IN THIS ISSUE
- Chancellor Brown Issues Statement on WSU's Plans to Address Primary Care Crisis
- Multi-Family Group Treatment Studied to Help Spinal Cord Injury Victims
- $100K Bank Foundation Gift Completes Goal to Fund Medical Education in Spokane
- SLIDESHOW: Future Health Providers Tackle Patient Care Challenge
- Sue Marsh: From Aspiring High School Gym Teacher to Scientist
- VIDEO: New WSU Spokane Cable Show to Highlight Growth in Health Sciences
- SLIDESHOW: Research Symposium Highlights Science, Health Care Innovations
- Gritty Tale of Seattle Pioneer Midwife Written by WSU Nurse
- Feedback Invited for WSU Strategic Plan
- In the News
- Community Connections
- Personnel and Staffing Changes
- Way to Go!
Washington State University Spokane Chancellor Lisa Brown issued this statement yesterday, in response to a University of Washington press release announcing plans for a "Next Generation WWAMI" medical education expansion in Spokane:
"We welcome the University of Washington’s interest in addressing how best to meet the critical need for more primary care in our region.
"In fact, President Floyd and I met with UW President Michael Young and UW School of Medicine Dean Paul Ramsey on March 12 to share our plans to study how to best expand medical education in Spokane. We discussed the need for the WWAMI model to evolve because the state has fallen further behind in addressing the shortage of primary care physicians.
"The Spokane community has long recognized that the number of students admitted to the UW School of Medicine from our state (120 in 2013) is in the bottom five in the country in the availability of seats for our own students. Spokane’s health care and business community have aspired to capitalize on our excellent health care system and resources invested by the state legislature to provide full four-year medical education and health sciences research on campus.
"With our new Pharmaceutical and Biomedical Sciences Building, the timing is right to have a statewide dialogue about the best structure for meeting medical education needs in the future.
"President Floyd and I will be sharing more about recent developments on campus and our plans for the future next week with editorial boards and key stakeholders. We anticipate the community involvement process to continue well beyond that.
"Citizens will be well served by combined efforts of the state's two major research universities and our numerous community partners to put more emphasis on this long-standing issue."
By Judith Van Dongen
Every year, severe trauma caused by motor vehicle accidents, falls, violence and sports results in more than 12,000 spinal cord injuries in the United States, mostly in young men. Those dealing with this life-changing condition may soon have a better way to cope, thanks to a new collaborative research project by Washington State University Spokane and St. Luke’s Rehabilitation Institute.
"Spinal cord injury impacts so many aspects of a person's health and daily life, and we’ve recognized that more could be done to support this population," said WSU Professor of Psychology Dennis Dyck, who leads the project with Douglas Weeks, senior research investigator at St. Luke's Rehabilitation Institute.
Dyck (left) and Weeks
The researchers will conduct a clinical trial to establish whether multi-family group treatment—a psychoeducational intervention originally developed for schizophrenia—can help improve the quality of life of persons with spinal cord injury and their caregivers. The two-year project is funded through a $289,495 psychosocial research grant from the Craig H. Neilsen Foundation, a private grantmaking foundation that focuses on spinal cord injury research and rehabilitation.
"We want to see if an intervention that provides more focus on psychological support is going to have a positive impact on the lives of patients and their caregivers," said Weeks, adding that spinal cord injury puts particular stress on family members who are suddenly thrust into the role of caregiver.
Information versus individualized support
The research team will recruit 32 people who were discharged from inpatient treatment for spinal cord injury at St. Luke’s Rehabilitation Institute within the past three years, along with their primary caregivers. Each patient-caregiver team will be randomly assigned to one of two groups: a group that will receive multi-family group treatment - which offers individualized education, support and coping strategies to help manage spinal cord injury - or an active control group that will be given general information in a lecture format.
Both groups will receive six months of treatment led by experienced clinicians at St. Luke’s. The first groups will start this summer.
