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Nursing Awarded Additional Funding for Nurse Anesthesia Trainee Program

Joseph E. Pellegrini, PhD, CRNA, FAAN, associate professor and director of the Nurse Anesthesia specialty at the University of Maryland School of Nursing (UMSON), has been awarded additional funding from the Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) to continue the school’s nurse anesthetist traineeship program. HRSA has increased the amount of the grant award to $78,111.

The trainee program aims to produce a more culturally competent and sensitive Certified Registered Nurse Anesthetist workforce through proper education. Recipients of the grant are full-time nurse anesthesia students who have pledged to serve the medically underserved upon graduation, and the grant covers the cost of their tuition, books, and fees. Approximately 30 percent of all nurse anesthesia programs nationwide receive funding through this grant.

“This grant, which we’ve received for the past 11 years, is important because it helps offset the significant financial burden undertaken by full-time students who are completing a three-year doctoral plan of study,” Pellegrini said. “The grant is important not only to our students, but also to the school because it recognizes the Nurse Anesthesia program as one that promotes diversity and trains nurse anesthetists to work in areas that support the mission of HRSA. This includes meeting the needs of geographically isolated and economically or medically underserved populations.”

HRSA is an agency of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services and the primary federal agency for improving access to health care by strengthening the workforce, building healthy communities, and achieving health equity. Its programs provide health care to people who are geographically isolated or economically or medically vulnerable.

Kevin NashBulletin Board, Education, UMB News, University Life, USGAJuly 17, 20180 comments
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School of Nursing to Launch Care Coordination Certificate Program

The University of Maryland School of Nursing (UMSON) will launch a 12-credit postbaccalaureate Care Coordination Certificate program this fall that will prepare students for the Commission for Case Manager Certification Exam.

Through the new certificate program, students will be trained to meet the growing demand for highly skilled nurse case managers and care coordinators to improve patient care and health outcomes through the design and implementation of care coordination systems.

“Hospitals, insurers, and health systems recognize care coordination as a key strategy in improving patient care outcomes and satisfaction and containing health care costs. It is important for nurses, in concert with other professionals, to adopt reconceptualized roles as care coordinators, health coaches, and system innovators,” said Patricia Zimberg, JD, MS, RN, assistant professor, UMSON. “Achieving this requires that nurses receive greater education in care management, quality improvement, and care coordination processes.”

Students will have access to public health experts and industry leaders who will educate them on how to implement case management processes to coordinate care for clients with complex needs; use state-of-the-art technologies, information systems, and communications to support safe nursing practice; and evaluate the effects of care coordination on patient health outcomes. A growing demand for registered nurses with advanced training and skill in care coordination exists in acute and long-term care facilities, human services agencies, managed care organizations, and community-based settings.

“Registered nurses with advanced didactic and clinical skills in care coordination can play a substantial role in developing, implementing, and leading interprofessional care coordination teams,” Zimberg said. “UMSON’s Certificate in Care Coordination will prepare the registered nurse to coordinate and evaluate care for clients with complex needs across the entire continuum of care, using state-of-the-art technologies, care coordination models, and information systems.”

To complete the program, which will be offered through a mix of on-campus and online formats, students will be required to complete a 45-hour practicum experience in a community-based case management setting. Students can apply up to two of the four certificate classes toward a UMSON master’s degree in Community/Public Health Nursing.

Applicants must be a registered nurse and have a bachelor’s degree or be enrolled in a graduate program at UMSON. Graduate students can complete the certificate concurrently with their other graduate studies. Applications are now being accepted. For more information, call the Office of Admissions at 410-706-0501 (option 2).

Kevin NashBulletin Board, Education, For B'more, UMB News, University Life, USGAJuly 13, 20180 comments
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School of Nursing Dual-Admission Partnerships

School of Nursing, Chesapeake College Sign Dual-Admission Agreement

The School of Nursing and Chesapeake College in Wye Mills, Md., recently signed an agreement of dual admission that will ensure students’ seamless transition from Chesapeake’s Associate Degree in Nursing (ADN) program to UMSON’s Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN) program. Chesapeake becomes the 10th community college in Maryland to sign such an agreement with UMSON.

