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Student Volunteers Bring Health Care to Uninsured Patients

On Nov. 19, student pharmacists from the University of Maryland School of Pharmacy commenced their first educational volunteer session at the Islamic Society of Baltimore (ISB) Health Clinic. Focused on the topics of hypertension and diabetes, the session offered student volunteers an opportunity to work alongside the clinic’s attending physician and provide important health education to uninsured patients. Students also provided patient counseling services and emphasized the importance of medication adherence.

Health Education Committee: A Programmatic Initiative

Throughout this year, members of the executive board for the Muslim Students and Scholars Association (MSSA), a Universitywide organization, have worked to plan, develop, and implement four key programmatic initiatives that aim to better our provision of spiritual and social support to individuals, starting right here at University of Maryland, Baltimore (UMB). One of the outreach initiatives established is the Health Education Committee, which arranges health services and education for underprivileged communities and hosts health fairs for local residents. As president of the MSSA, I researched communities we could potentially partner with and came across the ISB Health Clinic, which works to promote health and wellness by providing quality services, at no cost, to people without access to basic health care. I reached out to ISB operations personnel and proposed establishing a community partnership that would involve UMB students of various disciplines collaborating with the health care professionals at the ISB Health Clinic to optimize patient care.

Working with Medical Professionals and Patients

The ISB Council – including ISB President Ed Tori, MD, and ISB physicians Shahida Siddiqui, MD, Muhammad Younus, MD, and Yahya Shaikh, MD, – reviewed our proposal, discussed with us our scope of practice as students, and approved the collaboration.

Waleed Khan, a third-year student pharmacist, and I began our educational volunteer session at the clinic. We had the honor of working under the supervision of Siddiqui to provide effective instructional sessions to patients with hypertension and/or diabetes. After patients completed their consultation appointment with Siddiqui, they visited with Waleed and me to address any specific health-related questions they might have as well as gain a better understanding of their condition. Waleed and I put our multilingual skills to use as needed to ensure that patients understood the information we provided. We also developed concise and up-to-date infographics for each condition, evaluated the extent of each patient’s health literacy as related to his or her condition, and clarified their perceptions of their disease, as appropriate.

Looking Ahead

We are planning more educational volunteer sessions for the ISB Health Clinic, which will be held during clinic hours: Mondays, 6-8 p.m.; Wednesdays, 6-8 p.m.; and Sundays, 11 a.m.-1 p.m. UMB students of all health disciplines are welcome to participate in this outreach initiative, and up to two students are able to volunteer during each time slot. Before each time slot, the two students leading the session are asked to study and create infographics focused on the disease state(s)/condition(s) designated for their week.

Interdisciplinary Health Fair on Dec. 9

Additionally, Younus has invited UMB students to collaborate with ISB and the Baltimore County Muslim Council (BCMC) to put together a large interdisciplinary health fair on Saturday, Dec. 9, from 10 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. This will be a great opportunity for students to volunteer with a wide range of underserved communities, practice the health screening skills that they’ve learned, and network with a multitude of health care professionals. Students interested in volunteering to assist with this event can contact Saleem Ahmad at 410-369-6590 for details.

– Ghania Naeem, third-year student pharmacist

  
Ghania Naeem Community Service, For B'more, University LifeDecember 6, 20170 comments
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Presentation on Development of Infectivity-Selective Oncolytic Adenoviruses

Masato Yamamoto, MD, PhD, will hold a presentation on Development of Infectivity-Selective Oncolytic Adenoviruses on Monday, Dec. 11, noon to 1 p.m. in the sixth floor conference room of the Department of Orthopaedics, 110 S. Paca-Pratt Building.

Yamamoto is professor and director of Basic and Translational Research Labs in the Department of Surgery at the University of Minnesota. His lab is one of the leading labs in the field of development of adenovirus vector-based cancer therapeutics. They have recently developed a novel vector production method that enables generation of high-diversity adenoviral library for high throughput screen targeting many motifs. They have successfully applied replication competent adenoviruses to therapeutic gene transfer at high level in the cancer cells.

 

 

 

 

 

  
Masato Yamamoto For B'more, ResearchNovember 28, 20170 comments
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Staff Senate’s Thanksgiving Basket Drive a Success

The UMB Staff Senate’s Community Outreach Committee led another successful, month-long Thanksgiving Basket Drive, right on the tail of its hugely successful Back to School Drive, to benefit families in the University’s neighboring communities.

