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Dean's Message

As we anticipate the completion of another academic year in the School of Health Sciences, I am proud to share the continued accomplishments and growth of our students, faculty and staff.

Upon taking the helm as dean this past June, it soon became clear that I am privileged to provide support and continued leadership to a remarkable group of faculty and staff. Demonstrating professional service at the local and national levels, Mary Kay Hannah (PT) was elected as the North Carolina Physical Therapy Association vice president and an American Physical Therapy Association delegate. In addition, Patti Ragan (PA) was elected to the Accreditation Review Commission-Physician Assistant (ARC-PA) Executive Committee as vice chair for 2018–19. We celebrated Melissa Murfin’s promotion to department chair/program director of the Department of Physician Assistant Studies and Nita Skillman’s promotion to director of the Client and Standardized Patient Program early this fall, and are preparing to show our gratitude to Sue Chinworth as she retires following 20 years of service to Elon and the Department of Physical Therapy Education.

Our record of scholarly accomplishment continues to expand with three articles and a book chapter published this fall and four additional articles accepted for publication. Faculty and students presented a total of five posters and gave 18 presentations at local and national meetings this semester. We look forward to the APTA Combined Sections Meeting scheduled for February 2018 in New Orleans where the Department of Physical Therapy Education has 23 abstracts accepted for presentation: a success rate of 88.5 percent! Shefali Christopher was also invited by the APTA running special interest group to debate for low tech versus high tech running interventions during the Combined Sections Meeting.

The Department of Physician Assistant Studies will also make a significant impact at the American Association of Physician Assistant’s Annual Forum this spring; six presentations have been accepted and the majority of the PA faculty are contributing to the meeting. If you are an alumnus of the PT or PA program, please reach out and share your professional accomplishments so we can add them to future correspondence. You will always be part of our Elon School of Health Sciences family!

Warm regards,
Rebecca Neiduski
Dean of the School of Health Sciences

Bringing world lessons back to the classroom

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Shefali Christopher provided physical therapy services as a member of the medical delegation supporting Team USA at the World University Games in Taipei in August 2017. 

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Fifth annual symposium focuses on empathy

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Professor Alexis Moore planned and executed the fifth annual Underserved Populations Symposium, which explored new and innovative ways of understanding and employing empathy.

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N.C. legislators get up-close look at PA program

The Department of Physician Assistant Studies welcomed Members of the North Carolina General Assembly, Senator Rick Gunn, Representative Dennis Riddell, and Representative Stephen Ross to the Gerald L. Francis Center on Sept. 19 to learn about the value that physician assistants bring to the health care system and the expertise they gain during their 27 months of training in Elon’s program.

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Rogers’ meritorious service recognized

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Elizabeth Rogers, founding dean of the School of Health Sciences and founding director of the Department of Physical Therapy Education, was one of five retired faculty and staff members to be awarded the Elon Medallion in August.

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ELON DPT STUDENT DELIVERS BACKPACK ADVICE FOR FOX 8'S 'HOUSE CALL'

Brooke Powell, a third-year student in Elon's Doctor of Physical Therapy program, offered advice to parents about how to reduce the likelihood their children's backpacks will cause back or posture problems.

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DPT STUDENT LOOKS BEYOND THE CLINIC TO IMPACT COMMUNITY HEALTH

Garrett Hoanin, class of 2017, is participating in a Global Learning Opportunity at the Whiteriver PHS Indian Hospital and San Carlos Apache Healthcare Corp. in Arizona for his six-month final internship in the DPTE program.

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GREAT CAPE ESCAPE 5K RUN RAISES $17K FOR OPEN DOOR CLINIC

In its third year, the fundraiser led by the Elon Physician Assistant Student Society supports the work of Open Door Clinic of Alamance County, which provides free health care to local residents that cannot afford to pay.

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DEAN BECKY NEIDUSKI HONORED BY AMERICAN SOCIETY OF HAND THERAPISTS

Becky Neiduski, who joined Elon earlier this year as head of the School of Health Sciences, was honored earlier this month.

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ELON PA STUDENTS PARTICIPATE IN COMMUNITY OUTREACH PROJECT

Elon PA Students participated in a service-learning project at Garrett Elementary School in Mebane, N.C., on Sept. 29, 2017.

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