Matthew Hope of Wyomissing elected to statewide Medical Society post

Students from Geisinger Commonwealth School of Medicine (GCSOM) were well represented at the Pennsylvania Medical Society (PAMED) annual House of Delegates meeting in Hershey on Oct. 26. At the podium during the event is Matthew Hope of Wyomissing, a member of GCSOM’s Class of 2020, who was elected Medical Student Trustee to the PAMED Board of Trustees. Speaking, to the left of the podium, is John Curtis of Conshohocken, a member of GCSOM’s Class of 2020, who was elected Foundation Student Trustee-elect to the Board of the Foundation of the Pennsylvania Medical Society.

Matthew Hope of Wyomissing elected to statewide Medical Society post

Matthew Hope of Wyomissing, a medical student at Geisinger Commonwealth School of Medicine, elected to a position on the governing council of the Medical Student Section of the Pennsylvania Medical Society. The elections were held at PAMED’s annual House of Delegates meeting in Hershey on Oct. 26.

During the meeting, PAMED’s Medical Student Section held elections for statewide offices. Several GCSOM students were elected to leadership positions.

Nathan Hoff of Honesdale, a member of GCSOM’s Class of 2020, was elected Chair of the Medical Student Section. As chair, he will preside over all MSS Governing Council meetings and will represent PAMED at the American Medical Association’s Medical Student Section meetings in June and November.

Matthew Hope of Wyomissing, a member of GCSOM’s Class of 2020, was elected Medical Student Trustee to the PAMED Board of Trustees. As a trustee, he will represent Pennsylvania’s medical students at PAMED Board of Trustee meetings and functions and serve as a liaison between the Medical Student Section Governing Council and PAMED.

Anis Adnani of Pittsburgh, a member of GCSOM’s Class of 2021, was elected Medical Student Continue reading “Matthew Hope of Wyomissing elected to statewide Medical Society post”

Shoemakersville’s Leigh Kissinger Received a Physical Therapy White Coat from University of the Sciences

Shoemakersville’s Leigh Kissinger Received a Physical Therapy White Coat from University of the Sciences

SHOEMAKERSVILLE – Leigh Kissinger of Shoemakersville, a doctor of physical therapy student at University of the Sciences, received a white coat at the annual Physical Therapy White Coat Ceremony Sept. 8, 2018. The White Coat Ceremony is an annual rite of passage for students entering the professional phase of the Doctor of Physical Therapy program.

Kissinger continues on the path to receiving a doctor of physical therapy degree in May 2021. Donning their white coats, the more than 70 student-physical therapists recited the Oath of a Physical Therapist, a gesture to reinforce their commitment to working with patients compassionately and to enhancing their health and well-being.

University of the Sciences has prepared students to be leaders and practitioners in the healthcare and science fields for nearly 200 years. Key to our distinctive education is a tradition of hands-on research and experiential learning that is evident in every graduate who has walked its campus. Since its founding in 1821 as Philadelphia College of Pharmacy, the first college of pharmacy in North America, USciences has grown to more than 30 degree-granting programs from bachelor’s through doctoral degrees in the health sciences, bench sciences, and healthcare business and policy fields. Discover how USciences students are proven everywhere they go at usciences.edu.

SUICIDE PREVENTION: Nov. 11 is Veteran’s Day

Nov. 11 is Veteran’s Day

The rate of suicide is a problem for all in the U.S. and is significantly higher among veterans. According to the V.A. National Suicide Data Report | U.S. Department of Veteran’s Affairs, there were more than 6,000 Veteran suicides each year from 2008 to 2016. In 2016, the suicide rate was 1.5 times greater for Veterans than for non-Veteran adults, after adjusting for age and gender. Programs and services have been established to help veterans and their loved ones.

Veterans in crisis and their loved ones can call, text, or chat to connect with caring VA responders at the free and confidential Veterans Crisis Line. Responders are qualified to deal with any immediate crisis.

If you are a Veteran or you know a Veteran who is showing any of these signs, call the Veterans Crisis Line at 1-800-273-8255 and Press 1, chat online at VeteransCrisisLine.net/Chat, or text to 838255.

To learn more about the issue of Veteran suicide as well as VA mental health resources, please visit www.mentalhealth.va.gov, where you’ll find the latest national and state-level research.

Veterans and their loved ones also can visit MakeTheConnection.net to explore information on mental health issues and hear stories from Veterans who have faced challenges like theirs, including posttraumatic stress disorder, substance use problems, transitioning from service, and more.

