ADU Recognized for Exceptional Service Programs

On November 7, 2013, Adventist University of Health Sciences (ADU) was recognized by Florida Campus Compact for its exceptional service programs in our state, during the Compact’s Awards Gala. Florida Campus Compact is a comprised of over 50 colleges and universities across the state of Florida. The University took second place in the Campus Community Partnership Award category.

Author Carl Wilkens First Speaker for University Colloquium

The University Colloquium is an interdisciplinary program designed to engage University students, faculty, staff, and members of our community in conversation. Each year, the University selects a theme and identifies two books to act as catalysts for conversation. The theme for this year’s colloquium is Moral Courage. The books and speakers will explore a range of topics that include stories of heroism during the Holocaust, the courage to stay in Rwanda during its civil war, and the collision of ethics and science.

Anesthesia Program Achieves 100 Percent Pass Rate for Third Consecutive Year

For the third consecutive year, 100 percent of the graduates from the nurse anesthesia program at Adventist University of Health Sciences passed the National Certification Examination (NCE) on the first attempt. With this accomplishment, graduates gain the title of Certified Registered Nurse Anesthetist (CRNA) and the eligibility to practice in this advanced practice nursing specialty.

Students Research Local Water Quality in New Lab

In January 2013, the Department of Health and Biomedical Sciences opened a Multi-scale Health Science Research Lab. The lab is equipped with technology to utilize Geographic Information Systems (GIS) to study health-related phenomena.

Students have already started researching the first phenomena: a local town with high levels of iron and lead in the drinking water. By entering data from the county’s water quality test, the students used GIS to map iron and lead levels.

Accreditation Granted to Occupational Therapy Program

On May 1, the Master of Occupational Therapy (OT) program was granted full accreditation by the Accreditation Council for Occupational Therapy Education (ACOTE) of the American Occupational Therapy Association (AOTA). ACOTE found no areas of noncompliance and granted the maximum accreditation length for new programs, seven years.

Since its launch in August 2011, the program has operated under Developing Program Status.

Electronic Tablets Improve Clinical Experience for Anesthesia Students

JLR Medical Group, an Orlando anesthesia practice, donated funds to purchase 52 electronic tablet devices to the Department of Nurse Anesthesia.

The tablets, intended primarily for students to obtain clinical evaluations from their preceptors, have also been an excellent resource for the nurse anesthesia students. Since the first class of anesthesia students received the tablets in January 2013, clinical evaluations have increased by an average of 22.5 percent.

84 Students Receive Scholarships at Awards Banquet

Adventist University of Health Sciences distributed $144,000 in scholarships to 84 students at the annual Scholarship Awards Banquet on April 4, 2013. Thanks to generous donors, this is a $47,000 increase from the total awarded in 2012.

Silfane Clenord, junior health sciences major and recipient of the Amelia Roeder Scholarship, founded by Dawn and Larry McLendon, said the gift helps relieve financial stress for her and her family.

“It’s really nice to know that people out there care about my education,” Silfane said.

Student Presents Cancer Research at the Florida Academy of Sciences Annual Meeting

What began as an undergraduate research practicum for one health and biomedical sciences student, turned into an opportunity to present his findings to science faculty and professionals from all over Florida.

After writing and submitting an abstract about his research, Stephen Valle, senior biomedical sciences major, was invited to present in the medical sciences section at the Florida Academy of Sciences Annual Meeting on March 8.

The annual meeting is a venue for professionals, faculty, and undergraduate and graduate students to present their research results.

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