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James Trovato

School of Pharmacy’s Trovato Named AACP Academic Leadership Fellow

James Trovato, PharmD, MBA, BCOP, FASHP, associate professor and vice chair for academic affairs in the Department of Pharmacy Practice and Science (PPS) at the University of Maryland School of Pharmacy, has been accepted into the American Association of Colleges of Pharmacy’s (AACP) Academic Leadership Fellows Program. This year-long program is designed to develop the most promising individuals from the organization’s member institutions to become future leaders in pharmacy and higher education.

Trovato is one of 30 pharmacy educators who will join the program’s 2018-2019 cohort of fellows.

“Dr. Trovato embodies many of the skills, qualities, and attributes necessary to become an outstanding and impactful leader in pharmacy education,” says Natalie D. Eddington, PhD, FCP, FAAPS, dean and professor of the School of Pharmacy, who will serve as Trovato’s mentor during his time in the program. “He is well-positioned to both contribute to and benefit from AACP’s Academic Leadership Fellows Program, and in return, he will be able to apply the results of his experience to help further augment the school’s existing education and clinical infrastructure.”

Preparing the Leaders of Tomorrow

AACP’s Academic Leadership Fellows Program supports and contributes to the development of leaders in academic pharmacy and higher education. Through his participation in the program, Trovato will have an opportunity to take part in talent and leadership development sessions, gain valuable team-building experience, and explore legislative and public policy issues critical to pharmacy and higher education.

He also will complete a personal assessment of his competencies for leadership.

“I am excited to join the AACP Academic Leadership Fellows Program to represent not only myself, but also my department and the School of Pharmacy as leaders in pharmacy education at the national level,” Trovato says. “I am looking forward to meeting with other educators from across the country to further hone my own leadership and team-building skills as well as learn how I can best apply these skills to help address some of the challenges facing our profession. It is truly a tremendous opportunity to take pharmacy education at the School of Pharmacy and across the state of Maryland to the next level.”

Unlocking Faculty Potential

Trovato received his Doctor of Pharmacy (PharmD) from Purdue University and completed a pharmacy practice residency in oncology at the University of Texas Health Science Center in San Antonio. He is a board-certified oncology pharmacist whose research interests include the prevention and management of complications related to chemotherapy or malignant disease in patients with cancer. He also serves as the director of the school’s PGY-2 Oncology Pharmacy Residency Program.

In addition, Trovato’s commitment to collaborative practice and interprofessional education has helped the School of Pharmacy expand its practice sites beyond the city of Baltimore. He not only worked to establish a relationship between the school and the University of Maryland Marlene and Stewart Greenebaum Comprehensive Cancer Center, but he also spearheaded the creation of a new collaborative oncology pharmacy practice site at the University of Maryland Baltimore Washington Medical Center (UM BWMC) in Glen Burnie. He is the principal investigator for the Joint Clinical and Educational Grant, a collaboration between UM BWMC and the School of Pharmacy; chair of the UM BWMC Chemotherapy Subcommittee; and a member of the UM BWMC Pharmacy and Therapeutic Committee.

“In my view, a true leader is someone who is able to bring disparate parties together in a collaborative manner and set a strategic course through consensus. Dr. Trovato has demonstrated this practice in many venues,” Eddington says.

Trovato’s participation in the AACP Academic Leadership Fellows Program began Aug. 1 and will conclude July 31, 2019.

— Malissa Carroll

Malissa CarrollEducation, People, UMB NewsAugust 16, 20180 comments
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Outbreak: Epidemics in a Connected World

‘Outbreak: Epidemics in a Connected World’ at HS/HSL

“Outbreak: Epidemics in a Connected World” is an exhibition created by the Smithsonian’s National Museum of Natural History (NMNH) in Washington, D.C. This three-year exhibition marks the 100th anniversary of the devastating 1918 influenza pandemic. The exhibit, adapted for use by UMB’s Health Sciences and Human Services Library (HS/HSL), will be on display in the library’s Frieda O. Weise Gallery from Aug. 24 to Oct. 14.

The main message of the exhibit is “One Health,” which is derived from the understanding that human health, animal health, and environmental health are closely connected. “Outbreak: Epidemics in a Connected World” emphasizes the importance of interdisciplinary responses to stop outbreaks — and the impact those outbreaks have on communities.

“Outbreak” examines zoonotic emerging infectious diseases (EIDs) and their pandemic risks in the 21st century. NMNH collaborated with public health institutions to address these questions: Why do pathogens emerge where they do? How do they “spill over” from animals to people? What causes them to amplify and spread quickly? And finally, what can individuals and communities do to prevent the next outbreak?

