NEWS AND STORIES - 2014
ATTENTION PHYSICAL THERAPY ALUMNI --
Going to CSM in Indy?
Don’t miss the Upstate Physical Therapy program reunion!
Thursday, Feb. 5, 2015 ♦ 5:00 - 7:00 pm
Granite City Food & Brewery
49 West Maryland St., Indianapolis
Hors d’oeuvres will be provided. Cash bar.
Socialize with colleagues, celebrate Dr. Susan Miller upon her retirement, and meet new PT department chair Dr. Katherine Beissner.
Granite City Food & Brewery can be accessed indoors via the Skywalk.
FUNDING OPPORTUNITY FROM NYS DEPARTMENT OF HEALTH
The New York State Primary Care Service Corps (PCSC) is a state and federally funded program that provides loan repayment to non-physician clinicians who commit to practicing in the State’s Health Professional Shortage Areas (HPSAs) in return for a two- or four-year service obligation. Eligible clinicians include general and pediatric dentists and dental hygienists, nurse practitioners and physician assistants providing primary care, certified nurse midwives, clinical psychologists, licensed clinical social workers, licensed marriage and family therapists, and licensed mental health counselors.
Details of the program, including an application, can be found at http://www.health.ny.gov/funding/rfa/1409050405/index.htm
Please note the following important dates:
- Applications will be accepted on a rolling basis between January 31, 2015 and March 31, 2015;
- A webinar for applicants will be held on January 6th, 2015 at 10:00AM. Interested parties must register for the webinar by 5:00PM on December 31, 2014 at email@example.com;
- Questions from Webinar will be posted on or about January 14, 2015.
ALUMNI ASSOCIATION LOSES A FRIEND
The Alumni Association sends condolences to the family of Mimi Pfeiffer upon her passing on December 6, 2014, at age 58 in Wilmington, NC. Mimi was the association’s first alumni director, leading it from a fledgling group in 1991 into a well-established organization. By the time she retired in 2002, she had nurtured the group into an active association membership with a strong annual fund campaign supporting 20 annual student scholarships, and two faculty enrichment awards. She then worked part-time as a communications design specialist for the Upstate Foundation. In 2005, Mimi moved with her husband, Rick, to North Carolina where she worked at the University of North Carolina at Wilmington. Mimi is fondly remembered for being an alumni advocate and dedicated Upstate colleague, as well as for her personal kindness and many talents. She will be missed!
DEAN BONNER'S RETIREMENT MARKS 20 YEARS OF PROGRESS
Upon the announcement by Dean Hugh Bonner, PhD, that he will retire this summer, the University community reflected on how markedly improved he leaves the College of Health Professions.
“Hugh Bonner was one of my first administrative hires at Upstate when I first became president in 1995, and I have always considered it among my best,” said Interim President Gregory Eastwood, MD. “Dr. Bonner’s imprint on the quality preparation of our graduates will be felt for years to come.”
Dr. Bonner guided the College to become a true upper division and graduate institution, reflecting the increase in professionalism and licensure requirements. He helped lead the College toward licensure standards for both medical laboratory technology and perfusion. The MS Physician Assistant program vaulted to one of the state’s best, and the post-graduate DPT provided licensed Physical Therapists an opportunity to earn their doctorate.
A master’s medical microbiology program and new baccalaureate tracks in medical biotechnology, medical sonography, MRI and CT, were also developed. As a result, the College has grown in numbers and prestige – from 200 full-time students in 1995 to more than 400 today. Dr. Bonner helped to secure $4.5 million in federal, state and local grants as well as numerous equipment donations.
His service in national agencies for health education and specialized accreditation has brought national stature to the College. His offices have included: past president of CAAHEP, board member of NAACLS, representative on the Commission of Accreditation for Respiratory Care; and member of the NYS Respiratory Care Licensing Board (10 years). He is a site visitor for the Commission on Accreditation for PT Education.
To develop a dialogue among academic deans and CEOs of nursing and health professions accreditation societies, Dr. Bonner co-hosted national meetings under the auspices of CAAHEP and the Association of Schools of Allied Health Professions (ASAHP). He served two ASAHP board terms, and has been an ASAHP Fellow since 2005. In 2010, he received the Darrell Mase Presidential Citation – the society’s most prestigious honor for leadership in allied health education. Dr. Bonner also is a contributing editor for the Journal of Allied Health.
Dr. Bonner’s active role in NY-AHEC (Area Health Education Centers) has strengthened linkages to better meet the needs of rural medically underserved communities. He served on its board since it began in 1997 and was confirmed by Congress to serve on its federal oversight advisory committee. He provided a strong voice for the health professions in regional high schools, colleges and hospitals and he worked to prepare the health professions workforce to serve in these communities.
“Hugh Bonner gave a face to the College of Health Professions and Upstate Medical University,” said Dan Hurley, assistant vice president for Government and Community Relations. For instance, the Dean’s Leadership Coffee receptions for local elected officials and community leaders have been “a valuable conduit to grow relationships and build supporters of the College.”
Dr. Bonner has “walked the walk” in many levels of community engagement, building important relationships on the alumni board and among the over 4,000 CHP alumni along the way. “He has been a staunch supporter and participant at alumni events,” noted Alumni Association President Josie Przepiora: “It has been my pleasure to serve beside him.”
The CHP Alumni Association wishes Dr. Bonner and his wife Lynette all the best as they move to Georgia, closer to their daughter, two sons and six grandchildren.
NIH Funded Study Led by PT Educator
January 2014 -- A four-year study funded by the National Institutes of Health to determine treatment for a common flatfoot disorder is being led by Christopher Neville PT, PhD, associate professor of Physical Therapy at Upstate. Adults aged 40 and older with flatfoot due to Posterior Tibial Tendon Dysfunction (PTTD) may be eligible to participate in the Upstate clinical trial. The trial will test various ankle braces used to treat the disorder and findings will determine which brace design is most successful to use clinically and will provide insight for future device development. For more information, contact the Motion Analysis Laboratory at 315-464-9966 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Portion of $481,000 Grant for High Need PT Program
December 2013 -- Programs in the colleges of Health Professions and Nursing at Upstate will receive $481,000 in funding over the next three years to support workforce development in high need career fields. The grant is awarded through the SUNY High Need Program of the Governor’s Office.
Susan Miller, PT, DPT, chair of the Professional Doctor of Physical Therapy program, says that the CHP portion of the grant will help the program expand its program class size from its current 33 students to 40 students.
“We are very excited about the grant,” said Miller, “which includes funding to purchase a video capture system and simulation mannequin. The mannequin is ideal for physical therapy as it has moveable limbs and more accurately approximates the weight of an actual person. Also included is two years of funding for an additional faculty position, specifically with neurological expertise.” According to Miller, one of the obstacles to a larger class size is clinical placements, especially in acute care. The simulation mannequin will help the program to train students and clinical instructors to work with students in this practice setting.