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    Being a health professions student is inherently stressful. Academic systems and curricula that encourage students to strive for perfection can enhance these stressors and have negative impacts on the mental health of students. There are evidence-based interventions to help students with depression and anxiety.

    • December 2
    • 7-8 p.m.

    Stuart Slavin, MD, MEd, senior scholar for well-being at the Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Education (ACGME), will be sharing what's been working for him. This event is being hosted by CNHP's Physician Assistant Department along with Alumni relations.

    Event details, registration and CME information are available.

    November 29

  • Two Faculty Members Deliver Podium Presentation

    Undergraduate Nursing's Beth Desaretz Chiatti, PhD, associate clinical professor and Professor Maureen Sullivan Gonzales, MSN, assistant clinical professor, presented Infusing Joy in our Students: Transforming the Classroom into an Inclusive Learning Community at the 2021 Sigma International Honor Society of Nursing 46th Biennial Convention on November 6, 2021 held in Indianapolis.

    November 29

  • Tuesday Topics

    Tuesday Topic: Meeting the Moment—Empowering You, Empowering Change

    • November 30
    • 4–5:00 p.m.
    • Live Webcast

    Imagine a world where the workplace is equal for all. The demand for equality in the workplace – and society at large - is unrelenting (as it should be). What each of us does now matters. Equality can no longer wait.


    • Andrea Martin Inokon, Founder and CEO of The 1972 Project

    All are welcome! Students, faculty, professional staff and community providers are encouraged to attend. This session is ideal for all those who identify as female, as well male conspirators in the fight for gender equality. Presented by the Board of Diversity, Equity and Inclusion: Dr. Veronica Carey, Chair.


    Check out upcoming Tuesday Topics here.

    November 26

  • Nurse Anesthesia Received Reaccreditation

    The Council on Accreditation for Nurse Anesthesia Educational Programs (COA) accredits all nurse anesthesia programs across the country, including Puerto Rico. Programs can be reaccredited anywhere between a minimum of one year (or even probation), up to the maximum of 10 years.

    CNHP's Nurse Anesthesia program hosted a two-day virtual site visit with two site reviewers, and on November 9 an email from the COA stated the are granting us a ten-year reaccreditation. The next accreditation visit will be in fall 2031.


    November 23

  • Dean’s Innovation in Healthcare Education Awards Announced

    The review process for the recipients of the 2021 Dean's Innovation in Healthcare Education Awards has been completed. Congratulations to the following applicants for their exciting research projects!

    Catherine Quay (PI), Kate Morse (Co-I), Arun Ramakrishnan (Co-I) and Rose Ann DiMaria Ghalili (Co-I)
    Project title: Immersive Virtual Reality (IVR) Simulation on Aging and Examining the Effect on Empathy

    MaryLou McHugh (PI) and Beth Leonberg (Co-I)
    Project title: eLearning Gamification of Nutrition Assessment Skills

    Kate Morse (PI), Maureen Gonzales (Co-I) and Genevieve Porrecca (Co-I)
    Project title: Drexel Deliveries: The Lived Experience of Nursing Students Immersed in Labor and Delivery Simulations

    These year-long projects are expected to lead to presentations, publications and/or grant submissions, and the teams will also produce a final report and presentation, which the CNHP community will be invited to view. We look forward to sharing project updates later in the year.

    The next deadline for applications for the Dean’s Innovations in Healthcare Education Fund is March 1, 2022. Collaborations with other faculty across the university are encouraged. We hope you will consider applying.

    November 23

  • Bradt receives funding from NEA to study music therapy for chronic pain in active duty service members

    Joke Bradt, PhD, professor and program director of the PhD in Creative Arts Therapies program, received a grant from Creative Forces®: NEA Military Healing Arts Network to examine the impact of group music therapy for chronic pain management in active duty service members with co-morbid chronic pain and mild TBI.

    Bradt is collaborating with a research team at Joint Base Elmendorf-Richardson (Anchorage, AK).

    November 22

  • McLaughlin Defends Dissertation

    Please join us in congratulating Kristen McLaughlin, PhD, an assistant clinical professor in Graduate Nursing, for successfully defending her dissertation entitled Development and Initial Validation of an Instrument Measuring Role-Specific Knowledge in Academic Nurse Educators.

    Well done Dr. McLaughlin!

    November 22

  • Textbook & Academic Authors Association (TAA) Membership

    Don’t miss the opportunity to tap into your Textbook & Academic Authors Association (TAA) membership.

