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Students and Faculty Present at APTA CSM

The American Physical Therapy Association recently hosted the Combined Sections Meeting (CSM), the largest PT conference in the U.S. Below are some highlights of the research that was presented by Drexel PTRS students and faculty.

Matt Brody (DPT ‘19) presented "Measuring Physical Activity Intensity in Ambulatory Youth with Cerebral Palsy: Considerations for 'Dosing' Physical Therapy Interventions,” a study led by Margaret O’Neil, PT, PhD, MPH, in collaboration with St. Christopher's Hospital for Children, with site PI, Renee Turchi, MD, MPH and international site director and expert in physical activity measures, Stewart Trost, PhD at Queensland University of Technology in Australia.

Mohammed Alghamdi (PhD student, Health and Rehabilitation Sciences) presented “Longitudinal Changes in Physical Caregiving for Parents of Children with Cerebral Palsy,” co-authored by Lisa Chiarello, PT, PhD, FAPTA, Bob Palisano, PT, ScD, FAPTA, and Margo Orlin, PT, PhD, FAPTA, and colleagues from the University of Washington and Umm Al-Qura University in Saudi Arabia. Mohammed also presented “Ease of Caregiving for Children: A Measure of Physical Caregiving for Parents of Children with Cerebral Palsy.”

Liz Euiler (PhD student, Health and Rehabilitation Sciences) and Margaret Finley, PT, PhD presented “Association of Psychosocial Factors, Musculoskeletal Pain and Activity in Active Manual Wheelchair Users with Spinal Cord Injury: A Pilot Study,” as well as “Biopsychosocial Characteristics of Individuals with New SCI: Preliminary Data from a Longitudinal Study.”

Alumnus Mike Steimling, PT, DPT, OCS (DPT ‘13) and Kate Mitchell, PT, DPT, NCS, MSCS presented “Advent and Implementation of a Standardized Orthopaedic Clinical Education Curriculum: A Novel Approach to Clinical Education.” Kevin Gard, PT, DPT, OCS and Rob Maschi, PT, DPT, OCS, CSCS presented “Clinical Application of Running Biomechanics: How to put Research into Practice.”

Additional details about these CSM presentations and more can be found on their Facebook page.

February 21

Physical therapy students on their annual service trip to Guatemala

Global Health Scholarships Announced

Dean Gitlin will be awarding ten merit-based scholarships of $500 each to select graduate and undergraduate students who are traveling abroad in the listed service trips or Intensive Courses Abroad (ICAs) in 2019.

If a student is awarded this scholarship, they are required to blog about the trip on the Daily Dose and will be eligible to present at CNHP’s new Annual Global Event in 2020.

The Office of the Dean will review applications; the deadline is Friday, May 1, 2019.

  • Physician Assistant Department Service Trip to Canada, Graduate Level (August 2019)
  • Physician Assistant Department Service Trip to Honduras, Graduate Level (August 2019)
  • Physical Therapy Department Service Trip to Guatemala, Graduate Level (September 2019)
  • Global Aging ICA: Santiago, Chile, Sponsored by the Health Administration Department, Undergraduate and Graduate (September 2019)
  • Psychiatric Rehabilitation ICA: Functioning in the Community: Singapore Sponsored by the Counseling and Family Therapy Department, Undergraduate and Graduate (September 2019)
  • Community-based Health Care ICA: India, Sponsored by Undergraduate Nursing, Undergraduate Level (September 2019)

Click here to download the application.

February 21

Two nurses climbing stairs and conversing

Nurse Resident Applications Due FEBRUARY 21

Christiana Care Health System; Nurse Residencies and Shadowing Application will close on Thursday, February 21st at 11:59 p.m. (EST).

Come and work for the twice Magnet recognized hospital!

The July/August 2019 Nurse Residency Opportunities

July/August 2019 Nurse Residency Program

Please go to your careers webpage and choose “Nurse Residency/Nurse Extern” in the “Category” drop down box on the site.

Acute Care Nurse Residency Tracks

Critical Care Nurse Residencies

All of these positions will be posted through February 21, 2019.

