A large group representing Boise State’s School of Allied Health Sciences Department of Radiologic Sciences, traveled to Las Vegas the first week of February to attend the 43rd annual Association of Collegiate Educator in Radiologic Technology (ACERT) conference. The conference is dedicated to improving the quality of education at the collegiate level in radiologic technology. This year over 800 educators, students, and vendors from across the country attended the conference.
Over the course of three days, experts in the field gave presentations on a wide variety of subjects related to medical imaging. In addition to the presentations, there were a number of student competitions such as an essay and research poster contest. The opportunity to share best practices, learn new trends in medical imaging and education programs, as well as meet faculty and students from across the country was invaluable for educators and students alike.
College of Health Sciences faculty Leslie Kendrick and Travis Armstrong joined twenty-one members of the Boise State Student Association of Radiologic Technology (SART) in attending the conference. The conference allowed for the promotion of Boise State’s online Imaging Sciences A.S. to B.S. and Kendrick also served as a judge for the poster competition.
Continuing the long tradition of Boise State students performing well in the competitions, the top two places in the student essay competition were claimed by Boise State. This is the eleventh year in a row that at least one student or student group has placed in the top three of the competition. In first place was Melisa Dick, James Tamarra, and Amy Woolley with their essay, “Effects of Hand Washing Versus Hand Sanitizing on Various Pathogenic Organisms in the Hospital.” In second place was Alyssa Canegaly, Taylor Sievers, and Ingred Stokes with their essay, “The Differences in Dose to the Thyroid in a Stationary X-ray Unit Versus a Portable Unit.”
The School of Allied Health Sciences Department of Kinesiology is offering a free eight-week Strength, Function, and Balance class for adults of 50 years of age and older who are looking to improve their physical function. The objective of this class is to improve participants’ functional limitations and is designed for those who might be out of the habit of exercising, those who are dealing with chronic conditions or those who simply would like more physical direction delivered in a fun, engaging environment. This class is not designed for highly fit individuals.
Classes are available February 15 through April 26 and will be held Tuesday and Thursday evenings from 5:15-6:10 p.m. in the Bronco Gym, room 215. Sign-up will continue until the end of February. Participants will be instructed by Kinesiology majors who are enrolled in the Physical Activity and Aging course. Participants will also receive an individualized home exercise program following the course.
For more information or to sign up please call (208) 426- 4270 or Terry-Ann Spitzer Gibson at (208) 426-1509. You can also email Terry at email@example.com
The College of Health Sciences Student Services and Academic Advising (SSAA) has moved their offices. SSAA is now located at 1529 Belmont St. which is the Norco Nursing and Health Services Building on the first floor in suite 116, just behind the Recreation Center.
SSAA seeks to support students in the exploration and development of educational and health related career goals while promoting student responsibility in the decision-making process.
“This group plays a critical role in supporting students from every department in our college with their academic and career goals,” said Joelle Powers, associate dean for the College of Health Sciences. “We are thrilled to have a larger space to better accommodate the students and families that are served by our seven advisors.”
To learn more, visit the SSAA website. To schedule an appointment, call (208) 426-1678.
Shelley Lucas and Cara Gallegos have been named as the first associate deans in residence for the Graduate College. In their positions, they will lead initiatives to improve graduate student mentoring and advising at Boise State.
Lucas will begin her appointment this spring, focusing on best practices for graduate student thesis and dissertation advising. An associate professor in the Department of Kinesiology, Lucas has served as the graduate program coordinator for the past 10 years, where she has gained considerable experience working with graduate students.
Gallegos, who is in the School of Nursing, served as an education specialist before joining Boise State. She has been involved in developing resources and workshops to train nurses how to be mentors. Gallegos will begin with the Graduate College in summer 2018, where she will spearhead an initiative focusing on best practices for graduate student mentoring and advising.
“We are pleased to have Shelly and Cara joining the Graduate College team,” said Tammi Vacha-Haase, dean of the Graduate College. “The insights and skill sets these two faculty members bring will be invaluable in continuing to advance advising and mentoring at the graduate level. Both initiatives are an important next step to continuing to positively impact graduate education at Boise State University.”
Each year the Graduate College invites applications for the position of associate dean in residence, where faculty join the Graduate College for up to three semesters. The goals of this initiative include bringing graduate faculty expertise and insight into the Graduate College to work on projects in identified areas, building and sustaining close relationships between the Graduate College and the departments and programs we serve, and providing an opportunity for graduate faculty to serve in a leadership position at Boise State University. This year’s focus was on advising and mentoring. Possible areas of attention in the future may include diversity and inclusion, increasing scholarship and external funding, improving recruitment/retention/progression/completion efforts, expanding interdisciplinary collaborations, assisting students with exploring potential career opportunities outside of academia, or professional conduct and behavior, all of which are expected to focus explicitly on graduate education at Boise State University.
Jon Larkin, senior director of development and external affairs for the College of Health Sciences, was recently appointed to the St. Luke’s Treasure Valley Community Board as a representative for the College of Health Sciences.