The “Outbreak” exhibition project is a collaborative effort between the Smithsonian’s National Museum of Natural History and global partners to raise awareness of the human, animal, and environmental factors contributing to infectious disease epidemics.

The 1918 Flu Epidemic and Baltimore: 100 years later

In conjunction with the Smithsonian’s “Outbreak” exhibit, the HS/HSL has created a supplementary exhibit remembering the 1918 flu pandemic. This year marks the 100th anniversary of the pandemic that killed between 50 million and 100 million people worldwide. Baltimore and UMB were not immune to this incredible international natural disaster. This exhibit explains the spread of the disease in Baltimore and at the University while supplying a supporting story to the Smithsonian’s “connected world” message.

Upcoming Events for Outbreak: Epidemics in a Connected World

  • Thursday, Sept. 13, 11 a.m.: Opening reception, press welcome.
  • Thursday, Oct. 4, 10 a.m.-2 p.m.: Flu shots available to UMB campus employees and students in the first-floor tower of the library. Please bring your insurance information. The flu clinic is provided by Walgreens in collaboration with the School of Pharmacy and the HS/HSL. RSVP with “Flu” as the subject to aepps@hshsl.umaryland.edu.
  • Friday, Oct. 5, 11:45 a.m.-1 p.m.: A light lunch will be served, and Philip A. Mackowiak, MD ’70, MBA, emeritus professor of medicine and the Carolyn Frenkil and Selvin Passen History of Medicine Scholar, will present “The ‘Spanish Flu’ of 1918, What’s Past is Prologue.”

RSVP to events@hshsl.umaryland.edu.

Everly BrownClinical Care, Community Service, Education, People, ResearchAugust 16, 20180 comments
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Exploring ‘Farmacia’ in Croatia

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.

Since my first-year pharmacy school orientation, I’ve heard members of the American Pharmacist Association–Academy of Student Pharmacist (APhA-ASP) reflect on their summers abroad pursuing pharmacy practice internships. Upper classmen mentioned going to countries such as Thailand, Croatia, the United Kingdom, and Spain. Upon researching these experiences, I learned that APhA-ASP represents the U.S. in the International Pharmaceutical Students’ Federation (IPSF). IPSF is a worldwide network of student pharmacists that focuses on advocacy and improving public health. The group organizes student exchange programs (SEPs) for students around the world to give them an opportunity to learn about pharmacy practice from a global perspective. Depending on the country you are interested in visiting, the pharmacy sites may offer internships in the pharmaceutical industry, pharmaceutical research, community pharmacy, or hospital pharmacy.

Selecting My Destination

After hearing positive feedback from a former student, and combining that with my desire to visit Europe, I chose Croatia as my No. 1 choice for a pharmacy internship placement. A few months after submitting my application, I was contacted by the Croatia Pharmacy Student Association (CPSA). It notified me that my application had been accepted and that I would be spending the summer between my second and third years in pharmacy school in their country.

Upon arriving in Croatia, I and my fellow “SEPers” received a warm welcome from the CPSA students as they showed us around Zagreb, Croatia. Tajana and Petra — student pharmacists in Zagreb — helped to ensure a smooth transition for all the students who would be completing their internships in the country. During our first weekend, we visited historical sites, tried local restaurants, and learned how to use public transit. The other students participating in my program came from the United States, Slovenia, Spain, Turkey, Taiwan, and the Czech Republic. We all became very close during our stay and shared some great laughs and stories about our home countries and cultures.

Day-to-Day Life in Croatia

For my internship, I was placed in a local independent chain pharmacy, also known as a “farmacia” in Croatian. My mentor, Martina, spent part of the day teaching us about Croatian pharmacies, the health care system, and the country and culture itself. We spent the rest of the day compounding medications or assisting with ordering and inventory management.

Once my colleagues and I were done for the day, we explored Zagreb or watched a World Cup match at a local restaurant. Watching Croatia move forward in the World Cup alongside Croatians made this SEP experience even more unforgettable.

On the weekends, the SEP students planned trips around Croatia, such as hiking at the Plitvice Lakes National Park or visiting the rocky beaches in the historic city of Zadar.

Community Pharmacy in Croatia

As a student pharmacist from the United States, it was interesting to experience pharmacy and health care from a global perspective, as many tasks are completed differently. In Croatia, all citizens are covered by their national health care system, so everyone has access to care. Initially, this seemed like a good idea to me, but after discussing it with my pharmacy mentor, I soon realized it could cause long wait times to see a doctor, as their schedules are often at capacity.