International Survivors of Suicide Loss Day is Nov. 17, 2018

Find the Survivor Day Nearest You at https://afsp.org/find-support/ive-lost-someone/survivor-day/.

About Survivor Day

Survivor Day is the one day a year when people affected by suicide loss gather around the world at events in their local communities to find comfort and gain understanding as they share stories of healing and hope. On Saturday, Nov. 17, 2018, loss survivors will gather around the globe in small and large events while growing together in their grief journey.

Survivor Day Calendar go to https://afsp.org/find-support/ive-lost-someone/survivor-day/

November

  • 07 NOV FACEBOOK LIVE DISCUSSION ON HEALING AFTER SUICIDE LOSS
  • 12 NOV AFSP TWITTER CHAT – HEALING AFTER A SUICIDE LOSS
  • 14 NOV ASK DR. JILL FACEBOOK LIVE – HEALING AFTER SUICIDE LOSS
  • 17 NOV SURVIVOR DAY – IN PERSON OR VIA FACEBOOK LIVE

KUTZTOWN SAAC HOLDS SIXTH ANNUAL MAIN STREET CLEANUP ON HOMECOMING WEEKEND

Kutztown SAAC Holds Sixth Annual Main Street Cleanup on Homecoming Weekend

KUTZTOWN SAAC HOLDS SIXTH ANNUAL MAIN STREET CLEANUP ON HOMECOMING WEEKEND

10/17/2018 | Student-Athlete Advisory Committee
KUTZTOWN – The Kutztown University Student-Athlete Advisory Committee continued its yearly initiative to give back to its community. SAAC held its Main Street Cleanup for the sixth-straight year, cleaning the streets of downtown Kutztown on Homecoming weekend.

KU’s SAAC has been participating in the Main Street cleanup since 2013, volunteering its time the Sunday morning following Homecoming to clean its local community.

More than 200 KU student-athletes participated in the annual event, cleaning up after Saturday’s festivities with gloves and trash bags in hand, trying to show their appreciation for the town and giving back to the Borough of Kutztown.

Contact SAAC advisor Don Justus via email at justus@kutztown.edu if you would like to know how to get involved or want additional information about the organization.

Kutztown Football to Support AFCA’s Coach to Cure MD Program on Saturday

Kutztown Football to Support AFCA’s Coach to Cure MD Program on Saturday
8/31/2018 | Football
KUTZTOWN – Just as in years past, head coach Jim Clements and the Kutztown University football staff is wearing American Football Coaches Association patches on their shirts to promote the association and bring awareness to its programs. The season-opener was Saturday, Sept. 1.

Coach To Cure MD began in 2008 with more than 200 schools and 2,675 coaches involved. 10 years later, that effort has expanded to 620 different schools and more than 11,350 coaches wearing the logo patch on the sidelines and participating in Coach To Cure MD events – a growth of more than 325 percent.

Duchenne muscular dystrophy is the most common fatal genetic disorder diagnosed during childhood, primarily affecting boys of all races and cultures. People with Duchenne develop progressive muscle weakness that eventually causes loss of mobility, wheelchair dependency, and a decline in respiratory and cardiac function. Currently, there is no cure for Duchenne. But thanks to Coach To Cure MD and the work of Parent Project Muscular Dystrophy, there is hope.

The AFCA will coordinate a multi-platform social media campaign throughout opening weekend using the hashtag #AFCAPatch. For more information on the AFCA and its promotional patch weekend, visit www.afca.com or follow AFCA on social media. You may also call the AFCA office at 254-754-9900.

About the AFCA 
The American Football Coaches Association was founded in 1922 and is considered the primary professional association for football coaches at all levels of competition. The 11,000-member organization includes more than 90 percent of head coaches at the 700-plus schools that sponsor football at the college level. Members include coaches from Europe, Canada, Australia, Japan and Mexico.

About PPMD 
Parent Project Muscular Dystrophy (PPMD) is the largest, most comprehensive nonprofit organization in the United States focused on finding a cure for Duchenne muscular dystrophy – our mission is to end Duchenne.

We invest deeply in treatments for this generation of people affected by Duchenne and in research that will benefit future generations. We advocate in Washington, D.C., and have secured hundreds of millions of dollars in funding. We demand optimal care, and we strengthen, unite and educate the global Duchenne community.

