Nursing faculty honored at Diverse Faculty Luncheon

On Tuesday, Sept. 6, a Diverse Faculty Luncheon was held to celebrate two new doctoral degrees, Dr. Tracy Wilson (School of Nursing) and Dr. Mary Clark (Bridges to Belmont). Dr. Clark also shared at the event about her new role as the director of the Office of Multicultural Learning and Experience, and attendees were invited to contribute ideas to build upon and enhance the Belmont community through this new office.

Health Sciences Students Provide Health Care in Guatemala

Student taking blood pressure of Guatemalan childDuring Belmont’s spring break last March, students and faculty from the nursing, pharmacy, physical therapy and social work programs traveled to Guatemala to provide health screenings, patient teaching programs and medications and vitamins to citizens in Antigua. The trip was made possible through the university’s partnership with a Guatemalan coffee company, Kafes Guatemala, through its CoffeeMed Program. The students and faculty served over 350 people.

Belmont’s College of Health Sciences and Nursing has been involved with the CoffeeMed Program for the last three years, serving more than 800 patients. The program aims to provide basic needs to workers on Guatemalan coffee plantations who don’t always work under ideal conditions. In addition, the program takes students on a hands-on tour of plantations, hoping they will realize the importance of their involvement. Students who participate in the program are expected to fund the trip themselves by selling coffee from Kafes Guatemala in their communities.

In addition to current students and faculty, 2015 nursing graduate Claire Zetak served as a team leader on the trip. Zetak noted the importance of student engagement in an interview conducted recently with Roast Magazine. “In the health care profession, interdisciplinary works are always taking place,” said Zetak. “Nurses are working with doctors or physical therapists or pharmacists, so this is an example of what they’ll be doing in their future careers.”

Founder and President of Kafes Guatemala Pablo Castaneda realizes the value of the help Belmont students bring to Guatemala and expressed his gratitude for their work. “Thank you, Belmont students, for your love for others,” Castaneda said. “Never forget you can change lives for good. Your love for others is impacting so many lives, and it goes beyond medical attention to proving you are serving a living God.”

Students Attend Pharmacy Leadership Institute

Belmont Student Pharmacists Alliance (BSPA) President Bekki Burch and American Pharmacists Association – Academy of Student Pharmacists (APhA-ASP) President Becca Moore recently attended the APhA-ASP Student Leadership Institute in Washington, D.C. While at the Institute, they participated in Capitol Hill visits where they spoke with Senator Bob Corker, Representative Stephen Fincher and Representative Steve Cohen about provider status which allows pharmacists to be reimbursed under Medicare Part B.

While in D.C., Burch and Moore were invited to tour the APhA headquarters before exploring the National Mall with student pharmacists from across their region and raising money for the upcoming Region 3 Midyear Regional Meeting in Orlando, Florida.

Student Pharmacists Travel to Institute on Alcoholism and Drug Dependencies

Belmont University College of Pharmacy third year student pharmacists Morgan Medley, Becca Moore and Kera Sumner recently attended the 2nd annual American Pharmacists Association (APhA) Institute on Alcoholism & Drug Dependencies in Salt Lake City, Utah. Student pharmacists from all over the nation attend this institute to learn more about addiction, and students can receive 2 hours of college credit.

The students spent four days with their fellow student pharmacists learning more about addiction as a disease and how pharmacists can make an impact. Attendees heard from experts in the field of addiction, attended Alcoholics Anonymous and Narcotics Anonymous meetings, and received hands on naloxone administration training. After their trainings were complete, the students were able to take a trip up Salt Lake’s infamous Living Room Trail.

College of Pharmacy Faculty Present at National AACP Meeting

Ten faculty members from the Belmont University College of Pharmacy attended the annual meeting of the American Association of Colleges of Pharmacy (AACP) held in Anaheim, California in July. This meeting is the largest gathering of academic pharmacy administrators, faculty and staff.

Dr. Hope Campbell, immediate past chair of the Minority Faculty Special Interest Group, delivered a presentation with colleagues titled “Addressing Hot Topics About Minority Faculty and Students in Pharmacy Programs.” Dr. Angela Hagan attended the meeting as the Secretary of this Small Interest Group.

Dr. Leigh Ann Bynum delivered a presentation with colleagues titled “Faculty Citizenship in the Academy: What Is It and What Do We Do With It?”

Dr. Scott Weston facilitated a round table session focusing on “Interprofessional Education: Leveraging Team STEPPS Faculty Training Across Multiple Disciplines to Enhance Interprofessional Faculty and Student Interaction.”

Drs. Ashton Beggs, Kelley Kiningham, Phil Johnston, Montgomery Williams, and Kristy Wahaib presented a poster titled “Being Belmont: Preparing the Next Generation of Pharmacists” and Dr. Adam Pace and colleagues presented a poster titled “Prevalence and characteristics of pharmacies owned and operated by schools of pharmacy in the U.S.”

Dr. Angela Clauson served as the administrative delegate and Dr. Marilyn Thompson Odom served as the faculty delegate.