Additionally, prescriptions do not go through a filling process as they do in the United States. Instead, patients go to the pharmacy, where the pharmacist is able to electronically look up what medications were prescribed and then provide the patient with the medication. The medication is then billed to the national health insurance and dispensed. All medications are packaged in dose packs versus stock bottles. The national health care system has a formulary list, which includes preferred medications at low cost to the patient. Most prescribers select therapies from this list. This insurance system also allows the patient, physicians, and pharmacists to avoid billing issues related to preferred formulary items, quantity limitations, and prior authorizations.

Finally, prescriptions — electronic or hard copy — are required to include an indication for use in order to be valid. My mentor explained it is important for pharmacists to know the indication of use so they can properly counsel the patient on the safe use of their medications. These were all unique aspects of Croatian health care that stood out to me.

Reflecting on My Experience

This study abroad experience helped enrich me as a student pharmacist and an individual. I would encourage all pharmacy students to take a risk and explore similar opportunities that might be outside of their comfort zones. This experience was my first time traveling to Europe as well as my first time traveling alone. (Travel tip: If you experience long layovers like I did during my travels, you can maximize your time in a new country by venturing out of the airport for a few hours. I was able to explore Toronto and Amsterdam during my layovers!)

Lastly, I cannot conclude this post without recognizing all the friends I made, the experiences we shared, and the other folks I met along the way. All of these new connections helped create lifetime memories. And to my friends, family, and mentors at home, thank you for supporting me through this opportunity.

— Nabila Faridi, third-year student pharmacist

View a photo gallery here.

 

Nabila FaridiEducation, People, USGAAugust 13, 20180 comments
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UMB Champion of Excellence: Kelly Doran, PhD, MS, RN

UMB Champion of Excellence: Kelly Doran, PhD, MS, RN

The Champions of Excellence campaign is a multi-year branding campaign at the University of Maryland, Baltimore (UMB) in which we highlight individuals and teams that exemplify extraordinary accomplishment and represent excellence at the University. During the next few months, The Elm will be featuring these UMB Champions, who are making Baltimore, our region, and in some cases the world a better place. (Read about all of the 2017-18 UMB Champions of Excellence.)

Today’s Champion:
Kelly Doran, PhD, MS, RN
Enriching Public Health Through Preventive Care

As a little girl playing make-believe, Kelly Doran, PhD, MS, RN, always dreamed of being a nurse. With endless ambition, she earned her Registered Nurse degree, but the dream began to change when she realized she didn’t want to treat people after they were sick. Instead, she wanted to focus on prevention.

So she pursued her master’s and doctorate in community/public health with a focus on research at the University of Maryland, Baltimore (UMB), graduating in December 2011 and joining the faculty a month later as an assistant professor at the University of Maryland School of Nursing.

Her childhood dream has transformed her into both an influential researcher and community changer. When she heard about the nonprofit community care organization Paul’s Place — which has a rich 34-year connection with the University — she jumped at the chance to get more involved as part of her faculty practice.

Paul’s Place is a keystone in improving the quality of life for the people of Southwest Baltimore. Located about a mile away from the University, it provides access to high-quality health care, education, employment, and housing options, as well as other support needs for homeless and low-income individuals in the area.

Today, Doran is director of health and wellness for Paul’s Place, where she spends two days a week on-site integrating health and wellness concepts into its programming. She serves as a faculty preceptor for the UMB students who come to do service learning or clinical placements, and also runs the public health clinic that provides both basic care and programs for mental health, substance abuse, wound care, and stress.

Doran describes it as a “public health primary prevention clinic,” rather than a typical clinic or hospital. It provides a range of services from basic first aid to intensive clinical case management.

“[Paul’s Place] is absolutely amazing. One of the things that makes it unique is that it’s a one-stop shop,” she says. “Our population is often distrustful of the health care system and of social services in general, so it’s really important that we have a good and trusting relationship with them. We try to provide as many services in-house as possible so we can meet their needs on-site and continue to build relationships with them.”

Not only is working at Paul’s Place an example of how much of a champion for public health Doran really is, but it’s also the perfect place for her research.

Recently, Doran has been partnering with behavioral psychologists from the University of Maryland, College Park and researchers from universities in Michigan and Florida to study delayed discounting and executive functioning in the guests at Paul’s Place.

Delayed discounting refers to the decline in the value of a reward because of the delay to its receipt, while executive functioning refers to the parts of the brain that let us plan, organize, and complete tasks. Essentially, the research team is studying how trauma changes the way the parts of the brain work, thereby affecting perception and impulses.

When dealing with delayed discounting in combination with impulsivity, it is harder for a person to wait for a distant reward because they desire more immediate gratification.

For example, they may turn to smoking for stress relief without focusing on the possibility of contracting lung cancer 10 years from now.

Doran and the rest of the team look at how change in executive functioning after trauma impacts a person’s health behaviors, outcomes, and engagement with health services.

