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Summer 2010 Newsletter

INSIDE AHEC

Eastern Shore Area Health Education Center

MINI-MED SCHOOL FOR TEENS GRADUATES 15 STUDENTS

Inside This Issue:

Cover Page: Mini-Med for Teens ********** Page 2: Children's Regional Oral Health Consortium (CROC) & Continuing Education ********** Page 3: Aging Simulation Sensitivity Training (ASST) ********** Page 4: Geriatric Assessment Interdisciplinary Team (GAIT) & Mini-Med School ********** Page 5: Conference for Nursing Assistants ********** Page 6: Health Careers ********** Page 7: Clinical Education & LRC ********** Page 8: Scholarship Winner

Mini-Med School students pose during a field trip to Pleasant Day Adult Day Care in Cambridge

Area high school students with an interest in pursuing a healthcare profession recently spent a week at the Eastern Shore Area Health Education Center (AHEC) in Cambridge attending a Mini Med School for Teens. The AHEC and the Upper Shore Workforce Investment Board (WIB) partnered to bring the third such program to fruition. Popular career choices of participants attending were EMT, veterinary medicine, physician, surgeon, and nursing. Simulating a healthcare work environment, students learned about confidentiality and professionalism. Proper attire such as scrub tops and name badges were also provided. Highlights of the week included a visit from Mandy Gullion, Paramedic, and Tony Kapela, EMT from Dorchester County Emergency Medical Services who discussed career opportunities and provided a tour of an ambulance. Other healthcare careers were introduced which included dental and physical rehabilitation careers, as well as the field of Geriatrics. To broaden the students' awareness of the aging process, they participated in aging simulation activities in which gloves were worn to simulate arthritis and glasses depicted visual changes that may occur in the elderly. The students were then able to utilize the information learned from these activities during a field trip to Pleasant Day Adult Day Care Center in Cambridge. Mini Med students engaged the residents there by playing a guessing game naming smells associated with the clients' past and playing Wii Fit. Mini Med students also traveled to University of Maryland Eastern Shore to tour the campus. Students learned about the curriculums offered by the Dietetics Program and the Department of Physical Therapy. Malinda Cecil, MS, R.D, LDN, and Dennis Klima, PT, MS, GCS, NCS, respectively spoke about the growing opportunities enjoyed by their professions. Highlighting the trip was a cutthroat wheelchair relay race with the Physical Therapy class and a lesson was given by the Physical Therapy students on wheelchair navigation. During the week, the students also received instruction on basic lifesaving skills and general first aid care from Laura West from the American Red Cross. The week culminated with graduation where students received "diplomas" and Mini Med School Graduate T-shirts after being recognized for their accomplishments and a celebratory luncheon.

CHILDREN'S REGIONAL ORAL HEALTH CONSORTIUM (CROC)

BOARD OF DIRECTORS

Stephanie GARRITY, MS President Roger HARRELL, MHA Vice-President Scott BURLESON, FACHE Treasurer Vivian FULLER, PhD Secretary Michael CLARK, MPH,MSW Bob CROSSLING, BS Addie ECKARDT, RN,MS,CS Thomas MCLOUGHLIN Quintece MCCRARY, MS Chris PARKER, RN, MSN Joan ROBBINS Nancy WILSON, MSW CROC Coordinator Jeanie Holtz (L) and dental hygienist Mary Ellen Caldwell pictured with Carey the CROC. The Tooth Fairy visits students at St. Clair Head Start in Cambridge.

The CROC 2 program continues to thrive with the highlight being Chester River Hospital's Pediatric Dental Surgery unit. Dental hygienist, Mary Ellen Caldwell, along with Jeanie Holtz, current CROC 2 Dental Hygienist, will be working together focusing on the migrant camps during the summer and outreach education to the Hispanic community in the Kent and Queen Anne's counties.

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During the past school year the "Tooth Fairy" (Jeanie Holtz) and her volunteers visited 21 schools and 14 daycare centers. She continues to make appearances across the shore in public schools, daycare centers, health fairs, and summer camps. Happy Brushing!