To determine the effectiveness of multi-family group treatment for those living with spinal cord injury, the researchers will measure outcomes in a wide variety of areas, such as participants' physical and psychological health, quality of life and level of involvement in their treatment, as well as the quality of relationships with their caregivers and caregiver burden. They will compare these outcomes for the treatment group versus the active control group and will also look at participants who have been discharged more recently (up to 18 months prior to the start of the study) versus less recently (18 to 36 months prior).
"We think the individualized, problem-solving approach of multi-family group treatment is going to be helpful overall, but especially so for those who are still new to having to cope with spinal cord injury," said Dyck.
The new project builds on an earlier collaborative study conducted a decade ago that first sought to adapt the multi-family group treatment approach for people with spinal cord injury. That study offered promising preliminary outcomes, but also had some limitations that this new study will address, said Dyck, who also pioneered the use of multi-family group treatment in people with traumatic brain injury and dementia.
If the findings from the new study favor the use of multi-family group treatment for spinal cord injury, the researchers’ next step will be to pursue a larger, multi-site clinical trial to further validate the results.
"We hope that, by forming a support system and deepening the coping relationship between the patient and the caregiver, people will be able to adapt to the injury to such a degree that their quality of life is improved," said Weeks.
By Doug Nadvornick
The JPMorgan Chase Foundation awarded Washington State University $100,000 for a pilot program testing second-year medical education curriculum on WSU's health sciences campus in Spokane.
|Chase officials present Chancellor Brown with the check.
From left to right: Ray Corwin, Lisa Brown, Cree Zischke,
and Brett MacLeod (Photo by Cori Medeiros)
"The second-year medical education program, uniquely delivered by our state's two research universities and seed-funded by the community of Spokane, marks the beginning for students to complete their medical education in Spokane," said WSU Spokane Chancellor Lisa Brown.
The award finishes a private effort that raised $2.2 million to partially cover the costs of the pilot. Thirteen other local and regional companies and foundations also made gifts.
Foundation support is part of a broader economic development strategy to attract biological and medical businesses and researchers.
"JPMorgan Chase is pleased to provide the capstone grant for WSU's medical education curriculum," said Brett MacLeod, Inland Northwest market manager for the company. "The program is critical in strengthening medical services in eastern Washington and rural areas, and we believe the expanded health services campus will be a catalyst for future economic growth in the region."
WSU is working with the University of Washington School of Medicine (UWSOM) to test whether curriculum traditionally taught in large group lecture sessions can be successfully modified for small group learning. This is the first year of the two-year test.
For the pilot, the UWSOM assigned 19 students to Spokane, the first time second-year students have been outside Seattle. Four local physicians provide students with academic and career guidance during the year.
By Doug Nadvornick; photos by Cori Medeiros
WSU speech and hearing sciences student Kaitlin Woychick says there's one thing she knew she needed to do before graduating: participate in the campus's annual Health Care Team Challenge.
"A previous graduate student from our program had told me not to miss this, that it was a really cool and valuable experience," she said.
Woychick was the speech and hearing sciences representative on one of 10 teams participating in the challenge, a competition in which interprofessional groups of students develop care plans for real patients with incurable diseases. This year's patient was a middle-aged man named Al, who was diagnosed with multiple sclerosis, or MS, 15 years ago. He experienced a significant flare-up of his condition last summer. He can no longer walk and is blind in one eye.
Nearly 70 students participated, representing the various health disciplines at WSU—medicine, speech and hearing sciences, pharmacy, nursing, nutrition and exercise physiology—and Eastern Washington University (EWU)—dentistry, dental hygiene, occupational, and physical therapy.
A few weeks before the competition, each team of six to eight students watched a local physician interview Al and his wife. Then the teams researched MS and created five-minute videos explaining their care plans. A group of Spokane faculty members from WSU, EWU, and the University of Washington viewed and judged the videos and picked three finalist teams, which were announced at the start of the competition at the South Campus Facility. The finalists then presented their care plans in person to Al and the panel of judges.
