Insights Magazine, Volume 12

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V O L U M E 12

Learn the Art and Science of Caring







Celebrating Our Students P U T T I N G P E O P L E F I R ST N E X T G E N E R AT I O N O F H E A LT H C A R E L E A D E R S I N T E R N AT I O N A L E D U C AT I O N




Celebrating Our Students

magazine is published by the School of Health and Medical Sciences at Seton Hall University. Publisher Brian B. Shulman, PhD, CCC-SLP, ASHA Fellow, BCS-CL, FASAHP Dean


Editor Lori Riley, MA ’06 Director of Public Relations, Marketing and Special Events Design and Production Anthony Liptak Lorraine Joyce Department of Public Relations and Marketing,


Putting People First



Bridging the Communication Divide



Where Leaders Learn


Seton Hall University Feature Photography Fred Stucker Contributing Writers Benjamin Ayzenberg, BS ’15, SPT Michele Beach, PA-S


Inaugural Student Leadership Forum


Better Together


The Next Generation of Healthcare Leaders


Double the Effort


Pursuing a Passion


Jennifer Boscia Smith Terrence F. Cahill, EdD, FACHE Kevin Coyne



Vikram N. Dayalu, PhD, CCC-SLP Christopher Hanifin, MS ’99, PA-C


Vicci Hill-Lombardi, EdD, ATC Anthony Koutsoftas, PhD, CCC-SLP Kimberly Olson


Molly Petrilla Ruth Segal, PhD, OTR


Doreen M. Stiskal, PT, PhD ’03


Special Features


Interprofessional Perspectives: International Education

Faculty Achievements



Summer School in Dublin

Senior Associate Dean for Academic Affairs


The Future of Medicine


All Hands on Deck: Partnerships


Certificate Programs




Dean’s Message

What’s New at SHMS



Working Together, Growing Together: New Faculty, Staff & Administrators


Department News


Dean Brian B. Shulman, PhD, CCC-SLP, ASHA Fellow,

Mona M. Sedrak, PhD, PA Assistant Dean for Dual Degree Programs Paul Cognata, MA, MSW, LSW Assistant Dean for Special Academic Programs and Projects Christopher W. O’Brien, PhD, LAT, ATC School of Health and Medical Sciences Seton Hall University – McQuaid Hall 400 South Orange Ave., South Orange, NJ 07079 (973) 275-2800

A Message from the Dean Dear SHMS Alumni, Students, Colleagues and Friends:

I am very excited to share with you this issue of INS!GHTS magazine. This 12th edition celebrates the heart of the School of Health and Medical Sciences: our students.

senior executives from around the country, and the health sciences doctoral candidates who are changing the game with their innovative leadership.

I am truly amazed — but not at all surprised — by the breadth and depth of their accomplishments. As we were identifying current students to feature, we realized we had our work cut out for us. Every one of our students has a story to tell!

Truly, I could go on and on…! The point is, students in the School of Health and Medical Sciences are going places. As they learn from our top-notch faculty as well as our clinical and community partners, they use aquired knowledge, skills and experiences to create their own paths to success. We are so proud of them, and they deserve to be recognized as the “stars” of this issue of INS!GHTS .

Across all of our programs, SHMS students take on diverse roles: • Researcher • Influencer • Servant Leader • World Traveler • Scholar • Volunteer • Planner • Inventor Their experiences in the classroom meld with their experiences in the clinic (and the boardroom, as many of our MHA and PhD students are already working as administrators), in research labs and in the community. The cumulative effect is the development of well-rounded graduates who will enter the professional world or advance their careers with confidence — and stand-out resumes. In this issue, you will read about an occupational therapy student who helps children develop strength and stamina through therapeutic horseback riding, and physician assistant students who are preparing to become leaders in their evolving profession. You’ll find out about our healthcare administration students who are networking with

I encourage you to reach out to us to talk about ways that you can get more involved in the life of our School. Through our Interprofessional Education programming (see, research partnerships, clinical education, adjunct faculty opportunities and much, much, more — there is a place for you in SHMS. Go Pirates!


Brian B. Shulman, PhD, CCC-SLP, ASHA Fellow, BCS-CL, FASAHP Dean, School of Health and Medical Sciences Professor of Speech-Language Pathology and Professor of Pediatrics Seton Hall-Hackensack Meridian School of Medicine



Interprofessional Perspectives International Education There’s no doubt about it: we live in a highly interconnected global society. Healthcare professionals who have international experience — earned through academic exchange programs, clinical education, service missions and research partnerships — are in-demand because they can contribute their knowledge and skills in diverse ways. The School of Health and Medical Sciences offers students many opportunities to achieve a global perspective. What have they learned? — Lori Riley, M.A. ’06


Impressive Experience Do not hesitate! Jump in with both feet, and take advantage of the once-in-a-lifetime opportunity that Seton Hall can provide. My current employer was astounded by the unique and selective experience that I participated in, which included a head/neck cancer resection using the da Vinci robotic system. — MEGAN GARDNER ’13, MS ’15, CCC-SLP

• A lumna, Master of Science in Speech-Language Pathology program

• Completed a clinical rotation in Brugge, Belgium, with a surgical otolaryngologist



A Global Perspective I have seen how culture influences health care, which is an important concept to understand, especially in a merging world. I also find it fascinating that education throughout the world is similar because of all the research that is available, empowering students and professionals everywhere to be on the same level. — CHRISTOPHER BIENKIEWICZ

• Student, Master of Science in Athletic Training program Manila

• Completed a clinical exchange program through the University of Santo Tomas in Manila, Philippines


The Art of Medicine


In a field of ever-advancing technology, it can be easy to rely upon our lab results or x-ray findings to make a diagnosis. These technologies are rarely available in the Philippines. Limited access to the technology that I am used to pushed me to hone my basic skills, thus building my confidence to practice better medicine in my career. — BRENNA O’KEEFE ’13, MS ’16, PA-C

• Alumna, Master of Science in Physician Assistant program

• Completed a clinical rotation at

Worth the Effort

De La Salle Health Sciences Institute in Dasmariñas, Philippines

You will leave your comfort zone at times, and you will push yourself. But anybody can do it if you are willing to do the work. I promise that, in the end, the result will be worth it. – BUSTER JENSEN

• S tudent, Physiotherapy program at Metropolitan University College in Copenhagen, Denmark

• E nrolled in the Clinical Internship course through Seton Hall’s Doctor of Physical Therapy program




With the addition of its fifth full-time faculty member (Leslie Rippon, MS, ATC; see page 16), the Seton Hall Department of Athletic Training becomes one of the nation’s largest AT academic programs. In other “numbers news,” for the third consecutive year, recent graduates (Class of 2016) achieved a 100 percent first-attempt passing rate on the Board of Certification exam, bringing the three-year aggregate from 95 to 100 percent.

