Category Archives: Medical School/Allied Health Professions

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.

Lift the Mask: Portraits of Life with Mental Illness

Health & Wellness Coalition – Applications Due Sept. 27

Student Affairs’ Health Promotion and Wellness (HPW) is searching for students to participate in a new Health & Wellness Coalition for the 2019-2020 academic year. The deadline to apply is September 27th. Penn State students from all majors and minors are encouraged to apply.

The purpose of the Health & Wellness Coalition is to examine student health data and identify goals and strategies to improve the health and wellness of Penn State students.

As a member of the Health & Wellness Coalition, you will participate in several planning sessions/retreats, assist in campaigns across campus, assess data, and identify strategies. Students will work alongside health promotion staff. Being a member of the coalition is a great opportunity to contribute to creating a healthy campus culture, especially in helping reduce the impact of dangerous drinking.

If selected to be on this coalition, you must be able to commit to at least the fall and spring semester. Requirements include attending 3-4 monthly planning sessions in fall semester and 1-hour monthly meetings in spring semester.  Dates and times of all planning sessions and meetings will be determined based on student availability.

To apply, fill out the Health & Wellness Coalition form at  https://tinyurl.com/y3kotx5k or on the Student Affairs website by September 27th. If you have questions, stop by 001P Intramural (IM) Building, call 814-863-0461, or e-mail Linda LaSalle at lal5@psu.edu.

The Health and Wellness Coalition is funded by a grant from the Pennsylvania Liquor Control Board.

Nutritional Sciences Students Interested in Medical, Dental, or Physician Assistant Careers

 

If you are interested in pursuing a career in medicine, dentistry, or Physician Assistant, the Health Professions Advisors in the Eberly College will be hosting these group advising sessions:

  • Med Prep (for students interested in medicine, dentistry), Thursday September 5, 6-7 pm @ 101 Thomas
  • PA Prep, Tuesday Sept. 10, 6-7pm @ 112 Buckhout
  • PA Prep, Wednesday Nov. 6, 6-7 Pm @ 201 Thomas
  • Med Prep, Monday Nov. 11, 6-7 pm @ 262 Willard

The pre-health advisors typically require students to attend one of these sessions first before making a 1-on-1 appointment. As a Nutritional Science major, you would see me to stay on track with your degree and a health professions advisor to discuss plans for medical, dental, or PA school.

Welcome to Our New Full-Time Advisor!

David Cassiday has recently started as the first Full-time Advisor for the Nutritional Sciences Department. David was previously a Health Professions Advisor at the Eberly College of Science, assisting students who were preparing for medical, dental, physician assistant, and optometry careers. His new office is in 103 Chandlee Lab (near the SNA bulletin board) and appointments can be set up with him via Starfish. He will be responsible for all course substitutions and other official advising duties for all students who have declared Nutrition as their major. Dr. Adams will still be teaching this fall, and students who want to visit with her as a faculty member are encouraged to do so. Dr. Alison Gernand will continue to be the project advisor for all Schreyers’ Honor Students in the department.

Students are encouraged to make appointments with David through Starfish as needed upon returning to University Park. However, during Drop/Add Week (August 26-30) David will be holding only walk-in hours from 9 a.m. – 11:30 and from 1-4:00 p.m.  After the first week of classes, please feel free to set up a time to meet with David as needed.

Planning a Career in Medicine? Visit the Health Professions Advising Office

The Health Professions Advising Office offers group advising sessions for students interested in medical, dental, podiatry, and physician assistant programs.  Health Professions Advising is available to any Penn State student who wants to explore, prepare, and apply for training in a health profession career.

Health Professions Group Advising Sessions cover topics such as Med Prep, Medical Applicants, PA Prep, PA Applicants and more! Check out the Prehealth Advising website for times, dates and locations of sessions http://science.psu.edu/premed/advising  

You will also want to subscribe to The Penn State Science Health Professions Blog.  It is a valuable tool to learn about upcoming opportunities related to research, employment, volunteer opportunities, open houses, scholarships and more for students pursuing health care careers. Click here to subscribe to the Premedicine, Science, & Prehealth Newsletter.

The Pre-Health Advising Center has relocated to the East Wing of
Ritenour Building.