Welcome to our fall newsletter. We have most recently celebrated Homecoming and many School of Pharmacy and Health Professions alumni attended for a weekend of activities, fun and renewing friendships. Our alumni attendance at the Dean’s Reception and President’s Dinner was outstanding and I want to thank all of our alumni for making this weekend special for us all. Our SPAHP Alumni Advisory Board held its annual meeting during the Homecoming weekend as our board continues to work diligently on behalf of all of our alumni and students.
We welcomed our first-year students to SPAHP in late August with student orientation followed by our Professionalism Ceremony. At the ceremony, all entering students become “student professionals” and receive their white coats as symbols of their entrance into our professional programs. Our distance students in pharmacy and occupational therapy also participate in these ceremonies as they begin their journeys. Our entering students manifest excellence in their academic accomplishments as well as their service commitments and we are very proud of these exceptional young women and men.
This edition of our newsletter highlights our Alumni Merit Award recipient, Dr. Brittany Stryker, an occupational therapist from Las Vegas who works with children with orthopedic needs. Also highlighted are our Young Alumni Appreciation Award Recipients in occupational therapy, pharmacy and physical therapy. All of these alumni have distinguished themselves in their respective disciplines.
I want to specifically mention our interprofessional education activities (IPE) on campus. Joy Doll, OTD, OTR/L, associate professor of occupational therapy, leads an IPE group that has developed a required IPE course for all Creighton health science students. This online course, IPE 400, is geared to assisting health professions students to have better understanding of their colleagues in the health professions. The Center for Interprofessional Education and Research (CIPER) has been formed to support and expand our IPE activities at Creighton and beyond. We are very excited about Creighton’s and SPAHP’s leadership in IPE. You’ll learn in this newsletter about a national grant just received by CIPER and our College of Nursing, as well as more on the IPE 400 course. Stay tuned for more information on our IPE efforts and for updates on the opening of our new primary care clinic adjacent to the Creighton campus.
For our OT and PT alumni, please note that our OT and PT laboratories are undergoing a much-needed renovation and expansion to better accommodate our laboratory instruction. Stay tuned for this as well and we will keep you up to date on our progress.
I hope you enjoy this newsletter edition and I know you will be pleased to see many of your school’s accomplishments. To each of you, please keep in touch with our Alumni Office. We want to hear from you!
J. Chris Bradberry, PharmD
Dean, School of Pharmacy and Health Professions