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College of Health Sciences 2013 Dean's Letter


College of Health Sciences 2013 Dean's Letter to alumni

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									April 26, 2013

Dear Alumnus/a of the College of Health Sciences,

I am very pleased to write to you to highlight some of the recent accomplishments in the College
of Health Sciences at Rush. The college now offers 20 degree and certificate options, and we
welcome our newest programs while celebrating the many achievements of our established
programs. The following is just a snapshot of our recent activities:

      The college has launched a new master’s degree program in research administration.
      Rush University and the College of Health Sciences have partnered with Malcolm X
       College to train future health care practitioners.
      Students in the Speech-Language Pathology Program earned higher Praxis scores than
       the median national score.
      The first TEDxRushU, inspired by the late Mayur Patel (Health Systems Management
       MS ’88) brought together bright minds to share innovative ideas.
      Students from the Health Systems Management and Respiratory Care programs were
       honored for their dedication to health, health care and to the community.

I have enclosed more news, as well as an update on our philanthropic initiatives for student
assistance and scholarships. I also want to thank all of you who have generously supported our
philanthropic efforts.

I would like to also reaffirm that you, our alumni, remain a vital part of the college’s success. We
hope you continue to update us on your own successes by emailing the Office of Alumni
Relations at If you have any questions or feedback for me, please contact me
at or (312) 942-7120.

Thank you for your interest in and continued support of the College of Health Sciences.


David C. Shelledy, PhD, FASAHP
Dean, College of Health Sciences at Rush University
Catharine and R. Winfield Ellis - Philip N. Jones, MD, Professor of University Affairs
The College’s Newest Programs and Partnerships Train Future
Health Sciences Leaders …
                                              The College of Health Sciences (CHS) has launched
                                              a new Master of Science in Research Administration
                                              program, designed to train highly skilled research
                                              management professionals. The unique, part-time
                                              graduate program delivers all didactic coursework
                                              online and prepares students for research
                                              administration positions, including grants
                                              management, fiscal management and project
                                              compliance. As one of just three research
                                              administration master’s programs in the country, the
                                              college accepted its first cohort of 19 students in fall
2012. For more information, contact Program Director Bill Hendey, PhD, at (312) 563-2173 or

The college is also dedicated to training the future health sciences workforce by partnering with
Malcolm X College, one of the City Colleges of Chicago, as part of Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel’s
College to Careers program. Rush has been working with Malcolm X — located just a few blocks
from Rush — to provide clinical learning opportunities for Malcolm X students, such as rotations at
Rush in fields including surgical technology and respiratory care. Rush faculty are also in the process
of delivering a series of lectures to Malcolm X students and faculty on topics including Theories and
Milestones in Human Development; Non-normative Aspects of Human Development; Language
Development in Children, Birth to 12; Pediatric Development; and Anatomy.

… And Its Long-Established Programs Continue to Thrive

There were just six students in the first class. Thirty years later, the Master of Science in
Occupational Therapy (OT) program enrolled 34 students in the Class of 2014. Celebrating its 30th
anniversary in October 2012, the OT program was the first entry-level OT master’s program in
Chicago, paving the way for the MS degree becoming the minimum entry-level requirement for
occupational therapists. Today, Rush’s students consistently perform better than the national average
                                                   pass rate on the National Board for Certification in
                                                   Occupational Therapy (NBCOT) exams.

                                                 Speech-Language Pathology (SLP) students at Rush
                                                 also have had success on their credentialing exam
                                                 scores. On the national Praxis exam, 100 percent of
                                                 both the Class of 2011 and the Class of 2012
                                                 (pictured left) scored higher than the median
                                                 national score. Rush’s SLP students achieve 100
                                                 percent employment within months of graduation.
Students Earn Honors and Affect Change

                         Sveinn Sigurdsson (pictured left with Dean Shelledy), a second-year student
                         in the Master of Science in Health Systems Management program, received
                         one of 13 Scholarships of Excellence in 2012 from the Association of
                         Schools of Allied Health Professions (ASAHP). Sigurdsson was chosen for
                         academic excellence, leadership qualities and his service to Rush and the
                         surrounding community.

                         In last year’s letter, we reported that Emilee Lamorena, a student in the
                         college’s Master of Science in Respiratory Care program, was selected for the
                         prestigious Schweitzer Fellowship, which provided her the opportunity to
                         implement an innovative year-long project to help a vulnerable Chicago
                         community. For her fellowship, Lamorena managed the teen programming
at Gilda’s Club Chicago, which offers free services to adults and children affected by cancer.
Lamorena also created a curriculum for Chicago Public Schools students affected by cancer. For
more, see

Rush Remembers Mayur Patel with TEDxRushU

                           Before his death in fall of 2011, Health Systems Management faculty
                           member and alumnus Mayur Patel, HSM MS ’88, was a big fan of TED, a
                           global set of conferences dedicated to sharing big ideas. To honor Patel,
                           his friends, colleagues and HSM students organized the first annual
                           TEDxRushU event, held Oct. 26, 2012. The event offered Rush students,
                           faculty and employees the chance to listen to six distinguished speakers
                           presenting on the theme of “Seizing a Day.” The event drew on Patel’s
                           passion for improving global health care and centered on the idea of
                           enhancing life at every stage.

                            The TEDxRushU conference was supported in part by a fund established
                            in Patel’s name, the Mayur Patel Innovations Award Endowed Fund. This
                            philanthropic fund will also support HSM student initiatives such as
intercollegiate case competitions and provide direct support for students pursuing innovative research
projects. College of Health Sciences alumni and Rush faculty and friends have already committed
more than $50,000 to the fund.

Support the College of Health Sciences

We hope that you will enjoy speaking with current College of Health Sciences students who will be
making outreach phone calls to alumni this spring. Please take a moment to talk with our students
about your experience, the latest alumni news and ways that you can support the college. To
contribute to the college and its students — or to share any personal or professional news — contact
the Office of Alumni Relations at (312) 942-6224 or, or donate online at

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