After the presentations, each team was given a 'plot twist,' a fictional condition that required them to quickly adjust their care plans. After making a second round of presentations and while the judges were deliberating, the students talked with audience members about what they learned during the process.
Learning to Work Together
Medical student Eugene Elikh, who was part of one of the finalist teams, says part of the challenge for him was to understand how he fit into the care team: mostly as an overseer of the overall plan, while other team members focused on individual therapies for Al.
Fellow medical student Emily Bulley, whose team didn't make the finals, says she was impressed by the focused questions posed by students from the different disciplines.
"I'm now more aware of my responsibilities within a health care team. I wish we had more of this interprofessional training," Bulley said. "I had heard great things about the team challenge from a current fourth-year medical student who said it was a valuable experience for him."
That brings us back around to Kaitlin Woychick, the speech and hearing sciences student who had received a similar review.
"At first I wondered what our role was. There didn't seem to be a big need for a speech therapist's services. This patient in particular is on the lower end of the scale for speech symptoms," Woychick said. "But it gave us a chance to focus on prospective therapy, and it was nice that the other students on my team recognized that. I was surprised that we had connections with some of the other students, especially from nutrition and exercise physiology, where our advice overlapped."
The winning team featured medical student Kelsey Petrie, Katie O’Neill from nursing, Liz Follis from occupational therapy, Nikki Neslund from dental hygiene, dental student Eddie Tran and Lindsay Nakamura from nutrition and exercise physiology. They won Fitbit Flex wristbands that will help them track their physical activity and sleep.
This was the largest Health Care Team Challenge yet, in terms of student involvement. Director Barb Richardson anticipates having enough students to fill a dozen or more teams next spring, with a goal of eventually sponsoring a regional competition.
By Lorraine Nelson, College of Pharmacy
Sue Marsh thought she wanted to teach physical education in high school, until she got her education degree and it came time to do it. She realized her interest in exercise went beyond using science to help people run faster and throw farther.
So she coached children and athletes part-time while she went back to college to study health science. During college she worked in a pathology lab processing blood samples, which eventually led her into laboratory research exploring how physical activity affects the cells of the heart. She started the pursuit of those answers about 15 years ago, including the last five years in her own laboratory at the WSU College of Pharmacy.
|Susan Marsh (far right), with her research team in the lab.
Seated from left to right are PhD student Liz Duenwald, postdoctoral researcher Lindsey Miller, and PhD student
Emily Cox; standing (back), PhD candidate Heidi Medford.
(Photo by Lorraine Nelson)
"What's shocking to me is how much we don’t know," Marsh said. "It's an exciting time to be in science because we really are just getting started, and we now have the tools to start looking at the things we need to study."
Marsh's research is focused on learning more about why exercise is good for the heart. There are three graduate students and a postdoctoral researcher in her lab, and all of them are studying the subject from a different angle. They are looking at the effects of diets high in saturated fat and refined sugar; the effects of high blood pressure and diabetes; and the amount and type of exercise and whether that makes a difference.
"Most researchers look at how the heart grows in a negative way because of illness, but it also grows stronger and becomes more efficient with exercise and so we are looking at that," Marsh said. "People also assume high blood pressure and diabetes affect heart growth in a similar, negative way, but the reality is they have completely different effects," she said. "If we can uncover these differences and identify why exercise works so well, we will be able to develop better therapeutic approaches to prevent and treat heart disease."
One of her longtime graduate students, Heidi Medford, is aiming to finish her PhD this year and move on to a postdoctoral research position at the University of Alabama at Birmingham, where Marsh herself did her postdoctoral study after completing her education in her native Australia.
It is working with the graduate students and teaching them to be good scientists that Marsh enjoys most about her job now.
"You teach them how to think like a scientist, how to write and present like a scientist, and to help them prepare for the next step in their career," Marsh said. "They are publishing their own work now; they are developing into excellent scientists. They make me look good."