CENTER STAFF

Jean BAKER Jeanne BROMWELL Jacob FREGO Jeanie HOLTZ Allen HOGE Lori LANTZ Rachel MURFF Jenay SAMPSON Cyndi SLACUM Carole WADE Audrey WAHL Donna WILSON

CONTINUING EDUCATION Mark Your Calendar

for the 24 Semi-Annual

th

Geriatric Symposium

December 7, 2010 At Krystal Q Easton, MD 8:30 am ­ 3:30 pm

Topic Focus: Transitioning Older Patients with Mental Illness CEUs: Nursing Home Administrators, Social Work, Psychology Partners: Eastern Shore Area Health Education Center, Geriatrics and Gerontology Education and Research (GGEAR) Program UMB, Johns Hopkins Geriatric Education Center Consortium, Mental Health Association of Maryland, Mid Shore Mental Health Association, Eastern Shore Hospital Center, Mental Health Association in Talbot County, and the Alzheimer's Association

Watch for More Information in September!

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AGING SIMULATION SENSITIVITY TRAINING (ASST)

The Eastern Shore Area Health Education Center (AHEC) was approached by Dr. Kelley Macmillan of the University of Maryland (UMB) School of Social Work to provide an expanded Aging Simulation Sensitivity Training (ASST) program. The program would be designed to meet the qualifications needed to provide CEU's for social workers and other Adult Service Workers through the Maryland Department of Human Resources Office of Adult Services. In response to Dr. Macmillan's request, ASST Coordinators Jean Baker, RN and Audrey Wahl BS, MPS developed a three and a half hour training program which provides in-depth information useful to participants of all ages and occupations. The expanded format includes: Geriatric demographic data Physical and mental challenges of aging Caregiver tips The "Five Minute Aging" Kit Discussion groups were designed to explore personal attitudes toward aging. On three separate occasions, Adult Service Workers had the opportunity to attend the AHEC's ASST workshops. Two sessions were held at the UMB School of Social Work in Baltimore. A third was held at the Anne Arundel County Office Complex in Annapolis. Each workshop featured a different focus topic. The subjects covered included: Medications and the Elderly presented by Geriatric Medication Consultant Nancy Rodriguez-Weller, RPh Communication and Hearing Loss presented by Chesapeake Hearing Center audiologist Dr. Ellen Alvarez Frederick, Au.D, FAAA, CCC-A How to Communicate with Someone Who Has Alzheimer's Disease from the Home Care Companion DVD Collection

Adult Service Workers from Baltimore City DSS & St. Mary's County DSS concentrate on threading a needle although their sense of sight and touch have been impaired at the March session in Annapolis

ASST Coordinator Jean Baker (far right) assists Adult Service Workers from Howard and Prince George's County as they experience simulated visual and sensory impairments during the April workshop at UM School of Social Work in Baltimore

This new opportunity enabled the ASST program to be offered to an expanded geographical audience. Department of Social Services Adult Care Workers from Anne Arundel County, Baltimore City, Baltimore County, Howard, Prince George's and St. Mary's Counties participated in the three ASST workshops. The ASST program is grateful for support and funding provided by the Eastern Shore AHEC, the Johns Hopkins Geriatric Education Center Consortium (GEC) and The Maryland Department of Human Resources Office of Adult Services through the University of Maryland School of Social work.

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GERIATRIC ASSESSMENT INTERDISCIPLINARY TEAM (GAIT)