Through the agreement, students can apply and be admitted to UMSON’s BSN program while in Chesapeake’s ADN program. Students will receive transfer credits from UMSON for completed coursework at Chesapeake and will be granted special student status, allowing them to take UMSON courses while still working on their associate’s degree, thereby saving them time and money in completing their BSN degree.

“This is a tremendous opportunity for students in our nursing program to continue their education in nursing, said Judith Stetson, PhD, RN, director, Chesapeake College/MGW Nursing Program. “Creating a highly educated nursing workforce significantly benefits the individuals, the nursing profession, and the local and global communities we serve.”

An effort to increase qualified nursing candidates, the agreement is helping further the mission of the Future of Nursing: Campaign for Action, an initiative of the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation and the AARP to advance comprehensive health care change. The campaign uses as its framework the landmark 2010 Institute of Medicine report, The Future of Nursing: Leading Change, Advancing Health. Additionally, the partnership program specifically addresses one of the eight goals set forth in the report: to increase the proportion of nurses with a baccalaureate degree to 80 percent by 2020.

“We are excited to begin this new partnership with Chesapeake College. It will provide the opportunity for those nurses and nursing students living on the Eastern Shore to seamlessly transition to the program at UMSON to complete their BSN,” said Linda Murray, DNP, CPNP-Ped, assistant professor and director, RN-to-BSN Program, UMSON.

To matriculate to UMSON’s BSN program, students must graduate with an ADN from Chesapeake and satisfy UMSON’s progression criteria.

Kevin NashBulletin Board, Collaboration, Education, For B'more, UMB News, University Life, USGAJuly 10, 20180 comments
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Jana Goodwin

UMSON’s Goodwin Selected to Leadership for Academic Nursing Program

Jana Goodwin, PhD, RN, CNE, assistant professor and director of the University of Maryland School of Nursing’s (UMSON) Bachelor of Science in Nursing program, has been selected to the American Association of Colleges of Nursing’s (AACN) Leadership for Academic Nursing Program (LANP). Goodwin is preparing to attend a five-day workshop in which she will participate in intensive classes and exercises related to effective academic leadership on July 29-Aug. 2 in Chaska, Minn.

The AACN-sponsored LANP is an executive leadership fellowship tailored specifically for new and emerging executive administrators who aspire to move into senior administrative or executive positions within the nursing academic unit. The yearlong program is designed to prepare a more diverse, younger pool of leaders to shepherd nursing programs across the globe. This professional development experience encompasses an assessment and evaluation of leadership skills, opportunities for strategic networking and case development, consultation for achieving long-term goals, and identification of key partnerships. Fellows also have mentoring opportunities with an experienced dean.

Goodwin is responsible for developing and implementing policies and procedures for the BSN program. She also collaborates with UMSON’s department chairs, faculty, and the Office of Student and Academic Services for curriculum development; faculty mentorship; quality assurance and improvement; program coordination, planning, and evaluation; and student recruitment, retention, and academic progress.

“We congratulate Dr. Goodwin on this honor. She is highly regarded as an emerging leader and has demonstrated significant expertise on issues of diversity, inclusion, and cultural competence with respect to both learning and practice,” said UMSON Dean Jane M. Kirschling, PhD, RN, FAAN. “She is committed to preparing the next generation of nursing professionals to deliver care in a culturally appropriate manner and is a true asset to our program. I look forward to her future contributions as a nurse educator and administrative leader.”

This year, 49 fellows were selected from across 25 states through a competitive application process to participate in the program.

“This is such a great opportunity to be able to participate in a program that focuses on enhancing the leadership skills of nurse educators,” Goodwin said. “The ability to share ideas and to network with other nurse leaders will be an invaluable experience. I believe that the skills and mentorship gained will be essential to my role as the BSN director at the School of Nursing.”

