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Tenth pinning ceremony marks entry of 29 new nurses to profession

Tenth pinning ceremony marks entry of 29 new nurses to profession

Held in the presence of family and friends on Sept. 15, the Graduate School of Nursing Graduate Entry Pathway Pinning Ceremony kicked off Convocation Week 2014 at UMass Worcester with a tradition that signifies the nursing students’ readiness to become registered nurses as they continue their studies towards graduate degrees.

Advanced practice nursing student ready to ‘make a difference’

Advanced practice nursing student ready to ‘make a difference’

About to be pinned as a registered nurse, GSN student Kasia Dodman is well on her way to caring for hospital patients as a nurse practitioner specializing in cancer care. The Graduate Entry Pathway pinning ceremony will kick off Convocation events at UMass Worcester Monday, Sept. 15, at 6 p.m.

Convocation 2014 celebrates faculty and student achievement at UMass Worcester

Convocation 2014 celebrates faculty and student achievement at UMass Worcester

UMass Worcester marks the start of the academic year with a full slate of events the week of Sept. 15 to 19 designed to recognize the accomplishments of students and faculty.

Expert’s Corner: UMMS pediatrician explains rare respiratory illness outbreak in parts of country

Expert’s Corner: UMMS pediatrician explains rare respiratory illness outbreak in parts of country

The Centers for Disease Control is warning of a spike in cases of a rare respiratory illness identified as enterovirus D68 that is sickening children in about a dozen states, though none have yet been reported in New England. Pediatrician Christina Hermos explains the symptoms and treatment in this Expert’s Corner video.   

‘Near death, and overmedicated:’ New York Times columnist weighs in on UMMS study findings

‘Near death, and overmedicated:’ New York Times columnist weighs in on UMMS study findings

The new UMMS study led by Jennifer Tjia, MD, MSCE, that found nursing home residents with advanced dementia often receive medications of questionable benefit prompted a strong reaction from a New York Times columnist.  

New UMMS study shows medications of questionable benefit used in advanced dementia

New UMMS study shows medications of questionable benefit used in advanced dementia

Nursing home residents with advanced dementia often receive medications of questionable benefit with costly consequences, according to a new study by researchers at UMass Medical School, published online in the Journal of the American Medical Association Internal Medicine on Sept. 8.

Telegram: UMMS students write ‘prescription’ program for fresh produce

Telegram: UMMS students write ‘prescription’ program for fresh produce

Second-year medical students Elizabeth Rosen, Kathryn Bailey and Rachel Erdil started the Farm to Health Center Initiative in July, offering free vegetables and fruits to hundreds of families on Thursday mornings at the Worcester Family Health Center to help address the high level of food insecurity among patients.  

Debbie Sacra requests prayers for husband and practical help for Ebola-stricken Liberia

Debbie Sacra requests prayers for husband and practical help for Ebola-stricken Liberia

In response to the outpouring of concern for her husband, Richard Sacra, MD, the third American doctor infected with Ebola in Liberia, Debbie Sacra expressed gratitude and hope at a press conference at UMass Medical School moments after the announcement that he was headed to Nebraska for treatment. 

UMMS colleagues describe dedication of Richard Sacra

UMMS colleagues describe dedication of Richard Sacra

When news broke that Richard Sacra, MD, was the third American doctor to contract Ebola while providing care in West Africa, his colleagues at UMass Medical School were heartsick but unsurprised  he had chosen to return to Liberia in the midst of a crisis that is overburdening an already fragile health care system.  

‘I wear my head shaved pretty proudly,’ UMass Medicine Cancer Walk participant tells NECN

‘I wear my head shaved pretty proudly,’ UMass Medicine Cancer Walk participant tells NECN

Charity Grzelecki, call center manager at UMass Medical School affiliate UHeathSolutions, shaved her head after surpassing her UMass Medicine Cancer Walk fundraising goal of $1,000, according to a report on Charter TV3 Worcester News Tonight and New England Cable News.

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