Category Archives: Medical School/Allied Health Professions

Reminder: Late Drop Deadline (April 10) and Alternative Grading for Spring 2020

This is just a reminder that the late drop deadline is this Friday, April 10, at midnight. With all of the changes this spring semester due to the coronavirus outbreak, we made the decision not to change this deadline.  However, with the implementation of alternative grading, it is important to understand that a Late Drop (LD) and a Z grade (the alternative selection if an F is earned), function similarly. Like LD, a Z grade will not impact your GPA.

https://news.psu.edu/story/613137/2020/03/25/academics/optional-alternative-grading-scale-implemented-spring-2020

Part of the rationale for instituting alternative grading is to encourage you to continue to try your best in all courses, knowing that alternative grading provides protection against earning lower grades than are typical for you. It is important that you discuss plans for late dropping courses with your adviser and that you consult with Student Aid to confirm how these decisions might affect your aid eligibility going forward.

Thanks,
Rob Pangborn

Robert N. Pangborn, Ph.D.
Vice President & Dean for Undergraduate Education
and Professor of Engineering Mechanics
The Pennsylvania State University
417 Old Main, University Park, PA 16802
Phone: 814-863-1864; Fax: 814-863-7452
E-mail: pangborn@psu.edu

Temple Pre-PA Post-Bacc Program – March 5

Dr. Rarig is holding special sessions at 4:00 pm and 5:00 pm for Nutritional Sciences students who want to explore a bridge to PA school. Please e-mail Mr. Cassiday at dac293@psu.edu if you are interested in attending one of those sessions.
Temple PostBacc March 5

 

Summer Translational Cardiovascular Science Institute

Application Deadline: March 1
The College of Engineering and the College of Health and Human Development will host the 2020 Penn State Summer Translational Cardiovascular Science Institute. This program, sponsored by the American Heart Association and several Penn State units, is open to undergraduate students with
a demonstrated interest in cardiovascular science across
the country.
Application: http://bit.ly/STCSIapply20
More info: STCSI-2020_Final

UHS Clinic Intern Program: Applications Due March 8

The Penn State Clinic Intern Program provides undergraduate students who have an interest in pursuing a career in healthcare an opportunity to interact professionally with patients and medical staff in the Clinical Services department.

As an intern, students conduct patient intake exams and assist clinical staff. Volunteering gives students a first-hand understanding of the dynamics of the health care system and enhances communication skills with patients and members of the health care team. Interns earn 4-6 credits over two semesters for participating in the Clinic Intern Program. Program interns earn about 100 patient contact hours over the two semesters and may return to volunteer for additional semesters if they choose.
More info and application here: https://tinyurl.com/raccoaf

Info Sessions on 2nd Degree in Nursing (Altoona & Harrisburg)

It’s never too late to start a career in Nursing!  Students with a degree in Nutritional Sciences are well prepared for 2nd Degree Nursing Programs.
Information Sessions
Monday, Feb. 3, 2020
5:00-6:00 pm
Room 101 – Nursing Sciences Building

Tuesday, February 4, 2020
9:00-10:00 am
Room 101 – Nursing Sciences Building
Questions?
Cathy Kozak (Altoona): cek132@psu.edu
Ronda Stump (Harrisburg): rfg2@psu.edu
https://www.nursing.psu.edu/second-degree-program/

HealthWorks: Peer Health Education Outreach Program

HealthWorks, a peer health education outreach program in Health Promotion and Wellness, is currently recruiting student volunteers to become Peer Health Educators for the 2020 – 2021 academic year. The deadline for applications is February 28, 2020. Students from all majors are encouraged to apply.

Volunteering in HealthWorks helps prepare students for careers in public health, allied health fields, nursing, nutrition, medicine, advertising, and public relations.

HealthWorks peer educators work to address college health issues at Penn State, including stress, nutrition, physical activity, sleep, and sexual health.

Students have two different opportunities for promoting health among their peers: 1) One-on-one wellness services for students 2) Outreach and promotion through workshops and initiatives.  One-on-one peer educators will meet individually with students to provide free wellness services.  The topics include stress and time management, physical activity, nutrition, sleep, sexual health, and healthy relationships.

The outreach and promotion peer educators plan and implement various health promotion initiatives and efforts to encourage healthy lifestyle choices among Penn State students. Examples of HealthWorks initiatives include writing for the Healthy Penn State blog and Instagram, hosting Eating Disorder Awareness and Love Your Body week, creating healthy cooking videos, conducting minority health outreach tables, facilitating workshops on different health topics and providing HIV test counseling.

Students who apply and are accepted will receive training through a 3-credit course offered through the Department of Biobehavioral Health in Fall 2020. The course is designed to train peer health educators on health issues and health promotion theories and strategies for college students.

Students can learn more about HealthWorks and apply online at https://studentaffairs.psu.edu/health-wellness/healthy-living/volunteer-experiences-health-and-wellness/healthworks.