“We have a trial where we have an intervention group play computer games to hopefully improve their memory and impulsivity so they’re at a place to think about and prioritize future events and delay gratification, essentially working on improving their health,” she says.

Being able to see and work with the guests at Paul’s Place two days a week is not only personally rewarding, but also gives Doran a better sense of what her guests need and how to help them. Personal interaction in combination with data is the best way to create well-rounded, successful solutions in both a statistical sense and in a real community-based setting.

So what does the future look like for Doran? She plans to continue applying for new grants to study both impulse and substance abuse. She hopes to also create more in-depth programming at Paul’s Place to educate guests about substance use and misuse and mental health as well as provide the guests with more treatment options.

When not working and researching at Paul’s Place, Doran spends her work time teaching and mentoring students at the School of Nursing.

“I’m really passionate about getting students to understand and appreciate research. It’s all about helping them gain and understand concepts and apply them in the real world,” she says.

The overlap of Doran’s research, teaching, and daily work at Paul’s Place is her favorite part of the job. Yet, she knows the reward from seeing the facets of her work connect is only magnified by the support she receives from the leadership at the School of Nursing and UMB.

“We have this mission [to improve the human condition], and to complete it there is this juggling of research and teaching and practice, but everyone is very supportive of your strengths and what you can contribute. They do what they can to foster [those strengths],” she says.

As her personal and career life continue to evolve, like with the birth of her first child in 2017, Doran knows UMB is the place she wants to stay.

“I absolutely love my job,” she says. “I feel every day that I’m at Paul’s Place and with students that I’m making a difference. I love my research. I really feel like it’s going to help the community.”

Communication and Public AffairsCollaboration, Education, People, UMB News, University LifeAugust 13, 20180 comments
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Practicing Community Pharmacy Across the Pond

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.

My first year of pharmacy school was an invigorating experience, as I transitioned from a small undergraduate university to a larger, urban institution. Along the way, I got involved in a number of student organizations, particularly the American Pharmacists Association-Academy of Student Pharmacists (APhA-ASP). After listening to a panel of students speak about their experiences abroad at an APhA-ASP meeting, I found myself interested in pursuing the same opportunity and began an application process through the International Pharmaceutical Students Federation (IPSF). IPSF is an international advocacy organization for pharmacy and pharmaceutical science students. It houses the world’s largest Student Exchange Program, and places more than 900 students in professional pharmacy internships around the world each year.

My Journey Across the Atlantic

After submitting my application, I learned that the British Pharmaceutical Students Association (BPSA) had received my application and that my placement was to be in Lincoln, England, a town two hours north of London by train. Thanks to the help of Jonathan, a student pharmacist at the University of Lincoln, my arrival to the U.K. went very smoothly — one seven-hour plane ride, a one-hour subway (or tube) ride, and two trains later, I was in Lincoln! Everyone I met was incredibly welcoming and friendly. I was placed at the Lincolnshire Coop Pharmacy for four weeks, from July 2 to July 27, and took the opportunity to travel on the weekends to other nearby cities such as Southampton, York, London, and Edinburgh.

Pharmacy Practice in the U.K.

One observation that I noted at my placement was that pharmacists in the U.K. play a very large role in medication compliance and lifestyle management of the patient. My placement site had programs focused on patient well-being, and there were many other programs offered by the National Health Services (NHS), including a 12-week weight loss program, cholesterol and blood pressure checks, and smoking cessation programs. Addiction treatment was another service offered, which involved dispensing methadone to patients battling heroin addiction in conjunction with a pharmacist-led counseling session.

In addition, I learned that the pharmacy offered other services known as Medicines Use Reviews (MURs) and New Medicines Services (NMS). These two services are among the most important for patients, as MURs help ensure that the patient reviews their understanding and administration of the medication with a pharmacist, and NMS helps pharmacists properly introduce patients to any new medications they are prescribed to help improve patient adherence. The NHS hopes to improve overall health outcomes across the U.K. by requiring pharmacies to meet a certain monthly goal for these two services.

Further adding to my knowledge of pharmacy administration, I became familiar with the Drug Tariff, which provides information on the value of individual drugs as well as the additional fees that pharmacies receive through reimbursement, and the British National Formulary, which is heavily used by pharmacists, as it contains medication names, uses, contra-indications, side-effects, costs, doses, and other medication management information.

No Insurance? No Problem

Another key observation that I noted during my placement is that the process of receiving and paying for prescriptions in the U.K. is drastically different from the U.S. Medications are not processed through insurance; instead, there is a flat rate that all patients pay. Most patients also are afforded exemptions to this flat rate, such as those living with a chronic condition like diabetes, full-time students, and pregnant women. As a result, most patients usually do not have to pay for their prescriptions as long as they provide proof of their exemption.