Partnering with community agencies to develop a sustainable service-learning program is in the works for the Department of Occupational Therapy. Second-year students are engaged in service-learning at the JCC MetroWest in neighboring West Orange, New Jersey, where they participate in a memory program, offered a CarFit event, collected data on transportation needs and delivered the state-sponsored HealthEASE education program for seniors.


To address falls as the leading cause of fatal and non-fatal injuries for older Americans, the Doctor of Physical Therapy program recently upgraded to a new Smart Balance Master® system. Faculty member Marcia Downer, PT, DPT, NCS, recognizes how this system’s visual biofeedback during weight-shifting and walking can give students greater appreciation of how targeted interventions can increase a patient’s mobility, strength and confidence, resulting in fewer falls.

Mooney Hall is the new home for the Department of Physician Assistant, which enrolled its largest-ever entering class — 60 students — last fall. The department’s new classroom in Duffy Hall is a state-of-the-art space for teaching and learning. The classroom features multi-wall projection and is configured to promote teamand problem-based learning.


by universities, such as Oxford, Harvard and Yale; government agencies, including Veterans Affairs, National Health Service and the government of South Africa; and corporations, such as IBM, Rockwell Aerospace and Kaiser Health Plan. In addition, JFK Medical Center enlisted the Seton

Center for Community and Population Health to fulfill its Affordable Care Act requirements. Master of Healthcare Administration program faculty and a student intern will complete a Community Health Needs Assessment and Community Health Implementation Plan. CELEBRATING OUR STUDENTS


The globe-trekking Department of Speech-Language Pathology offers students a variety of international education experiences. More than 20 percent of the Class of 2016 participated in an international academic or clinical experience. Belgium, Germany, Ireland and the Philippines are among the countries that students visited in the last four years. (See page 13 for students’ perspectives on the summer program in Dublin.)

The 75 dissertations published by graduates of the PhD in Health Sciences program have been downloaded 48,709 times




PHYSICAL THERAPY Allison Kellish, PT, DPT, PhD, Instructor, presented “Threading Educational Partnerships throughout the Curriculum to Improve Physical Therapy PT/PTA Team Effectiveness” at the American Physical Therapy Association’s Education Leadership Conference in Phoenix, Arizona, in October 2016. Michael LaFountaine, EdD, ATC, Associate Professor, received a $526,000 grant from the New Jersey Commission on Brain Injury Research for his project, “Evaluating the Role of Baroreceptor Sensitivity in the Post-Concussive Symptomatic Milieu.”

PHYSICIAN ASSISTANT Christopher Hanifin, MS, PA-C, Assistant Professor and Department Chair, served as a facilitator for the Physician Assistant Education Association’s annual “Faculty Skills 101” workshops in March and October 2016. These workshops help orient new PA faculty from across the country to academic life. Kimberly Ann Miller, MS, PA-C, Director of Clinical Education, published two articles, titled “Orthopedic PAs—A Day in the Life,” in the Journal of Orthopedics for Physician Assistants, Volume 4 (1), 2016, and “Sometimes They Save Us, Too,” in the Journal of the American Academy of Physician Assistants, Volume 29 (11), 2016.

Faculty Achievements ATHLETIC TRAINING Richard “RJ” Boergers, PhD, ATC, Assistant Professor, was named to the New Jersey State Commission on Brain Injury Research. He also received a $57,500 grant from the National Athletic Trainers’ Association Research and Education Foundation for his project titled “The Effect of Lacrosse Protective Equipment and Advanced Airway Equipment on Ability to Perform CPR.” Faculty members Richard Boergers and Leslie Rippon, MS, ATC, and adjunct professor Thomas Bottiglieri, DO, provided EvidenceBased Practice continuing education programs on campus and at the 30th Annual Conference of the Athletic Training Society of New Jersey.

OCCUPATIONAL THERAPY Karen Hebert, PhD, OTR, Assistant Professor, published a paper, titled “The Association Between Sensory Processing Styles and Mindfulness,” in the British Journal of Occupational Therapy, Volume 79 (9), 2016. Mara Podvey, PhD, OTR, Associate Professor, and colleagues presented “Developing and Implementing Transition Services in schools: Tips and Practical Strategies” at the American Occupational Therapy Association (AOTA) Annual Conference in April 2016. Podvey also co-led an AOTA Pediatric Virtual Chat on the Stateidentified Measurable Results.

SPEECH-LANGUAGE PATHOLOGY Department faculty continue to engage in rigorous scholarship, with five publications in peer-reviewed journals, more than 15 invited presentations/posters and submission of four grant applications totaling $1.5 million. Anthony Koutsoftas, PhD, CCC-SLP, Associate Professor, published a manuscript in the Journal of Speech, Language and Hearing Research, outlining his work on language-based learning disabilities. Kathleen Nagle, PhD, CCC-SLP, Assistant Professor, published three manuscripts, in Speech Communication, Journal of Communication Disorders and Perspectives on Voice and Voice Disorders, highlighting her research into speech and voice perception. Sona Patel, PhD, published a manuscript in the Journal of Voice about research testing vocal and neural changes to feedback alterations.

INTERPROFESSIONAL HEALTH SCIENCES AND HEALTH ADMINISTRATION Anne M. Hewitt, PhD, MHA Program Director, received the Distinguished Service Award in June 2016 from the American College of Healthcare Executives, New Jersey Chapter, for her continued service and contributions to the health administration profession. Michelle D’Abundo, PhD, Associate Professor, and colleagues (S. Akhtar and C. Israel) published a paper, titled “Increasing the Participation of Women and Minority Populations in Clinical Trials: Integrating Technology-oriented Strategies into Clinical Research Practice,” in the International Journal of Information Communication Technologies and Human Development, Volume 8 (2), 2016. Ning Zhang, PhD, MD, MPH, Professor, and a colleague (T. Wan) published a paper, titled “Improving Health Outcomes through Health Informatics,” in the International Journal of Healthcare Technology and Management, Volume 15 (1), 2015. INS!GHTS


