Pharmacy students certify with HIMSS

Michael-NixonBrian-GeorgeBelmont College of Pharmacy students Michael Nixon and Brian George recently became certified by examination in the area of health care informatics. The Certified Associate in Healthcare Information and Management Systems (CAHIMS) is a new Health Information Management Systems Society (HIMSS) health IT certification designed for emerging professionals within the industry.

This certification demonstrates knowledge of health IT and management systems, facilitating entry-level careers in health IT and is designed to be a career pathway to the Certified Professional in Healthcare Information and Management Systems (CPHIMS) credential.

Belmont’s sponsor of the CAHIMS certification initiative is Assistant Professor of Pharmacy Informatics and Analytics in the Department of Pharmaceutical, Social and Administrative Sciences Anthony Blash, Pharm.D., BCompSc, CPHIMS. Blash has created a four-course sequence of classes to prepare Belmont student pharmacists for healthcare informatics and to sit for the CAHIMS certification. The college saw its first student certify at the CAHIMS level last month and expects 20-30 students to certify each year moving forward.

“Nashville is considered by many to be home to the U.S. healthcare industry, with nearly 300 companies providing healthcare synergies found in few other places.” said Blash.  “If your interests lie in pharmacy and informatics, our program stands apart. With experiential rotation sites at the headquarters of the largest healthcare organizations in the world, faculty with experiences in the corporate boardrooms of many American healthcare companies and a Pharmacy / Healthcare Informatics experience facilitated by the current national chairman of the American Society of Health-System Pharmacists’ Educational Steering Committee on Informatics and Technology, our faculty represents the pinnacle of teaching experience. As an HIMSS Approved Education Partner, Belmont University’s College of Pharmacy becomes the only pharmacy school in the world with a healthcare informatics concentration leading to an internationally recognized certification in healthcare informatics which may be obtained before experiential rotations, residency inquiries and job searches begin.”

Occupational Therapy Orientation Includes Community Service

OTD-2Students and faculty from Belmont’s School of Occupational Therapy participated in an afternoon of service at seven Nashville locations on Monday, August 24, as part of new student orientation.

The team of 56 students and faculty members completed a number of projects including delivering household items for refugee families with World Relief, sorting and organizing equipment for children with special needs living overseas with Show Hope and my LIFE speaks, packaging new parent materials for the Down Syndrome Association of Middle Tennessee, completing landscaping at Homeplace, making graduation photo collages for New Beginnings and interacting with clients at Fifty Forward’s adult daycare services.

Through these experiences, incoming students were introduced to organizations around the Belmont community as they were actively involved in service, a key value of the University and a central theme in the Occupational Therapy Doctorate curriculum design.

Nursing Faculty Member Quoted in Nurse.com Article

AdamSmallIn an article titled “Nurses Take Lead Role in Treating Depression Among Diabetic Patients” on nurse.com, Belmont Associate Professor of Nursing Jamie Adam was interviewed and quoted about depression in diabetic patients due to her recent work on the topic.

Adam provides information on factors that contribute to depression occurrences including poor health, chronic illness, socioeconomic status and unemployment.

To view the article in its entirety, click here.

Belmont Student Receives National Student Nurses Association Scholarship

Allison-Storrow2Allison Storrow, a Belmont University junior and nursing major, was recently awarded one of five Promise of Nursing Scholarships from The Foundation of the National Student Nurses’ Association (FNSNA). Overall, 15 students from three states received the award sponsored by Johnson & Johnson’s Campaign for Nursing’s Future. Since 2002, the campaign has raised more than $18 million for undergraduate student nursing scholarships, faculty fellowships and nursing school grants.

The 15 recipients were selected by a scholarship selection committee, made up of faculty and students, who reviewed the hundreds of submitted scholarship applications. For more information on the FNSNA and its scholarship opportunities, click here.

Pharmacy student travels to Brazil with Women’s Basketball Team

CohlmeyerBBallNatalie Cohlmeyer, a current PharmD student and member of Belmont University’s women’s basketball team from Evansville, Indiana, traveled with her teammates this summer to Rio de Janeiro, Brazil as part of a sports evangelism trip.  The team partnered with Brentwood Baptist Church for the endeavor, playing games at the 2016 Olympic basketball venue against three different teams including a Brazilian national team in the Bruins’ age group.  The team won each contest handily.

“Going into it, I didn’t really know what to expect,” said Cohlmeyer.  “We went down to change those kids’ lives and it ended up changing ours.”

About 100 kids from the schools they had visited during the previous week traveled about two hours via a public bus to watch one of their games.  “Those kids spent all their pocket change to come see us play,” said Cohlmeyer. “They were cheering for us in Portuguese and doing the wave throughout the entire game. You want to talk about a moving experience.”

On the last day of the 10-day trip, the team enjoyed some sightseeing, visiting Copacabana Beach, the Christ the Redeemer statue atop Mt. Corcovado and Sugarloaf, a granite monolith with cable cars to its summit.

Cohlmeyer was featured in a story about the trip in her hometown newspaper, The Evansville Courier Press.

Belmont University student wins 1st Annual F.A. Davis Undergraduate Nursing Scholarship

Megan MaddoxF.A. Davis is delighted to announce the winner of its first annual undergraduate nursing scholarship. An award of $1,500.00 will be made to Megan M. Maddox, a student in the BSN fast track nursing program at Belmont University in Nashville, Tennessee.