Many of the benefactors were neighbors who frequent the UMB Community Engagement Center for activities and programs such as weekly line dancing, legal clinics, workforce initiatives, and other programming at the direct request of UMB’s neighbors.

Collection bins were placed in buildings around campus and monitored by senators designated for each location. This year, donations supported more than 120 local families that included CURE Scholar families, Community Engagement Center stakeholders, and families with children attending West Baltimore K-12 partner schools.

  
Brian Sturdivant Community Service, For B'more, PeopleNovember 27, 20172 comments
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The President’s Message

Check out the November issue of The President’s Message. It includes Dr. Perman’s column on UMB’s outreach to alumni, a wrap-up of Founders Week, Derreck Kayongo’s Politics and Policy presentation, MPower seed grant recipients and an award for the BioPark, stories on RISING Baltimore and the schools’ Mission of Mercy community service, a safety tip, and a roundup of student, faculty, and staff achievements.

  
Chris Zang Bulletin Board, Clinical Care, Collaboration, Community Service, Contests, Education, For B'more, People, Research, Technology, UMB News, University Life, USGANovember 10, 20170 comments
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Get a 20 Percent Discount on Everyman Theatre Tickets

Everyman Theatre, a professional theater with a resident company of artists from the Baltimore-Washington area, offers UMB faculty, staff, and students a 20 percent discount on tickets (except for  previews and opening-night performances).

Each season of plays is carefully curated to foster a diverse range of human experiences found in a mix of dramas and comedies selected from timeless classics to world premieres.

To see upcoming plays and ticket availability, please go to UMB’s Everyman Theatre web page.

  
Alice Powell Bulletin Board, For B'more, People, University LifeNovember 9, 20170 comments
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Broadway 101 Event at Hippodrome: Learn to Sing with Becky Mossing

Bring your best voice, learn basic techniques, and learn a Broadway favorite by joining Becky Mossing for a one-hour vocal workshop at the Hippodrome Theatre on Nov. 16 at noon as part of the UMB Council for the Arts & Culture’s Broadway 101 Brown Bag Lunch Series.

Mossing is a graduate of the Baltimore School for the Arts and New York University’s Tisch School of the Arts, where she received an Outstanding Achievement Award in musical theater. She received a Master of Arts in Teaching from Goucher College in 2000. She has worked as an actor off-Broadway, in national tours, and in regional theater. She also has taught acting and/or musical theater classes at Everyman Theatre, Summer Stock Performing Arts Camp, and New York’s Musical Theatre Works, Inc. She is currently co-director of The Hippodrome Foundation’s summer theater camp. Her cabaret performances can be seen regularly in the Baltimore area.

To attend this event, register here.

For more on the Council for the Arts & Culture, check out its web page.

 

 

 

 

  
Alice Powell Bulletin Board, For B'more, People, University LifeNovember 8, 20170 comments
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Nursing’s Mueller-Burke and Colleagues to Assess Sedation Safety in Children

A 6-year old is experiencing a medical issue that doctors are unable to properly diagnose without ordering an MRI. On average, an MRI lasts 30 minutes to an hour and requires patients to lie completely still in a narrow, enclosed space — a tall task for a young child. In cases like these, and for other medical or dental procedures, sedation is often used to allow providers to treat children, especially those younger than 7. While sedating a child may allow for successful diagnosis and/or treatment, there are risks. According to a 2015 report in Pediatric Critical Care Medicine, approximately 5 percent of children suffer life-threatening, adverse events while sedated during a procedure.

When colleagues at the University of Maryland Medical Center (UMMC) approached Dawn Mueller-Burke, PhD ’01, MS ’98, CRNP, NNP-BC, assistant professor, University of Maryland School of Nursing (UMSON), to investigate how children undergoing procedures are being monitored for safe and adequate sedation, it was a well-matched collaboration, as Mueller-Burke had previously worked on a National Institutes of Health-funded grant regarding sedation in UMMC’s pediatric ICU.