PUTTING PEOPLE Joel Menendez, a Doctor of Physical Therapy student, is a servant leader whose actions do the talking. While many are yawning awake at 6 a.m. on Thanksgiving morning to put a turkey in the oven, Joel Menendez is already on a bus with his family and 50-plus high school students, headed for the St. Francis Breadline on 31st Street in New York City. It’s a trip they take on Christmas Eve, as well. During each visit, the group passes out 500 backpacks that they filled the night before, loaded with hats, gloves, toiletries and sandwiches. “During Christmas, we stand on the steps of the church and sing carols,” says Menendez, a second-year Doctor of Physical Therapy student. “One year, a man asked me if he could sing with us. He started belting out ‘O Holy Night,’ and it was amazing. He had so much talent, and yet here he is needing food and clothing. It put into perspective for me how much we take for granted,” Menendez recalls. It’s an outlook that he plans to bring to his professional practice, as well. “When my family and I serve our community, we are thinking about how much these people are in need,” says Menendez, who has spent his holiday mornings at the Breadline since he was in eighth grade. “As a physical therapist, my patients’ needs will be at the top of my priority list,” he adds. Named a Servant Leader Scholar by the Seton Hall Center for Vocation and Servant Leadership, Menendez is also active in his community as a board member for the Franciscan Community Development Center and the Rebeka Verea Foundation, which educates teens about reckless driving. “I am not the kind of leader that stands in front of the room and commands attention,” Menendez says. “I’m quieter. I like to let my actions do the talking.” — Jennifer Boscia Smith 6


Bridging the Communication Divide Research in the Speech and Voice Outcomes Laboratory may benefit laryngeal cancer patients. Many people who have lost their larynx (voice box), usually due to cancer, communicate using an electrolarynx, a device held to the throat while speaking to produce sound. However, it creates a mechanical voice. “The unnaturalness of electrolaryngeal (EL) speech cannot only add work for the speaker, but can jar the listener,” says Kathleen Nagle, PhD, CCC-SLP, Assistant Professor in the Department of Speech-Language Pathology. “For someone who is already dealing with body modification [from cancer surgery] and may not be tasting or smelling anymore, they’re now also dealing with people who are pretty surprised when they hear them speak.” Three second-year graduate students — Jaclyn Colopietro, Amanda Robotti and Tiffany Vuong — have embarked on research with Nagle in the Speech and Voice Outcomes Laboratory to investigate factors affecting intelligibility.

is trying to say,” she says. “When [the speaker] is using an electrolarynx, the listener has no cues, because it sounds robotic. My hypothesis is that the stressed syllable will be the longest syllable.” Vuong will listen to natural voice and EL speech samples to determine which syllables are stressed, and will consider clinical applications.

IS SHORT MORE SWEET? Colopietro is analyzing recent research to determine how well listeners perceive alaryngeal speech (speech without a larynx) and the amount of effort they expend to understand it. She’s just begun but is noticing some clues. “I have been seeing that, with the longer utterances, a listener has to put in more effort and the intelligibility goes down,” she says. “There may be things that we can do to advance the technology. Or, if people could learn to talk so that they have more utterances, but shorter, that might help. I believe that it’s everyone’s right to express themselves.”

STRESS TEST Vuong is curious about the efforts an EL speaker makes to be understood. “When we’re listening, different factors like loudness and pitch signal us to know what the speaker

TAKING A PAUSE Another challenge for listeners may be the pauses during EL speech. Robotti is using Praat speech-analysis software to investigate the relationship among pause rate, intelligibility and comprehension. “If the individual takes a breath, how long is too long before he or she is unintelligible?” Robotti questions. “Research shows that 100 milliseconds is what an individual usually takes to pause. If it’s longer, are they still intelligible?” Ungrammatical or unnatural pauses may be distracting because the listener is not expecting it. Or, an EL speaker may fail to pause when he or she should, which could make the rate sound fast, or result in the speaker running out of air. The students plan to present their research findings this spring. — Kimberly Olson INS!GHTS


Where Leaders Learn Michael Vinegra, MBA Senior Director of Medical eStrategy, Novartis Named a “Top 40 Transformer” by Medical Marketing & Media, Vinegra helps global healthcare company Novartis advance its clinical trials agenda.

Healthcare execs Michael Vinegra and Joe Conte, candidates for the PhD in Health Sciences degree, chose to study at SHMS to take their knowledge and careers even further.

Joe Conte, MPA, CPHQ Executive Director, Staten Island Performing Provider System, LLC (SIPPS) Featured in Crain’s New York Business for his work with SIPPS, Conte leads an alliance of providers working to improve the health of Staten Island’s uninsured and Medicaid patients.

— Kimberly Olson

MV: We are using social media for oncology clinical trial recruitment. At a time when many companies were starting to explore the potential, Novartis was the first to figure out how to use social media within the regulatory environment. The power of social media is that people can share the information with loved ones who have cancer, who may want to participate. We’ve got over 54,000 followers on Facebook and 13,500 on Twitter, including many reputable organizations such as Data Science Congress and AcceleTrial. We can locate motivated candidates without running ads on television, potentially coming across as too promotional.

MV: Adaptive. Things are always changing with innovation. Our work can be very regimented — because of the need to protect patients, we do things in a risk-mitigating fashion in terms of sharing of information — but you also have to adapt to emerging technologies and new ways of meeting patient needs and expectations. My leadership style seeks to accommodate this delicate balance of needs.

MV: Health care is highly dynamic, and being able to connect with colleagues who have a different view has been helpful. There are practitioners, and there’s pharma, and it’s great to get a new window into the other parts of this industry.



What is your organization doing to change the healthcare landscape?

What is your leadership style?

How has SETON HALL influenced your career?

JC: Healthcare spending in the United States is up to $3 trillion — that’s not a sustainable payment trajectory. The New York State Delivery System Reform Incentive Payment Program being implemented by SIPPS is a pay-for-performance program, where value and outcomes are paramount. We build relationships with community-based organizations. We do hot-spotting and geo-mapping to understand the prevalence of specific conditions to assess the need for program development. For example, on Staten Island, heroin abuse has made a resurgence. We put together a program where patients can access a provider 24/7 and talk to a peer-counselor who has been in their shoes, and we partner with the District Attorney’s office on recovery programs.

JC: If you’re going to make change, you need to understand how people at the front lines will be affected. I want people around me who are interested in getting out and seeing how it happens on the provider and patient level.

JC: The PhD in Health Sciences program introduced two missing aspects of my professional development: scientific writing skills and the use of research rigor when planning and evaluating programs. My first peer-reviewed publication contributed to national quality awards for programs in hip-fracture mortality, obstetrical safety and breast cancer services.





