Kudos to Clinical Research & Leadership Faculty, Students, Residents, and Fellows 

Congratulations to the George Washington University (GW) School of Medicine and Health Sciences (SMHS) faculty, students, and residents who received appointments, awards, and honors over the past month.

October 2018

Opining on opioids. Lisa Alexander spoke on opioid use disorder during the “Expanding Access to Effective Treatment for Opioid Use Disorder: Provider Perspectives on Reducing Barriers to Evidence-Based Care” in September at the National Press Club. The Duke-Margolis Center for Health Policy sponsored the event. Alexander, professor of PA Studies, also had two articles published:  “Opioid use disorder: A public health emergency” with colleagues in the October issue of JAAPA, Journal of the American Academy of Physician Assistants and “Assessing the Impact of a Professional Development Program for Physician Assistant Program Directors” with colleagues in the September issue of PAEA, Journal of the Physician Assistant Education Association. Alexander is a professor in PA Studies.

Exploring excellence. Marisa Birkmeier took part in a platform, “Exploring Excellence in Pediatric Physical Therapy Education through Collaboration and Utilization of a Mixed Methods Approach,” on Oct. 12 at the APTA Educational Leadership Conference in Jacksonville, Fla.  Birkmeier’s work was supported by an Emerging Scholar Grant. She and co-authors published, “Recommendations from the Common Terminology Panel of the American Council of Academic Physical Therapy,” in the September issue of the Physical Therapy Journal.  Birkmeier is an assistant professor in HHFRS and director of clinical education for the PT Program.

Peer pressure. Reamer Bushardt, professor of PA Studies and editor-in-chief of JAAPA, and David Asprey, editor-in-chief of JPAE, led a workshop, “Peer Reviewing Manuscripts for PA Journals” at the 2018 PAEA Education Forum & Fall Workshops in October in Anaheim, California.

Rock the vote. A video for the Governor’s Health Sciences Academy at T.C. Williams High School produced by Teri Capshaw and Linda Zanin is one of three finalists in the 2018 Video Marketing Contest sponsored by the National Alliance of Concurrent Enrollment Partnership (NACEP). Vote for GW by going to this link and creating an account (name and pw); go to marketing video survey, and choose the GW video. The winner will be announced next week at the NACEP conference in San Antonio, Texas. Capshaw is HS communications and editorial director and Zanin is HS director of strategic partnerships.

Driving leadership. Ellen Costello made two presentations at the APTA Education Leadership Meeting in Jacksonville, Fla. in October. The presentations were: "Simulating the Acute Care Environment in the Academic Setting: Impact on Student Knowledge, Skills and Behaviors" and "How Can Academic Leadership Drive Excellence in Online Education." Costello is an associate professor in HHFRS and is the director of the PT Program. 

Fellow status. Daniela Drago has been awarded fellowship status of TOPRA, the Organization for Professionals in Regulatory Affairs, which is headquartered in London. Selection as a TOPRA Fellow is considered a great honor in recognition of years of dedication to regulatory excellence. Drago, one of two TOPRA Fellows named this year, will serve as a resource for knowledge and guidance to the global regulatory community. “To be selected as a TOPRA Fellow is not only prestigious for me as an individual, but also an acknowledgment of the noteworthy caliber of the work we are doing in regulatory affairs here at GW,” Drago said. “I consider myself privileged to interact with regulatory professionals who are thought-leaders from all over the world at the highest level.”  Drago is an associate professor in CRL and is director of the Regulatory Affairs Program.

The gut of the matter. Leigh Frame recently spoke at two industry conferences in Boston. Her talk "Nutrition and the Gut Microbiome: Where Are We Now? Where Are We Going?" is a preview of an upcoming systematic review on nutrition and the gut microbiome. At the Microbiome Therapeutics US meeting in Boston Frame spoke on Accelerating Human Microbiome Therapies from Discovery to Commercial Success. Her second talk was Targeting the Microbiome: Microbiota-Targeted Therapies to Treat and Prevent Disease—part of Discovery on Target. Frame is assistant professor in CRL and director of the Integrative Medicine Program.