February 20

Tuesday Topics

Tuesday Topic: Why Supervision

Why Supervision? An interprofessional panel discussion on the role of clinical supervision in health professions education

Tuesday, February 19, 2019
12:00 - 1:00 p.m.
Three Parkway, Room 639 or Zoom

A panel of clinical faculty members will discuss the role of clinical education and specifically clinical supervision in the education of health professionals. This discussion will include a description of the clinical education structure for each program based on the discipline requirements and the academic program structure, as well as the progression of students through stages of training in their education. Philosophies of clinical supervision will be explored and the important role that plays in connecting theory to practice will be discussed.

Scott Horowitz, MA, MT-BC, LPC, ACS
Christian Jordal, PhD, LMFT, CST
Kathryn Mitchell, PT, DPT, NCS

Click here to register.

February 19

Spring Involvement Fair

Join us at the Spring 2019 Involvement Fair to meet our student organizations and learn more about getting involved on campus!

  • Wednesday, April 3, 2019
  • 4:00 - 6:00 p.m.
  • Race Street
    33rd and Race Street

Click here to RSVP.

February 19

Ice Cream and the Brain Research Study

The College of Nursing and Health Professions is enrolling participants in a study to learn more about how eating certain foods influences brain activity.

The study consists of a total of two, 1.5-hour visits at Drexel University Center City Campus involving consumption of food and assessment of bran activity.

Each visit will be on separate days. If you're between 18 - 75 years of age and have no food allergies, you may be eligible! There is a $20 compensation ($10 for each session), free food at each visit and exposure to fNIRS technology. If you think you may be eligible or would like more information, contact us at (267) 359-6287 or

February 19

Updates in Womens Health 2019

Drexel Center for Women’s Health is hosting a CME Conference

Program Director: Shailaja Nair, MD, FACP
Program Coordinator: Brenda Wills, MEd

  • Wednesday, April 3, 2019
  • 8 a.m. – 1 p.m.
  • Geary Auditorium A, New College Building
    245 N. 15th Street

Topics and Presenters

  • 8:00 Registration and Breakfast
  • 8:30 Introduction and Overview – Shailaja Nair, MD, FACP 8:35 Protecting Women’s Hearts: Changing the Script Jessica M. Peña, MD, Weill Cornell Medicine, Division of Cardiology
  • 9:35 Diagnosis and Management of Pelvic Floor Dysfunction: A Gastroenterology Perspective Asyia Ahmad, MD, Chief, Division of Gastroenterology
  • 10:20 Break
  • 10:30 Gender Affirming Surgeries – Male to Female and Female to Male Kathy Rumer, DO, Aesthetic and Reconstructive Plastic Surgery
  • 11:15 Latest Updates on Obesity and Nutrition – Panel Discussion Stella Volpe, PhD, RD, LDN, Chair, Nutrition Sciences Department; Emily Levy, MD, Family and Sports Medicine; Elizabeth Renza Stingone, MD, Department of Surgery
  • 12:00 Updates in Contraception – Ryan Offer, MD, Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology
  • 12:55 Closing Remarks – Shailaja Nair, MD, FACP

REGISTRATION FEES: Registration is required, no cost to attend. For any non Drexel faculty and staff who would like to claim CME credit, forms will be available at the conference; there is a $40 certificate fee. No charge for nursing education credits.

Click here to register. You must register by March 8 to receive printed syllabus.

February 18

CNHP Faculty Advocating for Culinary Arts Education

Ryan Bartelmay, EdD, National Louis University, Brandy-Joe Milliron, PhD, assistant professor, Department of Nutrition Sciences, and Jonathan Deutsch, PhD, professor, Center for Food and Hospitality Management, advocate for a culinary arts education beyond vocational training — to an academic experience that integrates culinary skills with problem solving, critical reasoning, communication, and engagement with food systems.

The Culinary Workshop in Action is in press with the Journal for Culinary Education Best Practices.

Reference: Bartelmay R, Milliron BJ, Deutsch J. The culinary workshop in action: Developing cross-cutting skills. J Culinary Education Best Practices. In press.

