Belmont and Lipscomb pharmacy students recently visited Hume Fogg High School to educate students on drug abuse through the Generation Rx program, which educates youth to the epidemic of prescription drug abuse and addiction occurring in the United States.
Both universities’ American Pharmacists Association (APhA) chapters presented on the important issue. The event featured a video highlighting the use of prescription drugs by teenagers and responses by their families as well as recent statistics and addictive trends that are occurring among high school students. Students also participated in a game show competition emphasizing key topics presented.
“The event was a tremendous success. The students at Hume Fogg were very engaged, and it was fun to see the two colleges come together and work so well on such an important issue,” College of Pharmacy Assistant Dean of Student Affairs Dr. Kelley Kiningham said. “Our goal is to have this outreach effort grow across Nashville and surrounding counties. Raising awareness to this presentation provided by our APhA students will hopefully bring other middle/high schools to the table to allow us to promote awareness and education related to prescription drug abuse among those populations.”
Dr. Ali (Foster) Roberts, PharmD Class of 2012, has joined Aegis Sciences Corporation in Nashville as Clinical Scientist of Healthcare Services. She will offer guidance on healthcare research and outcomes, answer pain management and toxicology related questions that arise during treatment of patients. Dr. Roberts will also provide continuing education related to healthcare and drug testing practices. Previously, Dr. Roberts completed a PGY-1 residency at Memorial Hospital.
Dr. Anson Rosenfeldt, a 2009 graduate of Belmont University School of Physical Therapy, has been named as one of 25 emerging leaders in physical therapy by the American Physical Therapy Association (APTA). Dr. Rosenfeldt is a staff physical therapist with the Cleveland Clinic Foundation in Cleveland, OH.
Each year, APTA recognizes therapists from across the country who have demonstrated extraordinary service early in their careers. The organization’s professional journal, PT in Motion, announced this year’s honorees in last month’s issue. In the announcement article, Pamela Dixon, an occupational therapist who nominated Rosenfeldt, comments about her involvement in elevating the use of evidence-based practice and increasing quality and education of all therapists.
“I am truly honored to receive this award,” said Rosenfeldt. “My passion for physical therapy drives me to do more for my profession. I have been fortunate to be surrounded by other motivated, passionate therapists during my DPT education and at the Cleveland Clinic who have been inspirational in my career. It is a pleasure to be part of such a great group of therapists, and I hope to continue to promote the profession of physical therapy.”
With the Cleveland Clinic, Dr. Rosenfeldt has coordinated several NIH stroke studies, established the protocol and collected data for her own acute study, and published two papers. She has served as a volunteer physical therapist with the Free Clinic of Greater Cleveland, a healthcare volunteer in Cambodia and Cameroon, and is on the PTA advisory board at South University in Cleveland. In addition, Dr. Rosenfeldt is a graduate faculty member at Cleveland State University’s DPT program, where she also completed her MBA in 2013. She is an active member of APTA with whom she has gained credentials as a clinical instructor.
School of Physical Therapy helps coordinate Susan G. Komen Race and Dierks Bentley’s Miles and Music for Kids
Students and faculty from Belmont University School of Physical Therapy were again instrumental in coordinating two major charitable events that occur annually in Nashville and surrounding communities each fall. Over 100 student volunteers provided the main logistical support for the Susan G. Komen Race for the Cure in Nashville on October 26, and again for Dierks Bentley’s Miles and Music for Kids motorcycle ride and concert in middle Tennessee on November 3.
Susan G. Komen Race for the Cure
The Komen race attracted 26,000 people to the Maryland Farms YMCA to support the fight against breast cancer. The PT students assisted with course setup and takedown, served as course marshals at the start and finish lines, and were available throughout the race to hand out water and help with crowd control. The student participation in race is facilitated annually by Belmont professor Michael Voight who co-chairs the event. Voight says that he support Komen because 75 percent of every dollar raised in the region stays here in middle
Tennessee and is granted to other local non‐profits. “These non‐profits are working on the front lines to battle breast cancer, educating both women and men on the value of early detection and promoting awareness to low‐income and non‐insured individuals,” said Voight. To date Komen Greater Nashville has provided more than $3 million in screening, treatment and educational services to the women of Middle Tennessee.
“The manner in which our students conducted themselves overwhelms me,” said Dr. Pat Sells, associate professor of Physical Therapy, who leads the race volunteer program for the School. “They were kind, energetic, dedicated and willing to do whatever was asked of them,” he added. “I received so many positive comments on them, I was truly proud to be considered as part of their team. Managing a race course with 26,000 people and doing so flawlessly was an impressive feat!”
Patty Harman, Executive Director of the local Komen affiliate, had nothing but praise for the Belmont PT students, saying, “they made a huge difference in this year’s race; it would not have been as successful without them. If there were any glitches, the participants surely did not know.” “Belmont jumped in to do whatever was needed,” said Lynn Edwards, chairman of the board for the local Komen Affiliate. “We can’t thank them enough for all they did – through planning efforts, logistical team packing and mailing, and even clean-up of the race village.”
