Pharmacy faculty members receive ACCP Teaching and Learning Certificates

Drs. Ashton Beggs and Elisa Greene, assistant professors of pharmacy practice, recently received American College of Clinical Pharmacy Teaching and Learning Certificates.  This program, established in 2006, is an effort to assist in the recruitment, motivation and preparation of clinical educators who can inspire students to advance the profession of pharmacy.

Beggs and Greene attended two live meetings with interactive workshops focused on education in the didactic and experiential settings. Additionally, online courses were required throughout the year. To successfully complete the program, faculty members created an online formative portfolio to demonstrate teaching growth as a result of the program. This year, the program graduated 33 faculty members from across the country.

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School of Nursing Leads the Way at Tennessee Nurses Association Meeting

A group of students and faculty from Belmont’s School of Nursing attended the Tennessee Nurses Association meeting Oct. 23-25 in Franklin. The conference, entitled “Nursing Ethics: Commitment, Compassion, Quality Care,” featured a legislative panel with Tennessee legislators, keynote speakers and podium and poster presentations from nursing students and leaders from around the state.

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Assistant Professor of Nursing Dr. Sandy Murabito was installed as president of the organization, having served the past year as president-elect, Assistant Professor of Nursing Dr. Donna Copenhaver was elected as secretary and Instructor of Nursing Tracy Wilson continues on the state-wide nominating committee. Earlier in the month, Assistant Professor of Nursing Dr. Loretta Bond was elected as vice president for the Nashville district. Additionally, a total of 8 students participated in the jointly held Tennessee Association of Student Nurses conference and participated in shared educational sessions.

TNA’s Executive Director Sharon Adkins said, “I am delighted that Sandy has assumed the presidency and am sure that under her strong leadership, TNA will make an even greater impact on our profession and the health of our citizens.”

During the annual gala on Saturday, Oct. 24, Professor of Nursing Dr. Leslie Higgins was presented with the Award of Excellence for Nursing Education.

Belmont Health Science Students attend Global Missions Conference

Shelby Blalock, a doctoral student in pharmacy, adds a marker for Guatemala on a world map at the conference which represented mission trips of participants. Shelby’s interest in missions was reinforced during a Belmont Health Science mission trip to the country earlier this year.

Shelby Blalock, a doctoral student in pharmacy, adds a marker for Guatemala on a world map at the conference which represented mission trips of participants. Shelby’s interest in missions was reinforced during a Belmont Health Science mission trip to the country earlier this year.

Students and faculty from Belmont University’s health science programs recently attended the 2015 Global Missions Health Conference in Louisville, Kentucky.  Over 3000 health professionals and health professions students gathered for the world’s largest such gathering for medical missions.

Dr. Ruby Dunlap, Professor of Nursing, and Dr. Tracy Frame, Assistant Professor of Pharmacy, coordinated participation of 16 students from Belmont’s programs in nursing, occupational therapy, pharmacy and physical therapy.  Student involvement was spearheaded by Derek Neice, a senior nursing major, and facilitated by a gift from the Gabhart Fund to help pay registration fees. Continue reading

School of Physical Therapy joins Vanderbilt University Medical Center in adding PT residencies

Elise Shepart, P.T., DPT, left, David Jennings, P.T., DPT, and Natalie Berra, P.T., are taking part in Vanderbilt’s new specialized Physical Therapy residency programs. Shepart and Jennings are graduates of Belmont's DPT program. (photo by Anne Rayner)

Elise Shepart, PT, DPT, left, David Jennings, PT, DPT, and Natalie Berra, PT, are taking part in Vanderbilt’s new specialized Physical Therapy residency programs. Shepart and Jennings are graduates of Belmont’s DPT program. (photo by Anne Rayner)

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Vanderbilt University Medical Center, in conjunction with the School of Physical Therapy at Belmont University, has launched specialized Physical Therapy (PT) residency programs in Orthopaedics (Sports) and Pediatrics in addition to an existing Neurological program.