Inaugural PA Student Leadership Forum Physician Assistant leaders speak to current students, shedding light on the future of the PA profession. By Michele Beach, Third-Year M.S. in Physician Assistant Student

PASSION. INTEGRITY. CONFIDENCE. ACCOUNTABILITY. These are qualities that effective leaders possess. Healthcare leaders, in particular, are called upon to lead as clinicians, teachers, advocates and managers, among other important roles. Last spring, the inaugural “Physician Assistant Student Leadership Forum” was an opportunity for graduate students in the Master of Science in Physician Assistant (PA) program to discuss the future of the PA profession with leaders in the field. With increasing access to healthcare, the PA profession is one of the fastest growing careers in the United States. PAs have an opportunity to practice in a variety of medical specialties while pursuing a rewarding profession serving

others. Leaders in the profession are a source of inspiration for students and new practitioners. Speakers at the forum included Mona Sedrak, PhD, PA, Senior Associate Dean for Academic Affairs and Associate Professor of Physician Assistant at SHMS. She advocated the importance of supporting PA education and promoted the steps PAs can take to become leaders. Sedrak spoke about her career path as a PA and her transition into the world of academia. She encouraged students to accept every challenge as an opportunity, and to uphold the value that PAs bring to healthcare. Richard Wong, MS, PA-C, Vice President of the New Jersey State Society of Physician Assistants, discussed the modernization of the New Jersey Physician Assistant Practice Act,

enlightening many of the students about state legislation that would improve PA practice and enhance patient care. From Emergency Medical Associates in Parsippany, New Jersey, the forum also welcomed Caroline Hodge, MS, PA-C, Vice President of Advanced Practice Provider Services, and Cindi O’Boyle, PA-C, Advance Practice Clinician and Director of Team Health. They spoke about their leadership positions in both clinical and administrative settings, noting that determination and a positive attitude have piloted many leaders into their roles. “It is essential that PA programs and students look beyond traditional competencies and think about developing the skills to advance and improve our profession,” said Christopher Hanifin, MS, PA-C, Chair of the Department of Physician Assistant. Thanks to the dedicated efforts of Assistant Professor Jurga Marshall, MS, PA-C, and PA student volunteers, including Michele Beach, Sofia Mandia, Samantha Torok and Emily Weinick, the forum gave PA students the opportunity to see the future of the profession and to prepare for the growing opportunities to become leaders in this evolving field. INS!GHTS


Triathlete Glenn Hartrick (center), who is paraplegic, tests out a prototype of the custom leg braces produced by Seton Hall athletic training and occupational therapy students and faculty to improve his swimming performance.

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Longtime runner Glenn Hartrick, MBA ’06, started competing in triathlons 10 years ago. “It was the mystique of the Ironman,” he says, referring to the long-distance races that include a 2.4-mile swim, a 112-mile bicycle ride and a marathon 26.22-mile run. “I got hooked.” In 2014, Hartrick was struck by a car while cycling, leaving him paralyzed from the chest down. His injuries didn’t stop the dedicated athlete — once featured on the cover of Runner’s World — from pursuing his passion. He switched to a hand-cycle and race chair for the cycling and running portions of the event, respectively, but his injuries presented a vexing challenge during his swim. “My legs experience spasticity that causes them to criss-cross,” he says. Richard “RJ” Boergers, PhD, ATC, Assistant Professor of Athletic Training and a triathlete himself, offered to tackle the problem. He partnered with Karen Hoover, OTD, OTR, an Assistant Professor of Occupational Therapy, to recruit several athletic training (AT) and occupational therapy (OT) students to help — interprofessional education, after all, is a hallmark of SHMS’ mission. Hartrick wanted a brace to stabilize his body in the water and keep his legs buoyant. “You can’t go to Modell’s [sporting goods store],” he says. “It’s kind of build-your-own.” The students, eager for this hands-on experience, peppered him with questions.

Students from two disciplines join forces to help a paraplegic triathlete up his game. “I wanted to know, what had he tried already? What had other people tried?” says athletic training alumna Annie ThatcherStephens, MS ’16, ATC. They asked about Hartrick’s swimming environment — chlorinated pool, salt water or fresh water — and deliberated about water friction, device adhesion and medical issues, such as the need to prevent skin irritations. OT student Sara Janakas says, “We considered autonomic dysreflexia, which is a potentially life-threatening condition that can result from pressure sores [in spinal cordinjured individuals].” The team also watched videos of him swimming, then brainstormed two designs using Aquaplast® moldable plastic — one comprising two leg braces, and another made of a single sheet around both legs — and pieces cut from a 5mm wetsuit for buoyancy. “Initially, we duct-taped [the braces] to his legs so they wouldn’t cross,” Thatcher-Stephens says. “We could prevent that by how we taped or, ultimately, Velcro-strapped it.” During trials with Hartrick in the pool, the single sheet created drag and increased the twisting of his legs to one side. But the other design did the job. Using his new brace during a triathlon in Maryland, Hartrick performed very well in the swim portion. “It absolutely helped,” he says. “There were two other challenged athletes that I

was swimming against, and I came out of the water first.” The students brought unique skill sets to the design problem and said they gained a greater appreciation for other healthcare professionals’ roles. “The AT students were familiar with the hydrocollator, to make the splint soft to form it around his leg, and had knowledge of the athletic perspective,” Janakas says. “The OT students,” says Thatcher-Stephens, “have experience working with people who wear a brace all day long, so their attention to detail in those aspects was great.” The team made the Velcro curved, for example, and worked to get the rough edges off. “An athlete without a sensory impairment may feel an area that was too sharp, where this athlete couldn’t,” Hoover explains. “The AT students also addressed his competitive performance, such as speed and time.” “With this real-world collaboration, we had a practical application of interprofessional education,” Boergers says. “I was happy to see that the students got a better understanding of the others’ profession.” “It was nice to be part of a team who all had the same goal,” Janakas says. “We were making this for Glenn to help him swim better. It felt really rewarding.” — Kimberly Olson

Student Participants: Thomas Flynn, Joseph Lisella, Anne Thatcher-Stephens (MS in Athletic Training, Class of 2016); Magdalena Budkiewicz, Molly Fash, Sara Janakas (MS in Occupational Therapy, Class of 2017).



The leg braces that the students designed reduced Hartrick’s swim times by approximately 10 percent, which amounts to about 4 ½ minutes in a halfIronman swim.


25-yard time

50-yard time

No leg braces



Aquaplast leg braces





Students are pictured in the order they are mentioned in the story.

GENERATION of HEALTHCARE LEADERS Thousands of healthcare leaders arrive in Chicago every spring for the American College of Healthcare Executives’ (ACHE) annual convention, the “Congress on Healthcare Leadership.” Last year, five Seton Hall Master of Healthcare Administration (MHA) students were among them. MHA Program Director Anne Hewitt, PhD, says ACHE is “the” professional organization for healthcare executives. “The Congress is both wellknown and a huge opportunity to network, which is why we want our students to participate.” The MHA students, who received scholarships from the School of Health and Medical Sciences in order to attend, embraced this new experience.