Now, Mueller-Burke is teaming with fellow UMSON faculty member Shari Simone, DNP ’11, MS ’96, CRNP-AC, PPCNP-BC, FCCM, FAANP, assistant professor; and UMMC colleagues Peggy Dorr, DNP, CPNP, pediatric nurse practitioner, Pediatric Sedation Service, and Karen Kaiser, PhD, RN, clinical practice coordinator, Oncology, Pain, and Palliative Care, on a $14,800 UMNursing Collaborative Grant for the joint research project, “Testing Reliability, Validity and Clinical Utility of the Richmond Agitation and Sedation Scale in Spontaneously Breathing Children Undergoing a Procedure,” which they hope will prevent future sedation/agitation complications in a young population.

The Richmond Agitation and Sedation Scale (RASS) can accurately assess mechanically ventilated, sedated, pediatric critically ill patients. Mueller-Burke and the UMMC team will determine the validity, reliability, and clinical utility of RASS when used by nurses in the largest pediatric population of spontaneously breathing children to be assessed to date. Using a single tool across an institution’s care settings may reduce the risk of communication errors due to misinterpretation by providers and staff in different settings. Mueller-Burke expects the team’s findings to be applicable to a large procedural sedation population and allow description of procedural sedation patterns, both priorities of a national pediatric sedation professional organization.

“It’s great to see UMSON and UMMC nurses collaborating on a nursing project that has clear nursing outcomes. It’s really important to determine if the tools nurses use to assess children are good for the task. If they’re not, we need to adjust them or develop others,” said Erika Friedmann, PhD, professor and associate dean of research, UMSON. “This research will make a meaningful contribution to nursing practice and quality of care for vulnerable children as they undergo procedures required to diagnose and treat their health conditions.”

In addition to being exposed to sedatives during procedures more frequently than are adults, children are at risk for adverse events while receiving sedative or analgesic medications because they require a deeper level of sedation and their physiology places them at higher risk for respiratory depression and hypoxia (Cravero, et al., 2006). Although clinical judgment is important, the use of a reliable, valid, clinically useful sedation/agitation tool is critical in determining a young patient’s sedation needs. This routine assessment should minimize adverse effects associated with the sedation medications used.

“As a faculty member of the School of Nursing, I’m embracing the opportunity to work with an incredible cadre of nurse scientists and clinicians from UMMC where this idea was born. I look forward to this special opportunity as a joint collaboration between the School of Nursing and UMMC to enable multiple educational opportunities for our doctoral students,” Mueller-Burke said. “Linking arms with our fellow DNP and PhD colleagues and the bridging of academic and UMMC resources and expertise exemplifies the goal of true translation of best evidence to practice.”

 

  
Kevin Nash Bulletin Board, Clinical Care, Collaboration, Education, For B'more, People, Research, UMB News, University Life, USGANovember 6, 20170 comments
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Holiday Market and Wellness Expo Features Handmade Gifts, Expert Lectures

The Institute for Integrative Health is holding its In Good Health Holiday Market and Wellness Expo on Nov. 18, featuring more than 30 local artisans selling unique handmade gifts and experts lecturing throughout the day, including Alessio Fasano, MD, and many UMB faculty members.

Fasano, a renowned expert on gluten-related disorders, will deliver a keynote address at 10:30 a.m. See how to make a gluten-free pie crust from Jules Shepard, founder of gfJules, at 11:40 a.m., and learn about Ayurveda from Susan’s Kitchen & Breathe Ayurveda at 3 p.m. Other speakers include UM School of Medicine Center for Integrative Medicine team members Chris D’Adamo, PhD; Delia Chiaramonte, MD; Kelli Bethel, PT; and Blaine Guelde, CRNP.

You also can enjoy wine tasting from noon to 3 p.m. courtesy of Opici Family Distributing; relax with massage and/or acupuncture, nosh on food samples, and spend quality time in the Kids Zone.

The Institute for Integrative Health is located at 1407 Fleet St. in Baltimore. The event runs from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., and admission is free. There also is a $15 VIP breakfast that begins at 9 a.m. Reserve your spot here.

The Center for Integrative Medicine is proud to be a bronze sponsor for this event.

To learn more about this event, click here.

  
Rebekah Owens Bulletin Board, Collaboration, Community Service, Education, For B'more, People, University LifeNovember 6, 20170 comments
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Diversity Recognition Award Nominations Sought

The President’s Diversity Advisory Council (DAC) at UMB is requesting nominations for the 2018 Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Diversity Recognition Awards.