SMHS ambassador. Bart Gillum spoke with a large group of students who attended the nation’s largest pre-health professions conference earlier this month in California. Gillum attended the Pre-Health Fair at UC Davis and shared information about SMHS, including details about the PA, PT, MLS, and MD programs. Gillum is director of the Post-Baccalaureate Pre-medicine Certificate Program and a visiting assistant professor in PA Studies.

And the winner is… JAAPA, Journal of the American Association of Physician Assistants. JAAPA won a prestigious Eddie Award in the single article category and was honored at 2018: Eddie and Ozier Awards held in New York City.  The winning article, “Presidents as Patients: A White House PA recalls his service,” was part of a special PA anniversary collection led by the editorial team based at GW. Reamer Bushardt is editor-in-chief of JAAPA, Sean Robinson is a clinical editor, and Teri Capshaw is an editorial coordinator. Robinson is an assistant professor in PA Studies.

Maximize it. Dee Herrmann and Tami Ritsema presented, “Maximizing Impact: Course Design for Engagement and Retention,” at the 2018 PAEA Education Forum & Fall Workshops meeting last week in Anaheim, California Herrmann and Ritsema are both assistant professors in PA Studies.

Academy induction. Gaetano R. Lotrecchiano has been inducted into the SMHS Academy of Education Scholars. Lotrecchiano also made a presentation to recent Engineering Research Center (ERC) awardees at the National Science Foundation (NSF) Engineering Directorate’s Accelerating Engineering Research Center Preparedness Workshop. The title of his address was “Role of organizational design in solving complex problems.” Lotrecchiano is associate professor in CRL and is director of Doctoral Candidacy, PhD in Translational Health Sciences.

Tech talk. Paige McDonald took part in a panel discussion, “Leveraging Technology for Learning: Envisioning the Future of PA Education,” at the 2018 PAEA Education Forum & Fall Workshops last week in Anaheim, California. McDonald is an assistant professor in CRL

Board certified. Carol Rentas recently passed the ASCP specialist in chemistry board of certification examination. Rentas is an assistant professor in BLS.

Board certified redux. Elise Ruckert received her recertification as a board certified neurologic clinical specialist from the American Board of Physical Therapy Specialties. Ruckert is an assistant professor in HHFRS and the director for the neurologic residency program in collaboration with MedStar.

Cultural exchange. Two senior academic officials from Semmelweis University in Budapest, Hungary will be at 2100 Penn this Friday to complete negotiations with HS for new collaborations in health sciences education and research. Semmelweis University’s dean for health sciences and the school’s vice dean for scientific affairs will meet with representatives from HS and the School of Nursing.

Presenting… Kathy Thoma presented a poster, "Medication Adherence and its Implications for Clinical Research: An Example from Low Income, Urban Young Adults Living with HIV/AIDS," at the 2018 Annual Society of Clinical Research Associates (SOCRA) Conference in New Orleans in September. Thoma is an assistant professor in CRL and director of the Clinical Research Administration Undergraduate Program.

On Demand. “Student Athlete,” the documentary that features Robert Turner is available for viewing on HBO on Demand. Turner served as technical advisor and consultant on the project that uncovers the exploitative world of high-revenue college sports. Turner, an assistant professor in CRL, appears in the documentary.

Surgery study. “Does a Distinct Didactic Surgery Section Impact Clinical Year Performance?” That’s the question three PA Studies faculty member and Jessica O’Connell considered in their presentation at the 2018 PAEA Education Forum & Fall Workshops last week in Anaheim, California Jenn Wall, Nicole Mortier, Susan LeLacheur, and O’Connell collaborated on the presentation. Wall and Mortier are assistant professors, LeLacheur is associate professor, and O’Connell is manager of clinical education in PA Studies.