ADMINISTRATIVE FELLOWSHIPS Many hospitals and medical centers offer fellowships for healthcare administrators. Veronica Barone heard about these opportunities in her MHA classes; at the convention, she learned all the details and met past recipients. “Now I know it’s something I definitely want to apply 12


for after I graduate,” she says, noting that community relations is an area of interest.

NETWORKING OPPORTUNITIES Chelsea Cieker reunited with members of her MHA online learning team at the Congress. Her networking didn’t stop there, though. She also met a healthcare administrator from Puerto Rico, a Veterans Affairs (VA) director and MHA students from Xavier University. Cieker says the population health sessions helped inform her current work in a community hospital.

LESSONS LEARNED Abigail Kent, an administrative resident at a VA hospital in Orange, New Jersey, found inspiration in a session titled “Toward Zero Harm: Building an Effective Quality and Patient-Safety Program.” She says: “I could see myself one day working for The Joint Commission. Overall, the Congress was wonderful, and I hope to go back next year.”

LEADERSHIP TRACK As someone just starting her career, Neha Patel is always on the lookout for networking opportunities. She found plenty at the Congress, where she met a fellow Rhode Islander who works in a not-for-profit health system. As for sessions, one that focused on pursuing leadership positions was a standout for her. “I’d like to be in a leadership role faster than people might think.”

PICKING UP POINTERS Much like Barone, Michelle White says the conference illuminated the administrative fellowship process — and with her interest in strategic planning and operations, she’s been preparing for one ever since. White also picked up networking tips from presenters, including the importance of sending thank-you notes after interviews and the benefits of having a strong mentor. — Molly Petrilla

Summer School in Dublin Last August, eight second-year graduate students in the Master of Science in SpeechLanguage Pathology program attended the 2016 Speech-Language Therapy Summer School Intensive Program hosted by Trinity College in Dublin, Ireland. Students had the opportunity to learn alongside peers from 22 universities around the world. Seton Hall was the only American institution represented. “The keynote speakers and workshops were extremely beneficial for my professional education,” says SHMS student Grayce Hennessy, “but what I learned from my fellow classmates was more than I ever could have imagined. I learned about their countries, their cultures, their colleges, their programs, and everything else in between.” Faculty from the participating universities taught courses across a variety of topic areas, including pragmatic language disorders in children, for which the panel leader was SHMS Dean Brian B. Shulman, PhD, CCC-SLP, ASHA Fellow, BCS-CL, FASAHP. “The trip was a great way to collaborate, combining our similar, yet different perspectives on our discipline in order to determine treatment options for our clients,” says Kelsie Teehan. “Perspective” and “opportunity” are words the SHMS students often use when describing their experience in Ireland. “The SLP summer school strengthened my clinical perspective and gave me the opportunity to meet others in my situation throughout the world,” says Michelle Andron.

ABOVE (l to r): Teehan, Andron and Hennessy in Dublin’s Wicklow Mountains RIGHT: Trinity College campus BELOW: Samuel Beckett Bridge, a city landmark

Around the World CONGRATULATIONS TO Dean Brian B. Shulman, PhD, CCC-SLP, ASHA Fellow, BCS-CL, FASAHP, on being elected Treasurer of the International Association of Logopedics and Phoniatrics (IALP), a worldwide organization of professionals and scientists in communication, voice, speech-language pathology, audiology and swallowing.

— Anthony Koutsoftas, PhD, CCC-SLP Associate Professor of Speech-Language Pathology INS!GHTS


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Twin sisters Nikita and Rutu Patel share a birthday, a dorm room and a goal to become physician assistants.

If you ask twin sisters and sophomore undergraduate students Nikita and Rutu Patel the most common thing they are asked, both agree it’s the age-old, “Can you read each other’s minds?” For the record, the answer is no, but they do admit to thinking a lot alike. “Sometimes we will spit out the same sentence,” says Nikita, pictured on the far left, who is younger by nine minutes, “and it will be a long sentence with the exact structure and words. So, yes, we think very similarly, but we can’t read each others minds,” she laughs. Being of similar mind — which includes a passion for helping others — has led them both to Seton Hall from their suburban Houston, Texas, hometown to enroll in the dual degree program culminating in an M.S. in Physician Assistant degree; they are currently undergraduate biology majors in year two of the six-year program. The sisters share a dorm room and take all the same classes while pursuing their dream careers. “We have been studying together since the day we started school,” Rutu says. “I always have someone to talk to whenever I need help in class.” While both are attracted to the lifestyle and compassionate aspect of a physician assistant career, Rutu notes an especially difficult episode with her grandfather that drew her in. “When we were in high school, our grandpa was diagnosed with cancer. While I could support him, I couldn’t help him get better medically,” she recalls. “I remember feeling — I don’t want to be in that position again. I want to be able to do something and help people.” The Patels plan to return to Texas after earning their master’s degrees in 2021, acknowledging that this may be the first time their paths diverge. Nikita is leaning toward cardiology, while Rutu thinks that pediatrics may be her calling. — Jennifer Boscia Smith

Did You Know? The School of Health and Medical Sciences’ five undergraduate-tograduate dual degree programs are among the University’s most popular majors. 14


As a therapeutic riding instructor,

Megan Greene

combines her love of horses and helping people.

Pursuing a Passion Megan Greene has been riding horses since she was about five years old. As she got older, she became intrigued by the majestic animals’ therapeutic abilities, specifically, their use in helping people regain function — a core principle of occupational therapy. Currently a second-year student in the Master of Science in Occupational Therapy program, she is also a certified therapeutic riding instructor through the Professional Association of Therapeutic Horsemanship International. She volunteers with Gaits of Harmony in Rhode Island, her home state. Through this experience, she has seen dramatic changes in one boy whose legs would fatigue, causing him to suddenly fall during strenuous activities, such as running, gym class or playing with friends. “He came to Gaits of Harmony for therapeutic riding lessons,” she says, noting that he also was receiving physical therapy. “After a few months, he was riding

“What I love most about this work is that the horse allows the children to move in a way that they never have before. The horse is so motivating. I’m a facilitator of this therapeutic relationship.”

for a half-hour and was able to sit, kneel and even stand on the back of a moving horse. His mom reported that he fell far less often [during physical activity] and could keep up with his brothers more when they played.”