Reflecting on My Experience

I cannot finish this post without giving a shout-out to my pharmacy family across the pond! From understanding the small differences (e.g., learning that “OD” means “once daily” instead of “right eye” in the U.K.) to overcoming the larger ones (e.g., not needing to process prescriptions through insurance), my co-workers were there to guide me through it all. I highly recommend my placement site, as well as the town of Lincoln for any student pharmacist looking to experience pharmacy abroad in the U.K.

— Juhi Hegde, second-year student pharmacist

 

Juhi HegdeEducation, People, USGAAugust 9, 20180 comments
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New Initiative: President’s Interprofessional Education Faculty Scholars

The Center for Interprofessional Education (IPE) is selecting applicants for a new initiative called President’s Interprofessional Education Faculty Scholars.

This program is intended to support faculty from UMB professional schools in expanding their knowledge and expertise related to providing interprofessional education to advance UMB’s mission. The program requires a 10 percent commitment over two years (24 months), including involvement in the Foundations of Interprofessional Education and Practice course in the first year, development of an IPE initiative in the first year, and implementation of that initiative in the second year.

Scholars will be eligible to apply to attend an Interprofessional Education Collaborative Institute and to apply for a seed grant and/or IPE Faculty Award. Up to seven President’s Interprofessional Education Faculty Scholars will be selected for this two-year program.

You can find the application and additional information here or contact Patricia Danielewicz.

Patricia DanielewiczCollaboration, Education, UMB NewsAugust 9, 20180 comments
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UMB Faculty: Foundations of Interprofessional Education and Practice Course

The Center for Interprofessional Education is selecting applicants for a new initiative, the Foundations of Interprofessional Education and Practice course.

The Foundations of Interprofessional Education and Practice course will be offered during the 2018-19 academic year to students enrolled in the Bachelor of Science in Nursing, master’s entry-to-practice Clinical Nurse Leader, Doctor of Pharmacy, Doctor of Dental Surgery, Dental Hygiene, Medical Doctor, and Doctor of Physical Therapy programs. Faculty from the schools of dentistry, medicine, nursing, and pharmacy will work with interprofessional student groups that will be completing introductory, interprofessional education content through six modules (three face-to-face and three online, delivered via Blackboard) during the fall 2018 and spring 2019 semesters.

You can find the application and additional information here or contact Patricia Danielewicz.

Patricia DanielewiczCollaboration, Education, UMB NewsAugust 9, 20180 comments
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Monthly Flow Cytometry Lecture Set for Sept. 12

Want to broaden your knowledge of flow cytometry? The University of Maryland School of Medicine is offering a free lecture Sept. 12.

This lecture is required if you want to become a trained user of the University of Maryland Marlene and Stewart Greenebaum Cancer Center (UMGCCC) Flow Cytometry Shared Service (FCSS) Facility. However, it is free and open to everyone.

In this lecture, you will learn:

  • How flow cytometry works​
  • Multi-color design and compensation​
  • Instruments and services​
  • New technology and tools​

The lecture will be held at the Bressler Research Building, Room 7-035, at 10:30 a.m. Click here for more details about the event.

Karen UnderwoodCollaboration, Education, ResearchAugust 9, 20180 comments
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International Conference on Electrochemistry

The fifth International Conference on Electrochemistry welcomes electrochemical professionals, electrochemists, battery developers, sensor makers, professors, researchers, research scholars, scientific communities, delegates, students, business professionals, and executives from all over the world. The  conference will be held May 27-28, 2019, in Barcelona, Spain.

The goal of the conference is to disseminate new ideas and methods of relevance to electrochemistry by gathering professionals under one roof. The conference is a tremendous global platform to contest and learn about electrochemistry, physical chemistry, photoelectrochemistry, corrosion chemistry, bioelectrochemistry, computational electrochemistry, carbon nanotubes, fullerene applied electrochemistry, and other fundamentals involved in the field of electrochemistry.

The conference gathers world-class experts from  academia and industry on a common platform at chemistry meetings and includes prompt keynote presentations, talks, poster presentations, symposiums, workshops, and exhibitions.

The conference is expecting more than 200 participants and we would like to know your interest in being a delegate, sponsor, exhibitor, or collaborator at our conference.

Click here to learn more details about the conference.