AACN is a unique asset for the nation that serves the public interest by setting standards, providing resources, and developing the leadership capacity of member schools to advance nursing education, research, and practice. By 2020, as a driving force for quality health care, AACN will leverage member schools in meeting the demand for innovation and leadership in nursing education, research, and practice.

Kevin NashBulletin Board, Education, People, UMB News, University Life, USGAJune 29, 20180 comments
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Save the Date: TEDx is coming to UMB on November 9

The Next Big Ideas: TEDx Is Coming to UMB

The TEDx Program, which was formed in 2009 to help communities, organizations, and individuals spark conversation and connection, is coming to the University of Maryland, Baltimore (UMB).

On Friday, Nov. 9, from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the SMC Campus Center, speakers will make TEDx presentations related to the theme of “Improving the Human Condition,” a primary piece of UMB’s mission statement.

TEDx Talks should express great, well-formed ideas. These can be a new and surprising idea or a great basic idea presented with a compelling new argument behind it that challenges beliefs and perspectives. In other words, TEDx is for ideas that are more than stories or lists of facts. It’s for ideas that take evidence and observations and use them to draw larger conclusions.

TEDx rules allow only 100 attendees at the event, so a lottery system is being used to acquire tickets. Details will be available later on UMB’s Tedx website, where you also will find links to learn more about the TEDx Program.

If you’re interested in being a speaker — and you are urged to make us laugh or make us cry! — apply before July 16 at  Finalists will be contacted for an exploratory interview, and speaker selections will be made by Aug. 15. TEDx Talks are 18 minutes maximum.

UMB is proud to be joining the 15,000 TEDx events that have been held in every corner of the world and solicited 1 billion views online.

Communication and Public AffairsBulletin Board, Contests, Education, People, UMB News, University Administration, University Life, USGAJune 27, 20180 comments
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UMB Commencement Moves to Thursday Morning in 2019

The 2019 Universitywide commencement of the University of Maryland, Baltimore (UMB) graduation festivities will come first, rather than last, in what UMB President Jay A. Perman, MD, called “a simple reversal” aimed at attracting more graduates to the ceremony at Royal Farms Arena.

The two-day graduation celebration at UMB has begun with the individual convocations of the six professional schools and the hooding ceremony held by the interdisciplinary Graduate School. “Our students understandably have a great deal of attachment to their individual school convocations, and that needs to be left alone,” Perman said at his quarterly Q&A open to the UMB community on June 19. “I still remember my own medical school graduation.

“Having said that, and consistent with my theme of this being one University, we have to do better in terms of attendance at the Universitywide graduation. It’s a place where we come together. Since I arrived in 2010, I have been asking, ‘What can we do to attract more folks to the Universitywide ceremony?’ ”

For many years, the Universitywide commencement has been held on Friday afternoons, after all the individual convocations and a Party in the Park. “I understand people want to get out of town and they want to celebrate,” Perman said of the attendance on Friday afternoons. “But I want people at the University graduation, too.”

So on Thursday morning, May 16, 2019, the Universitywide commencement, where graduates officially receive their diplomas, will begin UMB’s two-day graduation celebration. “I just shared that with the deans before this Q&A,” Perman said, “and I’m happy to share this with you now.”

— Chris Zang

Chris ZangUMB News, University Administration, University Life, USGAJune 25, 20180 comments
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Volunteers Needed for Experimental Avian Influenza Vaccine Study

The University of Maryland Center for Vaccine Development and Global Health is conducting an experimental avian influenza vaccine study.

You may be eligible if you are 19 years or older and in good health.

Participation is about 13 months, and you will receive two vaccinations. Compensation is up to $1,200. For more information, call 410-706-6156.

Leslie JamkaABAE, Bulletin Board, Clinical Care, Community Service, Education, People, Research, UMB News, University Life, USGAJune 21, 20180 comments
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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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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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Joseph R. Proulx

Retired School of Nursing Professor Awarded Professor Emeritus Status

Joseph R. Proulx, EdD, RN, has been appointed professor emeritus by University of Maryland, Baltimore (UMB) President Jay A. Perman, MD. Proulx served as a faculty member at the University of Maryland School of Nursing (UMSON) for 44 years, including 37 at the rank of full professor with tenure. He retired in December 2015.