If students have questions, they can contact me via e-mail at promotinghealth@psu.edu or by phone at (814) 863-0461.

Interesting *NEW* Spring 2020 courses (that will count as supporting courses)

ANTH 497 – Spillover: Anthropology of Emerging Infectious Disease


BIOL 497 – Human Pathophysiology (3 credits)

This course focuses on manifestations of human diseases and what changes occur at the molecular, cellular, tissue, organ, and system levels to cause disease states. Topics covered include mechanisms of disease, inflammation repair, features of selected diseases for each body system, diagnostic testing, and pharmacotherapy. The primary goal of the course is to reinforce student knowledge of normal physiology by studying pathophysiology. The course will feature traditional didactics, case studies, group problem-based activities, and analysis of primary literature in pathophysiology.

BIOL 497 – Evolutionary Medicine (3 credits)
Evolutionary medicine is the application of evolutionary theory to the study of human health and disease. Health is affected by a number of factors, including the aging process, the microbiome, cancer, infectious disease, and antibiotic resistance. Most medical research attempts to identify how these factors can be controlled. Evolutionary medicine explores why they exist in the first place. the goal of this course is to provide students with a new perspective for understanding human health and disease. Students will distinguish the evolutionary causes of disease and the possible consequences (positive and negative) of medical and public health interventions. Students will also critique arguments posed both in the peer-reviewed scientific literature and the popular press.

HDFS 297: Art and Science of Compassion
Instructors: Robert W. Roeser, Blake Colaianne
Spring 2020, 2 Credits
1/13-3/27, W 2:30-5:30.

Human service professionals (e.g., educators, nurses, social workers, counselors, youth service workers) care for large numbers of people, and the demands of caring for so many over time can become challenging – sometimes leading to empathy fatigue and burnout. In this course, we will explore both the art of caring for others, as well as the science of care and compassion. Drawing on contemporary theories in both science and contemplative traditions like Buddhism, we will conceptualize care and compassion in terms of three basic modalities, including (1) extending care and compassion to others, (2) receiving care and compassion from others; and (3) extending care and compassion to oneself (e.g., self-care). A core component of the course will be having students learn and practice compassion exercises related to these three basic modalities and the development of the related skills of extending and receiving care. Through the development of theoretical and scientific knowledge, and through the experiential cultivation of the skills of care and compassion, students will be better able to engage and connect more effectively with others in their lives. In addition, they will be learning a key set of skills essential for thriving in the human services professions.

MATH 297 – Scientific Computation for Biology (3 credits)

SC 201 – Medical Professions (1 credit)
For students who are about a year away from applying to medical, PA, dental, PT, OT, or nursing school.

Emory Global Health Case Competition 2020 – Deadline Extended to Nov. 26!

Apologies for the late notice, but this is a great opportunity if you can submit the application by tomorrow. Six students from Penn State College of
Medicine, Dickinson Law, and University Park campuses will participate in the International Emory Global Health Case Competition on March 14, 2020 in Atlanta. The top-ranking team will be awarded a cash prize.
Application here: https://pennstate.qualtrics.com/jfe/form/SV_bQSRCur0tPcU83r
More info here: http://globalhealth.emory.edu/what/student_programs/student_funding_opportunities/case_competitions.html

If you have questions, please contact Julie Lentes at Penn State-Hershey, jlentes@phs.psu.edu or 717-531-1849.

Spring 2020 Special Course: NURS 497 Health Disparities

This would be a terrific 400-level supporting course for NUTR majors.

Nursing Special Topics Course Offering – Spring 2020

NURS 497 (#20329)– Health Disparities (3 credits)

This course will explore contemporary health disparities in the United States. Students will be introduced to health outcomes that vary by sexual orientation, gender, race, and other social determinants of health. We will learn about frameworks that have been used to explain disparate health outcomes and healthcare and discuss how scientific data can serve as an impetus to improve well-being for everyone.

This class will meet on Mondays from 9:00 AM – 11:30 AM in 271 Willard Building and will be taught by Britney Wardecker, Ph.D., Assistant Professor in the College of Nursing.

There are no prerequisites, and the course is open to all University Park students.

College of HHD Mentoring Program – Apply by Oct. 21

If you are a Nutrition major who will have junior standing as of Spring 2020 (or senior standing but plan to graduate May 2021 or later), we encourage you to apply for the College of HHD Mentoring Program (hhd.psu.edu/be-a-mentee). The HHD Mentoring Program can connect you with practicing professionals in your field of interest including the health professions (RDN’s, physicians, physician assistants, nurses), research, health education, public health and policy, and health and wellness. You can ask mentors about their day-to-day work, their education and preparation, work-life balance, and any other topic related to their field. Students who have participated in the program have found it very helpful and rewarding. The deadline for applying is Oct. 21.