Conference highlights:

  • Theoretical and Computational Electrochemistry
  • Physical and Analytical Electrochemistry
  • Photoelectrochemistry
  • Electrochemical Energy
  • Sensors
  • Organic and Bioelectrochemistry
  • Batteries and Energy Storage
  • Corrosion Science and Technology
  • Electronic Materials and Processing
  • Carbon Nanostructures and Devices
  • Dielectric Science and Materials
  • Electrochemical Electroless Deposition
  • Electrochemical Water Treatment
  • Electrochemical Surface Science
  • Electrochemiacl Engineering
  • Environmental Electrochemistry
  • Inorganic Electrochemistry
  • Market Surveillance of Electrochemistry
  • Applied Electrochemistry
Jennifer WatsonEducation, People, University LifeAugust 9, 20180 comments
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UM Carey Law Librarians Attend and Volunteer at National Law Library Conference in Baltimore

This year, the American Association of Law Libraries (AALL) held its Annual Meeting and Conference at the Baltimore Convention Center from July 13 to 16. Given the location, it was only natural that there would be a strong connection with the University of Maryland Francis King Carey School of Law community.

Charles A. Pipins II, research and academic technology librarian, co-chaired the conference’s local arrangements committee, which was responsible for coordinating all of the conference’s on-site activities. Simon Canick, associate dean for law library and technology and law school professor, hosted several workshops on legal education and library practices at UM Carey Law. Jason Hawkins, head of research services, planned tours of several local libraries for conference attendees. Maxine Grosshans, research librarian, and LuAnn Marshall, academic coordinator, hosted a well-received tour of the Thurgood Marshall Law Library, and the Westminster Hall and Burying Ground for the visiting librarians. Several other librarians and staff at UM Carey Law also volunteered to assist with on-site registration, hospitality services, and other conference tasks. Even Dean Donald Tobin stopped by the conference to attend the keynote address.

The AALL Annual Meeting and Conference is the premier educational and networking event for legal information professionals, and was attended by more than 5,000 law librarians, vendors, and other information professionals. Local film director, artist, and provocateur John Waters was the keynote speaker.

Jason HawkinsEducation, People, University LifeAugust 8, 20180 comments
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July-August President’s Message

Check out the July-August issue of The President’s Message. It includes Dr. Perman’s column on immigrants’ rights and how Maryland Carey Law is helping secure them; a Q&A with new Police Chief Alice Cary; a preview of Campus Life Services’ Welcome Month; a recap of Project SEARCH’s graduation, and a new alignment for UMB’s overall commencement; stories on UMBrella scholarships and Teaching with Technology Day; a look ahead to Dr. Perman’s Sept. 18 Q&A; and a roundup of student, faculty, and staff achievements.

Click here to read the full message.

Chris ZangABAE, Bulletin Board, Clinical Care, Collaboration, Community Service, Contests, Education, For B'more, People, Research, Technology, UMB News, University Life, USGAAugust 7, 20180 comments
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UMB Champion of Excellence: Kevin J. Cullen, MD

UMB Champion of Excellence: Kevin J. Cullen, MD

The Champions of Excellence campaign is a multi-year branding campaign at the University of Maryland, Baltimore (UMB) in which we highlight individuals and teams that exemplify extraordinary accomplishment and represent excellence at the University. During the next few months, The Elm will be featuring these UMB Champions, who are making Baltimore, our region, and in some cases the world a better place. (Read about all of the 2017-18 UMB Champions of Excellence.)

Today’s Champion:
Kevin J. Cullen, MD
Championing Patients with Cancer

Everybody knows somebody whose life has been impacted by cancer. Each year researchers across the country work tirelessly to find new ways to prevent and cure this dreaded disease. In Maryland, one of those top researchers is Kevin J. Cullen, MD.

Cancer took both of Cullen’s parents from him early in his life. His mother died of lung cancer when he was in high school, and his father died of leukemia right after Cullen finished his degree at Harvard Medical School. Being so personally affected by cancer, he decided to study oncology and complete his residency at Beth Israel Hospital in Boston.

Today, as a renowned oncologist who specializes in head and neck cancer, Cullen serves as director of the University of Maryland Marlene and Stewart Greenebaum Comprehensive Cancer Center (UMGCCC) and as a professor at the University of Maryland School of Medicine.

Cullen oversees all aspects of the cancer center, including a staff of 275 physicians and researchers, while also treating his own patients, roughly 20 per week. He manages an impressive $90 million in research funding that UMGCCC receives annually to fund a range of cutting-edge research, including the more than 230 clinical trials conducted by center oncologists each year.

Under Cullen’s leadership, the cancer center was named a National Cancer Institute (NCI)–Designated Cancer Center in 2008 and then awarded the NCI’s highest designation as a Comprehensive Cancer Center in 2016. The recognition acknowledges UMGCCC’s high caliber of scientific leadership, resources, and the depth and breadth of its interdisciplinary research.