A professor emeritus is a retired faculty member who has demonstrated an exemplary record of service to the school and to the profession. The faculty member also must express a desire to continue to support the school’s mission.

“After working for the School of Nursing for over 40 years, I never expected such an honor. To say I was shocked is an understatement. I appreciate Dean (Jane) Kirschling and all others who made this honor possible,” Proulx said. “There is an old saying from an educator: ‘By your students you shall be taught,’ and indeed, I have learned a lot. I will always treasure the fond memories of my classroom interactions with all of the wonderful students who have crossed my path.”

During his tenure at UMSON, Proulx developed and taught graduate core courses for the Health Services Leadership and Management master’s program. He served on the Committee on Appointments, Promotions, and Tenure; Graduate Admissions Committee; Graduate Curriculum Committee; Master’s Program Committee; Specialty Coordinators Committee; and Faculty Council. He was instrumental in designing and implementing the dual-degree offerings for the MS/MBA and the former PhD/MBA from UMSON and the University of Baltimore’s Merrick School of Business, serving as a co-principal. Proulx was also a member of the UMB planning group for an interdisciplinary course on conflict management offered by UMSON and the schools of Medicine, Law, and Social Work.

“We congratulate Dr. Proulx on this well-deserved honor. Throughout his career at the School of Nursing, he gave generously of his time through teaching, mentoring students, and service to the School and University,” said UMSON Dean Jane M. Kirschling, PhD, RN, FAAN. “We are very fortunate that Dr. Proulx chose to share his 44-year career with us and that he also shared his considerable expertise with such a wide array of community programs, educational institutions, and professional organizations. It is no surprise that he continues to be much loved by his former students and mentees and highly esteemed by his faculty colleagues.”

Regionally, Proulx has shared his expertise as a consultant to other nursing programs, including those at the Veterans Affairs Medical Center, MedStar Montgomery Medical Center, the Maryland Institute of Emergency Medical Services Systems, George Mason University, Salisbury University, Georgetown University, and the University of Southeastern Louisiana. He also received the Award for Distinguished Achievement in Nursing Service from Columbia University’s Nursing Education Alumni Association of the Teachers College in 1985, and in 1989, he was named honorable mention for the Outstanding Educator Award from the Maryland Association for Higher Education.

Since his retirement, Proulx has continued to lecture at UMSON, teaching one class per semester as needed.

Kevin NashBulletin Board, Education, People, UMB News, University Life, USGAJune 5, 20180 comments
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Linda Diaconis

Diaconis Named Specialty Director of Nursing’s HSLM Master’s Program

Jane M. Kirschling, PhD, RN, FAAN, dean of the University of Maryland School of Nursing (UMSON), has appointed assistant professor Linda Diaconis, PhD, MS ’95, BSN ’92, RN, specialty director of the Health Services Leadership and Management (HSLM) master’s program. The appointment was effective June 1.

“It is an honor to have been appointed, and as an alumna of the program, I know how important it is to build upon the strong foundation of nursing education in preparing our future health care leaders,” Diaconis said. “I am really looking forward to collaborating with colleagues and our partner institutions to foster a teaching and learning environment that inspires students to excel in scholarship and the practice of nursing.”

Since her arrival in 2013, Diaconis has been engaged in teaching, research initiatives, and service activities in the HSLM Master of Science specialty, ranked No. 4 in the nation by U.S. News & World Report. In her new role, Diaconis will maintain the integrity of the HSLM program by providing curricular leadership and guidance. She also will continue to recruit, advise, teach, and mentor students.