Everything we do – and everything we have done since our founding in 1994 – helps people with Duchenne live longer, stronger lives. We will not rest until every person has a treatment to end Duchenne. Go to www.ParentProjectMD.org for more information or to learn how you can support our efforts and help families affected by Duchenne.

Free concert: Wag that tail to live music from The Pietasters

Free concert: Wag that tail to live music from The Pietasters

41st annual Performance Toyota Walk for the Animals and Walktoberfest

From Two-Tone Ska, to Jamaican crooners like Alton Ellis, to Stax, Motown, hardcore, and British Punk, The Pietasters deliver a world-class performance.

Their style of Ska, Rock and Soul – sing along songs and dance-through-your-socks rhythms are played by friends who remain true to their roots.

They play what they like to play and will be bringing their lively sounds to the 41st annual Performance Toyota Walk for the Animals and Walktoberfest.

Click HERE for the full schedule of activities.

Five easy ways to raise $250 for the animals

Five easy ways to raise $250 for the animals

Each dollar you raise during the 41st Annual Performance Toyota Walk for the Animals & Walktoberfest will help save the lives of thousands of animals in our community.
Along with the joy of knowing what a profound impact you have, pledge to raise $250 and receive an exclusive Walk for the Animals commemorative sweatshirt!
This unique sweatshirt is only available to those supporters that are willing to go the distance.
Here are 5 quick tips for how to raise $250 in a jiffy…
  • Ask your parents for $50, they love you, they’ll help
  • Ask your grandparents for $50, you’ve always been their favorite anyway
  • Register to be a VIP (Very Important Pet-lover), this counts toward your $250 goal
  • Ask five of your favorite friends for $10 each, they love animals, too
  • Ask your aunt in California for $50 and support our 50 State Challenge
TA-DA you’ve raised $250! Rock that sweatshirt with pride, you’ve earned it!

Lebanon Valley to dedicate Edward H. Arnold Health Professions Pavilion

Lebanon Valley College to dedicate new state-of-the-art Jeanne and Edward H. Arnold Health Professions Pavilion

The Jeanne and Edward H. Arnold Health Professions Pavilion will be the new home to the college’s athletic training, exercise science, and physical therapy programs.

LVC’s growing health professions majors will produce highly trained graduates for an industry that is projected to add more than four million jobs – more than any other industry – between 2012 and 2022, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics.

The Arnold Pavilion will have advanced learning spaces throughout, including a human performance laboratory that puts innovative sports biomechanics equipment at the fingertips of LVC students. This equipment is traditionally restricted to upper-level graduate programs and research institutions.

In the human performance lab, students will use new 3-D motion capture, Forceplate, and electromyography systems.

“The skills attained from such experiences will lead to increased employability after students learn how to analyze movement and make recommendations toward performance improvement and injury prevention in sports such as running, golfing, batting in baseball, and more,” said Dr. Georgios Stylianides, lab director and associate professor of biomechanics and anatomy.

“The opening of the Jeanne and Edward H. Arnold Health Professions Pavilion is a milestone in the life of our College,” said President Lewis E. Thayne. “It signals our commitment to providing our students with exceptional facilities, as well as our commitment to the wellbeing of this region.”

Geisinger Commonwealth School of Medicine’s MD Class of 2022 receives white coats at ceremony

Geisinger Commonwealth School of Medicine’s MD Class of 2022 receives white coats at ceremony

Tiffany Garcia
David Fear

First-year doctor of medicine students received the first symbol of their new profession as Geisinger Commonwealth School of Medicine held its 10th annual White Coat Ceremony for the Class of 2022 on Friday, Aug. 3 in Scranton.

Local students receiving white coats were:

David Fear of Birdsboro

Tiffany Garcia of Reading

At the ceremony, Geisinger Commonwealth’s dean, Steven J. Scheinman, M.D., told the students, “Some doctors succumb to the temptation to think of their white coat as a shield, or a barrier, or a status symbol . . . You won’t be one of those doctors. You will come to see this white coat not as a symbol of status, but as a reminder that your role is one of service: to the community, and to your patients.”

Shubhra Shetty, M.D. presented the Dr. Lester Saidman Memorial Lecture, named in honor of the well-respected physician and educator from Luzerne County. Dr. Shetty is regional associate dean and professor of medicine at GCSOM. Her career was greatly affected during her residency training in Continue reading “Geisinger Commonwealth School of Medicine’s MD Class of 2022 receives white coats at ceremony”