Announcements Spring 2014

The PA program is undergoing some exciting changes!

Provost Sukhatme recently approved a change in title from “Physician Assistant Studies Program” to “Department of Physician Assistant Studies.” With the change, Dean Feldman has appointed Clinical Associate Professor Kathleen Roche to the position of Department Chair (formerly Director).

In addition, effective September 1, 2013, all full-time PA teaching staff lines were converted to clinical faculty lines. During the fall semester, the PA faculty worked on ranking and promotion guidelines, and effective January 1, 2014 their clinical ranks reflect the change, as appropriate.

We are delighted to announce that in 2013 the PA program was approved fora 7-year period of ARC-PA continuing accreditation.   

The PA program is growing: we recently grew our entering class from 56 to 85 students and our online MS completion track from grew fewer than 20 to over 40 students.  Our proposal to expand to the program to the Pleasantville campus is in progress. Stay tuned!

The College of Health Professions cut the ribbon on our newly renovated labs on November 8.  The labs have the latest generation of human patient simulators (HPS), along with a video capture and playback system that includes camera feeds from the simulation rooms. The labs enable students to practice skills, familiarize themselves with electronic medical records, and prepare medications using computerized systems to reduce the chance of error.  You can read about the new labs in the Westchester County Business Journal; click here for the article.

Dean Harriet R. Feldman, PhD, RN, FAAN and former Lienhard Graduate Chairperson Rona Levin, PhD, RN received national recognition for their book, Teaching Evidence-Based Practice in Nursing, second edition, which has been awarded second place in the 2013 AJN (American Journal of Nursing) Book of the Year Awards in the Nursing Education/Continuing Education Category.  AJN announced the award in January. 

PA professors are publishing with their students:

  • Clinical associate professor Ellen Mandel, DMH, MPA, PA-C, and PA graduates Carolyn Mueller, PA-C, RT(R), Molly Perry, PA-C, RD, Lisa DeCicco, PA-C published a CME article on colorectal cancer screening in the November 2013 Clinician Review.
  • Assistant clinical professor Denise Rizzolo, PhD, PA-C, and Krista Tannery, MPA-C, a 2012 graduate of the PA completion program published their article “Pancreatic cancer: Practical strategies for early diagnosis and management” is in the October 2013 JAAPA.
  • Assistant clinical professor Denise Rizzolo, PhD, PA-C, and Anita Hariprashad, RPA-C, a recent PA graduate published their article "Acute respiratory distress syndrome: An overview for physician assistants" in the September 2013 JAAPA.
  • Clinical associate professor Ellen Mandel, DMH, MPA, PA-C, and PA students Eric Chin & Yosif Arabov published their article "A guide for screening, diagnosing, and managing Chagas disease in the United States" in the September 2013 JAAPA.

PA students continue to volunteer throughout 

their community: On February 7th, the PA class of 2015 raised funds and wore red to raise awareness about the dangers of heart disease.  On Nov. 3, PA students volunteered at the NYC Marathon (see photo on left); PA students also recently volunteered with the Tzu Chi Manhattan Service Center to feed the elderly & hungry.  In addition, to commemorate Veteran's Day, PA students raised funds for military children (see photo on right).

Lienhard faculty, students, and alumni recently presented at The Mount Sinai Hospital Center for Nursing Research & Education's Annual Nursing Research Day & Poster Session, held in New York City on December 11.

Esma Paljevic was selected in September to be on the Advisory Committee for the American Nurses Association (ANA) Code of Ethics for Nurses Revision Panel.  According to the ANA, "The world of professional nursing practice and health policy is ever evolving to meet the new dynamics of care needs in every setting. In order to effectively address these changes, ANA uses Professional Issues Panels to drive toward informed decision-making, member engagement and active dialogue with members. Each Panel will include both a Steering Committee and an Advisory Committee to ensure sufficient rigor while also allowing for broad feedback from a full range of practice arenas and interests.  This exciting and dynamic format seeks to draw on the knowledge and expertise of every ANA member." The anticipated timeframe for completion of the revision is November 2014 to prepare for consideration by the ANA Board of Directors in December 2014.

Nursing professor Marie Truglio-Londrigan, PhD, RN, was inducted as a Fellow of the New York Academy of Medicine (NYAM), one of the nation’s oldest medical academies in November.  She joins an elite group of approximately 3,000 fellows, including doctors, nurses and health care administrators, who are rigorously selected for a combination of certification in a health care specialty, scholarship, and active involvement in professional and community change. The Academy, founded in 1847, is an effective advocate in public health reform and a major center for health education.  Other CHP NYAM members are Dr. Joanne Singleton and Dr. Harriet R. Feldman. 

Sandra B. Lewenson, EdD, RN, FAAN, was honored at the American Association for the History of Nursing conference in September, where she received two awards: The Mary M. Roberts Award for Exemplary Historical Scholarship and Writing for the book she co-edited with Patricia D'Antonio (another awardee), Nursing Interventions Through Time: History as Evidence, published in 2011 by Springer; and The 2013 President's Award for Outstanding Service to the American Association for the History of Nursing.  Professor Lewenson was recognized for making major contributions to the organization and for the tremendous amount of service, advocacy and devotion she has provided to the Association over many years.

Chris Walther, Academic Services Coordinator, College of Health Professions and Adjunct Assistant Professor of Psychology, went to South Africa in September to participate in the Golden Key Conference. He also took some time to tour a game reserve and safari, Robben Island, and Cape Town’s Table Mountain.

Students from the Combined Degree Program participated in their completion ceremony in December.  A new group of well-prepared nurses joins the field!