In addition, UMGCCC was ranked No. 21 out of 900 cancer programs nationally in the 2016 U.S.News & World Report‘s “Best Hospitals” list.

Through such achievements, Cullen has helped cement the state of Maryland’s future as a hub of cancer research and treatment. “The NCI designation attracts top research and clinical talent and significantly enhances our ability to translate discoveries in the laboratory into better treatments for cancer patients in Maryland and beyond,” he says.

The key to success for UMGCCC, Cullen says, is having a talented and diverse staff that can provide comprehensive research and care. UMGCCC recruits outstanding basic scientists doing critical work in understanding tumor immunology, oncologists developing clinical trials, and population scientists studying how to prevent cancer and the disease’s effects on specific populations.

These impressive researchers also help to run UMGCCC’s robust training program that educates the next generation of life-changing clinicians and researchers.

The Greenebaum Cancer Center is a bridge between research and clinical practice. UMGCCC’s clinical scientists work with more than 3,650 new patients annually, providing treatment, cancer screening and education services, and also have direct access to research laboratories for investigating cancer causes and treatments. The balance of patient care and innovative research gives UMGCCC physicians and researchers a solid foundation for their efforts.

For Cullen, having access to researchers at the six professional schools and the Graduate School at the University of Maryland, Baltimore (UMB) adds to the interdisciplinary approach for solving problems related to cancer.

“It’s a very powerful mix of scientists from all disciplines,” Cullen says. “Any way that we want to attack a cancer problem, we have the experts on campus who can provide the knowledge base to do that. That can range from statisticians in the School of Medicine to experts in pharmacology in the School of Pharmacy.”

Cullen has achieved much national recognition for his work. Some highlights include his appointment by former President Barack Obama to a five-year term as a member of the National Cancer Advisory Board, an advisory committee to the National Cancer Institute, and serving as chair of the American Cancer Society board.

He also was voted to The Washington Post Magazine’s “Super Doctors 2011” for oncology and Baltimore magazine’s “Top Docs” for hematology/oncology for 2010 and 2011. These high honors are only a snippet of the acknowledgment that Cullen has received for his work.

When Cullen is not at the UMGCCC championing cancer research, he enjoys spending time with his wife and 15-year-old son, biking, hiking, and skiing at their cabin in New Hampshire.

“I’m incredibly proud of what the cancer center has been able to achieve for the people that we serve and the citizens of Maryland,” Cullen says. “I’ve been so privileged to lead this team and to help the cancer center grow to national prominence over the last 12 years. I’m just so excited for what we will be able to accomplish in the future.”

Communication and Public AffairsCollaboration, Education, People, UMB News, University LifeAugust 6, 20180 comments
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Four Nursing Faculty Members Awarded Nurse Support Program II Grants

Four University of Maryland School of Nursing (UMSON) faculty members have been awarded Nurse Support Program II (NSP II) grants funded through the Maryland Health Services Cost Review Commission and administered by the Maryland Higher Education Commission (MHEC). UMSON’S grant awards total nearly $2 million.

NSP II grants aid in increasing the capacity of nurses in Maryland by implementing statewide initiatives to grow the number of nurses prepared to serve effectively in faculty roles. MHEC offers a number of educational grant programs, funded by state general funds, special funds, and federal funds, designed to address Maryland’s economic and workforce development needs, campus reform initiatives, student preparation for post-secondary education, faculty and student diversity goals, and teacher professional development objectives.

“We are thrilled that UMSON has received NSP II grant support for four significant and quite varied projects, each of which will help address Maryland’s need for a well-educated and well-prepared nursing workforce. These projects expand opportunities for seamless progression of Maryland high school students into nursing careers, increase the number of highly qualified clinical preceptors, build further expertise in quality improvement and evidence-based practices, and create a Maryland Nursing Workforce Center to ensure appropriate data for future decision-making,” said UMSON Dean Jane M. Kirschling, PhD, RN, FAAN. “We are grateful to the Maryland Health Services Cost Review Commission for its generous support of nursing research and the Maryland Higher Education Commission for its leadership in administering the NSP II initiative. Together we are ensuring that Maryland’s residents have access to excellent health care now and in the years ahead.”

The NSP II grants awarded to UMSON beginning in Fiscal Year 2019 include:

Debra Bingham, DrPH, RN, FAAN, associate professor – Advancing Implementation Science Education project ($698,995, three years): The Advancing Implementation Science Education (AdvISE) project will expand statewide capacity in improvement science and quality improvement (QI) expertise. Implementation science expertise is a necessary foundation in expanding the effectiveness and impact of Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP) students’ quality improvement projects. Implementation science and QI expertise is needed to increase evidence-based practices, which will improve the quality and safety of health care delivery and reduce moral distress and burnout among registered nurses. Through this project, Bingham and the AdvISE Steering Committee seek to advance faculty implementation science and QI knowledge and skills. This project also will aid faculty in effectively guiding and educating DNP students on how to develop, implement, and evaluate QI initiatives.