“We are excited to partner with Vanderbilt for these residency programs,” said Dr. Renee Brown, PT, PhD, Professor of Physical Therapy at Belmont. “This provides an opportunity for our graduates to advance their practice after graduation and  pursue specialty certification. The Neurologic residency is in its 4th year and has a 100% first time pass rate on the ABPTS board certification examination. This year the neurologic and sports residents are graduates of Belmont’s DPT (Doctorate of Physical Therapy) program.” Continue reading

Higgins Receives Nursing Education Excellence Award

Dr. Leslie Higgins, professor of nursing and director of Belmont’s Graduate Studies in Nursing, was recently named as the recipient of the Tennessee Nurses Association (TNA) Nursing Excellence – Nursing Education Award. The Education Excellence award recognizes a nursing faculty who reflects outstanding performance in promoting and maintaining excellence in professional practice, mentorship and educational standards, and provides leadership to improve quality of care.

Serving as a nurse educator for 40 years, Dr. Higgins began with a joint appointment at Vanderbilt School of Nursing/Vanderbilt Medical Center and has continued to work with students since then. Her nominator said of her, “Leslie coined the phrase “the Belmont touch” to characterize a graduate program that is rigorous but student-centered. She acknowledges her high expectations for students, and sets a climate wherein students want to perform at their very best. She shows students how to think critically through her own use of this process. In conversation with Leslie, one can always see “the wheels turning” as she thinks through complex phenomena and encourages students to do the same. Her approach to nursing education is grounded in evidence-based practices, while emphasizing the art of nursing that attends to the whole person.”

Nursing Graduate Honored Among Top 30 NCAA Women of the Year

While she may not have won the 2015 NCAA Woman of the Year award, Belmont women’s soccer alumna and School of Nursing graduate Alison Alcott stood tall with the other Top 30 winners from around the country, spanning all three NCAA Divisions.

Earlier this month, the NCAA hosted a dinner in Indianapolis to recognize the 2015 Top 30 honorees.  ESPN analyst Jessica Mendoza served as host for the evening and introduced each of the Top 30 to the crowd gathered at the Westin.  Clarion University’s Kristin Day was named the NCAA Woman of the Year at the end of the evening.

A busy weekend awaited Alcott, who completed her nursing night shift at Vanderbilt Hospital in the Intensive Care Unit at 8 a.m., only to climb right into her boyfriend’s car for the four-plus hour ride to Indianapolis.  She even used one of her socks from her days on the pitch as a sleep mask for her nap during the drive. Continue reading

School of Physical Therapy Celebrates 15 Years of ‘Family’

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More than 100 alumni return for reunion

Belmont’s School of Physical Therapy celebrated its 15-year anniversary of DPT graduates this month with a first-ever reunion for the three-year doctoral program. In addition to networking with one another and PT faculty and staff, the event allowed alumni to earn Continuing Education course credit and to provide support for a few special members. Continue reading

Tennessee Health Care Hall of Fame Inducts Inaugural Members

The Tennessee Health Care Hall of Fame inducted its inaugural eight member class at a luncheon and ceremony in Belmont’s Curb Event Center on Monday, October 12. Hosted by Senior Policy Adviser at the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation Susan Dentzer, the Hall of Fame seeks to recognize and honor the pioneers and current leaders who have formed Tennessee’s health and health care community and encourage future generations of health care professionals. Continue reading

College of Pharmacy Launches Early Assurance Admissions Program

White-Coat-Ceremony-273-e1443727667347Belmont University College of Pharmacy recently unveiled an exciting new option for high-potential high school students interested in pursuing a doctorate of pharmacy. The new Early Assurance program allows selected students who are accepted as Belmont undergraduates to earn guaranteed admittance to the University’s PharmD program. The program also provides opportunity for students to achieve their PharmD in as little as six years. Continue reading

Pharmacy Students Volunteer to assist senior citizens with Medicare choices

Belmont University College of Pharmacy has partnered with the Tennessee State Health Insurance Assistance Program (SHIP) to provide student volunteers to assist with counseling senior citizens about their drug and health plan choices.   Belmont is one of three pharmacy schools in Tennessee working with TN SHIP to help individuals with their decision-making during the Medicare Part D Annual Enrollment Period (AEP) in the fall.

Four Belmont pharmacy students – Leah Dickerson, Emily Russell, Sara Thompson, and Chris Kepinski  – participated in AEP events last year as part of their IPPE rotation at Walgreens with Dr. Robert DePreist.  The four students completed the project as part of their academic concentration in Pharmacy Missions/Public Health, one of four areas of specialized study within Belmont’s PharmD program.   In August, additional students received training to assist individuals in the coming months.

The volunteer training program was recently featured in a newsletter published by the National Council on Aging.