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College of Health Sciences 2013 Dean's Letter to alumni
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 firstname.lastname@example.org. If you have any questions or feedback for me, please contact me at email@example.com or (312) 942-7120. Thank you for your interest in and continued support of the College of Health Sciences. Sincerely, 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 firstname.lastname@example.org. 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 www.chs.rushalumni.org/schweitzer. 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 email@example.com, or donate online at rush.convio.net/chs.
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