The Communications Office and the Information Technology Services Multimedia Services team have produced the first installment of a new cable TV program—Health Sciences Update—that will share information about our growing health sciences campus. The show follows an interview format and will allow viewers to hear from community and university leaders, as well as learn more about research and other academic developments. The first installment of the show—featuring WSU Spokane Chancellor Lisa Brown and Spokane Mayor David Condon—is already airing on Comcast Cable Channel 17 at 8 a.m., noon, and 8 p.m. So tune in at home or watch it in the videoplayer above.
By Judith Van Dongen
Five oral presentations by students, more than 70 research posters, and a keynote lecture by PhD in clinical psychology graduate Michael McDonell—now an assistant professor at the University of Washington—drew a crowd of over 200 people to the Inland Northwest Research Symposium this year.
The theme for this year's symposium was "Innovations in science, health care, and practice." Organized by the WSU Spokane Office of Research in collaboration with the WSU Spokane Graduate Research Student Association, the symposium showcased the work of students and faculty in a variety of health disciplines at WSU, Eastern Washington University, and the University of Washington. Fields represented included medical sciences; nursing; pharmacy; nutrition and exercise physiology; speech and hearing sciences/communication disorders; health policy and administration; dental hygiene; psychology; and neuroscience.
Watch the slideshow above for an impression of this successful event.
By Alli Benjamin, College of Nursing
Intricate birth stories of interest to midwives, nurses, doctors and students combine with rugged Seattle pioneer history and some fictional characters in a new book by WSU assistant professor of nursing Susan Fleming, a longtime perinatal (childbirth) clinical nurse specialist
She read from her first book, "Seattle Pioneer Midwife: Alice Ada Wood Ellis – Midwife, Nurse & Mother to All," at Auntie's Book Store earlier this month, and has other book presentations and signings scheduled throughout April, including at Seattle’s University Book Store on April 11 at 7 p.m.
In the early 1900s, 95 percent of childbirths in the U.S. occurred in the home, and it was common for family members to help with birthing. This was true of author Fleming’s great-grandmother Alice Ada Wood Ellis, a midwife practicing out of her home in Green Lake (north Seattle) at the turn of the 20th century.
In her book, Fleming walks readers through various chapters of Ellis’ life, along with stories of the author’s own children, patients and their newborns, and fellow health professionals. The book blends Ellis’ birthing stories with historical figures and data. Some fiction was added to supplement the depiction of life as a pioneer midwife, nurse and caregiver.
Ellis' stories were passed down through Fleming's family over the years, and the author wove in coinciding historical events and milestones: women’s suffrage; the bubonic plague; the Alaska Klondike gold rush. These often-gritty stories help readers understand birthing and how the field of nursing has evolved in the last 100-plus years.
"I have been writing this book in my head since 1967 when, as a 10-year-old, I traveled to Seattle for two months with my grandmother Marie," said Fleming. "I was totally fascinated with the stories she told me about her mother."
"In 1982, I attended nursing school three miles from where my grandmother Marie lived, and once again we were able to spend hours discussing birth stories and her mother," Fleming said.
The book begins with Ellis traveling to Seattle in 1900 with her two young daughters. Her parents built two homes in Green Lake so they could live next to Ellis. She placed two beds in her front parlor and helped area women with childbirth.
As a single mother, Ellis needed an income. Seattle was rich with prostitutes—often affluent—and she saw an opportunity to care for them when they prepared for labor and delivery. Fleming articulates the dark side of their lifestyle and their pain, suffering and sorrow in childbirth.
A town hall-style feedback session for the WSU community to comment on the draft strategic plan for 2014-19 will be held in Spokane on Thursday, April 17, from 10 to 11:30 a.m. at the Academic Center Auditorium in Room 20.
"The provost and strategic planning committee encourage participation from faculty, staff, and students," said Vice Provost Erica Austin. "They desire comment from as many voices as possible as WSU considers how to move forward as an institution."