The awards honor individual or group achievement in the areas of diversity and inclusiveness at UMB. The recipients serve as models for the campus of personal and professional commitment to the ideals of equality, justice, and opportunity for all people epitomized by Dr. King’s life and work.

Individuals or groups will be recognized in three categories:

• Outstanding UMB faculty or unit.
• Outstanding UMB staff or unit.
• Outstanding UMB student or student group.

In addition to the underlying principles outlined above, the DAC will use the criteria on the attached nomination form when evaluating potential honorees. Those making nominations are encouraged to address as many of the criteria as appropriate. Self-nominations are acceptable.

Nominations must be received by the close of business Nov. 22, 2017.

You may submit your nominations online at the 2018 MLK Diversity Awards Nominations page.

Or, you may send nominations to:
Vanessa Fahie, PhD, RN
DAC MLK Jr. Award Committee Chair
School of Nursing
655 W. Lombard St., Room 475C
Baltimore, MD 21201

  
Vanessa Fahie Clinical Care, Collaboration, Education, For B'more, People, UMB News, University Life, USGANovember 2, 20170 comments
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Help the West Baltimore Community at Project Feast on Thanksgiving Day

For 28 years, University of Maryland School of Medicine students have coordinated Project Feast, a community event in West Baltimore that provides free Thanksgiving meals, clothing, and health resources to those in need.

This year’s Project Feast will take place Thanksgiving Day (Nov. 23) from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. at Booker T. Washington Middle School (1301 McCulloh St., Baltimore, 21217). We will be passing out meals and clothes and providing health information during the event.

This has always been a  rewarding experience for those involved, and we look forward to having volunteers from all of the UMB schools. For more information please visit our website or send us an email.

  
Lillian Assatourian Bulletin Board, Collaboration, Community Service, For B'more, People, UMB News, USGANovember 1, 20170 comments
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HS/HSL Provides Online Toolkit for Aspiring Entrepreneurs

The Health Sciences and Human Services Library (HS/HSL) has put together a toolkit of information for entrepreneurs and innovators on campus interested in learning more about intellectual property, starting a company, innovating, and other related topics.

The guide was constructed with the help of innovative individuals at UMB and is a work in progress — to be updated with future suggestions from innovators around campus who would like to contribute to the toolkit.

If you know of a resource that would make a nice addition to the toolkit, please email the HS/HSL at entre@hshsl.umaryland.edu. If you are including a web page or a website that you are directly responsible for, please include a note with permission to link to it.

  
Everly Brown Clinical Care, Collaboration, Community Service, Education, For B'more, People, Research, Technology, UMB NewsNovember 1, 20170 comments
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Gift Pays for Community College Nursing Students’ Accelerated Courses

The University of Maryland School of Nursing (UMSON) is covering the cost of its Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN) courses for community college students participating in its Dual-Admission Partnership with seven community colleges statewide. Funds from a gift from Bill and Joanne Conway through their Bedford Falls Foundation make possible this opportunity for students to begin taking courses toward their BSN degree at no cost while completing their Associate Degree in Nursing (ADN). The funds will be available for the spring, summer, and fall 2018 semesters.

Maryland is one of four states predicted to experience a shortage of 10,000 registered nurses or more by 2025. As a result, the Maryland Action Coalition (MDAC) is focusing on ensuring the state has a well-educated nursing workforce as it promotes several pathways to academic progression, one of which is the dual-admission articulation model that allows students to apply and be admitted to a BSN program while in an ADN program at a community college.

“Financial aid is a key barrier for students. Unfortunately, students receiving financial aid for their associate degree program are unable to receive the financial aid required for the BSN courses,” said Nina Trocky, DNP, RN, NE-BC, CNE, assistant professor and associate dean for the baccalaureate program. “These scholarship monies remove that barrier and facilitate seamless academic progression.”

In response to MDAC’s plan, UMSON began its Dual-Admission Partnership program in 2015. UMSON has agreements with Anne Arundel Community College, Carroll Community College, Cecil Community College, College of Southern Maryland, Frederick Community College, Montgomery College, and Prince George’s Community College. Through these partnerships, students enrolled in an ADN program receive transfer credits from UMSON for completed coursework at the community college. Students  then are granted special student status, allowing them to take UMSON courses while still working on their associate degree in nursing, thereby saving them time and money while completing their BSN degree. To matriculate into UMSON’s BSN program, students must graduate with an ADN from one of the community colleges and satisfy UMSON’s progression criteria.