Greene says that horseback riding can help individuals with cerebral palsy, for example, or physical disabilities gain a lot of strength — especially core strength. “It’s really hard to sit up straight for a half-hour on a horse, especially without stirrups,” she explains. “The core strength gained will hopefully carry over to other areas of a child’s life. It might help him or her be able to play longer with friends, or sit up in a chair at school. And, horseback riding adds some fun to their treatment plan.” Once Greene graduates and becomes an occupational therapist, she will pursue certification in hippotherapy, which incorporates evidence-based practice and clinical reasoning in the purposeful manipulation of equine movement to engage sensory, neuromotor and cognitive systems to achieve functional outcomes. — Kimberly Olson INS!GHTS


Working Together, New faculty, staff and administrators FACULTY

LaMar Bolden, DPS, OTR

Tatiana Dell’Aquila, MS, PA-C

Christine Fernandez, MD

Ramona Guthrie, MPA, OTR

Bolden is a faculty member in the

Dell’Aquila is a faculty member in

Fernandez is the Medical Director

Guthrie is the Assistant Chair

Department of Occupational Therapy.

the Department of Physician Assistant

and an adjunct faculty member in

in the Department of Occupational

She received a post-professional

(PA). She is a graduate of Seton Hall’s

the Department of Physician Assistant.

Therapy. She received a master’s

doctoral degree with a focus on

PA program and has clinical experience

She received a medical degree from

degree in public administration from

upper quadrant from New York

in emergency and internal medicine.

the New Jersey Medical School at

New York University and is pursuing

University. Bolden’s clinical back-

Dell’Aquila completed an Advanced

Rutgers University and became board

a doctorate in post-secondary and

ground includes treating individuals

Fellowship in Metabolic and Nutritional

certified in emergency medicine

adult education at Capella University.

with traumatic and non-traumatic

Medicine through the American

at St. Luke’s Roosevelt Hospital.

Much of Guthrie’s clinical experience

brain injury, stroke, multiple sclerosis,

Academy of Anti-Aging Medicine

Fernandez continues to practice

lies in gerontology, and she has been

Parkinson’s disease and other

and established an integrative

medicine at Hackensack University

an educator for more than 10 years.

neuromotor deficits.

medical center.

Medical Center.

Kimberly Ann Miller, MS, PA-C

Leslie Rippon, MS, ATC

Vanessa Rodriguez, MS, PA-C

Julie Sakowski, PhD

Miller is a Director of Clinical

Rippon is a faculty member in the

Rodriguez is a faculty member in the

Sakowski is a faculty member in

Education in the Department of

Department of Athletic Training (AT).

Department of Physician Assistant

the Department of Interprofessional

Physician Assistant (PA). She is

She is a graduate of Seton Hall’s

(PA). She is a graduate of Seton Hall’s

Health Sciences and Health Adminis-

a graduate of the PA program at

AT master’s program and has been

PA program and was an adjunct

tration and teaches in the Master of

the University of Medicine and

pursuing a PhD in health sciences

faculty member. Rodriguez has

Healthcare Administration program.

Dentistry of New Jersey–Rutgers

leadership. Rippon has experience

clinical experience in neurosurgical

She received a PhD in economics

University. Miller has 18 years

as a practicing athletic trainer and

intensive care, internal medicine

from the University of Houston, and

of clinical experience and is a peer

as an adjunct professor. Her research

and global healthcare. She strives

conducts research exploring the cost

reviewer for the Journal of the

interests include clinical integration

to increase access to health services

and impact of healthcare delivery

American Academy of Physician

of evidence-based practice into the

and education for the medically

practices and variation in care.


athletic training curriculum.

underserved population.



Growing Together in the School of Health and Medical Sciences.

Richard Hubler, PT, DPT, OCS, FAAOMPT

Randy Kolodny, PT, DPT, MA

Angela Lis, PT, PhD

Kwok Kei Mak, PhD

Kolodny is a faculty member in the

Lis is a faculty member in the

Mak is a faculty member in the

Hubler is a faculty member in the

Department of Physical Therapy (PT).

Department of Physical Therapy. She

Department of Interprofessional

Department of Physical Therapy (PT).

He received a DPT degree from the

received a doctorate in ergonomics

Health Sciences and Health

He received a DPT degree from the

Massachusetts General Hospital

and biomechanics from New York

Administration. He received a PhD

University of Medicine and Dentistry

Institute of Health Professions and

University and is certified in industrial

in epidemiology and postdoctoral

of New Jersey–Rutgers University.

a master’s degree in counseling

ergonomics and physical work per-

training in health psychology

Hubler is an Orthopaedic Clinical

psychology from Columbia University.

formance evaluations. Lis has more

from the University of Hong Kong.

Specialist and a Fellow of the

Kolodny, who has 18 years of

than 15 years of research and

Mak’s research focuses on the

American Academy of Orthopaedic

teaching experience, has a broad

interdisciplinary clinical experience

association between obesity and

Manual Physical Therapists.

range of clinical experience and is

in the field of musculoskeletal

health behaviors using advanced

a consultant and expert witness


biostatistical models.

in PT practice liability.


Amber Atkinson

Nancy Gonzalez, BA

Gerald Ruscingno, PhD

Gloria Williams

Atkinson is the Secretary for the

Gonzalez is the Secretary for the

Ruscingno is the Assistant

Williams is the Executive Assistant

Department of Athletic Training,

Department of Speech-Language

Director of Advising for Dual

to the Dean. She is the liaison

where she is a key contact for

Pathology. She works closely with

Degree Programs. He received

between the Dean and other SHMS

students, faculty and university

current and prospective students,

a PhD in health sciences from

and University administrators, faculty

and community colleagues. She

faculty and staff to support the

Seton Hall University. Ruscingno

and staff, as well as the public.

helps with admissions, budget,

department’s goals in academics,

previously was a Senior Faculty

Williams ensures that project goals

alumni relations, contracts

clinical education and research.

Associate in the Department

are understood, executed, achieved

and more. Atkinson is pursuing

She received a BA in English from

of Biological Sciences and the

and communicated back to the Dean.

a degree in social work. She

Montclair State University and

Academic Advisor and Director

She is pursuing a bachelor’s degree

previously managed the main

is pursuing an MA in history at

of Undergraduate Dual Degree

in business management.

office at an elementary school.

Seton Hall.

Programs in Biology at Seton Hall.