The most recent revision of the draft strategic plan will be available online Thursday, March 27, at http://strategicplan.wsu.edu/2014/draft.html. The plan has been formed and fine-tuned with input from several committees, college leaders, staff and faculty groups, student leadership groups and individuals responding via the feedback link on the strategic planning Web site.
Chris Blodgett, director of the Area Health Education Center at WSU Spokane, was quoted in a New York Times article on a new program implemented in Kansas and Missouri preschools that teaches traumatized children to calm themselves. Read the article.
The Spokesman-Review covered the recent $100,000 gift from the JPMorgan Chase Foundation to WSU Spokane to educate second-year medical students. Read the article.
Matt Layton, a clinical associate professor in medical sciences, was quoted in a Pacific Northwest Inlander article on the shortage of mental health care providers in the Northwest. Read the article.
Research professor Hans Van Dongen of the Sleep and Performance Research Center served as an expert source for a recent Oprah.com article on the signs of sleep deprivation. Read the article.
For more news coverage of WSU Spokane, go to the WSU Spokane news coverage page.
- PhD in nursing student Becky Doughty is the recipient of a Providence Health Systems Mission Leadership Award, which is awarded by the Providence Health & Services Board of Directors to a program or project that demonstrates "extraordinary community-focused services that exemplify the mission." Doughty received the award for her work to establish a transitional respite care program for homeless patients who are dismissed from the hospital but are not healthy enough to be back on the street. Working with Providence Health Care and Catholic Charities of Spokane, she started the program with one bed at the House of Charity in Spokane. It has since grown to nine beds. Watch a video on Becky's respite care program.
- Pharmacy students Jared Kavanaugh and Pierce Robledo were elected president and vice president, respectively, of the Associated Students of Washington State University Spokane (ASWSUS). Both are in their first year of the four-year professional pharmacy degree program. Election results were announced by ASWSUS on Tuesday. The pair captured 153 of the 339 votes cast. Kavanaugh is from Bremerton, Washington, and Robledo is from Las Vegas, Nevada.
Robbie Paul, director of Native American health sciences programs, was honored as a 2014 WSU Woman of Distinction in the faculty/staff category. Paul, who is responsible for the recruitment and retention of minority students into the health sciences, was recognized for her unparalleled commitment to students, her determination to reach out and educate American Indian and Alaska Native populations, and her leadership. Paul, a member of the Nez Perce nation, established the annual Na-ha-shnee health science institute, a WSU summer camp that gives high school students from underserved populations—including Native Americans and Hispanics—a firsthand look at health sciences career options. She inspires students to reach their goals and provides support for their journey into college. As one of her nominators said, "she has distinguished herself in all her endeavors and does it not for herself but for her people, and in particular, women."
A book co-edited by PhD in nursing student Leslie Randall was published this month. Titled "Conducting Health Research with Native American Communities," the book details the need for and approaches to research in US Native Communities. The book was born out of an educational session on research and Native populations held at the American Public Health Association's 2001 annual meeting. The book is intended for people teaching courses in research methods for special populations and for students who want to work with Native populations, as well as for people who conduct health programs in tribal or urban communities. Randall, a member of the Nez Perce tribe, said the book is also a good resource for grant writers from federal, state, and non-governmental organizations. It is available at the APHA Bookstore.
- Patrick Stolz, a doctor of pharmacy student in the class of 2016, will serve a two-year term on the 16-member Student Leadership Council of the National Community Pharmacists Association in Washington, D.C., beginning with the 2014-2015 year.
- April 1 – Gonzaga University Presidential Speaker Siddharth Kara
Harvard lecturer, author, and activist Siddharth Kara will present "Inside the Business of Sex Trafficking and Modern Slavery," April 1, at 7 p.m. at Gonzaga’s McCarthey Athletic Center. Since first encountering human trafficking in a Bosnian refugee camp in the 1990s, Kara has traveled to more than thirty countries across six continents to research modern slavery. He has personally documented the cases of over 1,300 former and current slaves, witnessed firsthand the sale of humans into slavery, and confronted some of those who trafficked and exploited them. Kara currently advises the United Nations, the U.S. government, and several other governments on anti-trafficking policy and law. Tickets can be purchased online or at the box office (open Mon-Fri 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.). Ticket prices range from $7 (student/educator rate) to $15. For more information, go to the Presidential Speaker Series Web site.