“Through the generosity of the Conways, we are able to provide financial assistance to students who wish to begin taking BSN courses as they complete their Associate Degree in Nursing,” said UMSON Dean Jane M. Kirschling, PhD, RN, FAAN, who serves as co-chair of MDAC. “This will significantly expand opportunities for students and support our efforts to increase the number of baccalaureate-educated nurses throughout Maryland.”

An effort to increase qualified nursing candidates, the Dual-Admission Partnership 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 launched action coalitions, of which MDAC is one, in all 50 states and Washington, D.C., and 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.

  
Kevin Nash Bulletin Board, Collaboration, Education, For B'more, People, UMB News, University Life, USGANovember 1, 20170 comments
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With Hard Work and Passion for Kids, Kareem Wins Employee of the Month

When asked if she ever gets overwhelmed as the assistant director and curriculum coordinator for the University of Maryland, Baltimore (UMB) CURE Scholars Program, Lauren Kareem, MEd, smiles serenely and admits, “Every day.”

But you would never know it.

“Her calm and reassuring temperament is an asset in our high-energy, fast-paced, often-precarious community outreach work environment,” said Robin Saunders, EdD, MS, executive director of the UMB CURE Scholars Program.

Kareem recently was named UMB Employee of the Month for October and was surprised with the award by President Jay A. Perman, MD.

“I want you to know what people said about you, and I pulled out a few phrases — consummate professional, seeking additional responsibilities, attending to details, tireless work ethic,” Perman said. “I have seen those things in action … and your passion for the kids.”

Kareem has been with the University since June 2016. Previously, she spent five years teaching science, math, and special education in Boston and Washington, D.C. She was looking to teach robotics over the summer when she learned about this position.

“I thought, ‘That’s very, very cool,’ ” she said.

Her primary responsibility involves creating curriculum and activities for UMB’s Continuing Umbrella of Research Experiences (CURE), a pipeline program that is preparing 80 West Baltimore middle schoolers for health and research careers this year and will continue with an additional 25 middle schoolers each year while funding is available. She also is responsible for communicating with the parents and families of students in the program, the teachers and principals at the three feeder schools, and the University partners and stakeholders. She even does a little teaching occasionally, explaining that no two days are the same.

“I love how dynamic it is and the amount of freedom I have. As a teacher, I had my hands tied a lot,” she said. “[Here] I have a lot of latitude to do what is best for the students, to be creative. … I feel like the job is so important. It matters, and it makes a huge difference and is incredibly fulfilling.”

Saunders said that Kareem relates well with students, parents, teachers, colleagues, and community partners. When asked to describe her, one mom of a CURE scholar said, “You can tell she really cares about my son because she sends out weekly messages and responds to all my calls. She has helped him to work hard and helped our family get through hard times.”

Kelly Quinn, PhD, coordinator of UMB’s Community Engagement Center, said Kareem is “excellent” to work with.

“Part of what I admire is how she nurtures these relationships with families, cheering for their successes and helping through challenges,” Quinn said. “Our work is hard, and Lauren makes things go smoother with grace and humor.”

Kareem admits that the job can be stressful and she puts in long hours, including evenings and most weekends.

“The amount of work she handles truly is astounding and yet she gives the appearance of handling things seamlessly and without deviating from UMB’s standards of excellence,” said Malinda Hughes, BSN, MA, chief of staff in the Office of Academic Affairs and the Graduate School as well as a UMB CURE mentor to several middle school scholars.

Kareem credits her mentor teachers for her work ethic. She explained that as a teacher, you don’t get much recognition for the work you do. At UMB, however, there are amazing resources and an incredibly supportive team that is passionate about its job and the program’s goals and missions. She was surprised to win the Employee of the Month award, but reassured that she must be doing the job well.

“It requires a lot of effort to do it the right way, but our children are worth it,” Kareem said. “It’s definitely a labor of love for me. There is no way I could do this if it weren’t.”

— Betsy Stein

  
Betsy Stein Collaboration, For B'more, People, UMB NewsNovember 1, 20170 comments
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