February 17

Recruit Peer Reviewers and Board Members

Health Equity is the only peer-reviewed open access journal that meets the urgent need for authoritative information about health disparities and health equity among vulnerable populations with the goal of providing optimal outcomes and ultimately health equity for all.

They are looking to add to the editorial board members. To best serve their author community, they need to have rapid peer review. They are all working to accomplish this, but need additional colleagues to help.

They are looking to recruit trainees, colleagues at CNHP, or people in your network, to serve as peer reviewers or to join our board. If you don’t have time to recruit but would like to refer someone, please send referrals to Ana Nunez, editor-in-chief.

Health Equity is supported by grants from the W.K. Kellogg Foundation and the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, so authors have no article-processing fee or publishing costs. These grants also ensure that the research they review and accept is accessible as widely as possible and to provide a framework for achieving health equity for children, families, and communities by reducing and ultimately eliminating disparities in health and their social, economic, and environmental determinants. If you aren’t already aware, they have a free, twice monthly Health Equity Briefings that showcase promising findings, trends and resources.

February 17

Ice Cream contest flyer

The Franklin Fountain Ice Cream Contest

Please join the Center for Food and Hospitality Management to select the first and second prize winners of The Franklin Fountain Ice Cream Contest!

Our students created their own Drexel themed ice cream flavors for the contest. Ryan and Eric Berley, founders of The Franklin Fountain, selected finalists to compete in an Ice Cream Tasting event. They include Finalists are Culinary Arts and Science students: Katelyn Comerford ’20 and Bridget Heeney ’19 for their flavor "Blue and Gold," Toni Hicks ’20 for the "Dragon Breathing Fire" and Nora Vaughan ’21 for "Dragon's Breath." The winner of the competition will collaborate with The Berley Brothers to sell the Drexel flavor this spring at The Franklin Fountain.

Ice Cream Tasting and Voting

  • Wednesday, February 20
  • 9:00 a.m. (yes, it's perfectly acceptable to eat ice cream in the morning!)
  • Academic Bistro, 6th floor, Academic Building


February 17

Kaleigh Debowes, a health sciences senior, with Arun Ramakrishnan, PhD, director of research labs

Health Sciences Student Independent Study

Kaleigh Debowes, a health sciences senior who is pursuing a minor in exercise science, recently completed an independent study course with Michael Bruneau, Jr., PhD, assistant teaching professor, in strength and conditioning. As part of her experience, she worked with Arun Ramakrishnan, PhD, director of research labs, in the lab of Glenn Williams, PT, PhD, associate professor and Physical Therapy and Rehabilitation Science chair, to provide Debowes with a patient-centered perspective for what an isokinetic dynamometer works in practice.

When Debowes became interested in a career as an exercise professional with the American College of Sports Medicine, Bruneau created this independent study course for her because she needed something that CNHP hasn't yet offered to sit for the certification exam.

Bruneau created a course syllabus and met with Debowes weekly during the fall term to review the content material germane to the certification exam for the strength and conditioning component. As part of their review was the comparison between isometric, isokinetic and isotonic muscle contractions. She was familiarized with the different contractions during the course (handgrip dynamometry for isometric strength and movement of her arm with a bicep curl for isotonic since by definition isotonic represents a change in length with the same amount of tension); however, they did not have an isokinetic experience for Debowes until Bruneau checked with Ramakrishnan and realized that Williams had a Humac Isokinetic dynamometer in the lab. They reviewed the types of equipment used in the field for strength and conditioning and other exercise science-related disciplines and even provided her with an opportunity to serve as the participant who had the isokinetic dynamometry assed on herself.

February 17

Graduate Students Present at Rowan University

Roselyn Zeyl, Sumer Al-Ani, and Ana Veloso, all Master of Science-Didactic Program in Dietetic (MS-DPD) students in the Department of Nutrition Sciences, presented to undergraduate nutrition and exercise students about their involvement with nutrition education in the Philadelphia community.

Additionally, they emphasized their experience at the MS-DPD program at Drexel University. Zeyl, Al-Ani and Veloso advised the students about job opportunities and networking in the Nutrition field. As an example of a student position in the field of dietetics, the presenters discussed their participation at Eat Right Philly, Drexel’s Pennsylvania-Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program-Education (PA SNAP-Ed) program.