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DEPARTMENT NEWS Messages for our alumni, from the chairs of each department. Top row: Vicci Hill-Lombardi Terrence Cahill Ruth Segal Bottom row:

Doreen M. Stiskal Christopher Hanifin Vikram N. Dayalu

Athletic Training (AT) Chair: Vicci Hill-Lombardi, EdD, ATC This past year has been one of change and growth. While we graduated 11 new AT practitioners in May, we advanced 19 to the second-year of study and welcomed an incoming class of 24. For the third year running, the recent graduates (Class of 2016) joined their predecessors (Class of 2015 and 2014) in achieving a 100 percent firstattempt passing rate on their board exams. This brings the three-year aggregate from 95 percent to 100 percent! Another area of growth and change is the structure of the AT department. First, Leslie Rippon (’06) joined us as a full-time faculty member in July 2016. Rippon, a long-time adjunct and preceptor for the program, has hit the ground running with research and coursework, incorporating Evidence-Based Practice throughout. Second, our beloved secretary, Sonia Burger, retired in August. While we miss her very much, we welcome our new secretary, Amber Atkinson, who, like Leslie, has hit the ground running. Lastly, we added a second GA position for the 2016-17 academic year. The curriculum itself is evolving. The entire faculty is currently involved in a variety of 18


scholarly activities, ranging from mentorship of research project teams, pursuit of terminal degrees and grant-funded research collaborations. The last point belongs entirely to Assistant Professor RJ Boergers, PhD, ATC, and his lacrosse line of research. The department also has reviewed and is currently revising the existing curriculum to address the upcoming changes in education standards, as well as to remain competitive in the changing AT professional graduate program market. With our upcoming self-study beginning July 1, 2017, we’ll be reaching out to all of you as alumni for information.

Interprofessional Health Sciences and Health Administraion (IHSA) Chair: Terrence Cahill, EdD, FACHE As IHSA celebrates its second birthday as the department home for our PhD in Health Sciences and our Master of Healthcare Administration (MHA) programs, we have much to be proud of. In May, our PhD program celebrated the accomplishments of 11 new “doctors,” as we graduated one of our largest classes. During this past year, several current PhD students have had accomplishments beyond their studies, such as Joe Conte and Michael Vinegra, who are recognized elsewhere in this edition for their professional

work. Other current students have joined the scholarly conversations, before graduation, as they are achieving success in writing and co-writing articles that have been published. Plus, as we annually solicit and update our listing of alumni accomplishments, we continue to be extremely pleased to recognize that our graduates are continuing their scholarly contributions through publications, presentations and grants; plus, many are being recognized with academic, professional and community awards. The MHA program at Seton Hall remains the only CAHME-accredited program in New Jersey and was recently ranked No. 7 in the United States for Online Healthcare Administration Education by the Center for Online Education. During this past year, the program has grown to more than 140 students, and our graduates are regularly employed in prestigious hospitals, insurance companies and acute-care facilities throughout the region. Several graduates received post-MHA paid fellowships across the United States. Online learning cohorts continue to attend five-day intensive/residencies as part of their face-to-face learning experiences. Last year, the MHA also finalized the 2016-2020 strategic plan, added a Global Health Management certificate, increased the number of faculty and completed a CAHME accreditation site visit. CAHME recognized the MHA for program strengths in two areas: Strategic Plan and Faculty Development Series.

Occupational Therapy (OT) Chair: Ruth Segal, PhD, OTR The last few years have been full with exciting activities and occupations. We are now in our third year in our new curriculum and our second year toward doubling the size of our student body, and we are preparing for a move to a new state-of-the-art location with the College of Nursing and the new School of Medicine. It is also our program’s 10th anniversary and our profession’s centennial year. It is time for celebrating your success, our success and the profession’s success, which

we will do at the AOTA annual conference this spring in Philadelphia. We will be hosting an alumni reception on March 30; come to tell us how you’re doing, to meet new and old faculty and to meet other alumni and current students. Let’s have fun together! With all this departmental growth, we are constantly on the lookout for adjunct faculty and fieldwork sites. Your knowledge and experiences are invaluable for the new generation of occupational therapists. Please, let us know if you are interested in joining us to mentor your future colleagues. We are also developing an advisory board, whose role will be to review our curriculum to ensure that it is relevant to practice and innovative. The advisory board will meet once a year in the evening. If you are interested, please let us know. We are also looking for service recipients to serve on the advisory board, and your recommendations will be greatly appreciated. Let’s raise a glass at Philly for continued pathways to growth and success!

Physical Therapy (PT) Chair: Doreen M. Stiskal, PT, PhD ’03 Our Seton Hall DPT graduates are exceptional practitioners, and that’s a fact! We continually receive outstanding feedback from the professional community about the excellence demonstrated by the program alumni. To patients and families, our graduates are known for providing quality care through superior critical thinking and diagnostic skills. Seton Hall DPT graduates are lifelong learners who attend continuing education, enter into residency programs and gain recognition as clinical specialists. One alumnus, Jonathan Gayed, PT, DPT ’14, OCS, recently shared that he is a graduate of the Select Medical ABPTSCertified Orthopedic Residency, and just started as a Fellow in Training with the Kaiser Permanente Fellowship of the American Academy of Orthopedic Manual Therapists in California. Other alumni are blazing new career paths. Many have developed entrepreneurial skills by leading practices, including developing business models that service individuals who are interest in wellness, injury prevention and recovery. Kathleen Leninger, DPT ’13, has entered a practice focusing on performance in runners, using 2D gait-system and VO2Max assessments to assist with her clinical decision-making.

The faculty are excited about our new, threeyear curriculum. We asked more alumni to help us lead integrated learning activities that link foundational science courses to clinical practice. Maryan Nasralla, DPT ’14, and Ashleigh McAdam, DPT ’15, both contribute to the human anatomy course by assisting in the cadaver and cases study labs, while Ricardo Costa, DPT ’06, leads students in connecting their anatomical knowledge into effective hands-on skills.

Speech-Language Pathology (SLP) Chair: Vikram N. Dayalu, PhD, CCC-SLP

The clinical experiences are also changing. We seek our alumni to serve as exemplary role models to the next generation of DPT graduates. Interested in serving as a clinical instructor? Let us know. With your help, we aim to have program graduates shine even brighter!

The department recently expanded its research and training focus by adding the Speech and VoiceOutcomes Laboratory to its cadre of research labs. Assistant Professor Kathleen Nagle, PhD, CCC-SLP, directs this lab.

Physician Assistant Chair: Christopher Hanifin, MS ’99, PA-C

Three of our graduate students had their research papers accepted for presentation at the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association (ASHA) annual conference. Likewise, graduate students engaged in research projects and co-authored 11 poster presentations that were highlighted at local conferences. Faculty in the department continue to submit grant applications (totaling $1.5 million), publish articles in peer-reviewed journals, present posters, give platform presentations and author textbooks and book chapters.