- Melissa Baker, Program Assistant, College of Pharmacy, Dean's Administration, effective February 24, 2014
- Lynn Turner, Program Coordinator, College of Pharmacy, Dean's Administration, effective March 10, 2014
- Promod Srivastava, Research Associate, College of Pharmacy, Pharmaceutical Sciences, effective January 27, 2014
- Jiyue Zhu, Professor, College of Pharmacy, Pharmaceutical Sciences, effective February 1, 2014
- De Cheng, Post-doc Research Associate, College of Pharmacy, Pharmaceutical Sciences, effective February 1, 2014
- Salah-Uddin Ahmed, Associate Professor, College of Pharmacy, Pharmaceutical Sciences, effective April 1, 2014
- Anil Singh, Research Associate, College of Pharmacy, Pharmaceutical Sciences, effective April 1, 2014
- Sadiq Umar, Post-Doctoral Research Associate, College of Pharmacy, Pharmaceutical Sciences, effective April 1, 2014
- Tawni Sargent, Clinical Assistant Professor, College of Pharmacy, Pharmacotherapy, effective March 24, 2014
- Joyce Harbison to Assistant to the Dean, College of Pharmacy, effective March 3, 2014
Recruitments & Searches:
- Graphic Designer, College of Nursing, closed March 23, 2014, applications currently under review
- Information Systems Coordinator, College of Nursing, closed March 23, 2014, applications currently under review, apply at www.wsujobs.com
- Project and Database Analyst (actual title: Research Analyst 2), College of Nursing, closed March 23, 2014, applications currently under review, apply at www.wsujobs.com
- Research Technologist 2, College of Pharmacy, closes April 6, 2014, apply at www.wsujobs.com
- Research Technologist 1, College of Pharmacy, closes March 31, 2014, apply at www.wsujobs.com
- Assistant Professor, College of Pharmacy, open until filled, apply at www.wsujobs.com
- Research Technologist 1, Medical Sciences, closes April 6, 2014, apply at www.wsujobs.com
- Postdoctoral Research Associate, College of Pharmacy, open until filled, apply at www.wsujobs.com
- Admissions Counselor (Recruiter), Student Affairs, closes March 30, 2014, apply at www.wsujobs.com
- Program Coordinator for Advancement, College of Pharmacy, closes March 30, 2014, apply at www.wsujobs.com
- Research Operations Engineer, Shock Physics, open until filled, apply at www.wsujobs.com
- Assistant/Associate/Full Professor (up to two openings remain), College of Nursing, open until filled, applications reviewed as received, apply at www.wsujobs.com
- Clinical Assistant/Associate Professor, College of Nursing, open until filled, applications reviewed as received, interviews in process, apply at www.wsujobs.com
- Clinical Assistant Professor (Anatomist), Medical Sciences, open until filled, apply at www.wsujobs.com
- Postdoctoral Scholar, College of Pharmacy, open until filled, apply at www.wsujobs.com
- Postdoctoral Research Associate, College of Pharmacy/Pharmaceutical Sciences, open until filled, apply at www.wsujobs.com
- Speech Language Pathology Clinic Coordinator, Speech and Hearing Sciences, open until filled, apply at www.wsujobs.com
Newly Tenured and Promoted Faculty
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"A big shout out to Vivian Knapp and her custodial crew for a wonderful job (as always) in setting up and taking down numerous event set-ups the week of March 3 and especially over the weekend of March 7 through 9. We appreciate all your hard work in helping our campus events come off without a hitch. Thank you all very much!"
(From Student Affairs, Communications, and the senior administration)
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