Ms. Maddox juggles her full-time studies with two jobs and volunteer work at her church, Cross Point Community, mentoring a group of high school girls. Her hard-earned 3.6 GPA demonstrates her outstanding academic achievements. She’ll complete her degree in December 2016.

In her application essay, Ms. Maddox explained what impact she hoped to make after she earned her degree. “With my degree, I will not only help people in need but I hope to speak with patients I encounter about challenges they are not only facing physically, but emotionally and financially. In the nursing practice, I want to be able to share my story with everyone and tell them that no matter what the circumstances their story contains you can achieve your dreams as long as you have the ambition to accomplish them. One quote that I live by daily is, ‘Ask yourself if what you are doing today is getting you closer to where you want to be tomorrow.’ Every day I wake up and apply this quote by pushing myself towards my goal succeeding at Belmont University and holding that Nursing Degree in my hand.”

This summer she is working as a barista at a coffee shop across the street from her university. “I absolutely love my job right now but my heart yearns every day to finally reach my career goal of becoming a nurse in December 2016.” Continue reading

Pharmacy professor featured in story about his service in Guatemala

HobsonGuatemalaDr. Eric Hobson, professor of pharmacy at Belmont, was recently featured in a story in CrossMap about his service (and that of his family and college) at the Moore Pediatric Surgery Center in Guatemala.  CrossMap is a digital Christian living magazine published by The Christian Post.

Dr. Hobson was instrumental in connecting Belmont’s College of Pharmacy with the Moore Center at its inception.  The Center was opened in 2011 by The Shalom Foundation in Nashville which owns and operates the facility.

Dr. Hobson provided guidance to students as they created the Center’s pharmacy.  “The hospital needed a pharmacy, so I worked with a colleague to design one for the facility and in May of 2011 we brought several students here and opened the pharmacy,” he related.  Since then, Belmont student have provided about 95% of the pharmacy services at the Moore Center.

Read the entire story here.

Belmont OTD graduate featured in “Today in OT” for program she developed as a student

AmandaAquatics1Dr. Amanda Hassen, a 2015 graduate of Belmont University School of Occupational Therapy, was featured in a recent article in Today in OT for her work in teaching swimming skills to children with autism spectrum disorder (ASD).    The effort was part of Hassen’s experiential component as a third-year doctoral student in occupational therapy at Belmont that integrated curricular themes of clinical excellence, scholarship, service and leadership.

Hassen completed the experiential component at Dolphin Aquatics, a nonprofit organization in Nashville that has been teaching swimming to children and adults with special needs at no cost to the participants for the past 12 years.  Using her background as a swim coach and an OT, Hassen designed ’Phins, a sensory-based swim program tailored for children with ASD.  The article provides additional detail about her experience.

After graduating in May, Dr. Hassen moved to Greenville, South Carolina, where she was offered a job in a private OT practice.  She has begun the process to develop a similar program to ‘Phins in her new location.   In Nashville, the program she created will continue.  View the entire article by clicking here.

Belmont Pharmacy Student Presents at Tennessee Pharmacist Association’s Annual Convention

FredFred O’Neal, a Belmont University College of Pharmacy student, was one of six student presenters at the Tennessee Pharmacist Association’s Annual Convention this summer. In his presentation, “OTC Medication Clinical Pearls and Therapeutic Updates,” O’Neal educated more than 120 pharmacists and students about allergic rhinitis, the determination of allergy severity and recommendations on the best products for use. At the end of his 15-minute presentation, O’Neal provided several examples and a poll to encourage audience participation.

Pharmacy students and faculty serve in Guatemala

Guatemala-Pharmacy-TripA team from Belmont’s College of Pharmacy recently spent 10 days in Guatemala City, Guatemala as part of a multidisciplinary surgical mission team serving at The Moore Pediatric Surgery Center. Led by Professor of Pharmaceutical, Social and Administrative Sciences Dr. Eric Hobson, three students – Shelby Blalock, Anais Fraire and Tayler Storrs – served the hospital’s hospitality and outreach team, charged with meeting the patients’ and hospital staff’s physical, emotional and spiritual needs.

Beyond providing chaplaincy services, entertaining patients and anticipating the medical team’s needs, one student was always stationed in the Moore Center’s pharmacy where they served as a pharmacy technician to the hospital’s full-time pharmacist. Each student also observed multiple surgeries including cleft palate repair, tonsillectomy and scar rescission.

Throughout the week, the team cared for 108 children who received life-changing surgery at no cost. Dr. Hobson said a highlight of the care process was sitting, talking and praying with parents while their children were in the operating room. The team reconnected with families the day after surgery and provided each with a Spanish language Bible and a printed set of the prayers team members prayed during the major stages of each child’s hospital stay.

Upon returning from the trip, Blalock said she is thankful for Belmont for allowing her to be a part of something so special. “I woke up this morning full of emotions: sadness because I wasn’t at the Moore Pediatric Surgery Center today, happiness because I remember the impact we were able to make and gratefulness because those kids changed my life more than I could ever imagine changing or impacting theirs,” she said. “It was truly an honor to be able to serve all week and is something that will always be close to my heart.”