Shannon Idzik, DNP ’10, MS, ’03, CRNP, FAANP, FAAN, associate professor and associate dean of the Doctor of Nursing Practice program – Continuation of Statewide Preceptor Modules for APRNs ($359,211, three years): Advanced Practice Registered Nurse (APRN) programs across Maryland struggle to identify enough preceptors to meet the growing needs of the program. Additionally, many active preceptors feel challenged in acquiring the skills needed to adequately mentor APRN students in a positive way. During the first cycle of funding, Idzik and colleagues created online learning modules and an in-person simulation to educate preceptors around the state. Through this continuation grant, Idzik seeks to recruit and educate more than 300 preceptors, who receive 11 continuing education units upon completion of the program requirements.

Nina Trocky, DNP, RN, NE-BC, CNE, assistant professor and associate dean for the baccalaureate program – PTECH at Dunbar High School for Health Professions with Baltimore City Community College ($629,919, three years): Through the NSP II grant, Trocky and UMSON aim to improve opportunities to develop a diverse and competent professional nursing workforce to care for patients in Maryland. UMSON plans to extend the Pathways in Technology Early College High (PTECH) program at East Baltimore’s Dunbar High School and use it as a pipeline to prepare and send students to earn an Associate Degree in Nursing (ADN) from Baltimore City Community College (BCCC). After graduating from BCCC with an ADN, students can enroll at UMSON to earn their Bachelor of Science in Nursing degree. The mentoring program will offer students academic support, an overview of the nursing field, and financial aid options, and is designed to improve career options and employment prospects for students.

Rebecca Wiseman, PhD ’93, RN, associate professor and chair of the University of Maryland School of Nursing at the Universities at Shady Grove – Establishing the Maryland Nursing Workforce Center ($265,467, two years): The Institute of Medicine’s 2018 Future of Nursing report recommended improving collection methods of workforce data. Currently, data about the nursing workforce in Maryland available to nursing agencies and organizations is lacking. In planning for future workforce needs and to measure the success of programs and initiatives, it is essential to have an accurate and comprehensive data set. Through this project, Wiseman seeks to establish the Maryland Nursing Workforce Center at the University of Maryland, Baltimore to be responsible for compiling and reporting relevant data.

Kevin NashBulletin Board, Education, People, UMB News, University Life, USGAAugust 6, 20180 comments
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M-CERSI Medical Devices Workshop

Registration is now open for the Medical Devices – Patient Engagement in Real World Evidence (RWE): Lessons and Best Practices workshop.

The event is scheduled for Sept. 12 from 7:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. at Pharmacy Hall. The workshop, hosted by the University of Maryland Center of Excellence in Regulatory Science and Innovation (M-CERSI), the Center on Drugs and Public Policy at the University of Maryland School of Pharmacy, and the Center for Devices and Radiological Health at the Food and Drug Administration (FDA), brings together students, patient groups, clinicians, and top leaders in the medical device industry, and the FDA to discuss and evaluate research on medical devices.

For more information and details on how to register, visit the event page on the School of Pharmacy website.

Erin MerinoEducation, ResearchAugust 2, 20180 comments
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UMBrella Scholarship Opportunity

UMBrella is offering two scholarships to attend the Association of College Unions International (ACUI) 2018 Women’s Leadership Institute.

The scholarship will cover conference registration fees, airfare, and lodging. You must obtain your supervisor’s approval to accept this scholarship. You must also write a reflection piece upon completion of the institute and submit it to the UMBrella Group.

To be considered, please submit your application and a one-page letter of interest detailing:

  1. Why you would like to attend the leadership institute and what you hope to gain personally and professionally by attending
  2. Your leadership experience to date
  3. Your school/unit affiliation (School of Pharmacy, Office of Academic Affairs, etc.)

Submissions will be reviewed by the UMBrella advisory board.

The application deadline is Sept. 3, 2018, at noon ET.

For further information about the conference, please visit the ACUI Women’s Leadership Institute website. If you have any questions, please contact us by email.

The UMB Roundtable on Empowerment in Leadership and Leveraging Aspirations (UMBrella) is a group that helps women achieve their potential, find their voices, and feel empowered. UMBrella works to support the success of women, advance women into leadership roles at UMB, and champion women at all levels of our organization.

Sonya EvansCommunity Service, Education, People, University LifeJuly 31, 20180 comments
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