    TAA is a non-profit, interdisciplinary organization dedicated to helping academic authors thrive. Registration activates your membership to this valuable resource. You will receive a link to the archived orientation webinar to help get you started with this valuable resource.  Please contact Dana Kemery, EdD, director of Innovative Course Design and Technological Infusion and associate clinical professor, with any questions.

    November 22

  • Table top with kitchen items including a cutting board, kitchen knife, recipe, bowl of beans lime and juicer and a plate showing recommended portion sizes.

    PA SNAP-Ed/EAT RIGHT PHILLY Program FY 2020-2021 Annual Report

    Drexel University’s Department of Nutrition Sciences PA SNAP-Ed/EAT RIGHT PHILLY (ERP) Program Annual Report for FY 2020-2021 is now available. This report highlights the accomplishments of the Drexel ERP team over the past year. Also featured is the transition in the program to include more program development, evaluation and peer-reviewed publications going forward, keeping it in line with Drexel's R1 status.

    Please take a few minutes to read about Drexel ERP team's work and the changes they were able to make to continue the important mission of the program in a virtual world.

    November 22

  • Student Research Accepted for Presentation

    Dimitra “Krissi” Thomopoulos, MS, a Nutrition Sciences PhD student, and Sofia Weingarten, an undergraduate STAR Fellow, both working on research with Jennifer Nasser, PhD, associate professor of Nutrition Sciences, have had individual research projects accepted for presentation at the annual meeting of the American Association for the Advancement of Science.

    Thomopoulos will present her work in an oral talk, and Weingarten will present a poster. Student presentations will be judged in a competition, with winning presentations published in Science, a well-respected journal with an impact factor of 41.84.

    November 18

  • PhD in Creative Arts Therapies candidates Bani Malhotra (pictured at the top of the photo) and Asli Arslanbek (pictured at the bottom of the photo).

    Students receive awards at the American Art Therapy Association Annual Meeting

    Two PhD candidates in Creative Arts Therapies received scholarships at the annual meeting of the American Art Therapy Association. Bani Malhotra was awarded the Irene Rosner David Medical Art Therapy Scholarship and Asli Arslanbek received the Rawley Silver Award for Excellence.

    Congratulations to you both on your accomplishments.

    November 18

  • Headshot of Joke Bradt, PhD

    Bradt serves panel at the WHO symposium

    Joke Bradt, PhD, a professor and program director of the PhD in Creative Arts Therapies program, participated in a research panel at the WHO symposium at the Metropolitan Museum of Art on Sunday Nov 14.

    As a side session of the UN General Assembly, the symposium convened key stakeholders to discuss global arts and health research, practice and policy implementation. This symposium was the culminating event of a year-long program of Arts and Healing related city activations as part of Healing Arts New York.

    November 15

  • Theresa Fay-Hillier Headshot

    New Academy of Forensic Nursing Distinguished Member Announced

    Theresa Fay-Hillier has been selected as a Distinguished Member with the Academy of Forensic Nursing DF-AFN. She is one of only a select few nurses to be recognized and received this designation.

    Fay-Hillier was recognized for her performance and the hard work she's contributed to the Academy and its success which has overarching goal to build a community wherein forensic nursing professionals can grow professionally and, in turn, contribute to the field and the broader society.

    Congratulations Dr. Fay-Hillier!

    November 15

  • Headshot of Joke Bradt, PhD

    Music therapy for depressive symptoms in adults with cancer

    A secondary analysis study of hospital data co-authored by Joke Bradt, PhD, professor and PhD in Creative Arts Therapies program director, and colleagues at Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center suggests that music therapy was associated with greater reduction in depressive symptoms than massage therapy in adults with cancer.

    November 11

  • CNHP physician assistant students pictured left to right: Kacie Riebman, Samantha Noel, Helen Hiserman (PSPA Awards Committee Chair), and Elizabeth Sinclair.

    Physician Assistant Students Win Scholarships

    Four CNHP physician assistant students were awarded scholarships for essays they submitted to the Pennsylvania Society for Physician Assistants.

    Prenna Jackson, who's essay addressed "How to Diversify the PA Profession," is one of two PA students in the state of Pennsylvania chosen for the 2021 Thomas J. Lemley Award for Health Disparities Competition.

    Elizabeth Sinclair, Samantha Noel and Kacie Riebman were awarded scholarships based on their essay submissions for the Nathaniel Alston Student Achievement Scholarships, which recognizes students who have demonstrated the highest standards of the PA profession through their experience and knowledge by promoting goodwill, public recognition and professional development of the PA profession.