Five (5) GAIT programs were held this year in late winter and spring. In February, 10 students braved threatening snowstorms to attend a 1-day GAIT program at Caroline Nursing and Rehabilitation Center in Denton. In early March, The Balance Center at Dorchester General Hospital hosted a 1-day GAIT for 15 students. During spring break later that month, 14 students attended a 2-day GAIT program at Atlantic General Hospital in Berlin. In early April, The Pines-Genesis HealthCare welcomed 8 students for a 2-day GAIT program at the facility. The final GAIT was held on April 21 and 22 in Salisbury with 14 students attending the program with Coastal Hospice and Palliative Care. Each GAIT program included lectures by health care professionals on various geriatric related topics. Dr. Tom Sisca with Shore Health System presented Drug Interactions Group Photo of Coastal Hospice GAIT and the Elderly at two GAIT programs this year. At Atlantic General Hospital, William students at Dove Pointe Boothe, PharmD presented Medications and Older Adults. Other guest speakers included Kelly Marchetti, MS, PT, on Balance and Fall Risks of the Older Adult, Lisa Jeffers, MSN, NP-C, FNP, CRNP on Pressure Ulcer Prevention and Wound Care, Judy Dzimiera, M.Ed., RD, LD, on Nutritional Needs of the Older Adult, and Dr. David Cowall on Palliative Care. At all GAIT programs teambuilding activities were facilitated by either Carol Masden, LCSW-C or Donna Wilson, BA, MA. Students also attended interdisciplinary care plan meetings in which staff members reviewed the progress of individual patients. Aging simulation exercises sensitized the students to some of the sensory losses often experienced by the older adult. Students also worked in small teams to review a medical chart and interview a patient in order to develop an interdisciplinary treatment plan. Student remarks about GAIT included, "Great experience" and "Wonderful! Loved it! So much fun! So educational." GAIT is made available through funding from the University System of Maryland Redeployment Grant to the Geriatrics and Gerontology Education and Research (GGEAR) program at University of Maryland Baltimore and the Johns Hopkins Geriatric Education Center Consortium.

107 MID-SHORE RESIDENTS ATTEND MINI-MED SCHOOL

2010 Mini-Med School Presenters (Left to right): Patricia Commiskey, MA, Dr. Brian Childs and Dr. Mary De Shields

2010 Mini-Med School Planning Committee Front row (left to right): Dr. Mary De Shields, Dr. Claudia Baquet, Jacob Frego and Donna Wilson. Back row (left to right): Michele Williams, Marilyn Neal and Jeanne Bromwell

The Eastern Shore Area Health Education Center held its second Mini-Med School for the mid-shore community in April at Krystal Q in Easton. The 4-part educational lecture series was made possible through a grant from the National Center on Minority Health and Health Disparities and in partnership with the Eastern Shore Cancer Research Network, Inc. and the University of Maryland Baltimore School of Medicine. The 2010 Mini-Med School was free to the public and focused on the "Past, Present & Future of Medicine: The Role of Research & Clinical Trials." A total of 107 people attended at least one session. The 68 students who attended 3 or more sessions "graduated" and received a T-shirt, beverage mug and "diploma." Patricia Commiskey, MA, from the University of Maryland Baltimore School of Medicine kicked off the lecture series with information about historical research scandals and the resulting ethical guidelines. Additional speakers included local physicians from Shore Health System, University of Maryland Medical System. Dr. Mary De Shields discussed how research improves health and Dr. Brian Childs presented information that research participants need to know. Dr. Rosa Mateo presented a history of the HIV/AIDS epidemic and discussed recent HIV/AIDS research and clinical trials. Dr. Michael Fadden, a local Family Practitioner, discussed how clinical trials can help prevent, diagnose, and treat diabetes. Dr. De Shields ended the series with a discussion about progress in cancer research with testimonials from several local clinical trials participants.

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EASTERN SHORE AHEC HOSTS GERIATRIC CONFERENCE JUST FOR NURSING ASSISTANTS

On May 5th over 75 nursing assistants from the mid-shore attended a Geriatric Conference which was planned just for them. Nursing assistants are often the primary caregivers for older adults (particularly in long term care settings) but are often the most under-recognized for the great work they do! The conference was a way to recognize these valuable caregivers and treat them to a day of learning and fun. With funding from the Geriatrics and Gerontology Education and Research (GGEAR) program at University of Maryland Baltimore, a committee was formed and started meeting last year to plan the program. Planning committee members included Reba Cornman, MSW, LCSW-C, Director of GGEAR; Dona Benford, MSN, RN, CMSRN from Shore Health System; Linda Elben, LGSW and Shirley Dail, CNA from Pleasant Day Adult Day Care Center; Caressa Cannon, GNA at William Hill Manor; Kay Wendowski, RN, BS, MS, LNHA with Chesapeake College; Jeanne Bromwell, BS and Donna Wilson, BA, MA from the Eastern Shore Area Health Education Center (AHEC). The planning committee identified topics of interest and area experts to speak.