College of Pharmacy Attends Tennessee Pharmacists Association Summer Meeting

Pictured left to right are Becca Moore (P3), Phil Johnston, Elisa Greene, Brittany Hayes (P4), Jessica Porreca (P2) and Shelby Blalock (P4).)

The Tennessee Pharmacists Association (TPA) 2016 summer meeting attracted hundreds of participants including pharmacists, student pharmacists and pharmacy technicians, who met from July 18 through July 20. Belmont University College of Pharmacy representatives included Assistant Professor Dr. Elisa Greene, Director of Experiential Education Dr. Angela Clauson, Assistant Professor Dr. Traci Poole, Assistant Professor Dr. Leela Kodali and Dean Dr. Phil Johnston and student pharmacists Brittany Hayes, Becca Moore, Shelby Blalock and Jessica Porreca.

The summer meeting provides an opportunity to attend continuing education sessions, greet and renew acquaintances with Tennessee pharmacists, learn about new products and services and receive updates on new legislative issues.

During the meeting, Clauson presented “The Multigenerational Workplace,” Blaylock served as President of the Tennessee Society of Student Pharmacists, Hayes presented “Transitions of Care and the Use of Technology: Telehealth Models with iPad/Skype to Reach Underserved Areas,” Johnston and Porreca served in the House of Delegates and Greene was introduced as the winner of the TPA Distinguished Young Pharmacist Award.

Beggs Published in Currents in Pharmacy Teaching and Learning

BeggsSmall2Dr. Ashton Beggs, assistant professor of pharmacy, recently published a paper in Currents in Pharmacy Teaching and Learning, a journal “devoted to high quality, peer-reviewed scholarship relevant to all areas of pharmacy education, including innovative teaching and learning strategies.”

Beggs paper is titled, “Evaluating student pharmacists’ perceptions of adherence before and after a pillbox simulation” and was co-authored with Jessica Wilhoite and Alison Walton from Butler University College of Pharmacy and Health Sciences in Indianapolis, Indiana.

School of Physical Therapy Hosts Shoes4Kids Drive

Each year, Shoes4Kids conducts a shoe drive in conjunction with the American Physical Therapy Association’s annual conference, NEXT, to provide new athletic shoes and socks to under-privileged and under-served children in the host city. This year’s conference took place in Nashville, providing Belmont University’s School of Physical Therapy with the privilege of hosting the Shoes4Kids event.

As host school, the Doctor of Physical Therapy students were responsible for collecting, inventorying, purchasing and transporting hundreds of shoes for the event. The Belmont PT students, along with faculty sponsor Dr. Christi Williams (‘05), collected over 800 pairs of new tennis shoes and socks, which were then distributed in the Nashville community with the assistance of Catholic Charities of Nashville. Students, joined by volunteers, formed the “Shoe Crew” and fit children with their new shoes and socks.

Kylie Cook (’16) and Jade Manning (’17) led the student team and presented the results of the shoe drive at the APTA House of Delegates. Brad Thuringer, founder of the Shoes4Kids program, said, “I am daily reminded how fortunate I am to be part of such a wonderful profession and organization made up of such amazing people… You have such an amazing group of students. The best that I have worked with yet!”

College of Health Sciences and Nursing Hosts Health Care Academy

Belmont’s College of Health Sciences and Nursing recently hosted a one-day session for high school students interested in pursuing careers in health care through the 2016 Maury Academy for Students in Health (MASH).

A two-week summer camp for local students, MASH included individual sessions designed to expose participants to diverse areas of medicine and health care. Students interacted with health care expects including physicians, registered nurses, medical & radiologic technologists, respiratory therapists and pharmacists to learn about physical assessment, casting, suturing, medical terminology and more.

In a post-survey of their experiences at Belmont, one student commented on the University’s use of technology throughout its curriculum saying, “I enjoyed working with the mannequins. They were super cool! I did not know that our world had that advanced of technology. It is quite amazing.”

School of Physical Therapy receives 10-year reaccreditation

Belmont University’s School of Physical Therapy was recently granted a 10-year reaccreditation term by the Commission on Accreditation in Physical Therapy Education (CAPTE). This is the maximum length of time granted by the Commission and is reserved for programs that have demonstrated compliance with established criteria and excellent program outcomes.

Focused on the continued improvement of physical therapy education across the country, CAPTE requires programs to engage in a self-study to demonstrate compliance and submit it for review. Additionally, a team of CAPTE reviewers conducts an onsite assessment of the program. The findings of the self-study and the on-site review team are then reviewed by the Commission for determination of accreditation status. This year-long process (undertaken by Department Chair Renee Brown, PhD, PT and the entire physical therapy faculty and staff) included students, graduates, employers, clinical instructors and the Program Advisory committee.

The School of Physical Therapy’s 10-year reaccreditation was awarded on May 4 with no areas of non-compliance or areas for improvement cited. Additionally, the Commission commended the program for the quality of the self-study. The awarding of 10-year reaccreditation indicates that CAPTE recognized the high quality of the program, the caliber of the faculty and staff and the accomplishments of students and graduates.

Dean of the College of Health Sciences and Nursing Dr. Cathy Taylor said, “This is a remarkable accomplishment and well-deserved recognition for Dr. Brown and our exceptional PT faculty, staff, students and graduates.”