    The scholarships were awarded at the 46th PSPA Annual CME Conference held in October. Pictured left to right are Kacie Riebman, Samantha Noel, Helen Hiserman (PSPA Awards Committee Chair), and Elizabeth Sinclair.

    November 8

  • CNHP physician assistant students pictured from left to right: Elizabeth Sinclair, Kacie Riebman, Emily Gilhool, Audrey Zavada, Adrian Ortega, Maura McCann, Rachel Tuschak, and Cori Gercken.

    PA Students Chosen to Present Scholarship Posters at PSPA Conference

    CNHP physician assistant students submitted work they completed for their graduate projects to the Pennsylvania Society for Physician Assistants Annual Educational Conference held in Kalahari, PA in October.

    For students to be accepted, they were required to meet the same criteria as practicing PAs and be available to discuss their work with PAs attending this year's hybrid conference.  Eight additional students presented their posters in a virtual platform.

    Students, both in-person and virtually included:

    • Elizabeth Sinclair
    • Kacie Riebman
    • Emily Gilhool
    • Audrey Zavada
    • Adrian Ortega
    • Maura McCann
    • Rachel Tuschak
    • Cori Gercken
    • Prenna Jackson
    • Olivia Rubeski
    • Amy Diep
    • Juliana Torres
    • Kayla Garcia-Soltero
    • Laura Escalona
    • Elana Pascoguin
    • Madelyn Gard

    Congratulations to all!

    November 8

  • Tuesday Topics

    CNHP READS: Climate justice in short fiction

    • November 9
    • 4–5:00 p.m.
    • Live Webcast

    As part of Drexel’s “climate action year,” the Boards of Diversity, Equity and Inclusion and Global Health Engagement are partnering for three college-wide short story reading events. For each meeting, we will discuss short stories that engage both Global Health and DEI as well as the growing global warming crisis.

    For the first event, we will discuss two very short stories, “Dusk” by Lauren Groff and “A Full Life” by Paolo Bacigalupi, that raise questions of intergenerational justice and solidarity in the climate crisis.


    • Jesse Ballenger, PhD, Health Administration Department
    • Sharrona Pearl, PhD, Health Administration Department

    All are welcome! Students, faculty, professional staff and community providers are encouraged to attend. Presented by the Board of Diversity, Equity and Inclusion, Dr. Veronica Carey, Chair and Board of Global Healthcare Engagement, Dr. Jane Greene Ryan, Chair.


    Check out upcoming Tuesday Topics here.

    November 8

  • Headshot of Joke Bradt, PhD

    Bradt appointed to the SIO-ASCO Expert Panel for Cancer Care Guideline

    Joke Bradt, PhD, professor and PhD in Creative Arts Therapies program director, has been appointed to serve on an expert panel charged with the development of the Society for Integrative Oncology (SIO) and American Society of Clinical Oncology joint guideline titled “Integrative oncology care of anxiety and depressive symptoms in adults with cancer clinical practice guideline.”

    November 8

  • Rosemary Trout, DHSc, MS, BS

    Trout invited to speak to NC State's Food Science Department students and faculty 

    Rose Trout, DHSc, assistant professor, and Culinary Arts & Food Science program director was invited to present on the topic of food in the media to students and faculty in the Food Science Department at North Carolina State University.

    November 1

  • Rosemary Trout, DHSc, MS, BS

    Trout invited as keynote speaker at American Dairy Association Northeast

    Rosemary Trout, DHSc, assistant professor and program director Culinary Arts & Food Science, was invited as the keynote speaker at the Annual meeting for the American Dairy Association Northeast in September 2021. She spoke to farmers, food professionals and food media about incorporating dairy into recipes and food formulations. Trout also did two food demos for the group.

    November 1

  • Adult male snacking on fruit at work

    Nutrition Sciences Services Nutrition Counseling for All Employees, Faculty, and Staff

    Are you thinking about getting your health back on track this fall quarter? Or are you interested in tips to maintain a balanced lifestyle at the start of your college career? Ditch the diets and learn how to eat right for life with help from a food and nutrition expert!

    Drexel University employees are eligible for SIX visits per year with a registered dietitian nutritionist at no extra cost through their Independence Blue Cross health insurance plan. Beginning on November 1, 2021, outpatient nutrition counseling with a licensed registered dietitian will be available to the entire Drexel University community. Additional insurance plans are accepted, and Telehealth is available for preferred clients. Whether you are a student, professional staff member or faculty member, our goal is to help you lead happy and healthy lives through nutrition.

    Sign up for an appointment today at We are looking forward to meeting you!

    November 1

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