After the presentation, students were engaged in a question and answer session where they provided additional information about the field of nutrition and dietetics and its future.

February 12

Wellness Wednesday graphic

Wellness Wednesday

Wellness Wednesday | Yoga

Join us every other week for yoga hosted by Rec Athletics! Open to students of all levels and yogis of all levels. Don't forget to BYOM - bring your own mat!

  • February 13, 2019
  • 12:00 p.m.
  • New College Building
    245 N. 15th Street
    Room 3506-10


February 12

Better Planet. Better Kidneys. Better You.

The PA SNAP-Ed PA SNAP-Ed/EAT RIGHT PHILLY program, within the Department of Nutrition Sciences, works with 70 schools across Philadelphia, focusing on nutrition education.

Students at the Walter B. Saul High School in Philadelphia created a video based on what they learned about hydration from Alyssa Kalter, one of the wonderful nutrition educators. The students used the video as part of a Hydration Initiative to encourage all students to drink more water! Their Principal was part of the video, too!


February 11

PhD Students Present at Sports Medicine Meeting

Travis Pollen, a PhD student in Drexel’s Rehabilitation Sciences program, gave an invited presentation at the University of South Carolina Sports Medicine Meeting in Columbia, SC.

This meeting is a monthly interdisciplinary gathering of approximately 60 students, clinicians and faculty from the USC Athletic Training, Physical Therapy and Exercise Science departments. Pollen's presentation, titled “Injury Prevention: Multiple Opportunities to Reduce Risk,” focused on how sports injuries occur, why common statistical techniques fall short and the future of injury prevention.

The talk generated rich discussion and was very well-received, leaving USC with a positive impression of both Pollen and Drexel’s PhD program.

February 11

Talk on Unconscious Bias and Power Dynamics In Academia Today

The Graduate College presents this interactive workshop which will help graduate students and their peers:

  • Discover the impact of unconscious bias in graduate education and the research enterprise
  • Obtain tools to address and mitigate bias
  • Deconstruct power dynamics and learn how to influence management within graduate education and the research enterprise
  • Identify approaches to intervene for more productive outcomes

Facilitated by Ana E Nunez, MD, associate dean of Diversity, Equity and Inclusion, Drexel University College of Medicine

  • Date: Thursday, February 7, 2019
  • Event Time: 3:00 to 5:00 p.m.
  • Location: Graduate Student Lounge Main Building, Room 010A (Lower Level) 3141 Chestnut Street Philadelphia, PA 19104

February 11

Michael Tunick

The Chemistry of Chocolate and Desire

Whether it’s milk, dark or white chocolate this unique food has always been associated with pleasure, but can chemistry tell us why? Our craving for chocolate may arise from its chemical nature like the sugar, fat, caffeine, and other compounds. Furthermore, our desire may be driven by the sensory properties of chocolate, which include aroma, sweetness, and texture. Join Michael Tunick, assistant clinical professor of Culinary Arts and Food Science at Drexel University, in this free interactive broadcast as he explains the science of chocolate desire and why chemistry may be responsible for our craving.

  • Thursday, February 14, 2019
  • 2-3 p.m. ET

Click here for more information and to register.

February 11

Jennifer Nasser

HuffPost Features Faculty Member

Jennifer Nasser, PhD, RD, an associate professor in Nutrition Sciences, is quoted in a Feb. 4 HuffPost “Life” article about the brain’s reaction to comfort foods.

February 11

Success of Nutrition Sciences EAT RIGHT PHILLY

Drexel’s Department of Nutrition Sciences’ PA-SNAP-Ed/EAT RIGHT PHILLY Program positively influences school-age children’s health. Most recently, one of our Nutrition Educators, Aubrey Redd, was recognized for her good work. Antonio Romero, Community Schools Coordinator at Kensington Health Sciences Academy, recently wrote the following about Aubrey:

“I'm writing to formally acknowledge Aubrey Redd for being an incredible partner at Kensington Health Sciences Academy (KHSA). To be quite honest, Nicole Good (former Nutrition Educator) left some big shoes for her to fill and Aubrey has truly picked up right where she left off. We are so pleased with the work that Aubrey is doing and her willingness/ability to contribute to a variety of projects we have going on at KHSA. From delivering high quality lessons, to assisting with food distribution, tabling (and actually engaging people) at events, to being involved in our Healthy Schools Interns Program and investing time/thought into our work around school food, etc. In addition to being an exemplary representative of Eat.Right.Philly., Aubrey is clearly devoted and aligned with our school mission in spirit and in action. We are glad to have Aubrey as part of the KHSA team. She is crucial to the success of our school community.”