Hippocrates once told his students to “declare the past, diagnose the present and foretell the future.” This exhortation fits well with our department and the many transitions we are navigating. We are proud to report that the Class of 2016 achieved a 100 percent pass rate on the PANCE. We recognize that the department’s great reputation rests on the accomplishments of our alumni. We are extremely proud of everything you do for patients in New Jersey and beyond. The local job market remains strong, and New Jersey has finally passed long-awaited legislation to modernize PA practice legislation. The present finds us having admitted our largest entering cohort — 60 students — which places us on track to become the largest program in the state. Two alumni recently joined the department as full-time faculty. Tatiana Dell’Aquila, MS ’08, PA-C, and Vanessa Rodriguez, MS ’12, PA-C, are doing a great job with our first-year students. Our faculty team also welcomed Kimberly Ann Miller, MS, PA-C, who brings a great deal of surgical expertise and is a Director of Clinical Education. Our future looks even more exciting. The department was heavily involved in planning a new state-of-the-art health sciences building. An increasing focus on interprofessional education and the addition of our medical school and nursing colleagues will help transform our already solid curriculum into a world-class education experience. There are great times ahead for the Hall, and we look forward to our alumni being involved!

This has indeed been an exciting year for the faculty and students in the Department of Speech-Language Pathology. U.S. News and World Report ranks our Master of Science in Speech-Language Pathology program as the No. 1 SLP graduate program in New Jersey, and we continue to realize our vision of becoming a nationally recognized program.

Our cohort size continues to grow. We welcomed 48 graduate students last fall. The department has included additional skill labs and interprofessional experiential opportunities to meet the needs of the growing cohort size. We recently graduated 43 students in the Class of 2016, and we are very proud of our continued 100 percent Praxis pass rate and over 95 percent graduation rate. Approximately 20 percent of the graduate students participate in an international academic or clinical program. Likewise, 25 percent of the cohort continues to participate in research projects with our faculty. Our alumni continue to be engaged in the academic and clinical training of our students. Alumni have taught undergraduate and graduate courses and have served as on-site clinical supervisors for the graduate program. Please feel free to contact me to explore potential collaborative opportunities. Alumni and clinical supervisors also are invited to attend our biannual free CEU event, to be held on campus this spring.




Future of

Medicine A conversation with Bonita Stanton, MD, Founding Dean of the Seton Hall-Hackensack Meridian School of Medicine, about the School’s people-centered approach to medical education, community outreach and interprofessional collaboration. What values are shaping the development of the medical school? We have a very clear vision: to assure that every person, certainly in New Jersey but also throughout the United Sates and eventually globally, will have the same quality care regardless of socioeconomic or racial status, and, importantly, that this will be at an affordable price for society. Embedded in this vision is that we’ll be reinvigorating the physician’s values of empathy, altruism and the ability to communicate well. How will the curriculum integrate this approach? We are introducing the “Human Dimension,” a longitudinal thread that weaves through the first three years of medical school. Each student will have five families in the community, and, in collaboration with students in the School of Health and Medical Sciences and the College of Nursing, they will get to know the family members and the family tree. We need to be out in the community and addressing whole lifestyle changes. We will train our medical students, regardless of their specialty, to recognize the importance of the community and family environments when caring for their patients.

Why should medical students learn alongside their counterparts in other health professions? As physicians, we often struggle on our own for a while before asking our professional colleagues for help. This delay may not be in our patients’ best interests. Often, the delay results from our limited understanding of the additional options our professional colleagues can offer, or our “habit” of trying to manage things on our own. We want our future physicians to be comfortable co-managing patients when such an approach offers an advantage in the best interest of the patient. How will the building design encourage interprofessional education? The floors will be integrated, with multipurpose spaces being used across the three schools. In the first year, the greatest concentration, timewise, of actual interprofessional education will likely be in the simulation center and with the standardized patients. We’ll also collaborate in the classroom settings, and a lot will happen out in the community and in the Human Dimension.

How has your background — as a leading pediatrician who also has worked in medically underserved foreign countries — shaped your vision? To be effective as pediatricians, we work with physical and occupational therapists, child psychologists and speech-language pathologists, among other professionals. Because a delay in a child’s diagnosis or treatment can have long-term consequences, we are very sensitive to the need to quickly bring in our partners who have a deep skill-set that we might not have. During my five years in Bangladesh, I really began to understand the importance of working with health partners concerned with prevention and treatment, especially in the community. For example, with a weak transportation infrastructure and high rates of severe diarrhea, the absence of skilled community health workers and others knowledgeable about oral rehydration solutions resulted in many preventable deaths due to dehydration. If patients had to travel to the hospital with cholera before treatment was initiated, there was a very high likelihood of their not making it there alive. — Kevin Coyne

The Seton Hall-Hackensack Meridian School of Medicine expects to enroll its first class in 2018. The medical school, as well as the Seton Hall School of Health and Medical Sciences and the College of Nursing, will be co-located at a new interprofessional health sciences education campus, which is being developed at the former Hoffman-La Roche biomedical facility in Nutley and Clifton, New Jersey.



All Hands on Deck

SHMS welcomes 51 first-time affiliates as clinical education and experiential learning partners.



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In nautical vernacular, “partners” are the timbers that function as a unit to support a ship’s mast. This is akin to the relationship that the School of Health and Medical Sciences has with institutions around the world. We work together to foster highquality educational experiences for our nearly 800 graduate students, successfully navigating the ever-changing world of health care. Among these partnerships are the clinical education and experiential learning affiliations SHMS has with a diverse array of healthcare organizations. Through these affiliations, SHMS graduate students are able to gain hands-on experience in their professional fields under the mentorship of skilled practitioners. We are grateful for our longstanding partners in these endeavors, as they have been integral to our School’s growth and progress. We also are pleased to announce that, in 2016, the following organizations became first-time affiliates of SHMS:


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INNOVATION Through its Clinical Education and Research Partnership Grants Program, the School of Health and Medical Sciences has awarded more than $250,000 to programs that are improving health care in our communities and providing new clinical education opportunities for SHMS students. The 2015-16 grant recipients, who presented their project outcomes last fall during the SHMS Dean’s Dialogue, are:

Children’s Specialized Hospital “Go, Baby, Go: Early Power Mobility Devices for Young Children” JFK Johnson Rehabilitation Institute “Assessing the Outcomes of Two Interprofessional Post Acute Stroke Care Approaches Using an Interprofessional Research Collaborative” Learn more about the grants program:

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Professional Development Continuing Education Career Advancement Lifelong Learning Whatever you call it, CALL ON OUR

Graduate Certificate Programs for NEW healthcare knowledge. Now Enrolling for Fall 2017 Global Health Management Healthcare Administration Watch for Two More Population Health Management Practice Management for the Health Sector Graduate certificates are 15-credit programs offered on campus, online or a combination of both, through the Master of Healthcare Administration (MHA) program in the Department of Interprofessional Health Sciences and Health Administration. 4

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