“Dr. Diaconis is fully engaged in the mission of our school and is very familiar with the workings of the HSLM specialty,” said Kathleen Michael, PhD, RN, CRRN, associate professor and chair of the Department of Organizational Systems and Adult Health, in which the HSLM program resides. “Over the years, Dr. Diaconis has demonstrated that she is a committed teacher, research co-investigator, committee member, and professional association leader who exercises mature, authentic leadership. She is conscientious by nature, and with her strong attention to detail and ability to work with many personalities to achieve positive results, I am confident that she will be an asset in this important role.”

The HSLM master’s specialty prepares students to lead in today’s complex health care environment or to become a nurse educator. Students choose a leadership and management, business, or education focus and take advantage of practica placements with leaders at hospitals and health care systems, universities and community colleges, national and state agencies, and more.

Diaconis earned a PhD in education from the University of Maryland, College Park and Master of Science and Bachelor of Science in Nursing degrees from UMSON.

Kevin NashBulletin Board, Education, People, UMB News, University Life, USGAJune 4, 20180 comments
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School of Nursing Dual-Admission Partnerships

School of Nursing, BCCC Sign Dual-Admission Agreement

The University of Maryland School of Nursing (UMSON) and Baltimore City Community College (BCCC) recently signed an agreement of dual admission. BCCC becomes the ninth community college in Maryland to sign such an agreement with UMSON.

Through the agreement, students can apply and be admitted to UMSON’s Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN) program while in BCCC’s Associate Degree in Nursing (ADN) program. Students will receive transfer credits from UMSON for completed coursework at BCCC and will be granted special student status, allowing them to take UMSON courses while still working on their associate degree, thereby saving them time and money in completing their BSN degree.

“This partnership with UMSON creates a smooth transition for BCCC students who are enrolled in our ADN program to obtain their BSN degree,” said Scott Olden, MS, RN, dean, School of Nursing and Health Professions, BCCC.

An effort to increase qualified nursing candidates, the agreement is helping further the mission of  Future of Nursing: Campaign for Action, an initiative of the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation and the AARP to advance comprehensive health care change. The campaign uses as its framework the landmark 2010 Institute of Medicine report, “The Future of Nursing: Leading Change, Advancing Health.” The partnership program specifically addresses one of the eight goals set forth in the report: to increase the proportion of nurses with a baccalaureate degree to 80 percent by 2020.

“UMSON faculty and staff welcome the opportunity to work with the BCCC community to provide an avenue for its ADN students to earn their BSN degrees,” said Linda Murray, DNP, CPNP-Ped, assistant professor and director, RN-to-BSN Program, UMSON. “We are looking forward to working together to advise the nursing students at BCCC on how to successfully enhance their skills as they progress through the program.”

To matriculate to UMSON’s BSN program, students must graduate with an ADN from BCCC and satisfy UMSON’s progression criteria.

Kevin NashBulletin Board, Collaboration, Education, For B'more, UMB News, University Life, USGAMay 23, 20180 comments
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Graduate Students Give Voice to Universal Health Care Debate

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.

On April 24, two teams composed of graduate students from the Department of Epidemiology at the University of Maryland School of Medicine and the Department of Pharmaceutical Health Services Research (PHSR) at the University of Maryland School of Pharmacy engaged in a professional dialogue about the advantages and disadvantages of the Medicare Access for All Bill (HR 676) proposed to Congress in 2015, which would mandate that all individuals residing in the U.S., including any territories, be covered under the Medicare for All Program, entitling them to a universal, best quality standard of health care. The debate was motivated by recent political discussions, which have strongly argued for health care to be recognized as a human right.

While some proponents of the bill are in favor of moving to a single-payer national health care program to help resolve America’s health care crisis, others have expressed concerns about having a single-payer health care system. For example, the annual report published by the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services in 2015 revealed that its Part A trust fund (hospital insurance) will be exhausted in the next 15 years. This would, in turn, lead to a cut in benefits and increased payroll taxes or a diversion of funds from the rest of the federal budget to cover the nation’s health care.

Analyzing the Issue from All Sides

In light of these discussions, the student chapters of the International Society of Pharmacoepidemiology (ISPE) and the International Society of Pharmacoeconomics and Outcomes Research (ISPOR) at the University of Maryland, Baltimore (UMB) organized a formal discussion around this topic and gained insights from participants, judges, and the audience on potential ways to advance health care in the United States.