February 11

Brandy-Joe Milliron, PhD

New Project Funded

Brandy-Joe Milliron, PhD, assistant professor in the Department of Nutrition Sciences, is a co-investigator on a recently funded interprofessional cancer research study titled "Feasibility of the Enhanced Tobacco Intervention Protocol (ETIP) to Reduce Smoking and Alter the Tumor Microenvironment of Head and Neck Squamous Cell Carcinoma."

The purpose of this study is to determine the feasibility of implementing evidence-based tobacco cessation strategies in the head, neck and lung cancer populations and to compare the effectiveness of tobacco treatment integrated into cancer care in promoting smoking reduction and tobacco abstinence. This study will utilize strategies including telehealth to determine the feasibility of ETIP delivered in a community-based setting, and researchers will assess participant interest level in wellness programs focused on stress reduction, diet and exercise, and mindfulness.

This study is funded by Thomas Jefferson University’s Sidney Kimmel Cancer Center, Transdisciplinary Integrated Population Science Pilot Project Grants program.

February 11

Upcoming AACN Events and Webinars

Promising Practices for Substance Use Disorder Treatment

National Nurse-Led Care Consortium

  • Tuesday, February 12, 2019 at 2:00 pm ET

This webinar will describe the importance of integrating behavioral health into primary care to achieve optimal outcomes for patients with substance use disorder. The webinar will highlight specific needs of vulnerable populations, including residents of public housing.


Do State Restrictions on APRN's Impact Patient Outcomes?

National Nurse-Led Care Consortium & American Association of Nurse Practitioners

  • Wednesday, February 20, 2019 at 1:00 pm ET

Join Deanna E. Grimes, DrPH, RN, FAAN a Suzie Conway Endowed Professor in Nursing and head of the division of community health nursing at UTHealth, as she discusses state restrictions on APRNs and the patient impact.


AACN Student Policy Summit

  • March 24-26 in Washington, D.C.

The AACN Student Policy Summit is a three-day conference held in Washington, DC and is open to baccalaureate and graduate nursing students enrolled at an AACN member institution. Students who attend the Summit are immersed in didactic program sessions focused on the federal policy process and nursing’s role in professional advocacy. Please note: This page will be updated periodically closer to the date of the Summit. Confirmed registered students will also receive additional details about conference logistics, Capitol Hill visits, and expectations.

Invigorating Public Health in Pennsylvania through community-based Initiatives: 2019 Pennsylvania Community and Public Health Annual Conference

  • April 2 in Lancaster, PA

The Pennsylvania Public Health Association (PPHA), the Pennsylvania Office of Rural Health (PORH), the Penn State College of Medicine's Public Health Program, and the Pennsylvania Chapter for Society for Public Health Education (PA SOPHE) announce a one-day conference, Invigorating Public Health in Pennsylvania through Community-based Initiatives, which will highlight community and public health issues and initiatives for diverse and underserved populations.

February 11

First-year nursing student Collin Shotwell

McGraw-Hill Ambassador Named

A student of Krista Rompolski's anatomy class last semester is now a McGraw-Hill student ambassadors. Collin Shotwell and McGraw-Hill's Kaitlin Murray, made a video to share his best tips for success in this class. Shotwell is a first-year nursing student and gave some excellent tips for students taking their anatomy class.

Check it out!

