Program News & Notes

Healthy Times, Summer 2002

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Applications Increase for Nurse Anesthesiology Program

This year, interest in UDM's Nurse Anesthesiology program reached an all-time high. The program received a total of 104 applications for the fall 2002 class, surpassing its previous annual record of 76 applications.

"Faculty are very excited by the caliber of the students," says Michael Dosch, chair of the Nurse Anesthesiology Program, St. Joseph Mercy Hospital-Oakland.

Due to the increased demand, the program expanded the size of the accepted class by 30 percent at St. Joseph Mercy Hospital-Oakland and by 20 percent at Henry Ford Hospital.

Demand for qualified nurse anesthetists is very high in southeastern Michigan, the rural areas of the state, and nationwide. Due to the national shortage of nurse anesthetists, employment opportunities are extensive. According to Dosch, this is an excellent time to consider a career as a nurse anesthetist.


Physician Assistant Highlights

Race for the Cure

PA students participated in the Barbara Ann Karmanos "Race for the Cure" Run/Walk on Saturday, April 20, at Comerica Park to raise awareness and funding for breast cancer research. PA students included Sonia McLeod, Lisa Brown, Amy Juodawlkis, Chauna Brooks, Aundrea Burns, Cindy Miller, David Claeys, Brian Glefke and Nicole McKenna.

  • PA students Sharon Goff and Amy Pistanek were honored with the Alumni Community Service award in recognition of their academic standing and community service of more than six months. Award recipients, who are selected by PA alumni, are in the final year of the program and receive $1,000 as part of the award.

  • PA students visited Lansing this spring to observe the legislative process in action and learn how Michigan's health policy is determined. PA students in attendance included Heather Burgess, Chris Debano, Kerry Ellis, Katie Johnson, Nan Kenyon, Erik Saulitis, Julie Schrock and Deb Stewart.

  • Former PA instructor Sandra Keavey and PA alumni Abby Kerr, Keri Koshkarian and Tricia Lautenbach presented a poster and oral presentation on "A Comparative Analysis of Prescription-Writing Errors in a Community-based Pharmacy" at the American Academy of Physician Assistants national meeting in Boston in May.

  • PA students volunteered at Project Health Living at the Detroit Medical Center this spring, providing free health information and screenings to community residents.


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