Participants at the conference backup Lon Kieffer as he raps about Living an A.W.E.S.O.M.E Life

Several faculty members from Salisbury University presented morning sessions at the conference. Debra Webster, EDd, RN, BC, Assistant Professor of Nursing and Associate Chair of the Nursing Department, spoke to the nursing assistants about Caring for Patients with Dementia and Delirium. Dennis Leoutsakas, BS, MA, PhD, Assistant Professor of Communication Arts, discussed Professional Communication and its importance in the healthcare workplace. Skin Care and Proper Positioning was presented by Barbara Todd, RN, MSN, CWOCN, CGRN with Shore Health System. Donna Wilson, BA, MA with the Eastern Shore AHEC kicked off the afternoon sessions with Aging Simulation and Sensitivity Training. Wearing special eyeglasses, ear plugs and gloves, the nursing assistants experienced the aging process and some of the sensory losses that often occur. Grief: Coping with Loss of our Patients was presented by Donna Stone, CHPNA from Talbot Hospice. The conference ended with a lively talk by Lon Kieffer, RN, BSN, MBA, NHA, a humorist and former professional stand-up comedian, on Live an A.W.E.S.O.M.E. Life. Most participants said it was an excellent program that made them "...more aware about being a caregiver and how to do your best in helping the elderly." Kathy Abend from Chester River Hospital System said that her employees who attended the conference had a great time. She said, "It was such a pleasure to see them back today energized and ready to go. It's so rewarding to see people excited about learning."

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HEALTH CAREERS

Union Hospital ­ Eighth grade Job Shadowing and Career Presentations

Union Hospital does an extensive eighth grade health career/hospital career presentation in five middle schools in Cecil County. All of the eighth grade students hear from a wide variety of health professionals who come to their classrooms. The students view a video promoting Health Careers called "Faces of Opportunity", which is borrowed from the AHEC. After the presentations create interest in further exploring health careers, students are asked to write an essay explaining why they want to tour Union Hospital. Based on the essay entries, the guidance counselor selects 15 students from their school to Health emergency scenario involves eighth attend the field trip for an extensive tour of the hospital. An emergency-room graders with Union Hospital staff scenario has a heart patient needing treatment. A student is matched up with each professional at the patient's bedside, including nurses, the physician, the dietitian, and the EKG Technicians. Another scenario showed how a patient with stated symptoms would be diagnosed by the laboratory using laboratory tests ordered by the physician. Students viewed slides through the lab microscopes and saw a diseased gall bladder. The Blood Bank and other areas of the lab showed many professionals at their work stations.

Health Occupations Students visit UMES School of Pharmacy and Health Professions

The AHEC sponsored an in-depth tour of the UMES School of Pharmacy and Health Professions, courtesy of funds awarded to the AHEC Health Careers program for this purpose by the Women and Girls Fund. Nancy Pippin, RN, instructor for the Queen Anne's County High School's Health Occupations program, visited UMES with her junior class on May 28, 2010. First, Janet Mutschler, PT, Clinical Coordinator for the PT program, spoke with the students as they toured the study areas for the Physical Therapy students. They learned about the course work and viewed the labs where the PT students take their classes. Dr. William Talley, Rehabilitation Services, asked the students about their career interests and encouraged them to consider attending UMES for their studies. He discussed the overall success of the highly rated programs in Health Professions. Ashley Simpson, PA, who recently graduated from the Physician Assistant program, gave a tour and answered questions about the Physician Assistant program. Kathy Webster, PharmD, PhD, Professor and Associate Dean of the School of Pharmacy, presented an overview of the School of Pharmacy's program and discussed career selection and college readiness with the students. She explained her journey in her professional career, leading her to UMES.