February 11

Creative Arts Therapies Department's Sherry Goodill, PhD, clinical professor and chair, and Yasmine Awais, MAAT, ATR-BC, assistant clinical professor

Creative Arts Therapies Faculty Co-Author with Alumni

Creative Arts Therapies Department's Sherry Goodill, PhD, clinical professor and chair, and Yasmine Awais, MAAT, ATR-BC, assistant clinical professor, each co-authored a chapter in a recent book, Art and Expressive Therapies within the Medical Model, (D. Elkis-Abuhoff and M. Gaydos, Eds.) with two Creative Arts Therapies alumni.

The book explores a variety of medical populations and corresponding innovative applications and unique approaches.

February 7

Workshop on Music Therapy in Denmark

Joke Bradt, PhD, associate professor in the Department of Creative Arts Therapies, was invited to train Danish music therapists in the interactive music therapy treatment program she developed for chronic pain management for which she has received multiple NIH grants to test and refine her intervention.

Bradt gave the workshop at the University of Aalborg in Copenhagen on February 1. While in Denmark, she will also be the external evaluator for a PhD dissertation defense on the use of music listening with people with cancer.

February 7

Meditation graphic

Meditation Hour

Meditation Hour

Wednesdays from 12:30 - 1:30 p.m.

February 6, room 903
Guided Meditation: Non-judgement

February 13, room 1021
Guided Meditation: Forgiveness of Self and Others 

February 20, room 1021
Guided Meditation: Loving-Kindness

February 27, room 1021
Guided Meditation: Shifting Gears

Meditation hour is open to all staff and faculty from beginner to advance. We will be using guided meditation for the first 20 minutes, then go to relaxing music.

February 6

Physician Assistant Department Assistant Clinical Professor Adrian Banning and students Alexandra Podlesny, Mimi Teter and military veteran Nicholas Latham

Hometown Ties in the PA Program

Who calls Greater Hazleton home?

Three current clinical year Physician Assistant students and a program faculty all grew up in the same area hometown. Adrian Banning, MMS, PA-C, assistant clinical professor, and students Alexandra Podlesny, Mimi Teter and military veteran Nicholas Latham discovered their common ground through casual conversation.

Their desire to help others brought them through different paths that ultimately lead to meeting at the Drexel physician assistant program in a warm coincidence. Also from the same hometown is Drexel PA program alumni of 2006, Sam Beishline.

February 6

Dissertation Proposal Presentation - Nutrition Sciences

Please join us to support Dan Dychtwald, PhD student in the Department of Nutrition Sciences, who will present his dissertation proposal.

Dissertation Proposal Title: POPP Project – A Qualitative Study to Inform an Intervention to Promote Ongoing Paternal Participation in WIC

  • February 11, 2019.
  • 1:00 pm
  • Three Parkway, Room 639

Join in person or by live webcast! 


  • Brandy-Joe Milliron, PhD, Nutrition Sciences

Drexel University Committee members

Stella Volpe, PhD, chair, Nutrition Sciences

Joan Bloch, PhD, associate professor, Graduate Nursing

Girija Kaimal, EdD, assitant professor, Creative Arts Therapy

Linda Kilby, PhD, executive director, N.O.R.T.H., Inc. (Philadelphia WIC Program)

February 6

APHA Call for Abstracts

The American Public Health Association is now accepting abstracts for APHA's 2019 Annual Meeting and Expo.

The theme of the meeting is Creating the Healthiest Nation: For science. For action. For health. Authors are encouraged to submit abstracts on the theme and current and emerging public health issues.

Submission Deadline — Abstracts are due February 19-23.

Abstract Notification — Presenters will be notified via email of abstract status on Monday, June 3, 2019.

To submit or for additional information, click here.

February 5

Health and Aging Policy Fellowship Available

Health and Aging Policy Fellows Program

The goal of the Health and Aging Policy Fellows Program is to provide professionals in health and aging with the experience and skills necessary to help lead this effort, and in so doing, shape a healthy and productive future for older Americans.

Application deadline: April 15

February 5

Wellness Wednesday

Wellness Wednesday | De-Stress with the Graduate Student Association

Join Campus Engagement and the Graduate Student Association for a pop-up meditation event.

  • February 6, 2019
  • 12:00 p.m.
  • Student Life
  • 45 N. 15th Street
    Suite 1106


February 5

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