The participants were required to debate on two key aspects of the bill:

  • Eligibility criteria and covered health services
  • Financing for the program

The debate was conducted such that each team delivered its opening statement, which was followed by  arguments for or against the eligibility requirements and costs that this bill would incur or save. The teams also had an opportunity to rebut the opposing side’s argument. The debate ended with each team delivering a closing statement.

The debate was judged by local leaders in health policy, including:

  • Lauren Wagner, PhD, MS, deputy director of clinical quality management for the Ryan White HIV/AIDS Part A and Minority AIDS Initiative Program at the Baltimore City Health Department
  • Raimee Eck, MPH, MPA, PhD, CPH, president of the Maryland Public Health Association (MdPHA)
  • Ryan Mutter, PhD, assistant professor of health economics at the University of Maryland, Baltimore County (UMBC)

In addition, the audience had an opportunity to submit paper ballots with their vote for the team they thought won the debate. The three judges used this feedback, along with their own insight, to select the winning team.

Putting Forth a Persuasive Argument

Team A — which included Chigoziem Oguh, Rachana Regmi, and Christina Greene, graduate students in the Department of Epidemiology at the School of Medicine — was in favor of the bill. Their key arguments addressed improving what it called a “disjointed” health care system, including coverage for mental health and substance abuse care, which can vary by state, and moving toward a more streamlined national health care system. The premise of their argument was that uniform access to care would help reduce disparities and ultimately improve health outcomes.

Team B — which included Martin Calabrese, Kyungwan Hong, and Bansri Desai, graduate students in the PhD in PHSR Program at the School of Pharmacy — opposed the bill. Their key argument was that the bill could lead to a decline in quality of health care with no impetus for innovation. They insisted that the bill provided few specifics on exactly how a “Medicare for all” system would be implemented and funded. For example, would such a generous health care system lead to increased taxes for U.S. citizens? Of note, Team B was not opposed to the concept of a national health care system; however, it thought that this bill lacked important details about the implementation of such a system, and thus, it could not support it without the aforementioned issues being addressed.

Lessons from which Everyone Can Benefit

At the end of the debate, Team B was deemed the winner based on the judges’ decisions and input from the audience poll.

Through this debate, the UMB student chapters of ISPE and ISPOR aimed to encourage discussion and conversation as tools for shaping a health care system that can be beneficial for all stakeholders. The event also served as a platform for participants and audience members to network with local leaders in health policy.  

However, we would be remiss not to acknowledge that discussions about issues like Medicare for all, free-market health care, and the Affordable Care Act all seek to address the same issue — financing health care for all U.S. citizens. Our country needs fresh conversation on how to repair our health care system, and a system that can simplify health care delivery and provide all individuals with access to basic health care services at a reasonable cost will win the day.

— Aakash Gandhi, PHSR graduate student, vice president of the UMB ISPE student chapter, and secretary of the UMB ISPOR chapter

Aakash GandhiEducation, University Life, USGAMay 16, 20180 comments
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HS/HSL Information on Access to Resources for UMB Graduates

As the academic year comes to a close, the Health Sciences and Human Services Library would like graduating students to know what resources they can use after graduation.

Journals and databases: Alumni retain access to HS/HSL’s electronic resources for two months after graduation. After that, you will need to visit the Library to use the on-site computers.

RefWorks: If you have saved references in RefWorks, consider migrating them to a freely available tool so you do not lose them when your access expires two months after graduation. Two free options, Mendeley and Zotero, are described on our Other Citation Managers page.

Free databases: Once your electronic access expires, you will still have access to public databases for literature, drug information, and more. A few examples are highlighted here in the May 2018 Connective Issues. Additionally, be sure to investigate what resources you have through your new workplace and any professional organizations of which you are a member.

Everly BrownEducation, Research, University Life, USGAMay 14, 20180 comments
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