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Communication the focus of conference for health care educators

Equipping future health professionals with the skills and tools for successful communication was the focus of the annual Health Care Pathways Conference, hosted by the Massachusetts Area Health Education Center (MassAHEC) in November.

High school students learn about future health care jobs

To promote an interest in the next generation of health care professionals, Barre Health Center hosted 20 students from Quabbin Regional High School recently. The students are members of Health Occupations Students of America (HOSA), a national program of future health professionals, affiliated and managed in Massachusetts through UMMS by the MassAHEC Network.

Larsen kicks off Perspectives in Health Care series

Steve Larsen, JD, MA, director of the Center for Consumer Information and Insurance Oversight, Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services, U.S. Dept. of Health and Human Services, will kick off Commonwealth Medicine’s 2011-2012 Perspectives in Health Care speaker series. Larsen will be presenting “Implementing the Affordable Care Act: Federal Perspective on States’ Progress” on Tuesday, Nov. 29, 10–11 a.m. in the 4th floor amphitheater on the South Street campus in Shrewsbury. A question and answer period will follow the presentation.

Post doc contributes to book promoting Puerto Rican science

Wilfredo E. De Jesus-Monge, MD, MSc, a postdoctoral research fellow in the lab of Brian C. Lewis, PhD, associate professor of molecular medicine, contributed two essays in the book ¡Ciencia Boricua! Ensayos y anécdotas del científico puertorro (Boricuan Science: essays and anecdotes of the Puerto Rican scientist).

Calendar captures children touched by students’ international work

A 2012 calendar filled with photos taken by UMass Medical students, capturing the smiling faces of children from around the world, is now available to purchase. Proceeds from the sale of the calendars will go toward projects in the town of Behwalay, Liberia, and to support Nicaraguan medical students so they can to come to UMass Medical School for month-long clinical electives.

UMass nursing scholars convene at five-campus forum

Students in pursuit of the PhD in Nursing degree from all five University of Massachusetts campuses convened centrally for the third annual Five-Campus PhD Nursing Student Forum, held last month at the University's South Street Campus in Shrewsbury, also home to much of the UMass Worcester Graduate School of Nursing. The event provides students with an informal, open venue that encourages them to compare notes and share challenges and successes related to their educational experiences. Program planning for the annual event rotates among campuses, with this year’s agenda developed by Donna Zucker, PhD, associate professor and graduate program director at the UMass Amherst School of Nursing, and Barbara Mawn, PhD, professor of nursing and PhD program director at UMass Lowell.

T&G: UMass Medical School to help Liberia

Katherine Luzuriaga, MD, associate provost of Global Health, professor of medicine and pediatrics, talked to the Worcester Telegram & Gazette’s Karen Nugent about the new $7.2 million grant to establish medical education programs at the University of Liberia. The article, appearing in today’s business section, reports on the project by UMass Medical School, Indiana University and the University of Liberia to create the Center for Excellence in Health and Life Sciences in Liberia, funded by the U.S. Agency for International Development through Higher Education for Development.

Launching medical education studies in Liberia

In an effort to substantially improve medical care for war-torn Liberians, UMass Medical School is partnering with the University of Liberia (UL) and Indiana University (IU) to establish health care training programs in the impoverished African nation.

T&G: Healthy cooking classes help educate doctors

Barbara C. Olendzki, RD, MPH, LDN, assistant professor of medicine and nutrition program director of the Center for Applied Nutrition, talked to the Worcester Telegram & Gazette about the new healthy cooking program for cardiologists, medical students and doctors from other specialties. Jennifer Fournier, RD, LDN, who teaches the classes, was also interviewed, along with Lynne Li, MD, clinical associate professor of medicine, and James Chesebro, MD, professor of medicine, who have both taken the classes.

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