs, directing vendors to assigned areas, setting up children’s activities, etc.
  • Second shift (10:30 a.m. to 1 p.m.): Support during the festival by staffing information and children’s activities stations, assisting in serving food, controlling lines for activities, etc.
  • Third shift: (12:30 p.m. to 3 p.m.): Continued support during the festival, breakdown of chairs and tables, etc.

Interested volunteers should contact Brian Sturdivant, director of strategic initiatives and community partnerships, at or 410-706-1678

Brian SturdivantCollaboration, Community Service, University LifeApril 26, 20180 comments
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Volunteer Opportunities Available at Community Schools National Forum

The 2018 Community Schools National Forum will take place at the Hilton Baltimore and the Baltimore Convention Center the first week of May. About 2,000 practitioners, school administrators/staff members, legislators, and more from around the country are expected to attend.

The Family League of Baltimore is looking for student volunteers in education, social services, and business fields to help with registration setup, tote-bag stuffing, ushering between workshops, and registration. Community service credits are offered. Shifts will vary, with most running three to four hours.

Here are the shifts:

  • Monday, April 30: 9 a.m to noon; 1 p.m. to 4 p.m.
  • Tuesday, May 1: 9 a.m to noon; 1:30 p.m. to 4:30 p.m.
  • Wednesday, May 2: 9 a.m to noon; 1 p.m. to 4 p.m.
  • Thursday, May 3: 9 a.m to noon; 1 p.m. to 4 p.m.
  • Friday, May 4: 9 a.m to noon

Some shifts include a meal and all shifts include a conference T-shirt and snacks! Please contact Debra Korb at to sign up for a shift.

Jennifer HasselbuschCollaboration, Community Service, Education, PeopleApril 26, 20180 comments
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Med Students, Surgeons Share College/Career Advice with Local High Schoolers

On April 16, a group of first-year students from the University of Maryland School of Medicine hosted 23 freshmen from the PTECH School at Dunbar for a panel discussion on college and health care careers. This was followed by “Stop the Bleed” training provided by trauma surgeons from the R Adams Cowley Shock Trauma Center.

Stop the Bleed is a national campaign designed to prepare laypersons to address life-threatening bleeding after everyday emergencies or natural disasters. It is sponsored by the American College of Surgeons’ Committee on Trauma.

The PTECH School at Dunbar is a new six-year high school program that featuesg integrated high school and college coursework leading to an industry recognized postsecondary degree in a health care field (physical therapy, nursing, health information technology, and respiratory care) for all enrolled students. As an industry partner and Baltimore anchor institution, UMB partners with PTECH to provide campus-based learning opportunities and mentors from the University community.

The April 16 activity was organized by first-year medical students and panelists Dominique Gelmann, Mohammad Hadavand, Molly Himmelrich, Atizaz Hussain, and Madeleine Smith, in partnership with trauma surgeons Laura Buchanan, MD, Sharon Henry, MD, Habeeba Park, MD, Jason Pasley, DO, and the UMB Office of Community Engagement (OCE). Participating students gained valuable information about general preparation for higher education and specifics on how to prepare now for future careers in medicine.

Alexia Smith, corporate education liaison for PTECH, said about the visit, “The information our students gained from this experience was invaluable! Not only did they learn to start thinking critically and early about the process of continuing their education beyond their high school diploma and associate degrees, they gained a valuable skill in the Stop the Bleeding training, which can help them save people’s lives. The kids were ecstatic, and this experience really helped build their confidence. Thank you!”

OCE challenges student groups, staff, and faculty across the UMB campus to develop creative ways to share their chosen career paths with our K-12 partners. If you, your student organization, or department would like to propose such an activity or gain assistance in developing creative ways to engage our community partners, please contact Brian Sturdivant, MSW, director of strategic initiatives and community partnerships, via email at or by calling 410-706-1678.

Brian SturdivantCollaboration, Community Service, Education, For B'more, USGAApril 18, 20180 comments
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Green Street Academy Students Visit School of Pharmacy

On the morning of April 9, a group of 33 high school students with aspirations in health-related careers visited UMB from Green Street Academy in West Baltimore to learn about careers in pharmacy.

Students participated in a walking tour of the UMB campus that culminated with a presentation on careers in pharmacy at Pharmacy Hall. While at the School of Pharmacy, students toured the Fred Abramson Pharmacy Practice Lab, Walgreens Objective Structured Clinical Examination (OSCE) rooms, the IV Lab, the Pharmacy Hall museum, and lecture halls.

Students also learned how they will need to prepare now if they think they’re interested in a career in pharmacy. The pharmacy presentation and building tour was developed by JuliAna Brammer, MBA, director of admissions, Records and Registration, and Patrice Sharp, office manager, Student Affairs, and it was led by third-year student Gloria Rinomhota.

“Oftentimes, students may not be aware of the diverse areas that pharmacists practice,” Brammer said. “We find that information given by our current pharmacy students, along with presentations and hands-on activities, helps to engage and expose K-12 students to careers in pharmacy.”

UMB’s Office of Community Engagement works to develop relationships with public schools in West Baltimore and leverage campus resources to meet needs identified by these schools, with career exposure being among the top requests.

OCE challenges student groups, staff, and faculty across the UMB campus to develop creative ways to share their chosen career paths with our K-12 partners. If you, your student organization, or department would like to propose such an activity or gain assistance in developing creative ways to engage our community partners, please contact Brian Sturdivant, MSW, director of strategic initiatives and community partnerships, via email at or by calling 410-706-1678.

Brian SturdivantCommunity Service, Education, For B'moreApril 12, 20180 comments
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