This year’s efforts follow the recognition that Belmont PT students received this past summer when they were honored as volunteer group of the year by the international organization of Susan G. Komen.
Dierks Bentley’s Miles & Music for Kids
Just eight days after the Komen race, the PT students were out again, this time helping orchestrate the eighth annual Dierks Bentley Miles and Music for Kids motorcycle ride and concert to benefit Vanderbilt Childrens Hospital. The School of Physical Therapy has helped coordinate this event since its inception in 2006. Bentley led more than 1,000 motorcyclists on a 40-mile afternoon ride from Harley-Davidson of Columbia, TN to Riverfront Park in Nashville where he and other music artists treated thousands of fans to a benefit concert. Artists joining Bentley this year included Easton Corbin, Jake Owen, and Luke Bryan. “No one has had the year Luke Bryan has had,” exclaimed Bentley, “and for him to come out and do this, especially after playing two sold out shows at the arena, says a lot about what kind of guy he is.”
"Each year this gets a little bit bigger and a little better,” said Bentley, “ and we could not have taken this event to the level it now is without the help of my friend Mike Voight and his students at Belmont University.” He added, “the Belmont students have been integral to the success of this event from the inaugural ride seven years ago to its current size. I always look forward to working with them.”
Belmont PT graduate and current adjunct faculty member, Ashley Campbell, has volunteered for the past 6 years, overseeing the Belmont volunteer staff for the last 3 years. “I am so proud to be associated with such a great group of hard working and dedicated young adults,” she said. And as they are with the Komen race, Dr. Voight and Dr. Sells are also intricately involved with Miles and Music. "This is a great learning experience and fun event for our students,” said Voight. “Not only did they get to meet and work with the stars of country music, but in doing so they also helped the community in a large way.” Dr. Sells added, “it is a real pleasure to watch our students give and serve unselfishly. This is what service is all about.”
Jami Graham, a third year PT doctoral student class leader, responded, “the Dierks fundraiser is an event we look forward to each year. It’s fun to see my fellow classmates come together to make it happen and contribute to the overall success of this event. It is a real privilege to have this opportunity to give back to the community."
This year’s Miles & Music event raised a record $307,000 for Vanderbilt Children’s Hospital.
Neda Borhani, Pharmaceutical Doctor, '13 just returned from Guatemala City, Guatemala, where she supported a surgical team from Austin, TX, in 62 cleft lip and/or palate repairs for some of the poorest kids in Guatemala. Dr. Borhani served as the team's pharmacist staffing The Moore Pediatric Surgery Center's pharmacy. Keeping the pattern established by 32 other members of the college's alumni and students, Neda managed the pre-, during, and post-operative pharmaceutical care of the children who came from across Guatemala to receive free, life-changing care. Read more about Neda's activity on the BUCOP Medical Missions Facebook page.
Belmont University School of Nursing hosted a statewide meeting of nurse leaders this week determined to learn more about Tennessee’s existing nursing workforce needs and to predict and plan for future needs. “This is important work. Since budget cuts eliminated the Tennessee Center for Nursing in 2010, comprehensive workforce data have been scant,” said Dr. Cathy Taylor, Dean of the Gordon E. Inman College of Health Sciences and Nursing. Noting the importance of robust data to be used to improve health and provide better care for all Tennesseans, the Nursing Workforce Analysis Conference was sponsored by East Tennessee State University and brought together nurse educators, practitioners, and researchers from the public and private sector, and government and non-government agencies from throughout the state. Dr. Linda Flynn, Professor & Associate Dean for Academic Programs at the University of Colorado, was the featured speaker for the event. Dr. Taylor and Dr. Martha Buckner, Associate Dean in the School of Nursing, represented Belmont at the meeting. Pictured from left to right are Dr. Buckner, Dr. Wendy Nehring, Dean and Professor of the College of Nursing at ETSU, Dr. Flynn and Dr. Taylor.
Dr. Doris Ng, PharmD Class of 2013, has been volunteering for a non-profit organization in Morris County, NJ which assists individuals with substance use disorder get back into the workforce. She attends drug courts and then assists clinicians in interviewing the patients. This non-profit organization helps provide medical assistance, education and support structures for patients with substance use disorder.
The College of Pharmacy recently participated in a health screening exercise with Special Olympics Tennessee. Seventy-five Davidson County Olympians, who compete worldwide in various events, were screened for athletic readiness. College of Pharmacy faculty and students were involved in screening medication profiles of the athletes, making sure proper cautions concerning allergies, exposure to the sun, drug adverse effects, and drug interactions were not an issue for these participants.
According to Joanne Drumright of Special Olympics, “the process went very smoothly, and we hope to scale up the screening, inviting athletes from a much broader area in an upcoming event”. Participants from the College included Dr. Andy Webster, Dr. Phil Johnston, and three fourth-year PharmD students: Marian Roufael, Razia Shamsuddin and Darrilyn Prout.