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Members of House Appropriations Committee Visit UMB

Members of the Maryland House Appropriations Committee were given a demonstration of nursing education, with the help of a high-fidelity mannequin and faculty and students at the University of Maryland School of Nursing (UMSON), at the culmination of a briefing for the committee on July 30.

Del. Norman Conway, committee chair, along with about 20 other legislators and staff of the Maryland House of Delegates participated in the committee's site visit to the University of Maryland, Baltimore (UMB). President Jay A. Perman, MD, and University leaders conducted the briefing.

Perman discussed the need for interprofessional education in the changing health environment. "We are perfectly positioned" to ensure that students "understand the role of team" as they prepare to enter professions in the health sciences and human services, he said.

Kevin Cullen, MD, Marlene and Stewart Greenebaum Distinguished Professor and director of the University of Maryland Greenebaum Cancer Center; Stuart Martin, PhD, a researcher at Greenebaum and an associate professor of physiology at the School of Medicine (SOM); and William Regine, MD, the Isadore & Fannie Schneider Foxman Endowed Chair in Radiation Oncology at the School, presented cancer research activities and new discoveries to evidence the progress underway in treating and eliminating cancer.

Regine spoke about the $200 million privately funded Maryland Proton Treatment Center. The facility, which is under construction in the UM BioPark, will offer the most advanced radiation technology in cancer treatment to patients starting in 2015.

Members of the committee had the opportunity to meet and talk with two UMB students, Eddie Steine, a third-year student in the Bachelor of Science in Nursing program, and Vanessa Hill, who is enrolled in the Clinical Nurse Leader Program. The latter is a Master of Science program designed for individuals who wish to enter nursing after earning college credentials in other fields.

The students participated in a patient-care scenario led by Clinical Simulation Laboratory Director Mary Fey, MS, RN, that was followed by remarks by UMSON Dean Jane M. Kirschling, PhD, RN, FAAN.




Bruce E. Jarrell, MD, FACS, chief academic and research officer and senior vice president and dean of the Graduate School, outlined achievements under University of Maryland: MPowering the State, whereby UMB and the University of Maryland, College Park (UMCP) are building and strengthening their collaborations. James L. Hughes, MBA, chief enterprise and economic development officer and vice president of UMB, spoke on gains in technology transfer and the collaborative potential of UM Ventures, a joint undertaking with UMCP that is part of MPowering the State.


Posting Date: 08/12/2013
Contact Name: Patricia Fanning
Contact Phone: 410-706-7946
Contact Email: pfanning@umaryland.edu