The St Luke’s Treasure Valley Community Board is made up of community directors from the Treasure Valley. These members are dedicated to the people of southern Idaho and volunteer their time to guarantee access to the most developed health care possible. As stated in the charter for this board, the board “provides insight into local community health needs and functions as the primary link between the mission of St. Luke’s Health System, Ltd., and the Treasure Valley community.”
As a member, Larkin provides a liaison from Boise State University College of Health Sciences to this community effort and will help to better align the College’s programs and strategic plan with the health and wellness needs of Idaho.
According to St. Luke’s Health Systems, “St. Luke’s believes that locally governed hospitals can take the best measure of community health care needs. We are grateful to our board leadership for giving generously of their time and talents and bringing to the table their unique perspectives and intimate knowledge of their communities. St. Luke’s would not be the organization it is today without our volunteer board members. The vision of dedicated community leaders has guided St. Luke’s for many decades, and will continue to guide us well into the future.”
Larkin also sits on the Community Relations Committee for SelectHealth in which he is a voting member on community interaction and health intervention sponsorship and strategies for Idaho.
The School of Allied Health Sciences, Department of Radiologic Sciences recently hosted two events on consecutive days in November with the aim of giving back to the medical imaging community in the region.
On Friday evening, November 10, the department hosted an alumni and friends social event. Attendees were given the opportunity to tour the Allen Noble Hall of Fame Center with a presentation given by a staff member from Boise State’s athletic training program followed by a tour of both the x-ray and ultrasound labs in the radiologic sciences department. The tour participants then convened with other attendees, faculty, and administrators of the College of Health Sciences for a social gathering at the new Alumni and Friends Center ballroom.
The following day was dedicated to an all-day continuing education event in the Student Union Building. Approximately 60 attendees from across the region as well as two visiting professors were treated to a total of seven hour-long presentations. A diverse group of experts gave presentations that were relatable to medical imaging professionals. Phil Ford, clinical associate professor for the Department of Kinesiology, gave an enlightening talk on musculoskeletal health pertinent to both the health care professionals in attendance and the patients they serve. Erica Wight, clinical assistant professor for the Department of Radiologic Sciences, presented on customer service in health care. Other topics included ethics in healthcare, advances in neuroimaging, as well as the use of exposure index numbers in radiography.
The continuing education event was well-received and very much appreciated by the attendees. The event gave participants an opportunity to network, reacquaint with old friends and classmates while obtaining the education necessary to continue to provide top quality care for the patients in the region.
School of Nursing faculty Janet Willhaus, assistant professor and healthcare simulation certificate facilitator, and Rosemary Macy, associate professor, presented on the Socratic debriefing method at the 2018 International Meeting on Simulation in Healthcare in Los Angeles, California.
Willhaus and Macy provide leadership for Boise State’s accredited state-of-the-art Simulation Center. Simulation at its essence involves students observing each other, followed by a faculty facilitator-led debriefing where students reflect on the experience: discussing what did and did not work and providing their peers with feedback. Simulation education enables health science students to acquire and practice clinical skills in a safe, controlled environment.
The presentation introduced conference attendees from around the country to a structured and Socratic debriefing method, which is based on Tanner’s Model of Clinical Judgement and recommended for use by the National Council of State Boards of Nursing.
Additional panel members included David Bodily from the University of Wyoming, Laramie, Wyoming and Janet Coe from Montana Tech, Butte, Montana.
The School of Allied Health Sciences, Department of Respiratory Care and the MakerLab, found within the Boise State University Albertsons Library, was featured in the American Association for Respiratory Care (AARC).
Samantha Davis, clinical assistant professor for the Department of Respiratory Care has created a new, visionary way for her students to study the heart. Davis is utilizing one of the many resources found on campus to assist her students in learning neonatal cardiac defects.
The MakerLab is a radically inclusive community with access to emerging technologies and an innovative culture of learning. The MakerLab offers 3D printing, vinyl cutting, videography accommodations, and much more for all students and faculty to use while aiding their learning. Davis plans on allowing her students to use the 3D printers to create different hearts and present how to better identify heart defects.
“Each group will print a normal heart in addition to their assigned defect,” said Davis. “Each of the hearts are cut into three to four slices so the defects within the heart can be easily seen. Students in the neonatal/pediatric respiratory course will have several weeks to test and print their models before presenting them to the entire class.”
Davis has also identified additional possibilities for her students to utilize the MakerLab by creating videos, podcasts, and equipment that she believes could be used to better educate patients. Davis suspects that students who are able to use 3D printing in this course will typically be more successful in the understanding of heart defects.
“Countless studies have shown us that engagement, application, and critical thinking are all significantly higher when active-learning strategies are used,” said Davis. “In the past, students have had to learn about neonatal heart defects through reading, discussion, and computer animation.”
“It’s a combination of problem solving, practical skill, and creativity,” said Davis. “Making allows you to take the great ideas you have and bring them to life where you can touch them, test them, and make them even better.”
To read the full article by AARC, visit http://www.aarc.org/students-3d-printing/