Janet Mutschler, PT (left) gives student tours of PT classroom labs at UMES

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CLINICAL EDUCATION

The spring/summer semesters have had a great interdisciplinary mix of students in our AHEC housing from Schools of Pharmacy, Medicine, and Dental. These students have come to the Eastern Shore through programs at the University of Maryland Baltimore, Towson, George Washington University, Arizona School of Dentistry, Anne Arundel Community College and Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine ­ Georgia Campus! Once again, our Preceptors have willingly come forward to offer their support and time to the students. Our AHEC office continues to work to expand the existing AHEC presence in Southern Maryland. This spring for the first time, additional short term housing Pictured is Jennifer Erin Woodle Shelton was secured in Calvert County to meet the needs of the growing Southern with Dr. Bauer, in Mechanicsville, Maryland. Maryland student population.

Erin is completing her final requirements as a PA through GWU PA program

Dr. Richard Colgan, Associate Professor, Family and Community Medicine and also Director of Undergraduate Education in the Department of Family and Community Medicine, is working with the Maryland AHECs to offer a short AHEC experience for rising second year students. It is planned that this will help develop a continuity of AHEC and rural experiences with students during the remainder of their time in Medical School.

Pictured here are two University of Maryland Baltimore students, Patrick Fadden, rising 2nd year Medicine student and Ines Chen, School of Pharmacy, during a recent dinner sponsored by the AHEC.

Pictured are: Ashley McCabe, Kathleen Moneau and Cristofer Price, University of Maryland Baltimore Pharmacy students.

LEARNING RESOURCE CENTER (LRC)

Teen Health Initiative

The Teen Health Initiative is an outreach project led by the Eastern Shore Area Health Education Center (AHEC) to promote to teens the selection of www.MedlinePlus.gov and other reliable health information through the use of recommended websites. Funded by the National Network of Libraries of Medicine (NNLM), Carole Wade, Learning Resource Coordinator, and Cyndi Slacum, Health Careers Coordinator, are looking forward to continuing this project for the 3rd year. This outreach project includes the active participation of the Eastern Shore AHEC with high school students in Talbot County and Dorchester County for another year. This proposal adds a new county and a new high school in Caroline County. Another focus of this project includes health career information in order to promote the selection of health careers by teens. This initiative also teaches students how to use public library databases at home and in the classroom. The public libraries in Talbot, Dorchester, and Caroline Counties will be active participants in this project. Classroom presentations will begin in the fall of 2010 and continue into the spring of 2011. The goals of the Teen Health Initiative include introducing reliable health resources on the internet to benefit teens and their families, promoting health career websites using internet resources, and promoting the use of public library resources to students from home or school. It is anticipated that the use of recommended websites will result in better informed students and families.

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Eastern Shore AHEC

2010 Summer Newsletter

National Youth Leadership Forum on Medicine Scholarship Winner

This year's scholarship winner to the National Youth Leadership Forum (NYLF) on Medicine is Parkside High School student Kaushal Desai. He is a rising junior interested in becoming a physician, who comes highly recommended by his guidance counselors and teachers. Mr. Desai is a talented young man who takes his studies very seriously. The NYLF scholarship is presented through the Eastern Shore AHEC by the University of Maryland School of Medicine. Kaushal will have the opportunity to visit the University of Maryland Baltimore Medical School to hear lectures by physicians, observe procedures, visit the cadaver lab, see medical Kaushal Desai specimens, and more. The program is an experience never to be forgotten and focuses on encouraging students to develop and maintain an interest in becoming a physician. Some topics may be Leadership in Public Health, Telemedicine, Medical School Experiences, New Frontiers in Medical Education and Medicine: The Personal Dimension. Patient history taking and patient confidentiality will be highlighted. Visit the web site: http://nylf.org/med/dates/washington_dc.cfm to see a sample schedule. The AHEC hopes to obtain a scholarship for this program each year in cooperation with the University of Maryland Baltimore, School of Medicine. Be sure to nominate a deserving student.

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MISSION STATEMENT To recruit and retain health care professionals and build health communities through educational opportunities and collaborative partnerships.

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